Unless you are working up small batches of experimental loads, most people choose to forego the scoops, and go straight to a bulk powder measure. As an added bonus, most powder measures are designed to work with a wide variety of powders, and to interface with progressive loading presses from the same manufacturer, so as your reloading room grows, you don’t have to keep getting new powder measures.
While most powder measures can throw charges small enough for any handgun use, some are more or less designed to throw larger charges suitable for rifles or large handgun rounds. Make sure you know the minimum and maximum sized charges a measure can throw before you buy it, and make sure it is sufficient for your reloading needs. Now, onto the best powder measures for reloading (and there’s plenty more where the four products below came from).
The Lee Powder Measure
Step it up with Hornady
The Mighty Lyman
The Perfect Choice for Handgun Loadingsee full specs here). Capable of throwing charges between one half and forty grains, this measure is built for the serious handgun reloader who needs an equally serious powder measure. Carefully designed to not damage powder when throwing charges, and capable of metering all types of smokeless powder, this might be the best powder measure for reloading if that reloading involves pistol cartridges.
But Why Use a Powder Measure in the First Place?
Quite simply, because it makes things go faster. Many people have progressive turret presses that perform one stage of the reloading process with each pull of a lever, and can rapidly crank out finished ammunition. You need a properly calibrated powder measure in this operation to make it work. But even if you are just using a single stage press, you’d want a powder measure, because it is the best way to reliably throw a consistent charge of powder each time, without resorting to manually scooping powder with calibrated scoops. A powder measure is faster, more consistent and safer than scooping individual charges, and will greatly speed up your reloading operation. Some measures will throw precise loads at fraction of grain measurements, while others are more suitable for throwing fairly basic full grain charges. The higher end powder measures have special precision metering chambers and can easily be adjusted to throw charges from one half a grain up to several hundred grains. Any of the best reloading powder measures will also leave powder uncut or undamaged from the measuring, which ensures both a consistent charge, and superior performance in the loaded ammunition.
No Matter Which One You Choose…
Your choice of powder measure will be based on many different factors. Cost may play a roll, as will precision and the type of reloading you are doing. If you are just loading common rifle rounds with fairly standard charges and don’t want to invest a lot of money into your equipment, the Lee will more than do the job for you, and save you money in the process, while a pistol shooter may want to seriously consider the RCBS. For reloaders who want the best, they need to look no further than the Lyman or Hornady powder measures. However, no matter which one you choose, you can be assured you’ve selected industry leading examples of the best the market has to offer you for the job at hand.
And for all other aspects of the reloading process, please check out our reloading articles category. Have fun!