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RCBS Pistol powder throw.

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I think it's called the Little Dandy. I got a quick look at the box at my local gun shop and it looks to be incomplete. Meaning I'd have to buy other things to use. Is this the case? What else is needed to use this. I thought because of the size and the fact that I don't reload very many cartridges it might be a good invest. Any input? Good? Bad? Ugly?
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I just went to RCBS site, and I may be wrong, but it looks like you have to buy a rotor for each different amt. of powder you I said, I may be wrong on that.....

Just read their catalog...the rotors, are in fact fixed measures of powder. I still think the scale is a better way....btw: put electricity to my reloading shop today. Will finish setting up tomorrow.....
I thought that was the case. I don't even know if it comes with the bracket to mount it on the press. :?
A shotshell reloader has bushings that drop different amount of powders for each one. For example I load Alliant Clay dot in my skeet loads and a #30 bushing drops about 17 to 17.5 gr of the powder. I can't imagine the Little Dandy rotors work the same way as pistol loads as the bushings aren't that accurate. If they do look for an old powder thrower in the used market or upgrade to a Chargemaster combo.
I love my Little Dandy, works great for pistol calibers. It does require a pretty good investment as you will need to buy an assortment of the rotors. I keep my load data for ea. caliber & powder on index cards, at the bottom of ea. card I list the rotor# & throw for that powder. When I get ready to load I just slap in a rotor and go to town. I also have RCBS & Lee Micrometer set type measures, the Dandy's throw is just as consistant and I don't have to set it. The rotor chart is only good as a ref. the 1st. time you use one you will need to weigh a few charges to find the exact throw as temprature, humidity etc. affect it a little. Of course its no good if you are going for "Dead on Balls" accuracy, but as I only have room for a single stage press any time saving is a help. I only use it for range blasting ammo but thats about 90% of what I reload for anywho. It comes with the standard RCBS flat mount so it should thread into any mount the RCBS standard measure does. I have to confess I probably wouldn't have bought one (got mine free from a buddy of mine that only loads for "Anal Accuracy") but wouldn't part with it now. I still get Anal with my hunting loads but I only load about 50-100rds. at a time for those.
Hope this helps if not I'll refund what you paid for it! :mrgreen:
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Thanks guys. :D

Thats interesting as it sounds very similar to shotshell with each rotor (bushing in SS) dropping a given weight of a particular powder. My old RCBS thrower does a decent job dropping within a tenth or two (for pistol powders) once I get it set up. Thats just fine for target shooting. Do they have separate rotors for rifle powders? I usually drop the rifle loads light, weigh them, trickle in the rest need, oops dump out the extra I trickled in, oops trickle in a liitle more, got it and dump the charge in the case. I plan on getting the RCBS Chargemaster as I got the scale for it last year. Hopefully that will be what it's cracked up to.
I really like the RCBS Uniflow Powder Measure as it allows you to fully adjust the measuring cylinder for an exact load. Once it is locked there is very little change in the charge weight. It does tend to cut larger flake powders, but I've never seen that as a problem. I have been using mine for over 30 years and I may get to use that lifetime warranty some day if I last long enough.
i started out on a little dandy way back. Nice little powder throw and its just a volume measure much like the lee auto-disc or a lee dipper.

It works well enough and is very portable but i thought the rotors were high back then, no tellin' what they cost now. Its fast and easy to use.

There should be a rotor,body, reservoir cap, and a plastic nipple/funnel attached to the end of it to just set down on top of a case in a loading block. Then move from case to case like a pastery chef :D I never used a stand with mine.
That's a good idea Deputy. I may just go that route. The thing is I have no idea what rotor does what. There are tons of them. I'll have to do a little research I guess. :D
here is the booklet instructions and rotor chart ... ctions.pdf
Thanks deputy!
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