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Powder Baffle for MEC?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by GrandpasArms, Jan 21, 2013.

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  1. GrandpasArms

    GrandpasArms Active Member

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    I recall reading someplace that the PLASTIC Powder Baffle is preferred over the metal one. Is this correct?

    Larry
     
  2. hunter44

    hunter44 Well-Known Member

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    Don't know about other users but it sure is preferred by me!
     
  3. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    I have both, prefer the metal one though.
     
  4. WWB

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    I have one of each--new and will sell them cheap.
     
  5. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    I use the pot metal one.
     
  6. Jon Reitz

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    AveragEd will be along any minute now to weigh in on this..
     
  7. southjblue

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    I used the metal and found it useless----ues nothing to baffle and satisfied.
    SJB
     
  8. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    MEC will tell you not needed.

    I tried the metal one on a .410 reloader to ease powder migration and not much of a change. Tried plastic and reduced significantly and that is what I use.
     
  9. sptnclays

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    I like the metal one
     
  10. redfin

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    i use the metal ones on my powder and shot,works great. joe
     
  11. ridgeway

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    I use the plastic one made by downrange. Works great with no powder leaks.
     
  12. SPACE GUN

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    I think it might depend on what powder you use, with promo I found it was best for me to not use either.
     
  13. Jawhawker

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    I've got several of each and use neither.
     
  14. psfive

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    I have both and prefer the metal one. I also prefer the adjustable powder and shot charge bars. I would not load without them. Paul in GINebraska.
     
  15. mike campbell

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    "I think it might depend on what powder you use, with promo I found it was best for me to not use either."


    Yep. I've used one with Green Dot for 10 years. Without a baffle, my #32 bushing drops 18.8 +/- 0.3 grains. With the baffle it still averages 18.8 grains, but +/- 0.15 grains.

    With either baffle I experienced very erratic drops with E3. Much more consistent with no baffle at all. Bottom line, they are not necessary but may or may not help if you're inclined to try one.






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  16. rhett1977

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    Mike Downrange was having a problem with the plastic they were using for a few runs. If you contact them they say they'll replace the damaged ones. FWIW
     
  17. 1oldtimer

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    I have weighed many charges with and without a baffle. Conclusion,no difference.
    Clyde
     
  18. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    The more you can stabilize a MEC loader on a sturdy bench/table the better. Operating the handle sequences in a smooth fashion the same way every time will also help with consistent powder drops.

    I make sure the bar/head fits snug on the mounting bracket in the back of my MEC loaders to prevent bottles from shaking back and forth and use the rubber/brass inserts from MEC. Replace the worn out brass and rubber inserts to prevent powder migration. Some bottles also need a tad of trimming in the openings to prevent over tightening also. A lot of reloaders fail to do that part and find a bottle too tight will bind the bars travel back and forth!! We know what that leads to?

    Some have figured this out and that's why we see some say it makes no difference and others saying it makes all the differences??

    Hap
     
  19. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    When I do reload I use the metal one. I gave the plastic one away to someone on here. Bulge.
     
  20. oletymer

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    I use the plastic one with the baffle cut out. Getting rid of powder migration and the dumb washers makes them worthwhile.
     
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