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Hornady Powder Cop
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- Works with all powder types
- Helps monitor the reloading process
- Similar to the ones used on commercial presses
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It checks powder with a rod. This rod drop into the case and indexes a little white O-ring at the top of the rod above the die body. You observe the position of this O-ring, and if it doesn't come to the same height each time, you know there is a different volume of powder in the case. An undercharge shows up as a lower O-ring. An overcharge will have the O-ring well above where you've decided to index it. That's all there is to it.
The die needs to be degreased with alcohol, or something similar, prior to use, so that no powder kernels will stick to it. Use a dryer sheet to take any static out of the inside of the die body and the rod.
The die, and component parts, are well made out of ferrous steel. You'll need to do the same rust prevention you do on your other dies/steel tools; whatever that may be.
Currently there are three similar dies that do Powder checking. This die, the RCBS equivalent (which may be even easier to set up) and one that locks the press when it detects an over or under charge.
What's good about this die is that you can see how much powder is in the case, whether it be over, under or correctly charged. Very handy to double check how well your powder measure is throwing. It's much easier than peeking into the case. So much so, in fact, that's it's definitely worth the price of the die.
I'd recommend this die, or similar one, for those reloaders that have the space on their press, progressive or turret, and like to be squared away in their reloading procedure.
If you want to fiddle around with a die, you can probably modify a Lee Universal decapping die to perform powder check functions. Of course, it may or may not work out for you, and it won't be ready right out of the box. However, if you reload a lot of different calibers, the price differential may make this approach viable.
The neat part about the Powder Cop is that, unlike the RCBS Lock-Out die, it'll work with both pistol and rifle cartridges.
The not-so-neat part about the Power Cop is the accumulation of powder on the rod, which will inevitably fall onto your shellplate, get under the shellplate, and cause minor timing issues. Be sure to grab some compressed air and clean out the area under your shellplate (at least on the Lock-n-Load press).
It does not provide an accurate powder measurement but rather, it provides a visual for powder dropped in the cartridge. This will be a nice compliment to your progressive reloading station. To me, it seems redundant if you have a single stage reloading station. This powder cop will definitely indicate whether you are short on powder or have too much powder, however. It should not be a replacement for common sense and proper reloading checks that every responsible reloader should take. I'm happy with it. It just gives that little extra peace of mind.
call me paranoid, but i do not wish to have anything blow up in my face. this device gives me an extra reassurance that i do not double or squib charge.
i have the hornady powder cop b/c i load 223, the RCBS is only for pistols and the dillon requires massive modifications to fit on anything other than... dillon
i grade it an "A," not quite the A+ like i would rate the RCBS lock out die or dillon with it's loud audbile tone indicator.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meant for a progressive press, but it's one more thing to watch since it does nothing but provide an indicator. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DJ
Get peace of mind when you reload. This is a great tool! I have caught a couple of double loads when something went wrong on a previous step. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vancraw
Works good, Over time, and occasionally, the rod will start to catch on the case mouth. It was a nice system when I was using the Hornady bushing system, but now that I run an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Etkini
It works! the only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because it missed my expectations. I own a Hornady press and I like it a lot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by routerhead99