First of all.......if you have to manually do anything to an item with auto in its name,it's not "auto". When I want to charge a case on a auto-index turret press.....it should do its job.....dump the powder and reset.....end of story. If I have the auto-drum powder measure,them the name implies it's function is....automatically done when a case is ran into the charging die. Not with this.....every time you have to reset it. Each and every damn time. That's not "auto" my friends,not at all.
And to make it burn a little more,reading the manual now,if I were to use it on a progressive press they include a hand dandy chain thingy and screw to make it work "automatically".......what about the damn auto index turret presses? Are you kidding me?!? You bunch of clowns still make them!
Reading a little more of the manual they say this is a safety feature. It keeps you from double charging your case......that's never been a problem for me with the auto disc measures I have (they're just sloppy with some powders and the reason I bought this turd) because they're on auto indexing equipment and I pay attention. How hard would it have been to fix it to just dump powder like the auto disc units.
Here's the part that just infuriates me the most.....the cfe223 I have just will not stay in the auto disc measure. It's constantly escaping and littering the press,dies and myself. Making it to the floor and making me worry over a potential hazard.
So I buy this thing.....seeing as so many gave this thing great reviews.
I fill it with powder
And I go to work
I load 150cases of 223
I lose as much if not more powder than before......POS
Enter Ellis' inspection of unit during the loading session. I drained it and took it apart. They have a wiper contacting the drum to body to keep the powder from running down and into the exit. Ok,good......but what about when the drum returns to fill again? No wiper there,so the powder clings and falls into the gearing and out the side of the drum (in between the drum and case). Again.....POS!
I bet this thing would work great for stick powders but it isn't worth a crap with this cfe223.
I guess my real issue here is I'm sick and have zero patience. I was tired of sitting in the house and figured I'd sit out in the ammo plant. Only to deal with this and think about the money I wasted.