Double Alpha Academy Magnetic Powder Check Review

Back when I first started reloading, my first trip to the range with my 9mm reloads, I had a squib load, a muffled poof and I had lodged a bullet  about a half inch into the barrel. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to not pull the trigger again as that would have been catastrophic.

That early error caused me to re-examine my single stage batch loading routine, it goes like this.

  • • I place my prepped cases mouth up in a reloading tray.
  • • As I hand prime the cases they are placed back in the tray primer side up.
  • • As I charge the cases they will naturally be mouth up, but when I charge the last case I stand up and scan across each row with a small flashlight verifying the powder levels.
  • • All bullets are seated.
  • • All bullets are crimped and placed in a packaging tray as they are crimped.

The result is I have not had a squib charge since that time. But now I have purchased a Lee Breechlock Pro progressive press. I started with a single stage rather than a turret on the advice of the guys at The Reloading Podcast, (also here on The Reloaders Network at Reloading Podcast), in one of their Back To Basics episodes. I believe it was Jim Fleming that made that recommendation for a new reloader so that one could learn the basics focusing on each step rather than multiple steps in the process, or something to that effect. I appreciate the advise.

So in remembrance of that squib load and the possibility of double charges, I wanted a powder check system. Dillon has a good powder check system, but it is exclusive to their machines, Hornady and RCBS have a powder cop which is essentially a rod that gives a visual indication of powder level without looking down into the case. Mark 7 has a powder check system, but …… nevermind.

Double Alpha Academy on the other hand has what is basically a universal powder check system that is not press specific. It arrived today and after a little tinkering I had it installed and up and running.



I will continue to do brass prep on the single stage and hand prime with the Frankford Arsenal hand primer, but being limited to 4 stations means I have to seat and crimp the flare on the same station.

So there you have it for your consideration.

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