The best and perfection in powder measures has been recently patented by the Ideal Manufacturing Company. These measures will handle all kinds of powders for rifles, pistols or shot-gunsóblack, nitro or smokeless, fine or coarse, whether the granulations be angular, round, cylindrical, flat or leaflet, measuring all from the smallest to the largest charges required, from one grain up. The small measure will accurately measure from 1 to 35 grains, which is its fullest capacity. The graduations for this measure will be found on a slide, and are for one grain each. When set at the desired mark, it is to be fastened with a set-screw. The large measure will measure powder accurately from 30 to 140 grains. The graduations on this measure are on a round sliding plug, on the opposite side from the slide. There are two sets of graduations for this measure, one for grains, the other for the old drachm measurement; the grain divisions are for five grains each from 30 to 140 grains. The drachm divisions are for 1-4 drachm each, from 1-2 to 5 drachms. When set at the desired mark, the plug may be fastened with a set-screw. When using the measure for small charges be sure and positively close the large measure and securely fasten it in that position with the screw. Operate the slide only, for all measurements from 1 to 35 grains. Fasten where desired with the screw. When large charges above 30 grains are desired, first close both measures, see that dirt or a grain of powder does not prevent their being entirely closed; then be sure and fasten the slide in that position at the zero mark and use the round plug together with the slide as one, setting at the graduations on the plug, and fasten where desired with the screw. The extreme end of the brass tube is the indicator for the graduations for both measures.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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