"Cheap" digital scale


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Sisco
November 27, 2006, 01:39 PM
While searching for reloading supplies on Ebay I came across a cheap digital scale that would give weight in grains. All the ones I had seen before only weighed grams. Anyway, it was $20 including shipping so I decided I’d take a chance on it.
It came in the mail last Saturday. Took it to the loading bench and tried it out. Put 160gr Sierra Match King bullet on it, read right on at 160 grains. Still not satisfied I brought it to work with me this morning and took it to the lab to compare it with their high dollar laboratory grade digital scale. The $20 scale read the same as the lab one right down to the tenth of a grain.
It has a tare function so you can zero it with your powder pan. It will also read out in grams, ounces and carats.
The only drawback I can see is that it has an auto-off battery saver function and it shuts itself after one minute of idle time and the tare weight clears when it shuts off.
The brand name is “Neva”, there are a couple of sellers stocking them. In fact after I used the “Buy it now” option I found one for less than I paid.

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raz-0
November 27, 2006, 01:45 PM
I assume you arent talking about their pocket scale that looks a bit like a cigarette case. only weighs to the grain. Although it is useful for checking the wieht of bullets, it's useless for powder charges.

Guess i'll go check out ebay to see if they have another model.

Sisco
November 27, 2006, 02:07 PM
It weighs out to the 10th, which is all my beam scale will do. It is model #NVX, max weight is 50 grams. They have another model that goes up to 100 grams.

Kali Endgame
November 27, 2006, 02:11 PM
I got a Digiweigh(sp) for $.01. Seriously.48551

bender
November 27, 2006, 02:49 PM
is this one of the ones you're talking about?

http://cgi.ebay.com/0-01-g-CARAT-SCALES-JEWELRY-DIGITAL-SCALE-w-CAL-WEIGHT_W0QQitemZ160056350104QQihZ006QQcategoryZ34088QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Sisco
November 27, 2006, 02:50 PM
is this one of the ones you're talking about?

http://cgi.ebay.com/0-01-g-CARAT-SCA...QQcmdZViewItem

That's it. I should have put a link in but I didn't want anyone to think I was promoting that particular seller.

bender
November 27, 2006, 03:26 PM
so if you want to use one for reloading, you just use an empty scale pan for the powder, weigh it, then subtract the weight of the empty pan?

snuffy
November 27, 2006, 03:26 PM
Uh-huh, but how does it react to small increases in weight being added to the pan? As in when trickeling powder up to a desired charge weight? Try it. I'll bet it will NOT go up in weight unless you remove the pan and re-weigh it.

Sisco
November 27, 2006, 03:41 PM
how does it react to small increases in weight being added to the pan?
Good question.
Since I'm at work and don't have any gunpowder here I put some coffee on it, hit the tare button to zero it then slowly sprinkled more coffee onto the pad, the weight changed as I was sprinkling it on.
I'll try it with my powder trickeler when I get home.

raz-0
November 27, 2006, 04:19 PM
It weighs out to the 10th, which is all my beam scale will do.

Actually, it weighs out to .01 grams. which is a little over .15 grains. Which means it can be off by .2 grains even if everything is right. Odds are your beam scale is actually accurate to .1 grain. If you are loading light loads that aren't pushing the envelope, probably not a big deal. Just be aware.

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