which balance beam scale


April 29, 2008, 11:43 AM
I am thinking of purchasing a balance beam scale. Read reviews about the RCBS 10/10, RCBS 505, RCBS 502, and Redding Scales.

What balance beam scale does everyone prefer and why? I am not fixated on RCBS or Redding, those are the scales I read reviews about.

Thanks in advance.

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Steve C
April 29, 2008, 12:19 PM
I've loaded using an Ohaus 5-0-5 for over 30 years and never felt the need for a new or different scale. The RCBS 5-0-5 scale is the same scale made by Ohaus and branded RCBS. The 3 poise scale allows easier fine.1 gr adjustment settings and the magnetic dampening works well.

April 29, 2008, 12:31 PM
I personally use a Hornady M scale ... the RCBS scales seem to be excellent as well, a friend of mine has one... our scales weigh everything the same.

Smokey Joe
April 29, 2008, 01:47 PM
Lordgroom--I've had the same Ohaus 505 for 30+ years--it's still nice & accurate. (It's the same scale you probably used in HS Chem class, BTW, only calibrated in grains instead of grams.) RCBS, Redding, Hornady, or any other quality scale I'd also have no qualms abt. using. A simple balance beam scale just isn't rocket science; there's nothing much go go wrong with 'em.

Store it under wraps when not using; don't drop it or abuse it, and it'll outlast you.

Magnetic damping (NOT "dampening," darn it!!) is a very good thing. I would NOT get a scale w/o it.

Just because my scale was as old as it is, I recently bo't a set of check weights (the boxed RCBS set) and discovered to my pleasant surprise that my old scale is still exactly right on the money. Check weights seem to me to be a good investment in peace of mind.

April 29, 2008, 01:54 PM
The 505 is clearly the de facto standard.

April 29, 2008, 02:23 PM
Been using one sold by Dillon for years. Given good service. Don't know if it is good, better or best category but it works.

April 29, 2008, 03:09 PM
I like my 5-0-5. It was what was recommended to me when I asked this site.

April 29, 2008, 03:15 PM
I want a 1010 so bad I can smell it!

April 29, 2008, 03:45 PM
It seems like you can get the 10-10 on ebay for about the same price as a new 505. You get micrometer adjustment, built in cover and check weight. I imagine the 505 functions very well too but for the same money you might as well wait a couple days and get the top model used I think. Ymmv.

April 29, 2008, 04:19 PM
Lee safety scale. It isn't fast, it doesn't seem to stay in adjustment, and can't weigh over 100 or so grains, but it is cheap and accurate. I rarely adjust charge weights so speed is not important to me.

April 29, 2008, 05:25 PM
I also use the "top of the line" Lee Safety Scale.

It says on the box it is accurate. What more could you want?

April 29, 2008, 08:27 PM
Hornady model M.
The notches in the beam for the poise and counterpoises are easy to use and reliable.

It used to be made by Pacific (I have one so marked).

Ol` Joe
April 29, 2008, 08:47 PM
I`ve been useing a 10-10 for over 20 years and can find any fault with it.

April 29, 2008, 09:06 PM
I use a rcbs 130, its a cheaper version, but it works great.

April 29, 2008, 09:09 PM
I use the RCBS 510. It's a little dated but it is still right on the money. I use this scale to make sure my Charge Master Combo is still in check (along with the check weights).

It has served me well and I don't ever think I will part with it. Although a 1010 would be nice to have....

April 29, 2008, 10:47 PM
I use and really like my 10-10. A good friend gave me a gift certificate for Christmas. Thanks Pal.

April 29, 2008, 11:44 PM
I like my Herter's oil-damped scale -- I think I like it because it's cast iron.

April 29, 2008, 11:47 PM
I started out with a 5-0-5, it worked fine. Picked up a used 1010 from ebay, and I don't look back.
The 1010 damps faster, much nicer scale to use.
Get the 1010, you won't regret it.

April 30, 2008, 12:26 AM
Any RCBS (fill in the #) would be a great choice. Get the best scale from them that your budget will allow.

April 30, 2008, 01:16 AM
Brickeyee, yeah, my Model M scale has "Pacific" cast into the base as well... Hornady bought out Pacific years ago, I guess they didn't see any need to improve the design other than put a Hornady sticker on it :D

Steve C
April 30, 2008, 02:09 AM
Magnetic damping (NOT "dampening," darn it!!) is a very good thing. I would NOT get a scale w/o it.

One of those 2 words that are both correct, you can't be wrong using either one according to Websters.

damp·en (dēm“p…n) v. damp·ened, damp·en·ing, damp·ens. --tr. 1. To make damp. 2. To deaden, restrain, or depress. 3. To soundproof. --intr. To become damp. --damp“en·er n.

damp (dēmp) adj. damp·er, damp·est. 1. Slightly wet. 2. Archaic. Dejected. --damp n. 1. Moisture in the air; humidity. 2. Foul or poisonous gas that sometimes pollutes the air in coal mines. 3. Lowness of spirits; depression. 4. A restraint or check; a discouragement. --damp tr.v. damped, damp·ing, damps. 1. To make damp or moist; moisten. 2. To extinguish (a fire, for example) by cutting off air. 3. To restrain or check; discourage. 4. Music. To provide (the strings of a keyboard instrument) with dampers as a means of reducing the dynamic level. 5. Physics. To decrease the amplitude of (a wave). --phrasal verb. damp off. Botany. To be affected by damping off. --damp“ish adj. --damp“ly adv. --damp“ness n.

April 30, 2008, 02:22 AM
I've been using the three RCBS scales you mentioned, and they are all good scales. All three read the exact same weight with the same powder charge, but, a couple of years ago I switched to the RCBS 1500 system...

April 30, 2008, 06:26 AM
The Ohaus made Dillon scale looks like a winner, and the price is right.


My ancient Ohaus made RCBS 505 works as good as new, so add me to the satisfied 505 group.

May 2, 2008, 01:41 AM
Are you sure that Dillon scale is made by Ohaus?

Mt Shooter
May 2, 2008, 01:56 AM
yada, had one for years and it served me well. I now have a RCBS combo Master and I will never go back to a balance beam again.

May 2, 2008, 12:43 PM
Are you sure that Dillon scale is made by Ohaus?

Yes it has made by Ohaus right on the label. I have one and have been happy with it. The only thing it doesn't have is an over / under scale.

May 2, 2008, 01:54 PM
I bought a Dillon Eliminator scale a few months ago - after I returned the Lee Safety Scale, but that's another story.

I like the Dillon, it's easy to calibrate, has a three poise system. I do find it's a little finicky about staying calibrated after the powder pan has been taken off and on a few times.

Mr White
May 2, 2008, 02:06 PM
+1 for the 505. Its what came with my kit and I've never found a reason to change.

I have bought a cheap digital scale for weighing loaded rounds.

The digital is a lot quicker for weighing many items of unknown weight, but when setting up the powder measure and checking weights during a session, the 505 works good for my needs.

May 2, 2008, 02:26 PM
Been using my Redding scale for over 45 years, oil dampened, always on the nuts.

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