Help me choose 505 or 1010


May 6, 2008, 03:04 PM
I'm looking into buying a scale and powder trickler soon. I'm still a newbie reloader, Been loading 30/30's with the Lee dipper method and want to try my hand at 38's and 357's next. I cannot decide wheather to go with the RCBS 505 scale or the 1010. I know the 1010 is the best of the best, but do I really need it? What real advantages does it have over the 505 scale?


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May 6, 2008, 06:44 PM
1010 is not the best of the best but it is entirely adequate for most purposes. The real advantage over the 505 is higher capacity with the add on weight that functions as a poise. The need to weigh heavier weights for reloading is more common among shotgunners.

May 6, 2008, 06:49 PM
I have both, the 1010 is, IMHO, a much superior scale. It is much smoother in use, and damps much quicker.
The 505 is not a bad scale, but the 1010 is better.
I bought mine used, on evilbay.

May 6, 2008, 07:28 PM
My recommendation is to go with the 1010. Instead of buying the standard powder trickler I would recommend a Uniflow powder measure and this powder trickler stand combination:

It's a much faster then using a standard trickler and a lot more economical then the electronic version.

May 6, 2008, 07:52 PM
Both the 505 and 1010 are made by Ohaus, perhaps the best small scale maker in the business and have been for a LONG time!

Opinions vary. I bought my first gear in '65, got the 1010 (equivilent) because it would obviously offer greater versatility. In the time since I have NEVER used the extra weight capacity for reloading! Archery yes, loading no. There's NO point in getting more than you need and you won't need a 1010 for loading, IMHO.

Don't think much of digital scales either. Except for the useful but expensive auto dispenser systems, a digital scale seems to be a solution for which we have no problem!

May 6, 2008, 07:59 PM
You can find 10-10's on ebay for about the same price as a new 505. Thats what I bought. Even if you don't get the extra weight for weighing it serves as a check weight and the 10-10 has the nifty little cover to keep everything dust free.

Relatively minor things I know but... :D

May 6, 2008, 08:53 PM
I would love to have a 10-10 but I use an old RCBS 5-10 scale and have not needed any thing more. I recently puchased a RCBS ChargeMaster Combo but not because I needed it. I bought it for convenience. Like I said, I still would like to have a 10-10 (Maybe I am just being greedy) but 505 would do just fine.

Cheers, Mate.

May 6, 2008, 09:19 PM
I have a 10-10 scale that is old enough that it still bears the Ohaus brand name, well over 30 years. In all that time, it has performed flawlessly, and is very easy and positive to set.

Snapping Twig
May 7, 2008, 12:48 AM
Add to all this, the 1010 packs up into itself - pretty handy for storage.

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