manual powder scales


cajun 48
November 13, 2008, 08:03 PM
Thanks to your input I'm ready to order as soon as Graf's gets all the parts in stock.
My concern/question is about the scale. In price order:
rcbs rc130 43.99
lyman pro 500 45.59
dillion eliminator 52.99
rcbs 502 65.39
rcbs 505 78.39
money is an object! which scale gives the most bang for the buck?
thanks ajb

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Dave B
November 13, 2008, 08:52 PM
I've been using a Hornady Mod M for 30+ years and it still works great.

November 13, 2008, 09:01 PM
Redding #2 or RCBS 505 in no particular order.

Ol` Joe
November 13, 2008, 10:25 PM
I started on a RCBS 505 in the mid `60s that`s still weighting powder.

The Bushmaster
November 13, 2008, 10:33 PM
RCBS 5-0-5...22 years old...Yup...Still working.

November 14, 2008, 12:20 AM
If you can't go for a 1010, then the 505 is your best choice.

After many years with a 505, I finally bought the 1010. The 505
did a fine job but I wanted the range and couterweight system of the
1010. It was well worth it to me.

November 14, 2008, 08:23 AM
No one markets a bad scale. They are all accurate and last a lifetime IF we take care of the knife edges, bearings, keep them clean, etc. They are precision instuments and can be damaged. Some people can destroy an anvil with a spoon but it's their own fault.

The only real "problem" with the little Lee scale is that its light weight makes it easy to knock around if you're clumsy while using it.

November 14, 2008, 10:48 AM
my ten dollar used scale has served me wll for over 10 years,and is nuts on with my partner's digital every time we have a load session.
I'd say get one with a metal base for stability and then buy the one that 'looks good' to ya.

November 14, 2008, 11:29 AM
my lee safety scale isnt too bad unless you need to weigh bullets, cause it has a 110grain max reading.... 20 bucks at midway though. to find an actual weight on my bullets id jus cut em into two or three pieces to get a good avg weight after weighing the hunks... to see what weight they cast at lol:cool:

November 14, 2008, 01:54 PM
You might try Ebay.

November 14, 2008, 05:04 PM
I use two beam scales, Hornady that came with my kit and a really old Lyman (Ohaus) I picked up for 10.00 some time ago. Both are as accurate or more so, than the Lyman Electronic I have. The old Lyman has better dampening than the Hornady

November 14, 2008, 05:35 PM
RCBS 5-10, I don't know how old, but well up there, and works perfectly, according to my check weights.

November 15, 2008, 08:28 AM
I bought an Ohaus 10-10 scale from ebay. Same model as the RCBS 10-10. Steep discount on ebay

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