What is your favorite scale?


January 3, 2009, 08:41 PM
I am in the market for a scale. Budget is around $100. What is your favorite beam scale and why?


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January 3, 2009, 09:00 PM
My PACT scale is my favorite. I've packed up all three of my balance beam scales and don't use them anymore.

Hope this helps.


January 3, 2009, 09:00 PM
I'm a 10-10 man

January 3, 2009, 09:02 PM
I'm a 10-10 man;)

January 3, 2009, 09:04 PM
No question. RCBS 1010. It is dampened well so quick, it is accurate, it has a 1010 grain capacity so I can weigh shot charges for loading duck loads of bismuth that I dont have a charge bar for or bullets.
Unlike electronic scales it will last forever if you dont drop it on a cement floor or back over it with the truck.
Great scale

January 3, 2009, 09:07 PM
For no more than my scales get used.(powder drops are a wonderfull thing!)The RCBS 510,still does all that I need it to do.

The Bushmaster
January 3, 2009, 09:11 PM
Beam scale? RCBS 5-0-5 (don't use it much if at all any more)

Electronic? RCBS Powder Pro (over 20 years old).

Aah Fred...I see you are having the same problem as I...Duplicates...

Matt Dillon
January 3, 2009, 09:19 PM
Ohaus 10-10 is my favorite!

January 3, 2009, 09:22 PM
RCBS 5 0 5 mine went out of wack this year after 25 years. RCBS replaced it for free,,, RCBS rocks...

Redneck with a 40
January 3, 2009, 10:27 PM
My Redding scale is sweet, its got a +/-5 scale on the beam end, so you don't have to change you're zero, you can go +/- .5 grain.:)

January 3, 2009, 10:29 PM
RCBS 505. Plain, simple, and affordable.

January 3, 2009, 10:31 PM

The Bushmaster
January 3, 2009, 10:33 PM
hlq...For the money, you just can't beat the RCBS 5-0-5. Well worth the cost...I use mine every once in a while. Sense I bought the Powder pro 20 years ago I much prefer it for it's speed, accuracy and repeatability. If you settle on a electronic. DON"T get a battery powered one. Get one that operates on an adapter and 110 VAC...

January 4, 2009, 08:07 AM
Recently into reloading and went through this same decision. At first I was sure I didn't want a digital scale. I was planning to get a 10-10, but my wife has a multi thousand dollar scientific scale at work that measures fractions of a gram out to 6 digits and she made me some small check weights of 5 grains and 20 grains. These weights are close to the weights of the powder charges I would use and gives me more confidence when calibrating and checking the digital scale. I have the RCBS Rangemaster 750 which comes with check weights, but they are 20 and 30 GRAMS (not grains) This is so far from the light powder charges I'll be weighing that I just didn't trust a calibration at that end of the scale.

So far the 750 is right on the money every time but is so sensitive you need to be sure there is no draft or vibration affecting it. Also it needs a little warmup time so I leave mine on all the time. Yes it has an AC adapter, wouldn't have bought one without it. Extremely happy with it so far, but have had it less than a month with limited use.

Peter M. Eick
January 4, 2009, 09:09 AM
Have a 10/10 but use my digital RCBS. They both give me the same answers and one is faster.

January 4, 2009, 06:19 PM
I have the Dillon beam scale. It's been excellent. It's well within your price range and is also made by Ohause.

January 4, 2009, 08:07 PM
i don't use a balance beam scale, i use a digital scale, the Frankford arsenal, it wa son special at midway usa, for iirc $30 it is compact, easy to use, reliable, and accurate. battery powered. I couldn't be happier with it.

January 5, 2009, 08:56 AM
If you are not loading much and not in a big hurry, the 20.00 Lee scale works fine and the other 80.00 turns into powder to slowly put through it. :rolleyes:

January 5, 2009, 09:43 AM
The Dillon beam scale looks like a fantastic bargain:



Looks like the identical beam/pan/pan holder of the 505, and like the 505, I'm sure it's made by Ohaus. I started with a 505, but there is no doubt I would get the Dillon today if 511 grain capacity is good enough. Some Lee converts in the reviews section.

The Bushmaster
January 5, 2009, 10:15 AM
Ya ever notice that some of the parts of the Dillon look a lot like RCBS parts?

January 5, 2009, 10:30 AM
Looks like the identical beam/pan/pan holder of the 505
Ya ever notice that some of the parts of the Dillon look a lot like RCBS parts?

Naw, never noticed.

January 5, 2009, 10:52 AM
Yeah, it's because they're Ohaus scales.

Mal H
January 5, 2009, 10:55 AM
Ya ever notice that some of the parts of the Dillon look a lot like RCBS parts?That's because most balance beam scales used in reloading are made by Ohaus as Galil pointed out ( ;) ).

In fact my favorite reloading scale is a "native" Ohaus that is exactly like an old RCBS 5-0-5. It is as accurate today as it was when it was new 41 years ago. Since I use it to calibrate any electronic scales I have, it's obvious which one I trust more. (I check the Ohaus with a Mettler lab scale.)

The Bushmaster
January 5, 2009, 12:00 PM
Mines over 22 year old, Mal H...And I agree. I still use my 5-0-5 to varify my Powder Pro...

January 5, 2009, 12:18 PM
Been reloading for about a year now and find the RCBS 505 to be completely adaquate for my needs (about 500 rounds .223 per month). Recently checked it with a set of check wieghts...spot on.


January 5, 2009, 12:39 PM
My RCBS 5-0-5 scale has been working fine for about 30 years now. Haven't had to replace any batteries either.

Ol` Joe
January 5, 2009, 08:16 PM
I`m still useing a RCBS 10-10 I bought over 30 years ago. My dad still gets good accuracy from his old RCBS 505 he bought in the early/mid 60s. I wouldn`t feel bad about useing any scale RCBS offers, and as noted they are built by Ohaus who also builds for Lyman and Dillon.

January 5, 2009, 08:39 PM
Thanks for all the replies, I spent the weekend checking out different scales and finally picked up a RCBS 5-0-5. I think it will work fine.


January 6, 2009, 06:24 AM
For some reason I have to keep rebalancing my 5-0-5 scale.. it seems to go out of wack after a few 100 measurements of powder.. :confused:

January 6, 2009, 09:02 AM
Hornady "M"!

Mal H
January 6, 2009, 11:25 AM
For some reason I have to keep rebalancing my 5-0-5 scale.. How far out of balance, and is it consistent? That is, when it goes out of balance, does it remain that way for a while or does it fluctuate?

Is it on a very sturdy table or bench? Any wind currents in the area from any source?

Have you checked: the agate bearings for cracks or debris ... the under pan for collected debris? Do the sliders sit firmly in the grooves?

January 6, 2009, 01:12 PM
Oh, man, I still have my 505 and it's never failed me, but I bought a PACT some
years ago figuring it'd be quicker... and it IS! :what:

I use the 505 every great now and then, but the analogy here is: 505=slide rule, PACT=calculator. I don't think the 505 does anything better than the PACT, and certainly, like a slide rule, the 505 is NOT idiot proof. :eek: For bumping charges on my Dillon 550B, moving a charge by a grain or less is easy with the PACT - I can get immediate results.

I weigh charges only for checking adjustment on powder measures. I don't need to weigh every charge for plinking handgun loads. If I were shooting match, I might consider a refinement, but for what I do, the PACT does all I want it to - and rather well.

January 6, 2009, 01:40 PM
I have my Redding hydraulic oil dampining beam scale that I have been using for 47 years, still on the nuts.

January 6, 2009, 05:44 PM
for those of you who like your digital scales, ever try this one I saw while browsing kempf's.


By the sounds of things you should always have a beam scale around just in case?

Mike Kerr
January 6, 2009, 06:25 PM
+1 on the Dillon. It is very reliable.



January 6, 2009, 06:49 PM
for those of you who like your digital scales, ever try this one I saw while browsing kempf's.


I don't even like scales that rely on 9v batteries for their sole power, let alone one as linked that takes a more expensive, harder to find, almost proprietary type.

IMO, if a scale does not have an AC adapter, I'm really not interested in it. Still using a 15 y/o Dillon D-Terminator 1500 that was checked against a Sartorius balance in a pharma lab, that was 10-15x its cost... Dead on until weights got above 500 grains.

January 6, 2009, 07:37 PM
thought it might be that way,. get what ya pay for :) if you are lucky.

January 7, 2009, 05:07 PM
This lil ole obsolete RCBS 5-10 I've had for umteen years just keeps on working, so I haven't had to make any more choices. Although the electronic scales are enticing.:)


The Bushmaster
January 7, 2009, 05:50 PM
I'll say again. If it's electronic and it uses batteries...Don't get it...If it is a cheap one. Don't get it...

You are going to be loading high explosives and you want a scale that stays stable throughout the loading procedure. That takes a good balance beam or electronic scale...Spend the money...

January 7, 2009, 08:24 PM
think im going to get the dillon eliminator

January 7, 2009, 10:50 PM
Like Sagetown, I have a RCBS 5-10 that is the twin to his. My bench is not as clean as his though.


January 7, 2009, 10:55 PM
I'm with Sagetown and godsey5... and my bench is probably dirtier than both of theirs. The 5-10 does it!

January 7, 2009, 11:22 PM
I bought an old Ohuas(sp) for 10.00. That's about all I use now. I have a Lyman electronic and a Hornady beam but neither one can beat the 10.00 scale. It's also self damping and keeps in balance better than anything else I have.

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