Which Digital scale to buy


December 26, 2002, 08:04 PM
Ok the wife told me to get a digital scale for my own X-mas present. What is a good one to get. I heard alot of horror stories about some of them. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks Boon :confused:

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December 26, 2002, 09:32 PM
Digital scales for reloading are very cool. Unfortunately, I do not have adequate information to be able to make a specific recommendation. Too bad one of the gun magazines hasn't obtained samples of all the major brands and put them through their paces, reporting observed performance.

I would take a close look a the major brands that are out there and review the specifications carefully, including warranty details. Some of the sources include Dillon Precision, Lyman, Ohaus, RCBS, Redding, etc.

You might try searching the Internet for 'digital reloading scales' and see what shows up. Also, some of the Internet sites that offer reloading tutorials may have some comments on this important subject. Most of the models available are probably adequately accurate, but additional factors such as ruggedness, display quality, maximum capacity, electronic stability, warm up time, and customer support need to be taken into account.

My advice is to take your time and make your selection carefully.

Best wishes,

December 26, 2002, 10:33 PM
Here are a few places you may wish to visit:


December 27, 2002, 10:24 AM
I tried the battery operated one from PACT - didn't work. Others reported same problems with it - so I sent it back to Midway and got the 110V model. It works great.

December 27, 2002, 10:39 AM
I have the PACT model with the AC adapter. I am not happy with it at all. It drifts off of zero very badly. I wish I hadn't bought it. I went back to my trusty 505. It is always dead on. Always. Slower though.

Get the Dillon. It is made by Ohaus.

Bottom Gun
December 27, 2002, 03:41 PM
I have the battery operated RCBS Partner model and would not recommend buying one. It's so slow to register that it's worthless for powder trickling, it loses zero and it wanders. It eats lots of batteries too, especially if you leave the battery installed.
I couldn't even sell this POS with a clear conscience.
On a scale of 1-10 I'd rate it a minus 2.
My manual scales are much better.

December 27, 2002, 10:06 PM
I have a Dillon D-Terminator, and it has worked great for about 10 yrs now. I highly recommend buying one.

December 28, 2002, 01:20 PM
Another vote for the Dillon. Make sure you use the AC adapter (included); as the battery dies the readings tend to get screwy at the most inopportune times. One way to know this is happening is when the scale bounces between two weights in the absence of any (slight) breeze.

December 28, 2002, 02:48 PM
Lyman Product: Scales and Measure (http://www.lymanproducts.com/lymanproducts/scales.htm)

I really like the idea behind the Lyman Autoscale. If they only made it a standalone until, and couple that with a powder measure and powder trickler.
A balance beam, with an optical sensor. It sends out a signal to a powder measure to throw once, and a signal to a powder tricker to keep throwing until the optical sensor says to stop.

Sounds like a very good idea because you can use it as a normal balance beam too. Only drawback is that its difficult to measure widely varing charges, but you don't do that often with powder charges anyway.

I'm just skeptical about electronic scales working off piezo-electronics where you are dependent on a stable power supply, a stable temperature, and who knows what else to make a good measurement.

December 28, 2002, 05:38 PM
I have an older Dillon D-Terminator (I see in the latest catalogs that it has been re-designed) Mine has the cover over the plate. It works very well, isn't too sensitive to moving air, and is fast & accurate. What more could I ask for? :cool:

December 28, 2002, 11:39 PM
I also have a Dillon D-Terminator. I wouldn't use anything else. I have a Lyman beam scale that my son use to use. But I see that he now uses the Dillon.

I just didn't like the beam scale. The digital is so nice and accurate. Go with the battery power, it's much more convenient.

December 29, 2002, 07:13 AM
a PACT with the 110v adapter

performance is beyond what I had hoped. It's fast, mine doesn't wander and accurate. It's in a cold (as in maybe 40-50 degree room) and I can go back after a few days, turn it on, and it still holds zero

If someone has one that wanders, I'd check for ANY air current (window, open door, furnace fan). If you're just moving in the room, it'll make enough air current and vibration to make the scale move. Take if off the reloading bench, put it on wood on top of concrete, and it should be OK. Thats what I did.

Also make sure it's not on a static producing surface (I use wood) and that there are no plastic items within a foot or so (static)


Jon Coppenbarger
December 29, 2002, 08:26 AM
I have the pact and so far really like it. read alot on them before I bought and was told not to buy the one with the battery and only get the new model that uses 110 only as it has a auto rezeroing function so you do not always have to check it.

but you must have it someplace where you get no drafts and there is no static elec. as it will give you fits.
I like to leave mine in one stable place so the temp. and everything else is stable.

December 29, 2002, 09:14 AM
Thanks for all the replies and I will take them into consideration on picking a new scale. I seem to be steering towards the D Terminator . Boon

December 29, 2002, 01:45 PM
I use the RCBS Powder Pro digital scale.I have been happy with it once I found out all the little tips for digital scales.I blocked off the heating ducts in my reloading room,and when I'm going to powder cases. I keep the window closed, keep the door closed.I leave the scale plugged in and turn it on at least a half hour before using it.These things will sense drafts that you can't feel.They also will read incorrectly due to vibration.You need a level, solid work area for them.Tactical Shooter magazine had a good article on getting your digital scale to read correctly.I forget what issue it was.HTH.


December 29, 2002, 11:58 PM
(Any) digital scale may be your second scale purchase.

First, 505, and a weight check set.

December 30, 2002, 12:19 AM
Totally agree with Weshoot2!!!

A digital scale should be second.

A good scale weight check set is just as important as the scale itself.

I have an "el cheapo" Pact digital with AC adapter. I really like it. BUT: I also have a Lyman-Ohaus 1005 beam balance scale to back it up!

And a weight check set for checking both.

December 30, 2002, 01:42 PM
Dillon d-Terminator. 2 Reasons: First, AC power adapter, and b) digital display is tilted for easy reading. Holds a zero pretty good. I guess that's 3. Oh well. It's main job is weighing large quantites of cast boolits, and it does that job exceedingly well.

Reminds me of a joke. Q: How many different kinds of people in the world? A: Three, those who can count and those who can't. sundog

December 30, 2002, 02:27 PM
I have a Pact with AC adapter. Got it from Midway USA about 7 yrs. ago. It sits on a small shelf that I mounted on the wall over my bench and have never had a problem scale.

December 31, 2002, 06:18 AM
I have the PACT BBK II scale and I've had absolutely no problems with it. It is quite sensitive, so in reply to the person having problems with theirs I'd suggest checking for air currents or anything moving around the scale-it'd throw it off even if you didn't notice them.

January 1, 2003, 02:51 PM
My PACT has worked well for me.

January 1, 2003, 03:30 PM
My BBK II is a POS. It doesn't matter how long it warms up. There aren't any drafts on it. I even put an air dam (for lack of a better term) around it. Just in case there were any drafts on it. Also, didn't help. I'll just stick with my 505. It's a little slower but it is accurate which much more than I can say from the PACT that I have.

January 2, 2003, 04:01 AM
SC_shooter: why don't you contact PACT? It sounds as if you have a broken scale-perhaps they'd fix it for you.

January 2, 2003, 05:01 PM
Here's some info on a few:




January 6, 2003, 03:23 PM
Now that I have the AC adapter for it, I am very happy with my Hornady digital scale.It was not dependable with batteries.

Zak Smith
January 6, 2003, 05:59 PM
I have the RCBS "Parter" digital scale and am very happy with it. I still use a beam scale for trickling, but the Partner works great whenever I'm using a powder measure - which means almost all the time. Just make sure to read the instructions on how to make it work well.


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January 9, 2003, 04:50 AM
I have two different scales, one is a PACT which I use with the automatic powder dispenser and the other is RCBS. (which is made by pact) I have used both scales to test each other and both are right on. I did have a problem with both scales not acting correctly. I noticed I had both scales plugged in to the same circuit that my chest freezer was on. Every time the freezer would kick on the scales would very readings and could not zero. I have since purchased a battery backup used for computers and have had no problems whatsoever.

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