New to Reloading - Found a press & dies


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joatman66
March 8, 2013, 01:59 PM
I happened upon a new Dillon 550B press @ regular retail price.

Only components I am waiting on now are bullets, and they are on the way.

I still need to pick up a few things, mainly a good digital scale. I see quite a range in price and features.

What is a good accurate/reliable scale that is a good value?

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45lcshooter
March 8, 2013, 02:12 PM
Pact makes a decent one. I use it, and have a Ohaus beam scale to keep tabs on the digital scale.

Matt Dillon
March 8, 2013, 02:38 PM
Forget the digital, look for an ohaus or RCBS 1010. It is the only scale you will ever need.

1KPerDay
March 8, 2013, 02:51 PM
I prefer a good balance scale... digitals can be iffy, particularly the ones that most people can afford. If you check it frequently against a balance scale, as suggested, then okay.

GT1
March 8, 2013, 03:02 PM
There are no good accurate digital scales that are good values. A good digital is expensive.

Get yourself a Dillon beam, RCBS 505, or 10-10 and forget about it.

I have a $100 digital, I guess one could weigh powder on it(Not me, especially not 4-5 gr of any spikey pistol powder kind of weighing.), but I weigh bullets, finished rifle rounds to guard against squibs, about it. By the time I pull it out, set it up, wait for it to warm up, I'd have triple checked my charge on my old Lyman M5 and have a couple dozen loads in the tray and would be on the way to 100.

gamestalker
March 8, 2013, 03:03 PM
I saw a used RCBS 5-10 yesterday for $25 at the LGS. They're around, you just have to keep your eyes open.
GS

joecil
March 8, 2013, 03:22 PM
I have two a RCBS balance scale and a Hornady GS-2500 which I check with the balance scale once in a while. I've found that once you see it change by dropping a gr then it is time for new batteries which do last quit a while I might add. It also comes with a test weight as well and can be had for $20 to $30 dollars. I actually like it better even for small amounts of powder than I do the RCBS but had it a very long time and still works fine.

soonertoby
March 8, 2013, 03:48 PM
I have this one

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/175512/frankford-arsenal-ds-750-electronic-powder-scale-750-grain-capacity

and for the money I have been pretty amazed at how well it does, I verify it pretty often though like others have said, but I like it

kingmt
March 8, 2013, 03:51 PM
My $2 digital scale is better then 3 different RCBS brand I tried. The bad thing about the cheap one was out keep turning off & went through the battery fast. I now have a Smart Reloader scale/despensor that is really nice.

bearfoot
March 8, 2013, 04:04 PM
subscribed - I'm interested in feedback too - I've got this one on my wishlist, don't know how appropriate it is:
http://www.amazon.com/Hornady-50108-Electronic-Scale/dp/B004EXPKJA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2V63MQPHVTUP5&coliid=I2DZ6Y09TBC1MK

area51
March 8, 2013, 05:05 PM
rcbs 505, 10-10 or an old pacific beam scale like this one (http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/702400/hornady-model-m-magnetic-powder-scale-510-grain-capacity)

Not a fan of digital scales....

bainter1212
March 8, 2013, 05:15 PM
I also don't like digital scales. Seems like CONSTANT re-zeroing. My old Redding beam scale is great though. Zero it once, stays good for the whole session.

dnite
March 8, 2013, 06:20 PM
Do you have your reloading manual?

I have a 10-10 and a Pact digital. Not to fond of PACT but the scale wrks fine.

joatman66
March 8, 2013, 06:28 PM
Do you have your reloading manual?

So far I have Lyman and a couple of books (ABC's & Reloading for Handgunners) plus some data sheets specific to .45ACP.

ssilence
March 8, 2013, 11:05 PM
I use this one.

http://www.eabco.com/electronicpowderscale.htm

The 1540 gr. variant. I have a set of RCBS check weights and it is always right on.

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TheCracker
March 8, 2013, 11:27 PM
I have this one

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/175512/frankford-arsenal-ds-750-electronic-powder-scale-750-grain-capacity

and for the money I have been pretty amazed at how well it does, I verify it pretty often though like others have said, but I like it

I use this one all the time and its always been spot on for me. I verify it against my beam scale, with bullets that I have weighed on other scales that I know to be exact. I've even put two bullets of different weights on and they add up perfectly.

Its never lost its zero or "tare" from my funnel-pan during a loading session. I only weight all of my precision stuff and its never let me down.

If weighing each charge a beam scale gets real old, real quick!

BYJO4
March 8, 2013, 11:50 PM
If you have only one scale, I suggest you buy a decent beam scale along with set of check weights.

HighExpert
March 10, 2013, 12:30 AM
10-4 on the Pact digital. I have used mine for almost 15yrs and it has always checked out by using check weights. I have a Dillon balance beam as well. Hardly ever use it. The Pact does use a transformer power supply so that eliminates the battery issue.

ArchAngelCD
March 10, 2013, 12:35 AM
I have two a RCBS balance scale and a Hornady GS-2500 which I check with the balance scale once in a while. I've found that once you see it change by dropping a gr then it is time for new batteries which do last quit a while I might add. It also comes with a test weight as well and can be had for $20 to $30 dollars. I actually like it better even for small amounts of powder than I do the RCBS but had it a very long time and still works fine.
I use a Hornady GS-1500 now and then but I use my RCBS 5-0-5 most times. The 5-10 is a better scale if you can fine one at a good price. The 10-10 is probably the best beam scale on the planet but it's very expensive. BTW, Ohaus makes all the RCBS scales and several other company's scales too.

Cleftwynd
March 10, 2013, 03:20 AM
For a balance beam scale I think the best buy there is would be the pacific model M, if Hornady hasn't changed the design or quality, can't beat a three poise system. The 10-10 is probably one of the best out there, but it isn't cheap.

I now use a chargemaster and check it once in a while against the model M, I also have a check weight set and several other objects of known weights. The chargemaster is surprisingly accurate, is always bang on to the .1 grain with check weights, and both of the beam scales I have set up.

A little tip for the model M, I filled the base with lead and since it is now extra heavy, is much nicer to use. Did the same thing with the cheap little RCBS trickler.

Welding Rod
March 10, 2013, 03:45 AM
I like my Pact digital, but I also have a 10-10 as a backup. I had a Pact shot timer go tits up with little use and for no apparent reason. It was just sitting on a shelf inside my house. So I am a little leery of electronics.

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