Scale recommendations


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leadcounsel
April 23, 2014, 04:45 PM
I'm in the market for a reliable scale.

It will be mainly for shipping some envelope packages from my office, and rather than running to the post office I can weight and print and ship without leaving.

However, if I'm going to make the purchase, I'd like to get one with a great warranty that will dial down to the smallest useful weights for things like reloading or other tiny needs.

I'd like to keep it under $40. If not, I'll just buy dedicated scales for both purposes. It can be a desktop model, and need not be portable.

Costco has a $35 model but it doesn't look like it will measure small enough. http://www.costco.com/Brecknell-Compact-Digital-Scale-11lb.product.11704206.html#

$30 model here: http://balance.balances.com/scales/853

Maybe a better scale for under $30 here: http://balance.balances.com/scales/458

What recommendations/experiences do you have with scales? Names/model # and even a linky would be helpful.

Thanks.

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Blue68f100
April 23, 2014, 05:32 PM
What ever you get for shipping will not have the accuracy needed for reloading. Range is for measuring heavier items.

Check out http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/shipping-scales.html

oneounceload
April 23, 2014, 05:40 PM
Postal scales measure in ounces and portions thereof; scales for gun powder measure in grains (7000/pound)

tightgroup tiger
April 23, 2014, 07:38 PM
The only two electronic scales I can think of that will both weigh a letter and a pistol charge are the Hornady bench scales and the RCBS ChargeMaster 750.

The Hornady is the cheaper of the two at $99.00. I don't know of anything else.

Jorg Nysgerrig
April 24, 2014, 10:58 AM
As oneounceload mentioned, a basic understanding of units of measurement used for various tasks goes a long way when it comes to buying a scale. The scales you linked have increments of .1 oz or 1 g (which is gram, not grain) for the Costco scale and .1g for the other scales.

.1 ounce ~ 43.75 grains
1 gram ~ 15.43 grains
.1 gram ~ 1.54 (obviously)

Even the most granular of those scales is an order of magnitude off what would be expected for a reloading scale. The Costco scale would put your powder charge somewhere between that of a .25acp and a .44 magnum.

The other end of the scale (ha ha) is true as well. Most reloading scales top out at 750 to 1500 grains. That's barely over 3 oz on the top end and certainly inadequate for mailing needs.

TooManyToys
April 24, 2014, 12:38 PM
You would be best served with 2 different scales for what you plan to do with them.
Its like comparing a ultra fine point pen with a Sharpie marker.

HisStigness
April 24, 2014, 12:42 PM
My $30 Frankford arsenal scale works just fine

dragon813gt
April 24, 2014, 12:45 PM
You won't get one that works in that price range. Spend the money on a PACT or one from Brian Enos. If you want an auto dispenser buy a RCBS Chargemaster. You can buy the RCBS scale separate from the dispenser. But you will pay a lot more for the entire package if you decide to add the dispenser later.

You get what you pay for w/ electronic scales. If it runs on batteries only then it's garbage.

floflow
April 24, 2014, 09:16 PM
This one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012LOQUQ) at Amazon works fine for me. I'd also get a 100G weight that it calls for to calibrate it.

dbarnhart
April 26, 2014, 10:33 AM
Might I suggest two scales, one for each purpose. I use Endicia to print stamps (similar to stamps.com) and their startup package included a small scale that plugs into my computer via USB. I think most postal scales measure in 1/2oz increments.

I have an RCBS 750 scale on my reloading bench.

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