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best powder measure

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by antony35, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. antony35

    antony35 Active Member

    helo , i would like to know about the powder scale in the market today .which is the best electroninc scale .
  2. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    Electronic scales can be good but some of them seem to have much variance in them. Most people here would recommend a good beam scale. Which is what Im going to recommend to.

    You can use the Lee Safety Scale. It is good and accurate. Just make to have it leveled and no wind is hitting it. Other than that, Im using a RCBS 5-0-5 scale and it is just fantastic.

    Either of the two I would recommend but if I had to buy one, I would go for the 5-0-5...
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Best measure is the Harrells. Best electronic? I have no clue.
  4. noylj

    noylj Well-Known Member

    Exactly what are you looking for?
    Best powder dispenser? I really like my RCBS ChargeMaster. If some thing happened and I could only have one way to charge cases, I would keep my ChargeMaster and give up the other measures and balances.
    Best powder measure for the least money would be either the Lee Pro Auto-Disk for charging cases on the press or the Lee Perfect Powder Measure for charging cases off the press. I was really impressed with my PPM and how consistent it can throw a charge.
    I consider the Hornady L-N-L powder measure to be excellent compared to other measures I have tried. The use of inexpensive powder metering stem means you can buy a metering stem for any powder/charge weight you plan to use a lot as they only cost $10 each.
    If I considered the Hornady L-N-L to be "too inaccurate" for my shooting, I would fall back to the ChargeMaster rather than spending a lot of money on a "Benchrest" powder measure.
    Electronic balance? Look to RCBS, Lyman, or Dillon
    Antique balance beam? Look to RCBS or Dillon
  5. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Electronic scale? Who knows! I have an inexpensive one $40.00 that works fine for my uses. Others clain only the High end scales are worth purchasing.

    Personally I believe a scale that ALWAYS repeats even tho off a 100th grain or 2 is more that satisfactory. Thats 100ths of a grain 2 digits right of the dot.
  6. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    re: Powder Measure

    There is no "best" of anything.

    If you equate "best" w/ most expensive, then Harrell's is what you are asking about.

    If you mean most accurate, Harrell's does a good job, but so do alot of others for far less money. I wouldn't hesitate to run my 60 year old Hollywood against a Harrell's or any other measure for speed and accuracy.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011
  7. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    For a scale I still use my old Lyman M5 I bought in the mid 60s.
    Still as accurate as when I bought it.

    I've decided to get a new Lee measure to fit on the Classic 4 hole turret, I'm hoping it will be accurate and consistent enough to be worth getting.
  8. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    The RCBS Chargemaster has worked well for me but I still like by beam scale best as there is virtually nothing to go wrong with it. A beam scale will last a lifetime but no idea how long my electronic scale will last.
  9. James2

    James2 Well-Known Member

    Your header asks for a powder measure, then your text asks for a scale. Which?

    I use a Lyman 55 Powder Measure. It is great. It even measures Unique consistently. I hear lots of people grumping that their measure won't throw consistently with Unique. It has enough capacity to throw some large charges too.

    I use a Lyman M5 beam scale. I agree with JohnM. It will stay accurate as long as you don't somehow damage the pivots.
  10. MovedWest

    MovedWest Well-Known Member

    RCBS Chargemaster. Stellar performance, super accurate, and sets you up to load amazingly consistent loads at the same rate you can seat your bullets in a single stage press.

    One of these will add to that immensely:

    Glue/tape a half dollar coin to the bottom to steady it on the scale.


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