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Ohaus 10-10 scale

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bds, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Gun show was this weekend and I went looking for some consumables (primers, powders, etc) and my Christmas list that included an Ohaus 10-10 scale which I have been looking for some time.

    After looking around smaller vendor tables and checking out several scales, I ended at a vendor table I usually buy my used single stage presses from.

    Among several Ohaus/RCBS 5-0-5, Lyman and Dillon scales, there sat an Ohaus 10-10. :D It was dusty but in very good shape for its age. Other than an inch crack on the plastic cover, there was no noticeable damage. All the parts were neatly packed in their spaces. When I assembled the scale, it was almost at zero. I took a piece of paper about 1/4"x1/4" and it consistently weighed the small piece of paper.

    I was also looking for a double Auto Disk set to make custom in-between drop disks and the vendor had a near new kit without the spacers (I already have a double disk set with spacers). With holiday good wishes, deal was made at $55 for both.

    It'll be getting a good cleaning (will post picture afterwards) and a permanent home on my reloading room shelf.
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nice find. We get a little junk used reloading stuff from time to time, but that is about it.
  3. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    They sure don't make them like they used to. The scale weighs like 3 pounds.

    Spent yesterday cross checking with other reloaders' scales/check weights and happy with the consistency. I am particularly happy with the dampening.

    Reason for me looking for this scale was that I am gearing up to do some .223 reloading and possibly .308/.30-06. I will be a reloading newbie again with reloading rifle cartridges. :eek: Oh joy! :D
  4. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I have one of those and I think that it is the best scale I own. Easy to use and accurate every time. You found an excellent deal.:D
  5. GW Staar

    GW Staar Well-Known Member

    Been using mine for 40 years. Reliable as the sun coming up...of course I've never dropped it. (knocking on wood):)

    BTW, make you a little cover to place over the pivot to keep dust out....unless you plan on taking it apart after every session and putting the plastic lid back on. Just a small 3" square of soft cloth works fine...like a dedicated eye glasses cleaning cloth.;)

    Make sure its "home" is level side-ways and front to back for best accuracy.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
  6. wrangler5

    wrangler5 Well-Known Member

    I'm curious what makes the 10-10 superior to the 5-0-5 in daily use? I've only seen the 10-10 in a display case so have no hands-on experience, but it looks like it would be slower to adjust the grain-and-tenths dial than to move the separate grain and tenths weights on the 505. (I ask this as a happy 505 user for decades - started with it when I started reloading, tried a Dillon electronic for a few years, but went back to the balance for its repeatability and reliability.)

    I do appreciate the pack-it-up design of the 10-10 with its standard cover, but just wonder about the functionality.
  7. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Probably none as most reloaders I know have one and I recommend it to new reloaders. Actually I was planning to buy a new RCBS 5-0-5 scale from MidwayUSA as I found it very easy to use and consistent. But I thought, for the same money, maybe I could find a used 10-10 in good shape? :D I have always liked the pack up feature as I would use my digital scale daily (I know, I know, :D my "cheap" FA unit from MidwayUSA has been verified by several beam scales to be accurate within 0.1 gr over the years).

    Thanks! If I subtract the $10 cost for the double disk kit, it comes to about $45! I am all smiles here.

    I do plan on using it as a "verify" scale for my digital scale so it will be packed up most of the time, but I do plan on doing some pistol/rifle reloading with individually weighed powder charges for accuracy testing.

    Yup, first thing I did. THR taught me well. :D
  8. snowshooze

    snowshooze New Member

    I am a previous owner.
    As it is magnetically dampened, it arrests the beam quite quickly.
    I wound up with erratic measurements as that was overdone. The scale would come to a screeching halt as opposed to a live reading, +2, -2, +1.5, - 1.5 and so on... so I went back to a hydraulic dampened scale...for years.
    Then, I bought an RCBS autoscale...
    Let me tell you, it is MORE sensitive than my Granddads old Pacific.
    Yep, it is the sad truth. I would throw a charge, and the old reliable Pacific would read ( Live beam ) the same charge, but the Autoscale would vary +- with consistency beyond the old Pacific..
    No, not sacrilege... just an observation of consistency. And resolution. The RCBS gizmo saw differences, where the Pacific did not. I was surprised.
    I just went new world based on observed results. It isn't like me to give up without a fight. I recommend the autoscale.
  9. snowshooze

    snowshooze New Member

    The RCBS Autoscale can suffer from static charge issues...and the solution is to wipe it out all over with a " Bounce " dryer sheet, and that cures the static issue.

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