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Which Digital scale to buy

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by boondocker, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. boondocker

    boondocker Active Member

    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:
  2. ArmaLube

    ArmaLube Active Member

    Digital Scales

    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,
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2002
  3. ArmaLube

    ArmaLube Active Member

  4. rick_reno

    rick_reno member

    digital scales

    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.
  5. SC_shooter

    SC_shooter Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Bottom Gun

    Bottom Gun Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    I have a Dillon D-Terminator, and it has worked great for about 10 yrs now. I highly recommend buying one.
  8. larryw

    larryw Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Frohickey

    Frohickey Well-Known Member

    Lyman Product: Scales and Measure

    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.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2002
  10. RussB

    RussB Well-Known Member

    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:
  11. armabill

    armabill Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    I have...

    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)

  13. Jon Coppenbarger

    Jon Coppenbarger Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. boondocker

    boondocker Active Member

    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
  15. Skullboy

    Skullboy Well-Known Member

    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.

  16. WESHOOT2

    WESHOOT2 Well-Known Member


    (Any) digital scale may be your second scale purchase.

    First, 505, and a weight check set.
  17. cheygriz

    cheygriz Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. sundog

    sundog Active Member

    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
  19. Trini

    Trini Member

    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.
  20. podwich

    podwich Member

    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.

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