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How much better is the RCBS 10-10 compared to the 5-10?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bofe954, Sep 23, 2007.

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  1. bofe954

    bofe954 Member

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    Any other good scales in the range? The 10-10 seems to be well recommended but the 5-10's are quite a bit cheaper. I am fine without digital, and my Lee scale is a little bit annoying.

    What about the 10-10 is so great?
     
  2. Stinger

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    They are both great scales, the 1010 just has a higher capacity.

    I have the 505 and it works just dandy.
     
  3. USSR

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    I also have the 505 model, and it is very precise.

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    I have a couple of 5-10's and both of mine are very sensitive to side-to-side level. I loaded some way over max .223 once because I didn't make sure the 5-10 was level side-to-side. I have an old Ohaus that is very accurate and not as sensitive to side-to-side level and a Lee scale (the really cheap one) that is more than acceptably accurate given what it is.

    I sent the 5-10 in for new bearings and it is still very sensitive to side-to-side.
     
  5. armoredman

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    I have an old 5-10,works just fine.
     
  6. Bula

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    Buy the 5-10. They're good scales. Unless you need to go over 500 grains, then you'll need the 10-10.
     
  7. rcmodel

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    In my experience, all beam-balance scales need to be leveled sideways and end-ways to work properly.

    I made a wood mounting base with 3 screw adjusters for the scale to set on.
    Adjust the scale adjustment to mid-point. Then once the base is leveled with a bubble level, adjust the scale adjustment to zero the scale.
    I always set it back in the same place on the bench when I use it, and check it every so often with the bubble level.

    Any of them I have used over the years with a V knife bearing will work sideways until the beam starts rubbing on one end or the other if they are not perfectly level.

    The other solution is to save your penny's and get a digital scale.
    It's worth the cost in the speed you gain, if nothing else.

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  8. SR_

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    I think the 10-10 is the better scale. I wish I'd started with that scale.
     
  9. dcloco

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    Go with the Hornady M5 - has a longer beam than any of the RCBS flavors - therefore, less amount of powder, makes a larger difference in the reading of the scale.

    About half the price of the 10/10 as well.
     
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    It is quite rare for a handloader to need a scale to measure more than 500 or so grains. I have one and have NEVER used the expanded scale range, for some 45 years now!

    I wouldn't buy a digital if they cut the price to a third of what they ask for them. My old scale is still perfect, anyone want to bet their digital will still be dead on after 45 years of use?

    Perhaps digital powder measures are helpful but a digital scale, standing alone? No way. Anyone who says digitals are (usefully) "faster" - a couple of seconds per charge perhaps? - needs to examine the method they use with their beam scale!
     
  11. Iron Sight

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    This week I bought a 10-10 Next day I took it back for a refund. I didn't like the Vernier adjustment for 1/10 grain it was very hard to turn when doing 1/10 changes (Lock Screw was loosened) When doing 0 balance setup the vertical line on the 1/10 grain vernier couldn't be set on the 0.

    I took a 5-0-5 home and will try it today.

    Was interested in a digital but a search here and elsewhere is that they don't respond well to powder trickleing adjustments???? Called Dillon also and they said there's didn't respond well to powder trickleing. (Appreciate there honesty)
     
  12. bofe954

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    I ordered the 10-10 we'll see. If I'd had the Hornady suggestion earlier I'd have checked it out. The 10-10 seems to be THE scale when you search on here so we'll see. I got one for $75 that had only been used a few times (supposedly) so it was decent deal anyway.
     
  13. Shoney

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    I have the 505, the 10-10, and a digital. I segregate bullets and cases by weight with the digital because it is faster. I weigh powder charges with the 10-10. I keep the 505 around, WHY?, because I guess I like clutter and only get rid of things that can be loaded and fired down range. :what:

    Anyone got a good weapon and recipe for a pet 505 load?:D
     
  14. Waldog

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    I agree with IRON SIGHT. I have a 505, a 1010 (that I inherited) and, a Hornady scale. On the 1010, the vernier 1/10 gr adjustment is a real pain. It takes both hands to adjust and then you have to re-level your scale. I have never liked it. I can't see much difference between the 505 and the Hornady. They both can be set with one hand without moving the whole scale. Right now I use the Hornady and a PACT electronic scale exclusively.
     
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    The OP didn't inquire about the 505; the OP inquired about the 5-10 which is only available in the used market unless I am mistaken.
     
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    Yes, you're correct about the OP and the availability of the 5-10. And, the 5-10 uses the same rotating vernier adjustment that is found on the 10-10, so if one doesn't like it on the 10-10, the 5-10 will have the same issue.

    And anyway, the OP said that he already ordered a 10-10 to try
     
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