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Need a good scale

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JDGray, Jul 18, 2009.

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  1. JDGray

    JDGray Member

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    Looking to buy another balance beam scale, who makes a good one?
     
  2. Randy1911

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    RCBS sells a real good one made by Ohaus. I have the 10-10. It is easy to setup and very accurate. It will weigh up 1010 grains.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=415607

    Best scale I have ever owned. It has a dial you turn to set the grains and tenths grains. It comes with a additional weight you hang on the beam to go over 510 grains that also doubles as a 250 grain check weight. It has a cover to keep everything dust free. All componets set on the scale base to keep inside the case when not in use. If you have any questions you can PM me.
     
  3. Redneck with a 40

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    Redding makes an awesome scale too, mine is extremely accurate and settles down real quick, set-up is a snap.:)
     
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    Believe it or not, the Lee scale is extremely accurate and easy to use once you get the hang of it. I have other beam scales as well as digitals, and the Lee seems to be the one that gets the most use. Can't beat the price either.
     
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    I like the Redding scale. I flipped mine over and glued in about 2.5 lbs of lead in its open cavities. It sets rock hard and you don't have to worry about bumping it. It is also very quick to settle the beam. I also filed the adjustment screw so it would not scratch up the bench top.
     
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    What do you have? And what doesn't it do to to suit your taste?

    Anyway, I think about all you have for options today is Lee, RCBS (Ohaus) and Redding. All are fine for most work, the latter two are great.
     
  7. ArchAngelCD

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    The Redding Model 2 scale is a good one but so is the RCBS 505. Both will cost you ~$75. The Lee Safety scale is inexpensive and very accurate but a real PIA to use because of the plastic slide. As for the Lyman Pro 500, to me it looks exactly like the RCBS 505 but for the color and the price tag is lower than the first two. I haven't used one but I've been told it works well. The Dillon Eliminator is right ~$50 too and also reported to be a good scale. If you are looking to stay on budget but still buy a quality scale the Lyman or Dillon scale might be right for you.
     
  8. Walkalong

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    RCBS 505 or Redding #2, or step up in price to the RCBS 10-10.
     
  9. JDGray

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    Still using my Lee that I got in a kit 18yrs ago. Seems to work ok, but have one complaint. If I load it a little heavy, and dip a little powder back out, sometimes I put back what I just removed, and it reads light:confused: Wanted something a little nicer, since I'm a bit anal on my rifle loads. Never bothered me in the past since all I loaded for was handguns, but now I'm into trying to put all my shots in one hole:D
     
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    Buy one of these, although I sold my Niel Jones (pre Harrell days) and kept my Redding BR-30 measure, work on your technique to develop a nice smooth repeatable motion, just throw your charges, and quit weighing every one. Problem solved. ;)

    I always give my scale a little tap to make it swing again if I change the powder on it. I think they are all prone to what you described, at least to some degree.
     
  11. loadedround

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    Have you considered a quality single pan digital balance? Once you use a digital balance, I doubt if you will ever go back to a beam balance. All industrial and clinical laboratories have switched to this type of balance many years ago. A good digital balance won't run run much more than a quality beam balance and is so much faster and is actually more accurate. I speak from 38 years expeience in a lab. :)
     
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