Powder scale help

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Pahonix, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. Pahonix

    Pahonix Member

    Mar 26, 2021
    Yeah I'm returning the digital scale and will trust the lee scale.
  2. AK Hunter

    AK Hunter Member

    Jul 28, 2020
    You measure powder by grains not grams. And + or - .01 grains is plenty accurate enough for reloading work.

    The Lee scale if set up right is plenty accurate enough. I use my Lee safety powder scale to check accuracy of my digital scale.
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  3. Pahonix

    Pahonix Member

    Mar 26, 2021
    Yeah I'm keeping an eye out for a good reloading scale. Basically I want it to double check my powder loads quickly as I'm going along.
  4. Reloadron
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    Reloadron Contributing Member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    I would also be keeping an eye out for a good set of check weights. You don't need high end check weights, any check weights like these RCBS #98992 are more than adequate. You also want a basic set labeled in Grains verse grams. Having more scales is not going to get you anywhere, my next stop would be a set of decent check weights if I were you.

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  5. BigAlShooter

    BigAlShooter Member

    Jan 5, 2021
    Yeah, like others said, send back the cheap digital scale. I had the Lee scale and used it extensively. I thought I could get a cheapo digital (actually costs more than the Lee) and was mistaken. I would zero the cheap digital scale, check it with the check weight and it would be pretty accurate. Load a couple rounds, then check it with the check weight and it was always way off. I sent it back for a refund. I then bought a RCBS 10-10 and have been using it for 10+ years and still like it.
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  6. Pahonix

    Pahonix Member

    Mar 26, 2021
    This will be delivered on Monday
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  7. rocirish

    rocirish Member

    Jun 25, 2016
    I have that exact scale. I use it to check weight of brass and bullets, but not powder.
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  8. scott511

    scott511 Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Florence, MS
    I have it also and will not weigh powder on it.

    Pahonix, regarding your Lee scale, if it hasn't been dropped or mistreated, use it. Stop trying to back it up with a cheap digital. I know the Lee scale is tough to get used to and it's a pain to use, but you're wasting your time with cheap electronic scales.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2021
  9. Bcwitt

    Bcwitt Member

    Dec 22, 2020
    An el cheapo digital scale can get interference from cellular traffic. I've seen this happen. I always use 2 scales.
  10. JDGray

    JDGray Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    SW MI.
    I had that Lee scale, it was accurate enough, just a PITA to use! I found myself waiting more for it to stop moving, then actually loading up cases. Check weights are a must, and I upgraded to the Dillon Eliminator scale, which is made by Ohaus.
  11. jonas66
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    jonas66 Contributing Member

    Feb 5, 2020
    Pahonix-- I have had that second scale you ordered for a year and a half. Mine is branded Frankford Arsenal.

    The one I have definitely has quirks that can cause inaccurate measurements until you learn it's habits.

    For instance, it is sensitive to cold temperatures- they cause rapid fluctuations.

    It likes new batteries.

    It is sensitive to both electromagnetic fields and slight breeze-- mine will go haywire with a space heater nearby. --Although it doesn't seem to be sensitive to light like another one of my digital scales is.

    Right when you first turn it on, it will measure heavy the first few times.

    Occasionally it will get 'stuck' on a measurement; if you've been weighing 4.2 grains out for a while and then change to 4.4, it'll still try to read 4.2 -- if that makes any sense-- until you convince it otherwise.

    Sometimes it takes more than a few moments to settle into it's final reading.

    Yours may be different.

    All that said, I can get it to measure accurately and match my Lee beam scale every time now that I've learned it's habits.

    It drove me nuts until I got used to it. Eventually I'll replace it with a better, certainly.

    I will keep my Lee beam even after I get a better one of those.

  12. gonoles_1980

    gonoles_1980 Member

    Jun 29, 2013
    I've used the Lee Scale for years, I always zero, then use check weights near the weight I want to load (e.g. 4.0gr if I was going to load 3.8gr), once that is checked I move to the desired weight.
  13. 71GTO

    71GTO Member

    Feb 16, 2020
    SP Jim, How do you like that Bald Eagle scale?
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  14. South Prairie Jim

    South Prairie Jim Member

    Apr 18, 2019
    Libby Mt
    It works pretty good for the price although I use a tuned Beam scale for powder charges then the Electric for quick conformation or weighing other items like primers or bullets
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  15. Reeferman

    Reeferman Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    You need a set of check weights like others have said. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Lee or some super duper scale that measures to the upteen thousands of a grain.

    CWTISME Member

    Jun 28, 2018
    You really need a calibration weight to know for sure. Also the battery could be going bad on the digital . A low battery can cause it to display incorrectly.
  17. Ranger99

    Ranger99 Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    When you're in the midst of making
    purchases of reloading gear, do yourself
    the biggest of big favors and buy a set
    of real check weights designed specifically
    for use with reloading scales.
    Get a set of tweezers at the dollar store
    if the set of weights you buy doesn't come
    with any. Never handle the weights with
    your bare hands, and return them to the
    storage box as soon as you're through
    checking your scale. Buy a good cover
    for your scale, and keep it covered when
    ever that you're not using it. Or cover
    it with a lint-free cloth or similar.
    Don't let dust accumulate on your scale.
    Build a dedicated shelf or have a spot
    on your bench for your scale to where
    you don't have to move it around before
    and after use. Even the cheapest Lee
    scale should be better than a cheap
    Amazon scale of unknown reliability.
    Barring any of that, a set of Lee dippers
    will help load some very consistent
    ammunition when used properly
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