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Scale recommendations

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by leadcounsel, Apr 23, 2014.

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  1. leadcounsel

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    I'm in the market for a reliable scale.

    It will be mainly for shipping some envelope packages from my office, and rather than running to the post office I can weight and print and ship without leaving.

    However, if I'm going to make the purchase, I'd like to get one with a great warranty that will dial down to the smallest useful weights for things like reloading or other tiny needs.

    I'd like to keep it under $40. If not, I'll just buy dedicated scales for both purposes. It can be a desktop model, and need not be portable.

    Costco has a $35 model but it doesn't look like it will measure small enough. http://www.costco.com/Brecknell-Compact-Digital-Scale-11lb.product.11704206.html#

    $30 model here: http://balance.balances.com/scales/853

    Maybe a better scale for under $30 here: http://balance.balances.com/scales/458

    What recommendations/experiences do you have with scales? Names/model # and even a linky would be helpful.

    Thanks.
     
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    Postal scales measure in ounces and portions thereof; scales for gun powder measure in grains (7000/pound)
     
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    The only two electronic scales I can think of that will both weigh a letter and a pistol charge are the Hornady bench scales and the RCBS ChargeMaster 750.

    The Hornady is the cheaper of the two at $99.00. I don't know of anything else.
     
  5. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    As oneounceload mentioned, a basic understanding of units of measurement used for various tasks goes a long way when it comes to buying a scale. The scales you linked have increments of .1 oz or 1 g (which is gram, not grain) for the Costco scale and .1g for the other scales.

    .1 ounce ~ 43.75 grains
    1 gram ~ 15.43 grains
    .1 gram ~ 1.54 (obviously)

    Even the most granular of those scales is an order of magnitude off what would be expected for a reloading scale. The Costco scale would put your powder charge somewhere between that of a .25acp and a .44 magnum.

    The other end of the scale (ha ha) is true as well. Most reloading scales top out at 750 to 1500 grains. That's barely over 3 oz on the top end and certainly inadequate for mailing needs.
     
  6. TooManyToys

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    You would be best served with 2 different scales for what you plan to do with them.
    Its like comparing a ultra fine point pen with a Sharpie marker.
     
  7. HisStigness

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    My $30 Frankford arsenal scale works just fine
     
  8. dragon813gt

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    You won't get one that works in that price range. Spend the money on a PACT or one from Brian Enos. If you want an auto dispenser buy a RCBS Chargemaster. You can buy the RCBS scale separate from the dispenser. But you will pay a lot more for the entire package if you decide to add the dispenser later.

    You get what you pay for w/ electronic scales. If it runs on batteries only then it's garbage.
     
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    This one at Amazon works fine for me. I'd also get a 100G weight that it calls for to calibrate it.
     
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    Might I suggest two scales, one for each purpose. I use Endicia to print stamps (similar to stamps.com) and their startup package included a small scale that plugs into my computer via USB. I think most postal scales measure in 1/2oz increments.

    I have an RCBS 750 scale on my reloading bench.
     
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