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Something strange with my scale...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Corner Pocket, Dec 27, 2008.

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  1. Corner Pocket

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    I started reloading about a year ago, using one of those little cheap Lee scales. Soon after, I traded a couple pounds of powder for a like-new RCBS 5-0-5. I like it, have loaded several thousand rounds with it, and all has been well.

    I noticed a couple of months ago that when I put the pan on the scale (with powder charge in it), the scale would hesitate a second or two or three before it began to move. This morning I loaded some rounds and it was more like 8 or 10 seconds before the scale moved. :eek: I've cleaned everything that looks like it might have a bearing on this issue, but I did not solve it. I've actually had to touch the end of the scale to make it move... :confused: I'm open to any ideas. Thanks!

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    They are finicky little buggers, so like 243winxb said, clean, level, check zero often.
     
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    The most common problem is the knife-edge on the beam is rubbing on one side or the other of the jewel bearing block end-stops.

    Might also check the aluminum paddle that rides between the magnets to make sure it didn't get bent & rubbing. Or one of the magnets sucked up a little steel do-dad and it got stuck in the slot.

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  5. davelee99

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    I had a similar problem with my 15 year old Dillon powder scale. I had to nudge the scale each time to make it start. Once nudged, it was perfectly accurate.

    Dillon Customer Service recommended I clean the knife edges with alcohol and make sure there was no dust or grime. When that didn't work, I sent it in for repair and, today, got a new one back. Apparently, at some point, it makes better sense to replace...
     
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    i`ve seen rust on the knife edges do what you describe , i cleaned with steel wool gentely!!

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    My loading bench gets a whack with a finger when my scale doesn't behave. Not that I'm blaming the bench. The balance arm is likely a wee bit off centre and the vibration of the whack sorts it out. Been known to lightly hone the 'knife' edges too.
    There's a .pdf 5-0-5 manual available on RCBS' site. Powder for kit trades don't always come with the book. The twit who scanned it put the pages on sideways though.
    http://www.rcbs.com/general/downloads.aspx
     
  8. Corner Pocket

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    I really appreciate the replies. I'm not sure just why, but after moving the scale to a different location, the problem seems to have disappeared. I loaded some rounds yesterday and saw no such delays with the scale's action. Hopefully it will stay that way. Thanks again!

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  9. GP100man

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    rcmodel probably hit it on the head, the scale was`nt level side to side & the knife bar was rubbing the housing.

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