Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
For digi scales, I've found that making sure the powder is in the middle of the scale (I.e. in the middle of your pan, not on the side of pan) as well as "Tare"ing before dumping every powder load (then waiting with the load to settle a few seconds) helps immeasurably. No idea on your beam scale though, that shouldn't really be happening. What kind of scale?
I received a Digital scale as a Christmas present and found the same when trying to use both scale to measure powder drops. I have and use a Lyman D-5 balance scale and trust it's repeatability much more than I will every a digital especially when weighing these light weights got pistol powders. Gravity doesn't change with the weather, temps, or battery strength. This Lyman scale is so sensitive that I cannot have a window open in the room or it will flux.
Not trying to brand bash as I have a few of their items but I'm using their Brass Smith 500 beam scale. The price dropped to 49 bucks So i got it in spite of the reviews as I did see some good ones on it. It's useless to me if It weighs the same charge at 3 diff settings. The numbers don't even line up with the weight clip, it's one behind. It's going back to Sportsmans tomorrow.
I was able to get 6 bullets seated and my COL is good. Took me about a minute.
Yeah I try to do that as far as powder displacement. My digi scale is holding zero well. Left it on for a few hours with a charge on it, took it off re zeroed and it was still the same. I have a 50g weight that came with it, which I tested on another digital scale and it weighs it the same. It has a micro USB port that I use to power it so low batteries wont affect it. My only gripe on it is I cant get any odd number after the Decimal. The beam scale is a Lyman BS500.
The Lyman D-5 scale is a rebranded Ohaus same as the RCBS 505. This is my second one as long ago I sold off all my reloading stuff before my divorce again many years ago.. I bought my first one way back in 1980. That's how long these things have been around.
It depends on what your time is worth. You'll almost always be able to reload for cheaper component cost than factory ammo... but it's not factory ammo. How much time you are willing to invest will directly correlate to the overall cost of the projectile. When I started reloading 9mm, I was reloading them at half factory cost, but doing about 100 rounds an hour (max, probably less). Now I can push out 500-600 rounds an hour (not including tumble/prep time) at ~15 cents a round (115 gr FMJ). It took me over 6000 rounds before I started getting faster.
I have the time, but not to play with scales all day. Wasn't trying to sell the farm to finance reloading either. So I may just have some slightly used gear in the next week or so up. Thanks!
I have had him de-priming cases and doing other simple things, but last week end, I had him actually load some .357 rounds on my ABLP.
It's dedicated to .357 magnum so it is always set up for it.
I gave him a couple lessons on how to run it and he took to it like a duck on a June bug.
He loaded about 40 rounds and only made one mistake with not finishing the stroke on the handle, but he told me he didn't finish the stroke, so he understood the importance of it even if he didn't quite under stand why.
I took the time to explain what can happen with a double charge and a squib. He said, "No, we don't want that to happen"
He is coming along nicely, and I'm very proud of him.
I can't wait until he's old enough to go to the range with me.
Need to get that boy a barstool!! Proud of both of you!!
I had been looking on EBAY and checked out one Ohaus on amazon also. This was there and the price was right, Learn and live I guess. I already did take it back and exchanged it for another. Been throwing random charges on new one and checking with digi, still off .2-.4 gr. Was trying to weigh 4.7 and it weighed it at 5.0-5.2 on digi. I'm on the lower end of the load chart but still.... I've been trickling powder into the tray to get it to level out, but still some thing isn't right.. I will say the numbers are lined up slightly better on this one so reading it is better. So I think this one may be going back as well. The had the Lyman pocket touch in stock, but after this. I may want to stay away from their scales perhaps.
Long ago when I was working maintenance production we had a packaging machine that was dropping powders into 113.5 gram bags and even at that weight it was difficult to hold a target weight. Because these were for sale products at weight we could be heavy but not light.
Good luck and I hope you find a workable solution. Soon!
I will get it sorted soon. I have a 20 y.o. digital scale it's been super reliable for other things. But does not go to grains. Just using it for comparing other readings. It weighs the calibrating weight at the same (50grams) as the new digital. Weighed a case on grams with powder and the 2 digi's were exactly the same. So I want to say the prob isn't my digi's. I think I'm just going to use the digi tonight though. Thanks
Used something out of the A.S.S. (Antique Storage Space)
Decided to continue loading 45 ACP, had these "Keepsake" from Dad's stash of decades ago.
They are now in R P cases (How appropriate, even though I despise R P brass).
Since the government ordered house arrest there's no more excuses to not prepare the umpteen-thousands of collected 9mm Para cases.
So over the last days I fed the first 5000 of them in the Dillon to have them deprimed and resized in station #1.
As soon as in station #2 I just grab the cartridges and put them aside to have them tumbled in my new FA wet tumbler in batches of ~600/650.
After a couple hours in the dehydrator they are ready to be sorted by headstamp.
Still have many many thousands to do.
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