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What is your favorite scale?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hlq, Jan 3, 2009.

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  1. hlq

    hlq Member

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    I am in the market for a scale. Budget is around $100. What is your favorite beam scale and why?

    thanks,
    hlq
     
  2. ReloaderFred

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    My PACT scale is my favorite. I've packed up all three of my balance beam scales and don't use them anymore.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  3. neal7250

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    I'm a 10-10 man
     
  4. neal7250

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    I'm a 10-10 man;)
     
  5. cochise9424221

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    No question. RCBS 1010. It is dampened well so quick, it is accurate, it has a 1010 grain capacity so I can weigh shot charges for loading duck loads of bismuth that I dont have a charge bar for or bullets.
    Unlike electronic scales it will last forever if you dont drop it on a cement floor or back over it with the truck.
    Great scale
     
  6. matrem

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    For no more than my scales get used.(powder drops are a wonderfull thing!)The RCBS 510,still does all that I need it to do.
     
  7. The Bushmaster

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    Beam scale? RCBS 5-0-5 (don't use it much if at all any more)

    Electronic? RCBS Powder Pro (over 20 years old).

    Aah Fred...I see you are having the same problem as I...Duplicates...
     
  8. Matt Dillon

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    Ohaus 10-10 is my favorite!
     
  9. 280shooter

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    RCBS 5 0 5 mine went out of wack this year after 25 years. RCBS replaced it for free,,, RCBS rocks...
     
  10. Redneck with a 40

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    My Redding scale is sweet, its got a +/-5 scale on the beam end, so you don't have to change you're zero, you can go +/- .5 grain.:)
     
  11. edSky

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    RCBS 505. Plain, simple, and affordable.
     
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  13. The Bushmaster

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    hlq...For the money, you just can't beat the RCBS 5-0-5. Well worth the cost...I use mine every once in a while. Sense I bought the Powder pro 20 years ago I much prefer it for it's speed, accuracy and repeatability. If you settle on a electronic. DON"T get a battery powered one. Get one that operates on an adapter and 110 VAC...
     
  14. Unflappable

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    Recently into reloading and went through this same decision. At first I was sure I didn't want a digital scale. I was planning to get a 10-10, but my wife has a multi thousand dollar scientific scale at work that measures fractions of a gram out to 6 digits and she made me some small check weights of 5 grains and 20 grains. These weights are close to the weights of the powder charges I would use and gives me more confidence when calibrating and checking the digital scale. I have the RCBS Rangemaster 750 which comes with check weights, but they are 20 and 30 GRAMS (not grains) This is so far from the light powder charges I'll be weighing that I just didn't trust a calibration at that end of the scale.

    So far the 750 is right on the money every time but is so sensitive you need to be sure there is no draft or vibration affecting it. Also it needs a little warmup time so I leave mine on all the time. Yes it has an AC adapter, wouldn't have bought one without it. Extremely happy with it so far, but have had it less than a month with limited use.
    Unflappable
     
  15. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Member

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    Have a 10/10 but use my digital RCBS. They both give me the same answers and one is faster.
     
  16. Bronson7

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    I have the Dillon beam scale. It's been excellent. It's well within your price range and is also made by Ohause.
    Bronson7
     
  17. possum

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    i don't use a balance beam scale, i use a digital scale, the Frankford arsenal, it wa son special at midway usa, for iirc $30 it is compact, easy to use, reliable, and accurate. battery powered. I couldn't be happier with it.
     
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    If you are not loading much and not in a big hurry, the 20.00 Lee scale works fine and the other 80.00 turns into powder to slowly put through it. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Galil5.56

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    The Dillon beam scale looks like a fantastic bargain:

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    http://www.cabelas.com/prod-1/0032559215904a.shtml

    Looks like the identical beam/pan/pan holder of the 505, and like the 505, I'm sure it's made by Ohaus. I started with a 505, but there is no doubt I would get the Dillon today if 511 grain capacity is good enough. Some Lee converts in the reviews section.
     
  20. The Bushmaster

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    Ya ever notice that some of the parts of the Dillon look a lot like RCBS parts?
     
  21. Galil5.56

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    Naw, never noticed.
     
  22. Bronson7

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    Yeah, it's because they're Ohaus scales.
    Bronson7
     
  23. Mal H

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    That's because most balance beam scales used in reloading are made by Ohaus as Galil pointed out ( ;) ).

    In fact my favorite reloading scale is a "native" Ohaus that is exactly like an old RCBS 5-0-5. It is as accurate today as it was when it was new 41 years ago. Since I use it to calibrate any electronic scales I have, it's obvious which one I trust more. (I check the Ohaus with a Mettler lab scale.)
     
  24. The Bushmaster

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    Mines over 22 year old, Mal H...And I agree. I still use my 5-0-5 to varify my Powder Pro...
     
  25. Historian

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    Been reloading for about a year now and find the RCBS 505 to be completely adaquate for my needs (about 500 rounds .223 per month). Recently checked it with a set of check wieghts...spot on.

    Historian
     
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