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Looking for a new powder scale

Post by javaduke on 3/15/2018, 11:07 am

I think my Lyman electronic scale is lying to me. I shot my new loads recently and they felt a little bit too hot, so I suspect the scale doesn't measure small loads (3.7gr BE) accurately. Wondering if I'd be better off with a mechanical scale like RCBS or Hornady, or perhaps someone can recommend a good electronic scale?

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Post by james r chapman on 3/15/2018, 11:11 am

I keep an old beam scale around just for double checking. Don't you have a 10 grain weight?
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Post by javaduke on 3/15/2018, 11:14 am

I'm thinking about getting a beam scale, so far RCBS looks like the best option - or is there anything better?
The Lyman came with 100 gram (not 10 grain) weight, that's what I use to calibrate it. But I suspect there might be a difference in accuracy when it measures smaller weights.

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Post by james r chapman on 3/15/2018, 11:27 am

I have an old redding beam, works fine for +- 1/10 GR.

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Post by jglenn21 on 3/15/2018, 11:38 am

find an old Lyman M5.. one of the best Ohaus scales ever made..
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Post by Chris Miceli on 3/15/2018, 12:07 pm

I got this one it’s great don’t forget high quality calibration weights 


https://balance.balances.com/scales/559
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Post by Bullseye_Stan on 3/15/2018, 12:17 pm

I recently bought a new Dillon Eliminator mechanical beam scale, it's made by Ohaus.  I also bought a Redding No. 2 scale.  The Dillon is a bit easier to use as the pan has a coating which keeps powder from sticking.  Both measure the same and have magnetic dampening.  The RCBS scale should be fine.  I prefer an all metal scale. 

If your looking to save money, buy a used beam scaled off Ebay. I wanted to upgrade my 30+ year old Chaparral beam scale and got carried away since the Redding was on sale.

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Post by Multiracer on 3/15/2018, 12:29 pm

jglenn21 wrote:find an old Lyman M5.. one of the best Ohaus scales ever made..


+ 1... I found mine on e-bay.

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Post by Wobbley on 3/15/2018, 12:35 pm

For electronic scales, I drop 10 charges and weigh that.  Less accumulated error.  Of course the average charge is the weight of all divided by the number of charges.   Also some electronic scales are better than others, and it is NOT always expensive is better.
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Post by Jack H on 3/15/2018, 2:39 pm

I trust my M5 scale far more than the electrics I have tried. 
It is just the weight vs gravity, and a clean pivot point.
 No extra considerations.  Very simple.
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Post by Deerspy on 3/15/2018, 5:00 pm

I like my Ohaus 10-10 it is 30 years old at least and works as good as new!

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Post by Rockyfarmer on 3/15/2018, 6:20 pm

So I loaded some 45 and found that the electronic scale had to be re-calibrated after every 4 or 5 measurements. Also I was using a Hornady powder drop but stoped using it because I was getting drop difference of 2 gr up or down. Is that normal? I started to measure every load because i was not sure.

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Post by Steve B on 3/15/2018, 7:41 pm

Chris Miceli wrote:I got this one it’s great don’t forget high quality calibration weights 


https://balance.balances.com/scales/559

Exactly what I'm saving up for.

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Post by messenger on 3/15/2018, 7:57 pm

I have a Sartorius. Very accurate but finicky. Turned out my florescent lights were driving it crazy. Had to change to LED's

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Post by jglenn21 on 3/15/2018, 8:47 pm

couple of things to always keep in mind with an electronic scale...


let it warm up for a WHILE..

have it on it's own circuit...
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Post by JayhawkNavy02 on 3/15/2018, 9:08 pm

I have an Ohaus M-5, wonderful scale, and I use it to verify/backup my speedy electronic scale. 

http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/tag/scott-parker/

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