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#6373397 - 07/18/16 03:23 PM Scale recommendation
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2277
Loc: Houston
I currently have a simple digital scale that came with my Hornady lock and load kit. Love the kit in vernal but hate the scale. I assume if I lift the tray off and put it back it should return back to the same number but sometimes it doesn't.

Please give me some scale recommendations. Nothing filthy expensive, meaning like way over $100. I'm even open to a triple beam but just wanna know what all y'all r using with success. The anal side of me would like on that has more precison that 0.1grains.

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#6373415 - 07/18/16 03:31 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 9420
Loc: Lewisville, TX
RCBS chargemaster for speed. Hornady and Lyman also make an electronic powder thrower.

More accurate than .1, would be .02 grains. An AccuLab for about $250-$300 will work.

Your cheap $100 scale will be about as good as the one you already have.

For basic shooting and reloading, .1 accuracy will do fine. Most rifles and shooters can not shoot better than the accuracy what .1 grain will give you.

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#6373424 - 07/18/16 03:39 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2277
Loc: Houston
So is it normal for a scale to NOT return to the same value once u remove the dish and put it back?
I'm not sure if I just got a lemon or not. so u think there is no point?

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#6373443 - 07/18/16 03:49 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
Turn the scale on and let the scale warm up for 15-30 minutes before you use it. It should return to zero. But I often zero my scale during use.

Also, if the scale is battery powered, how strong the batteries are will effect the accuracy of the scale. Read about the scale you own on what to do and not to do with it.

Here's my set up using my high end scale accurate to .02 grains. That's all I run for single stage ammo.

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#6373813 - 07/18/16 07:37 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 15874
Loc: Winters
I turn my scale on at least an hour before I use it. I tried using it once without warming it up, and I'm convinced that it makes quite a difference, at least with the scale I have. If you haven't tried that, do it.
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#6374082 - 07/18/16 10:29 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Woodsman

Registered: 05/12/16
Posts: 114
Loc: Lewisville, TX
X2 on the Chargemaster. Though it's about three times your stated budget, it has significantly reduced my time and headaches while charging cases. If you reload a lot and can swing the price, it will make your life at the bench much easier and more enjoyable. Probably one of my best reloading investments. Regardless of which digital scale you use, follow the advise of others here and give it time to warm up and acclimate. Also, pay close attention to your atmospherics around your scale if you're not using a cover. The slightest breeze, even from an AC vent, or your phone sitting too close is enough to make them jump around on you.

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#6374365 - 07/19/16 08:30 AM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2277
Loc: Houston
Well, I'd love a chargemaster but I'm just not that committed financially.

For the record, I don't "need" some high level of accuracy. I'm just tired of the read out jumping back and forth by 0.1grains as it sits there. I remember back in school at the lab that scales didn't behave like this. But then again I had no idea hat they would require a warm up period. I will definitely give that a try as that solution is he most affordable.

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#6374806 - 07/19/16 01:53 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
Big Stan Online   content
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Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 272
I just bought a ChargeMaster and a FX 120 and selling the RCBS Partner scale, that has worked well for me over the years, if you are interested. I'll make a video of it on PM.


Edited by Big Stan (07/19/16 01:54 PM)

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#6380762 - 07/24/16 12:23 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
D-Day Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 89
Loc: North TX
I have this...tested against two other beam scales...works great. I have used it for ~4 years maybe 5.

I know flames and trolls will show up to chastise this...and no one is crazy for using this.

http://www.realguns.com/Commentary/comar118.htm
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#6381036 - 07/24/16 05:07 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 5023
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Chargemaster and Ohaus 10-10
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#6382268 - 07/25/16 04:16 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 3349
Loc: Hen House Tx
Charge Master for sale now in the non gun forum. Think he wants $250. That's a steel!
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#6383027 - 07/26/16 08:15 AM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Registered: 11/23/05
Posts: 2855
Loc: Pittsburg, Texas
Is anyone using the Lyman Gen 5 digital? How do you like it & how consistent is it?
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#6383194 - 07/26/16 10:46 AM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
603Country Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 4869
Loc: Central Texas
I use an earlier version Lyman, and I'm quite pleased with the way it works. Mine is, I think, the 1200 DPS 3.

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#6383895 - 07/26/16 08:40 PM Re: Scale recommendation [Re: Korean Redneck]
Blackout Bill Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/05/15
Posts: 52
Loc: Flower Mound
Hornady scale/dispenser instructions say to warm up. Have no complaints after 8k or so rounds. Pistol is 95% to .1 on normal speed.b I thought that was sufficient. I am not in a hurry so rifle on slow speed and about the same. 5 of 95 over doesn't bother me. Dump repeat.

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