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Old June 2, 2011, 10:39 PM   #1
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RCBS 5-10 scale question

I am getting my feet we with reloading and picked up a used RCBS 5-10 scale as a add on to a trade i made. I believe everything is here but the instruction manual.

Here is a pic



Can anyone verify if everything else is here?
Any place I can download a online instruction manual?
Any good tips/sites/links on how to use this darn thing?

Thanks
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Old June 2, 2011, 10:51 PM   #2
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For the manual, give RCBS a try:

5 10 RCBS Manual
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Old June 2, 2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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It seems you have everything. You might have more confidence in your scale, since it's used, if your were to beg/borrow/buy a check/calibration weight.
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Old June 2, 2011, 11:27 PM   #4
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RCBS 5-10 scale

Yes sir, all that you need is there . I have one exactly like that and I couldn't get along witout mine. Make sure to check it against a known weight to be sure it is on, once zeroed.
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Old June 2, 2011, 11:55 PM   #5
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I got this because all I have is a franklin arsenal digital scale and a lee powder measure kit.

I was using the chart with the powder measure kit, putting it on the digital scale and it seems to be correct.

If I compare a charge on the digital scale to the beam scale and they come out the same can i assume that it is correct?

Keep in mind I don't know how to use the thing yet. I do believe I have it zero-ed in.

I got the large poise at zero
The micro poise is at zero
put the pan on
adjusted the leveling foot till it balanced at zero
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Old June 3, 2011, 12:18 AM   #6
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I miss my 5-10, good scale. You have everything you need for that scale, sir, looks good.
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Old June 3, 2011, 09:41 AM   #7
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You are zeroing it correctly, or at least the way I was taught to zero it. Keep in mind that the only way to be absolutley sure the scale is accurate is by using a calibration weight. I have used that model scale for over 30 years and it always did its job well but last week I finally replaced it with a RCBS Chargemaster combo.
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Old June 3, 2011, 09:57 AM   #8
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It's complete. They're good scales, I've been using one since the 1980s.

They can be a bit of a pain to adjust if your eyesight is starting to go, though.
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Old June 3, 2011, 10:00 AM   #9
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When Cleaning Use alcohol and a Q_tip. Clean the knives and agates with a twist as to
Pull any dirt out and away. NEVER put any oils on it. My 5-10 and 10-10 are as accurate as my .0001
Digital scale that I use as insurance every time I change the scales set-up.
they are nice scales.....Oh, and Keep it covered If at all possible.
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Old June 3, 2011, 10:28 AM   #10
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Good scale. Only issue is the magnetic dampening- sometimes the pointer will stop a bit off, just touch the beam and start it swinging again, most of the time it will go to center.
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Old June 3, 2011, 09:27 PM   #11
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Clean the knives accordingly as posted earlier .

A dust partical can make em stiky as you describe or when weighing small amounts (under 5gr.)may not be enuff to get the beam swinging .

I use a big plastic container to cover all my scales
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Old June 3, 2011, 10:33 PM   #12
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some times the pointer will stop a bit off, just touch the beam and start it swinging again, most of the time it will go to center.
Better yet, just continuously tap your finger on the table next to the scale as it's settling to zero. Along w/ a good cleaning, I (mostly) promise it will never hang up offset from the true balance point if you make that part of your technique.



I've been using that "finger-drumming" method on this old Texan balance since 1969, and still use it occasionally to check the Green Monster (lower right) to see if Isaac Newton & James Clerk Maxwell are still shaking hands in the physics afterlife. :




(Yeah, and I dust it off before I use it.)

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