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Old December 22, 2013, 04:52 PM   #26
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I would always keep a (good!) beam scale on hand for reference and for that day when the electronic fails.

I actually have two beams, one is an Ohaus 505 (yep, back in the day) and a RCBS 10-10 that my brother who got out of reloading gave me.

The 10-10 is the nicer scale but the 505 is quicker so I use that (and it gets banged around a bit as my reloading bench is also my main work bench.

If they both went I would get an RCBS now I guess) 505 again.
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Old December 22, 2013, 08:44 PM   #27
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RC20 said: I would always keep a (good!) beam scale on hand for reference and for that day when the electronic fails.
This is correct. You can have an electronic but you can't ever totally trust it.
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Old December 23, 2013, 11:00 AM   #28
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Plus a set of check weights. As I discovered (post #22), you can't ever totally trust a beam scale either.
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Old December 29, 2013, 05:52 PM   #29
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I tried electronic scales years ago and thought my RCBS 10-10 balance was more accurate. Several years ago, I purchased a Sartorius electronic scale, this is very accurate + or - .002 of a grain. Not cheap but accurate and fast. At my age, I just can't squint at balance beams anymore. Just don't have any fans on or breath in its direction when weighing a charge. About $300.00.
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Old December 29, 2013, 07:24 PM   #30
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I have a pact scale that I love. It is about seven years old and has earned my trust. I used a 10-10 for years, but only use for shotgun now. Get yourself a good set of check weights to check readings for accuracy. They are a big time saver. I also have the dispenser to go with scale.
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Old December 29, 2013, 07:27 PM   #31
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I use a cheap Hornady GS 1500 digital scale. I bought it to get me up and running with reloading, knowing in the back of my mind I'd eventually want something else. I make sure and calibrate it each time I use it and give it time to settle when weighing a charge. A time or two I have seen it not go back to zero when I lift the pan off of it. When it does it, it usually says 0.3 instead of 0.0. I just tap the scale, let it zero, then weigh the charge again. It's almost always within 0.1 of what it was the first time. A little aggravating but for the $20 it cost me I can put up with it till I can upgrade my equipment. If I could quit buying rifles, scopes, bullets, powder, primers, and brass I could have upgraded my whole setup by now. People who say reloading saves money are lying. All you do is shoot more and get more addicted to your hobby. It's a terrible disease
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Old December 30, 2013, 12:36 PM   #32
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Well so far this new Lyman scale has been working very well keeps right on track with my balance beam. I've gotten into the habit of turning it on for a half hour or so before use as recommended by some of you folks. Doesn't seem to be having any problem with the fluorescent light over my bench and it is plugged into the same receptacle.
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