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Old February 3, 2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Electronic scale

Looking for some digital reloading scales but want some that are accurate up to .01. Anyone got any suggestions?
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Old February 3, 2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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Did you mean 0.1 Gr. or 0.01 Gr

If 0.1 will do you then check out PACT
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Old February 3, 2011, 01:04 PM   #3
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Old February 3, 2011, 01:04 PM   #4
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I just got the Natchez catolog. They have some real good ones on sale right now.Check out there web sight.
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Old February 3, 2011, 01:08 PM   #5
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Old February 3, 2011, 01:47 PM   #6
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Natchez is great to deal with too. A RCBS or Pact would probably be a good scale. I have used a RCBS scale for years, but I am sure there are other ones out there that are as good.
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Old February 3, 2011, 01:53 PM   #7
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I don't think they make one that is accurate to .01 grains. A single kernel/ball weighs more than that.

For the .10 grain measure, the RCBS despenser/scale has been awsome for me. Its like a light goes on every time it powers up, angels start singing, a tingle starts and I get..........................nevermind.
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Old February 3, 2011, 01:57 PM   #8
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I don't think they make one that is accurate to .01 grains.
I agree. Even if you could find one that's readable to 0.01 gr, I wouldn't trust it. I don't believe it's possible to make a balance that sensitive/accurate at a price a consumer could afford. 0.01 gr is equivalent to 0.0006 grams, and lab balances that operate in that range run a few thousand dollars.

Just out of curiousity - why do you want or need to make measurements at that level?
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Old February 3, 2011, 02:04 PM   #9
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Yeah, you're not going to find "consumer level" scales with repeatability to .01gr.

Certainly there are scales that can do it, but expect to pay mega-money...

Here's one for $1,895
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Old February 3, 2011, 02:39 PM   #10
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A friend and I are getting back into reloading and he wants a scale that sensitive. I agree with what has been said about sensitivity, but I told him I would look.
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Old February 3, 2011, 02:57 PM   #11
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Well, no offense to your friend, but you should try to convince him that it's silly to measure to that sensitivity.

Just variations in moisture content alone will probably render such resolution useless. Not to mention that you'll try yourself crazy trying to get the same reading over and over again. With some powders you'd literally have to cut pieces in half to get those readings.
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Old February 3, 2011, 03:08 PM   #12
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Well, no offense to your friend, but you should try to convince him that it's silly to measure to that sensitivity.

Just variations in moisture content alone will probably render such resolution useless. Not to mention that you'll try yourself crazy trying to get the same reading over and over again. With some powders you'd literally have to cut pieces in half to get those readings.
This. Seriously, I would question your friends experience in reloading if he thinks that this is practical or evn consistantly acheivable. Honestly, I usually set my RCBS up on the island in my kitchen to despense and measure powder. From 12ft away, the scale pan will measure the effect of the HVAC vent by .2 to .3 grains if I don't close the cover enough to block the air flow.
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Old February 3, 2011, 03:23 PM   #13
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Sounds to me like the blind leading the blind . If you fellows would do a little studying about reloading you'd know powder isn't measured to hundredths of a grain .
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Old February 3, 2011, 03:46 PM   #14
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I was trying to find a scale to fit a couple of uses, reloading powder in grains being one... measuring coins in troy ounces another.

I found some recommendations that made an impression on me for the MyWeigh DuraScale. The resolution is .01 grams.

The one specifically mentioned was a 50 gram max, the one I ended up buying is a 100 gram.

http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/my...scale-100.aspx is where I got it.
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Old February 3, 2011, 03:54 PM   #15
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The accuracy of loading powder to .00001 gr. would be no better than .1 gr., often twice that even for a good rifle and shooter. Variations between cases and primers make a greater pressure difference than .1 gr. of powder.
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Old February 3, 2011, 04:21 PM   #16
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When I first started loading I was pretty obsessed with both safety and consistency. I had to get my pistol charges to weigh exactly the same amount, or at least to the limit of the resolution of the scale, which was 0.1 gr. I did that, even when I was loading starting loads. For rifles, I allowed it to vary by +/- 0.1 gr compared to the target weight. But after shooting a bunch of those loads, I figure +/- 0.1 is plenty good enough for pistols and I only worry about it if I'm close to max. For rifles, I figure +/- 0.2 gr is plenty close.

But even in my most obsessive moment, I wouldn't have considered weighing down to 0.01 gr. It is educational to watch your digital scale as you trickle the last few kernels into the pan to make it read right on the money down to the final 0.1 gr. For some powders it only takes 3 or 4 of the little granules to make a 0.1 gr difference. No way that 3 kernels of powder will make any difference.
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I found some recommendations that made an impression on me for the MyWeigh DuraScale. The resolution is .01 grams.
Resolution is not the same as accuracy.
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Old February 3, 2011, 04:46 PM   #18
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we have come a long way

Electronic scales are great especially if you eyes are getting old. But we have come a long way. When I was a kid sometime in the early 60s my dad hunted with a old man who reloaded, this guy had no scale!!! He took a funnel and pored powder from a small unmarked paper bag into the case then used a card to level the powder off even with the top of the case, then used a die to hand press a bullet into the case. I'm not making this up, he was loading for a 300 savage lever action rifle. He only had a few cases a used them year after year to very successfully harvest deer.
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Old February 3, 2011, 04:59 PM   #19
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Most bench rest shooters don't even weigh their powder charges. It's all done by volume measure.
Trying to find a electronic scale that sensitive is a waste of time and effort. Your better off getting the Lyman handbook of reloading, money wisely spent.
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Old February 3, 2011, 05:29 PM   #20
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Well, I can't find the one I bought from MidwayUSA at Christmas, but here is one by the same company for about the same price:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=175512

$20, with .1 grain accuracy.

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Old February 3, 2011, 06:34 PM   #21
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I found some recommendations that made an impression on me for the MyWeigh DuraScale. The resolution is .01 grams.
0.01 grams = 0.15 gr, so that scale is adequate, but just barely, for reloading (assuming it's accurate).
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Old February 3, 2011, 06:52 PM   #22
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Denver Instruments makes a good scale that is accurate to + - 0.02 grain ...

a Denver Instrument MXX-123.

You can contact them at 1-800-321-1135 if you have any questions

Here is a link / they're about $ 300 ...or so ...


http://www.6mmbr.com/mxx123test.html

Some handgun loads have a min and max of 4.0 gr min / 4.4 gr max . And I like to know if my target is 4.3 grains on that load ....my scale may occasionally bump to 4.4 or down to 4.2 ....and I'd like to know if I'm average 4.275 or 4.325 ...so I can fine tune my press. While most scales accurate to 0.1 grain are ok ..... 0.02 at $300 is a better unit.
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Old February 3, 2011, 08:33 PM   #23
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Plus one oldsap. I will still keep my comments to myself(for the first time)
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Old February 3, 2011, 08:38 PM   #24
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Most bench rest shooters don't even weigh their powder charges. It's all done by volume measure

Say what? I don't know any bench shooters that load that way.
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Old February 3, 2011, 08:49 PM   #25
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I take it that you have never heard of Harrell's, Culver, jones, or a Prometheus powder measures.
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