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Old September 10, 2000, 11:22 AM   #1
Don Gwinn
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Paycheck comes tomorrow and I haven't spent a penny on firearms for 4 weeks--not even shooting.

The local place only sells RCBS and Dillon balancing scales. The Dillon is slightly higher, which I expected. I know Dillon has a reputation for quality, but does it really make much difference? If it does, I'll gladly pop a few extra bucks for the Dillon. I don't plan to replace whatever I do buy for a long, long time.
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Old September 10, 2000, 11:28 AM   #2
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Something with a heavy (metal) base. I am in pure misery with my RCBS 505 and it's plastic base. It just scoots too easily.
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Old September 10, 2000, 11:45 AM   #3
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RCBS makes several models. One of them has an infered port that can communicate with an automatic powder dispenser. That dispenser is a BEAUTIFUL little gadget. If that is of interest, then that particular unit has appeal.

RCBS comes with the same warrenty as Dillon. Both are fine units, I think.
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Old September 10, 2000, 12:14 PM   #4
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Don, I would buy the cheaper of the two beam scales because almost all of them are made by one manufacturer, either Ohaus or Central, IIRC. The differences are cosmetic for similar featured scales. Buying from a reputable company at a lesser price is the way to go.

I'm not sure but I think the same is true of electronic scales. Most are made by only one or two companies (Pact?). But with those the difference can be quality and accuracy of the strain gauge so, in general, the more you pay, the better the scale.
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Old September 10, 2000, 03:55 PM   #5
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Thanks, Mal, I had no idea! I've been so frugal lately that the checking account actually had MORE than I thought this morning. But the wife's birthday is next month.
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Old September 10, 2000, 04:16 PM   #6
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You can buy the cheaper one and it will do the job.Now if something breaks on it?With the cheaper one you go buy a new one,with dillon you ship it back and they give you a new one.
Do you buy extended warrente's on products when you 100,000 mi warrente on your car? Your decsion.

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Old September 10, 2000, 09:06 PM   #7
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I have a digital scale and a beam scale. The beam scale is a RCBS 5-0-5. It works absolutely great and I highly recommend it!
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Old September 11, 2000, 12:02 PM   #8
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A scale needs to be accurate and sensitive. If the place you buy your stuff lets you, and they have check weights, try before you buy. Also, check sensitivity while the beam is balanced by dropping a quarter inch square of plain bond paper in the pan. If you see movemevent, it should be useful enough for trickling charges. I have a many years old Redding, a couple of RCBS 505, and a Dillion dTerminator. ALL of them work well and get used regularly. sundog

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Old September 11, 2000, 02:59 PM   #9
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I have the Ohaus 10-10 scale. Bought it back in the 70's after I dropped a full box of Sierra 190 grain Match Kings on my old Redding hydraulic dampened scale . The old Reding was good but to this day the Ohaus 10-10 is a winner. By the way the Ohaus 10-10 and 5-0-5 aND The RCBS 10-10 and 5-0-5 are one and the same. Only difference is the color.

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