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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by WIRED tactical, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. WIRED tactical

    WIRED tactical Snohomish County, WA Member

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    I currently have a digiweigh scale. Its okay but definitely not for reloading. The grains mode only has a accuracy of 2 grains! I can't get it to read 25 g, only 24 or 26 and it was advertised as a reloading scale...

    Anyone have any digital scales they like that are under a hundred bucks?
     
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    Hotwheelz Pierce County Member

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  3. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Here is one that fits your budget Compact Electronic Scale

    This site caters to the precision shooter community. Also have some others that are even more accurate for reasonable amounts.
     
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    Demonian Bend, OR. Member

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    shoe Carlton, OR Member

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  6. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Might be better to check scale with a set of "Check Weights". Checking one scale against another, without a "standard" only proves that the scales read the SAME weight, not necessarily the RIGHT weight.
     
  7. shoe

    shoe Carlton, OR Member

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    The AmericanWeight came with a 100g calibration weight, reads that ok I use it on my RCBS as well. I double check each time. Looking for a place that sells weights in grains right now.
     
  8. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I bought a set of RCBS check weights at the old Sportsman's Warehouse in Burlington before they entered bankruptcy and were bought by the Canadians. Midway sells them among others. Anyone stocking RCBS in any quantity might as well.
     
  9. RRC Firearms

    RRC Firearms Gaston, OR Family owned and operated...

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    I bought the Cabel's small digital scale. Love the size but didn't measure consistently in the 'low grain' range. Returned it to Midway and bought the Hornady. Love the larger display, calibration is much easier and simpler. When you 'zero' the scale it reports back with a beep, love that. Consistency appears good. FWIW
     
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    shoe Carlton, OR Member

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    I almost bought the hornady one since most of my equipment is hornady, but as soon as I saw a picture of it I knew it was a ODM product by AmericanWeigh since it looked just like the one I use for postage. So I bought the AmericanWeigh one for grain lol
     
  11. MichaelStrick9

    MichaelStrick9 Portland Member

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    Sorry to drag out an old thread, but it is very relevant to my question, and I figured it'd be best to bump this info up anyways, so newer reloaders such as myself don't have to make another thread.

    I'm looking down the list of scales here, Find - MidwayUSA , and along with that cheapo from Amazon listed previously, I was wondering what the differences are between the $100 scales and these $30 scales? Accuracy and consistency? Is there a particular one that you would recommend?
     
  12. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    The major difference in the "cheapo" scales and those suitable for reloading is their ability to read accurately amounts down to .1 grain.

    I have a "cheapo" that cost me less than $30 from the local "Head Shop". It has a resolution down to +/- 1 grain. I use it for sorting my brass and wouldn't even consider it for reloading.

    The lower the price the less the manufacturer has built into the scale. It's one thing to show a reading for a given weight on the "pan" but it's another for the scale to repeat the same reading, over and over. It's also important for a scale to have fine enough resolution to sense, and subsequently display, a small change in weight. Not a fun thing when you're "trickling" a charge, looking to add only .2 gr or so and the scale hasn't changed its reading even though you've added a significant amount.

    Of all the scales listed on the Midway site, the Hornady @$85 fits right in the "sweet spot" of scales suitable for reloading yet not overly expensive. The Frankford Arsenal scale is also a good value although it will shut off frequently to save batteries which can be an annoyance on the bench. More suited to loading at the range.
     
  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I bought a $35 scale and when I'm really truing to get perfect for the fancy loads it just doesn't quite cut it.
    It will show say 23.5 grains and I want 24 even.
    So I trickle some in.24.3. Then I dump out a tiny bit,less than I put in. 23.2 or such.
    Trickle a little back in.... 24.5

    NO I didn't put that much in...... I haven't taken it shooting yet,but I will buy a much better scale

    So how about those real fancy digital hopper/scales?

    Helvetica ISD Scale & Dispenser VBSR0021 - Able Ammo

    A friend said they are well worth the money.He bought one for $300 (don't recall the brand)
     
  14. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    This "scale" is really a "dispenser/scale" combo. If you're leaning towards one of these, the RCBS Chargemaster Combo has rated high among those who use them. It would be worth spending the $50 more for the RCBS than the on on this link.
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    That kind of sucks because if you read my thread in here,I'm kinda done with RCBS.
    But someone else makes it for them right?

    Oh and that pic was for a general idea,not necessarily that particular brand.
    Are the better ones accurate enough for precision rounds? Consistent?

    Thanks
     
  16. djthemac

    djthemac eugene Member

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    I know this might be a little more then you are willing to pay but if you are rocking a single stage consider the RCBS 1500 chargemaster scale. If and when you are ready to upgrade to the autodispenser you will be halfway there.

    The chargemaster has been the best purchase I have made to date with my reloading
     
  17. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I've used my RCBS for a couple years now and haven't had a single issue with consistency. I'll stop periodically and check the scale using check weights. Hasn't failed to be dead on each time.

    The RCBS scale/dispenser is made "offshore" but I haven't seen any quality issues whatever. If one is interested in only "Made in USA", consider the PACT unit. They are a little slow on Customer Service but the product is great.
     
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    BBDartCA PNW Member

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    I have the Hornady GS-1500. Its a cheap Chinese scale with the Hornady name on it. Comes in a nice case. $30 or so. I've calibrated it against super high dollar scales at work and my beam scales and its accurate enough for me. Hope it stays that way.

    horngs1500.jpg
     
  19. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    You want to be careful with this scale. It's only accurate to +/- .2 gr. That can mean almost a half grain spread from one load to another. May not be an issue if you're at the lower end of the charge weight but can be a big deal if you're pushing the envelope. Also, if accuracy of your ammo is paramount (as it is for me) this scale won't cut it.
     
  20. BBDartCA

    BBDartCA PNW Member

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    Have shot a ton of of rounds using this scale. Its more accurate than my lee "perfect" powder measure which many people use without a scale. Also much more accurate than the Lee dippers I used to do. Granted, if I was pushing max loads or doing competitive match shooting, a $30 Chinese scale would not be the best choice.