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Ruzai 05-02-2010 07:59 AM

Powder scale help.
I'm looking for a quality measuring scale for my powder. I got the balancing beam from LEE in my reloading press kit but everytime I try and use it, it doesnt seem to be too consistant. It cant seem to get the thing to actually zero. Once it actually does get onto the zero mark if you remove the empty pan and put it back on (still empty), 80% of the time it wont go back to the zero mark. What the hell? There's not drafts in my room and its on a sturdy level surface.
I dont know if its me or if its the scale or something else thats causing it to be inconsistant. Is there perhaps a better scale I could use for precise loading?
I have a digital scale on the way from Midway USA, but I want a scale that I can rely on to be accurate every time to a +/- 0.1 grain and not need batteries.

Any suggestions?

opaww 05-02-2010 09:01 AM

Which digital scale did you get?

Digital scales are very accurate to within 1/10th of a grain. How ever with both scales even breathing on them can cause them to be off so make sure they are out of your breathing area.

My digital scale sits back far enough so I don't breath on it but yet lets me see the LED

hunter Joe 05-02-2010 07:26 PM

I had to get rid of my Lee scale because of the same reason, not very consistent. I bought a RCBS 505 which is manufactured by Ohaus and is very accurate and does not drift. You should be able to buy this scale for around $65.00.

photopro 05-02-2010 08:00 PM

Powder Scale
I have a Lyman 1200 DPS 3 which I haven't used in anger yet, however several mates have the same and they think they are the muts nuts, that's good by the way for all you Yankie doodles. Manual scales are OK but realistically the new electronic digital scales are unbeatable.


Txhillbilly 05-02-2010 10:53 PM

Look on Ebay.You can get a nice used RCBS or other brand beam scale for a good price. I bought a nice used RCBS 505 scale for $20.

The Lee scale I have is right on,but the air off your hand movement will make it keep moving.They are very sensitive.

Rick1967 05-02-2010 11:04 PM

My wife gave me an RCBS 10-10 scale for Christmas the year before last. Awesome scale. It is not digital. I believe it was rather pricey though. It lists for $146.00 on I would not have bought it myself. But now that I have it, I feel it was worth every penny.

Ruzai 05-03-2010 03:10 AM

I baught the Frankford Arsenal DS-750 digial powder scale. From the reviews on midwayusa it seems to be fairly good scale. I want a different beam scale so I can check it against the DS-750 every 20 or so loads. I also want it for those times I want to do very accurate loads.

I tried for over an hour to zero the LEE beam scale last night, it never did what its supposed to. I hear both the 502 and 505 RCBS scales are great and are easy to read. I was thinking of replacing this LEE one with one of the 505 or 502s. One problem I have with the Lee is that its not easy to read like the RCBS ones.
I really dont want to spend more than $100 on a beam scale unless I really have to.

Tuner 05-03-2010 03:25 AM

Ruzai, I have two balance beam scales, one that is over 50 years old and a new Ohaus 10-10. On the 50 year old scale (a Pacific) I need to make sure the knife edges on the pivot / balance point are kept sharp, no burs and that there is no dust, dirt or crud where the Knife edges rest in the scale frame. I will ocassionally clean that area with a solvent like acetone on a Qtip. If that area is clean and there are no burs on the knife edge I get very good repeatability; you might want to try that on your Lee scale. I use a 3/8 in. square by 4 in. long hard Arkansas hone to dress the knife edges.

marlas1too 05-04-2010 01:34 PM

if all else fails go to a head shop and buy a digital scale that does both grams and grains i have one and its great

375shooter 05-06-2010 12:49 AM

I have a RCBS 505, which has worked well for the weighing of thousands of rounds of ammo. In my experience it an excellent scale for the money. It's very consistent.

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