Electronic Powder Scales

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by TXnorton, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    I have been thinking about getting one, but when I read the purchasers' reviews on them on the Cabela's website I see a lot of complaints about accuracy, drifting zero and a few other problems.

    I have been re-loading for 30+ years and I am still using the RCBS beam scale I got with my old single stage press.

    If you have and use one, what manufacturer/model do you have? Would you recommend yours to others?
     
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I have a PACT BBKII it was an accurate scale, as accurate as my Lyman 1010 (Same as RCBS 1010). The problem is a draft can set them off. Florescent lights are a NO NO, no phones, tv, radio as all of that stuff and interfere with the scale operations.

    They all have warranties but they don't warranty the one part that is the most critical part of them all the load cell. That is what tells the weight of what is in the pan. That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard. We will warranty all but the most important part if that goes bad well your SOL and have to buy a new scale.

    Ask me what my BBKII does now?

    It is a separator that keeps the powder from the primers. The load cell went out after about 9 months. I was very careful with it storing in it's box never dropping it always treating it like a new born kitten. For me they are just not worth the cost and the headache I will stick to my beam scale and have just as accurate if not more accurate powder weights.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Pay a visit to your local Stop-N-Rob convenience store. Say hello to Habib. Buy one of the stoner pocket scales- they are right next to the rolling papers and pipe screens- runs anywhere from $10-$15. It works as well as the expensive ones, breaks just as soon as the expensive ones- but you only got $10 sunk in it. Mine weighs grains,grams, ounces, troy oz, pennyweights.

    :p
     
  4. Catfish

    Catfish New Member

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    C3, I never thought that an electrictronic scales was worth the price, but for $ 10 to $ 15 I may pick up one. Thanks for the tip.
     
  5. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    Well thanks to all who responded, I guess I really don't want (or need) an electronic scale after all! I have some Cabela's gift certficates I received for Christmas, so back to the catalog to see other stuff that I might want/need!
     
  6. Montanacowboy

    Montanacowboy New Member

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    I have an RCBS electronic scale and haven't had any problems in the three years that I've had it. I still have and use my 5-10 RCBS balance scale. I have compared the two with powder and they come to within 1/10 gr. of each other. MC
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I like my electronic scale but you don't need one. Tango is right, a draft with mess with them but then again a draft will mess with a beam scale too. The biggest thing for me is that it's faster....that's it. It's like a digital caliper, you don't need one but they are nice. Although, I learned on dials and I still like dials....go with what works for you.
     
  8. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    I have a buddy who reloads in his unheated garage. He tells me the electronic scales drift with temperature. If your bench is in a climate controlled area, it should be OK.
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I haven't noticed this. I loaded 300rds yesterday in an unheated space and I wanted to double check my charge so I pulled out the beam scale and it was spot on with my digital.
     
  10. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    I'm buessing he sets up "zero" cold and as the garage warms up during the day, his scale drifts up a couple of grains. Just going from what he has told me as I haven't been there to witness this myself. Maybe it is his Dillon powder measure?
     
  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I could see it changing as the scale warms....parts expand but I haven't seen it personally. I use a frankford arsenal I found somewhere on sale. I know they're cheap but everytime I've checked it against my beam scale it's been dead on.
    It makes weighing the charges for my magnums a heck of a lot faster.
     
  12. rifleman55

    rifleman55 New Member

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    Do keep the electronics away electronics and if the temp changes or you notice it drifting, re calibrate.

    A scale should be turned on about an hour before using it to warm it up.

    One thing that caused my scale to drift was static electrcity. I rub the scale down with dryer softener sheets before starting to load and keep a sheet or two under the scale while using it. It has stopped the drifting.
    Try it, it works

    John K
     
  13. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Amazon.com has alot of scales as well as smoke shops.