New to reloading. Need help.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by BarbanethRed, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. BarbanethRed

    BarbanethRed New Member

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    I'm just getting into reloading and got a Dillon 550 progressive press, but I'm in need of a scale. I've looked on a few sites and got pretty lost lol. Any advice out there on a good one for target practice loads? Ty for any input.
     
  2. InDefenseofLiberty

    InDefenseofLiberty New Member

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    Any grain scale will work. Brand does not seem to matter imho. As long as it measures in grain capacity it should serve you well. Congratulations on the dillon, I went cheaper and split the cost of a lee with my buddy and we are honestly disappointed in ourselves for not saving for the dillon.

    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~Thomas Jefferson
     

  3. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Why don't you get the Dillon scale? Mine is still working fine after 24 years.
     
  4. scott_gen

    scott_gen New Member

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    How much you think you've saved in 24 years? I bet it's substantial.
     
  5. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    I don't know about saving anything but I've sure been able to shoot a lot more. :D
     
  6. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    Ribs rangemaster 500 digital scale works great
     
  7. Macbeth666

    Macbeth666 New Member

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    My dad has an rcbs 505 he's had forever and I use a digi I got at the gun store
     
  8. Dan308

    Dan308 New Member

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    If you're just loading pistol ammo, I can't see weighing every charge. I just weigh to set up and load away. Rifle is a different story. I dump every charge in the pan and weigh it. Then I use a powder trickler to get the right charge. Then I lift the pan off the scale, let it zero out then weigh that charge again. I think it's easier to be more precise with a digi scale. Of course you could get a RCBS chargemaster if bucks are no object.


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  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You will need a scale to get the powder measure set. The Dillon holds pretty true most of the time. Confirm every 10 drops for the first 100 to insure the measure holds, then every 100 or so.

    Trail Boss does not work well in the Dillon measure. It is too light/fluffy and does not drop all the time.

    Check Midway USA. Their base model digital is a pretty good deal. I have had no problems with mine
     
  10. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    The RCBS 505 will always be a great scale.
     
  11. Macbeth666

    Macbeth666 New Member

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    Yes. Invest in a powder dispenser makes ez work of pistols. DONT BUY LEE MEASURING SCOOPS THEY ARE INACCURATE. U want to load by weight not volume.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I believe you will find the Dllon Powder measure to be pretty dang precise with the right powder. Small kernal extruded, spherical and ball will give darn near match results. It is hard to better by weighing. I load rifle ammo that will shoot sub minute groups and I don't weigh each charge. Much of the distrust of powder measures comes from non-Dillon equipment.
     
  13. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    Get the rcbs rangemaster 505 it works great!