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505 scale

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by maclellan1911, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. maclellan1911

    maclellan1911 TS Member

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    I am useing the rcbs 505 scale for reloading. I also would like to get a good electronic scale. The choices are seeming endless. I have seen many on ebay. One particular company Digitalsnail has many listed for great prices. Just not so sure of the scale? What should I be looking at when puchasing a digital scale for loading
     
  2. Dave P

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    I'd look for weights to set the scale by for accuracy and the warranty. Naturally price is a consideration but accuracy is most important in my mind along with price.
     
  3. maclellan1911

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    Dave most of the scales I have looked at come with weights. What would be acurate enough +/- .1 ? .01 grains Most have with 5 year warrenty.
     
  4. Bawana

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    Ohaus is the leader in scales. They make scales for RCBS. Pact is also a good scale and I think they are also made by Ohaus.
     
  5. kenf

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    Are you looking just for the scale, or want the dispenser to go with it. I used to have the old RCBS dispenser and scale made by PACT, and it was fussy. Their new model is much better. Easy to calibrate and is reliable. My 0.02
     
  6. maclellan1911

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    Just a scale, something I can use for checking my powder drops. I check randomly when loading to make sure consistant. 1st 10th 25th ect ect. I also check each time I fill bottle ect ect. Just tired of moving the weights on 505 for checking.
     
  7. superxjeff

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    Buy a Dillon and when it gets fussy or breaks you can send it back for a new one. Pretty cheap insurance policy. Jeff
     
  8. les morgan

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    I agree with the above recommendation to buy a Dillon. However just for fun check out the Acculab Vicon VIC-123. Weighs to .02 grains with 1800+ grain capacity. Around $220 at valuescale.com. I didn't really need it, but it sure is nice, large backlit numbers, fold up cover, leveling feet with built in level, runs on 110ac, etc.
     
  9. maclellan1911

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    Frank, for me the only advantage would be not moving the weights. electronic Instant read out for checking multible drops and averages. the 505 is a great scale. I was surprised by how acurate it is.
     
  10. BDodd

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    Yeah, Frank, the digital is faster, more accurate than your vision, and you can move it around on your bench with having to re-zero it like you should with a balance beam....Bob Dodd
     
  11. Pull Bang

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    I have the Pact Digital Precision Powder Scales. Over all I like this scales. It does a good job and is easy to use.

    On the down side I find that it is very fussy to calibrate and will drift off of calibration. It is very sensitive to vibrations, I have it on a separate table from my reloader. I found that if I plug it in a "day in advance" of using it, the scales will hold calibration. If I plug it in and use it right away the calibration will drift up to .8 grains. Pain in the butt to keep it calibrated. Plugging it in, in advance resolves this problem.


    Once it is holding calibration this scales if very nice to use. I just wish I knew the secret, to "plug and go" without continuously calibrating it until it settles down!


    Frank
     
  12. BDodd

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    Most of the drifting problem with the digitals is the slightest breeze. My Dillon will wander for a moment or two just having me walk by it on the work bench or wave a hand over it. The doors and windows must be closed when using it with any seriosity. When doing random checks every 100 or so, it's a piece of cake to sneak up on it or let it settle before weighing. Then, it's true that for the first few minutes it's not unusual for the digital to do some wandering or drifting. I generally turn it on/plug it in and give it 5 or 10 minutes while preparing the loader for use - primers in the tray, top off powder and shot, get the shells lined up, wads, yada yada. I often find it several 10ths off at that point and will zero it (push a button) a couple of times then it's good to go. Would I still put up with that rather than deal with the balance beams were I starting over? You bet....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  13. maclellan1911

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    good info tom
     
  14. Baber

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    Stay away from the PACt scale its a POS. Could never get mine to stay in zero. Lyman made a good one. I had one but lost it in a flood.

    TB
     
  15. BDodd

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    Tom, oh heck yeah, I'm always connected to the wall and don't keep a battery in the scale. RE your 505, if there was a little spot or miniature shelf where the scale could be zeroed and I trusted it not to change, I'd probably be delighted with the balance beam. But, I've dabbled with the balance beams for a very long time in the last century and found it would change 1/2 or more of a grain just by moving it from one place to another on the same desk or work bench. There can be little debate they must remain stationary to be zeroed while the digital just doesn't have that problem.....Bob Dodd
     
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    I got one of the 50 grain scales from digitalsnail. Came with a weight to calibrate with. Easy to calibrate. The air from the air conditioner will not mess with it either. Works good, it's fast, large numbers and easy to read. Seems to be accurate. Displays in four modes and has a tare feature. Spent more on shipping than I did on the scale. Warranty 5 years. this scale cost $4.95 if it dies I think I can afford a new one. Don't get me wrong I won't give up my Hornady mag balance ( beam )scale. Paul
     
  17. maclellan1911

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    Im not looking to replace my 505, just something a bit quicker. If I had doubt about a charge I would check with 505.
     
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