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advice on scales

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by HoosierHawk95, Jan 15, 2009.

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  1. HoosierHawk95

    HoosierHawk95 Member

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    I am a beginner reloader. I would like advice on a quality measuring scales for shot and powder from those of you who are experienced. Although I welcome all advice on this purchase, I am particularly interested in your thoughts concerning a balance beam type vs. an electronic scales. Thanks for your feedback.
     
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    Pact is made by the same people whomake RCBS scales. You can buy them from Midway.
     
  3. Trap2

    Trap2 Well-Known Member

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    The electronic unit is much easier and more efficient to use than a balance beam scale, The best electronic scale is PACT. Visit www.pact.com.....Dan Thome (Trap2)
     
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    I have had an electronic Pact scale for about six years and it still works great. I still have a balance beam just in case...Bill
     
  5. Bridger

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    My Pact is so old it is the battery operated model, it does not have an AC adapter. It has given me excellent service and I would buy another one without hesitation. The balance beam scales are very accurate and much less expensive but of course much slower. If you buy an electronic scale don't try and get by with an off brand inexpensive scale as you will probably regret it. If you can set up your scale in a draft free area you will probably get along fine with the electronic. You don't have to do as much measuring in shotshell reloading as you would for metallic cartridge so the balance beam will serve your needs if you want to keep costs down. While electronic scales can have problems, I had a balance beam that was inaccurate and that's when I went to the Pact.
     
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    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    I got a really low cost one from Midway. I think it was a Frankford Arsenal brand. Works nice.

    The digital ones are no more accurate than the balance ones, but they're so much easier to use.
     
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    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    The electronic scales are infinitly more accurate than a beam scale, BUT ONLY IF YOU BUY A GOOD ONE. I suggest Ohaus. They are INTEP approved and won't be real cheap.
     
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    HoosierHawk95 My suggestion is until you are sure what you want for a scale. You might want to try the one that I have placed a link for above

    You will be able to see if the digital scale is what you want then if you want to spend hundreds of dollars at least you know what you are getting into. JMO

    Bob Lawless
     
  9. HoosierHawk95

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    Thanks to all for the help and input. Your advice was exactly what I was looking for.
     
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    http://www.eabco.com/electronicpowderscale.htm
     
  11. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    HoosierHawk95:

    Any decent scale whether electric or balance beam is accurate to one tenth of a grain. The primary difference is ease/speed of use.

    I have both types but rarely use the balance beam. As previously noted, electronic scales are INORDINANTLY faster and easier to use. Put the item to be weighed in the pan and the digital display shows the weight instantaneously.
    A person can accurately weigh samples as fast the samples can be placed on the scale.

    With a balance beam, you put the item in the pan then fiddle with sliding beam weights and wait while the the beam swings back and forth. Weighing one sample takes approximately... FOREVER!

    Some balance beam scales have magnetic dampers. Economy models don't. Both are still accurate to 0.1 grain but by using a unit with the magnetic dampers you can weigh a sample in about three minutes less than forever.

    sissy
     
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