Digital powder scales?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by 1969SS396, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. 1969SS396

    1969SS396 Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    the "Mitten" state
    I'd like to know what your expieriences have been in regards to digital powder scale pros/cons/problems.

    I received a Lyman 1200 DPSIII last year for Christmas from my wife, in talking with another reloading friend they told me there was some problems with them accurately metering out powder. I checked mine out against the old reliable 5-0-5 and found mine to be accurate thus far, however I have used it for maybe 200 rounds. Is this a common problem with that scale, will mine become a problem later on, or is my friend misinformed?

    Perhaps if it is, or is going to be a problem I should try to sell it and buy something else?....if so what is a more accurate scale in that somewhat close price range?

  2. DGG!

    DGG! New Member

    Apr 6, 2010
    Check it against scale weights of a known weight. If the weight is calibrated to say 50 gr then you scale should also say 50 gr. If not send it back to be fixed.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I didnt like em. I had the lyman pro1000, not my cuppa tea. I use an RCBS 502 beam scale as its dead nutz accurate up to 505 gr. I use it to weigh bullets, cases and powder....
  4. i have found that once you get your weight correct you must leave scale-dispencer in place.if you move it or it is in an area that has big temp and air movements differences it will screw up from time to time.i set my scales on one spot on my bench and it is never moved. old semperfi
  5. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Congratulations on post #1000, old semperfi.
  6. 1969SS396

    1969SS396 Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    the "Mitten" state
    The scales comes with a weight of "known weight" that is used to check for calibration before I given it checks out each time I use it I would guess I am fine. However I will check myself out against the beam scale to make double sure everytime I use it as well.


    A congrats on post #1,000 too old semper fi
  7. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Any digital scale should be checked and recalibrated before any loading session. I have read that lyman recommends checking the 1200 frequently during sessions.
  8. hunterfisher

    hunterfisher New Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    No problems with mine. I just make sure to verify it's accuracy each time I use it.
  9. 199er

    199er New Member

    May 5, 2010
    Columbia SC
    I've had mine over 4 years and when I first purchased it I regularly verified it's readings against a balance beam scale. After using it for about 10 reloading sessions I 'figured out' the scale's quirts (such as letting it warm up adequately, keeping it out drafts, etc) I stopped verifying the scale's readings with a beam scale. Now I only use my scale check weights to insure the scale is 'zeroed' and operating correctly.

    I've had very good luck with my Range Master 750 scale by RCBS and use it exclusively but there is a 'learning curve' with a digital scale (as with any piece of equipment), albeit not a difficult one.

    Twice yearly, with out disassembling my scale I use a little 'canned air' to blow any dust off the internals of the scale. I had the AC adapter go bad this week. It is out of warranty but I called RCBS and they are replacing it cost free. Good company that RCBS!!

    When I bought this scale I paid about $84 (on sale). Now the Range Master 750 runs about $110 -$120 dollars but can routinely be found on sale for around $99.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  10. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I use the Lyman pro 1000 and deal with the quirks that digital scales produce. It is sensitive to everything in the environment, the best recommendation I have used is to leave it on a good hour before reloading and always recalibrate it just before starting. I think a quality beam scale cannot be beat - set it and forget it, something digital scales just simply cannot provide.
  11. the yooper

    the yooper New Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    i have a 1200 lyman. took me 4 or 5 sessions to get useto it checking it to my ballance scale and calibrating . still calibrating everytime but works well i love it . you will get useto it ash man!!!:)
  12. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    middle GA
    I also agree with all these guys.I have a RCBS Rangemaster 750.Any climate changes including a minor fart can throw it out of calibration.I am buying a good beam scale as soon as I can.Just IMHO. Joe
  13. streetglide45

    streetglide45 New Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Kansas City, MO
    New to the forum. I have the Lyman 1000 electronic scale. It drives me a little crazy. I do let is "warm up" for about 30 minutes before I use it. It still wonders by +/- 2 or 3 grains with weights up around 190 grains. At grains around 10, it will vary by +/- 0.5 grains. I got a beam scale because the digital one wasn't reliable enough for me. Combined with an inconsistant powder thrower and your stuck wondering what the heck is going on!!
  14. reynolds357

    reynolds357 Former Guest

    Oct 24, 2011
    Thats what I use. Cant beat em. To me, its easier to work toward hitting a line than it is to watch numbers flash.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
  15. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Yep. I also just bought a redding oil dampened beam scale from a member here. He sent it yesterday. Cant wait to get it. I like beam scales.
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