Digital powder scales?

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  1. armoredman

    armoredman New Member

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    As soon as I get it, I'll tell everyone about my experience with the new Berry's Manufacturing scale. :)
  2. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

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    Currently PACT digital here...plus a Lyman and Redding beam scale. Owned a Hornady beam scale before my fire.
    The one I use most often is the PACT.

    Yes, they're touchy to drafts and other external interference...but guess what, a beam scale is too. Anything accurate down to 0.1gr is going to be sensitive to air movement.
    My Ohaus-made Lyman (identical to the RCBS 502) is harder to keep stable than the PACT is. I have a bad taste in my mouth from the magnetic damped beam scales....they're even more sensitive to magnetic fields (I.E. flourescent shop lights, TVs, computer monitors, speakers, etc) than a digital.
    When I use a beam scale, I reach for my old oil-damped Redding.

    At work, our plant uses scales that will weigh over a ton and the QA lab uses small scales accurate down to 0.005 gram. All of em are digital, there's not a beam scale in the bunch. If they work in a food grade lab setting then I think they are good enough for precision reloading work too.

    They key to buying any reloading scale, balance beam or digital, is to get a good quality name-brand unit. The cheapies aren't worth the money and that is where 99% of the bad press for either type comes from.
    Yes, I consider the PACT BBK2 / RCBS Rangemaster750 cheap units too...I know they use a cheaper load cell system that is not as stable as their big brother the PACT Precision / RCBS Rangemaster1500. The BBK2/RM750 is good if you've got a stable temp reloading area, but otherwise, spend a couple extra bucks for the Precision/RM1500. And yes, those two brands are identical units made by PACT so unless you absolutely must have green equipment go with the lower-priced PACT version.
    Both the Lyman 1000 and 1500 are good digitals, as is the Hornady Lock-n-Load digital.

    And whatever you do, absolutely do not waste time or money on any digital priced under $50 dollars...that includes all those cheap battery powered "pocket scales" that have appeared in recent years.
  3. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I never did a minor one.;)
    I use a Lyman scale and have had no issues with it yet. I do have to turn off the ceiling fan and I do recalibrate it often.
  4. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

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    I use a Lyman 1200 DPS 3, and I love it! Used a 10-10 balance beam scale and an RCBS powder measurer for 30 years prior to it, but I found that it wasn't the most accurate for light charges. I let my 1200 warm up for 30-45 minutes and re-check the zero every 50 rounds.
  5. armoredman

    armoredman New Member

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    Never heard of a minor fart. I can clear a truck bay. :)
    Yes, I have to turn off the ceiling fan, and close the AC ducts as well. I can turn on one small fan that blows behind me for cooling, that's it. :)
  6. The Duke

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    Ive had an RCBS Chargemaster for several years...Only problem I had was when a nearby lightning bolt fried the electronics....The blue fireball that passed through the building fried other electronic gear also..

    I sent it back to RCBS and got a new one for $40 bucks...even though it wasnt the Chargemasters fault it got fried...

    I never have had a problem with accuracy or calibration and it is +-1/10g with my 40 year old Lyman beamer....I use it in total confidence and recheck with the supplied known value weights from time to time...
  7. reynolds357

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    They are like everything else. If man made it, it can fail. I dont like them for throwing powder because I think they are aggravating. I base that purely on personal preference. I prefer them to beam scales for weighing bullets.
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