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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:41:52 PM EST
Im looking for a new reloading scale. I dont want to much money but I dont want to own junk.

I was looking at this http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Reloading/Tumblers-Scales%7C/pc/104792580/c/104761080/sc/104661180/RCBS-Rangemaster-750-Digital-Scale/741113.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fshooting-reloading-tumblers-scales%2F_%2FN-1100197%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104661180%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMMcat104792580%253Bcat104761080&WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104792580%3Bcat104761080%3Bcat1046­61180

If I have to spend 100 I will but it not, Id rather not.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:15:30 PM EST
Amazon has a scientific area. I got a digital scale with a calibration weight there for much less than an actual 'gun brand' one. Just make sure it does grains... Some do, some dont..... Mine has worked very well....
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:34:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:46:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg272/dryflash3/Tools/P1150743.jpg

The cheap digital scales (cost less than about $100) are not suitable to weight powder IMHO.

Because they drift and don't give the same weight with the same charge if you take it off and weigh it again.


Actually, mine is quite repeatable. Ive gone back and rechecked loads from the begin and get same results. I make sure its been on a couple minutes and make sure there is no draft, in summer an open window will throw off your loads from the breeze, no joke. But if i get a nice clean surface, power it up a couple minutes and then throw, i weigh every throw cause im ocd, then the consistency is there. If youre turning it off and on, only weighing 1 in 50 or something... Maybe i guess? But if its on continuous as you work through, ive found mine to be dead on begin to end and rechecking back at the beginning.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 6:46:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 6:59:18 PM EST
I dont disagree on cheap is cheap.
Im not trying to be cheap, Id like to keep it around 100.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 12:31:45 AM EST
Theres a $75 scale on Enos web store that is said to be okay comes with a 20 Year Warranty, EABCO carries what is said to be same scale for $32 but it has a 5 Year Warranty
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:12:54 AM EST
I have the RCBS 750 that you are looking at and the MTM one Dryflash posted.

The MTM was the first scale I purchased. I could never get a consistent reading and ended up putting it on the shelf where it still sits.

Based on some recommendations from here I bought the RCBS 750. It does a pretty good job considering the price. It's not perfect - every once in a while it will drift, but after using it a little while I can tell when it needs to be powered on/off or calibrated. The pan weighs 146.6 and if it shows 146.5, which it does occasionally, I reset it. I have it set up so I can move it away from the fluorescent light and the trickler sits in a space so it doesn't tip. It will keep up when trickling in the pan as long as it's not done too fast. All in all a good value, but I'm sure there are others.

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:14:51 AM EST
Just got a Cabela's sales flyer today. Their FLP 1800 digital scale normally $99.99 is on sale for $69.99 from Nov. 22 thru the 28th only. Looks like a decent scale for a decent price.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:36:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 8:37:44 AM EST by StandingTall]

Check out this site:

http://www.oldwillknottscales.com

I purchased the GemPro 250 and love it. A little bit more than the $100 you're looking to spend but worth it.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:13:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By StandingTall:

Check out this site:

http://www.oldwillknottscales.com

I purchased the GemPro 250 and love it. A little bit more than the $100 you're looking to spend but worth it.


I have one also, and I really like it!

The trick to electronic scales is to place the pan in the same spot every time, if you don't you will get different results. Try placing a quarter on the scale maybe with double sided tape and then place the pan on the quarter.
This will put the weight in the same spot every time.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:46:27 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:13:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 4:16:02 PM EST by xtreme762]
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg272/dryflash3/Tools/P1150743.jpg

The cheap digital scales (cost less than about $100) are not suitable to weight powder IMHO.

Because they drift and don't give the same weight with the same charge if you take it off and weigh it again.



I own one of these, they are junk! If you can't plug it into a wall socket, it ain't worth getting. Most of these digital scales need to be warmed up before they are accurate enough for weighing powder.

You will go through tons of batteries getting the scale to just work correctly. I broke down and got a GemPro 250, and a Chargemaster 1500. Chargemaster gets used for everything, and the GemPro is for the most accurate work to be done. The GemPro also is used to verify charges on occasion.

Your scale is something you don't want to skimp on!

ETA: The GemPro 250 has a lifetime/or 30yr no BS warranty.

ETA2: Send me your addy via PM, and I'll send you my MTM for free! You won't be happy with it though.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 1:31:33 AM EST
I found a 10-15 year old Lyman beam for 25 bucks at gunshop, I'm going to pick up. Also Im returning the Lee its not worth 25 bucks. It cant hold or produce a very precise weight.
I think what Im going to do is get a Charge Master and do the setup shown. With the old Lyman for a duple check. Then mod one of the Lee spoon for target loads. I bought a trickler to.

I agree cheap scales aren;t good. Last thing I need is to get hurt or ruin my gun.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:52:31 AM EST
Second Standing Tall with the GemPro 250!! The best scale period for the money!!
Very accurate to .2 1/100's of a grain!! I have had this scale for over2 years and
have loaded 1000's of LRS loads and nothing compares to this unit. I ordered mine
from OldWillNott Scale as well and it is on sale now!!
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 1:34:33 PM EST
A reloader NEEDS a good mechanical scale. The best value is the Dillon Eliminator! This is the same scale as a RCBS 505. Get a good mechanical scale. Because electronic scales are great for sorting cases or bullets. But, they are suffer even more from other factors....I like the guy who came up with the idea of a using a web cam to zone in on mechanical scale when using a trickler to top off a powder charge dropped from a powder measure.

You can spend a lot of money on Electronic scales....from about 30 bucks to even more.

For $100 budget....the Dillon Eliminator and the GS-1500 Electronic Powder Scale....A scale to last a life time with proper care and cheap electronic scale for sorting....
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