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  1. #11
    Grandmaster red_zr24x4's Avatar

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    We have a 505 and a 502 no digital scales here
    Last edited by red_zr24x4; 09-07-2019 at 18:44.
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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmmoManAaron View Post
    I use a Lyman digital, but you have understand the intricacies of digital scales to get repeatable results. I suspect at least some of the bad reviews are from user error...or cheap junk.

    1. Don't use them around fluorescent lighting.

    2. You have to re-zero the scale periodically during use - for example, the exact same negative number should come up each time the pan of powder is taken off - pay attention to it. If that number is suddenly off (usually by a tenth of a grain) you need to re-zero the scale when you set the empty pan back down on it. If you don't re-zero, then the amount that the scale is off will tend to increase with additional use - this problem is called a wandering zero and you fix it by paying attention and re-zeroing at the first sign of it.

    3. Don't trickle up from 0.0 grn. Put a charge on the pan and then trickle up to the final weight. Trickling up from 0.0 (empty pan) can cause your readings to be off.

    4. When you stop adding powder, wait for the scale to reach a final reading - it tells you it's done weighing when the number blinks once. The number may change slightly after you stop adding powder, if you remove the pan from the scale before the reading is finalized, it will be off.

    I like my digital scale and would never go back to a manual one. It's way faster and very accurate IF you use it properly. Most of the above points are found in the instructions - read them! With digital scales, you probably get what you pay for - a $20 one is probably junk...I think my Lyman was about $100 or so. Hope this helps!
    With my Franklin Arsenal digital I calibrate it at turn on then usually get by quite awhile before recalibration. Your points I learned the hard way. Glad you posted this for others.
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    RCBS chargemaster combo coupled with a Dillon beam scale for good measure.

    Digital is faster and like others have mentioned have a lot of quirks you have to learn to work with. I believe RCBS is about to drop a new chargemaster. I'd be looking real hard at it. Won't hand load without one now.
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  4. #14
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    My 10-10 is over 30 years old still works as good today.
    I check the Chargemaster and Harrell's with it to confirm charge weight. This is the one piece of equipment that I have absolute faith in.

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    Plinker workinman's Avatar

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    Just bought the auto trickler with fx120i scale from a friend. Measure within .02 grains. Hands down the best I've ever used.

  6. #16
    Plinker

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    RCBS 5-10 is rock solid. I have a digital (frankford) but trust this much more.

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    Grandmaster Leadeye's Avatar

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    I use them all, but the beam scales with test weights are good standards.
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    I recently got a Frankford Arsenal Powder Intellidropper. Seems to work fine and less drift than my Dillon standalone scale.

    Beam scales seldom go out of calibration (but they can!) but digital scales are about a million times faster once up and running.

    In addition to the above advice (and some repetition)
    -No fluorescent lighting! Some LEDs probably don't do it favors either.
    -Don't set other electronics near it.
    -Let it warm up AND normalize temperature and humidity. 20-30 mins minimum is what my Frankford Arsenal auto trickler says.
    -Block all air currents: turn off the fan, close the central air vent, close the window, etc.
    -Must put it on a stable structure: Don't set it next to your press while loading or the shaking of the table while you run the press will throw it off.
    -Make sure it's level.
    -Don't move it around.
    -Don't overload it EVER.
    -Use an anti-static dryer sheet from time to time.

    We have some scales at work for measuring way smaller (basically particles of smoke sample deposited on tissue paper for emissions testing) in a basically self-contained clean-room in the basement isolated from the rest of the building with it's own foundation down to the bedrock.

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    My 2nd hand (bought it in the mid 70's) Redding works great but I need a scale that will handle greater weights. I'm shifting more into shooting bullets in the 600-800+ grain range and need better quality control without having to use counter weights on the scale arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgreene78 View Post
    I know it is a lot more but I love my RCBS Chargemaster. It is very consistent. I have loads programmed and set to auto. I dump a charge into a case, put the pan back on the scale. While I am seating a bullet and getting the next case ready, it is dumping the next load.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper 79 View Post
    RCBS chargemaster combo coupled with a Dillon beam scale for good measure.



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