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JJD
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Powder scale

Has anyone tried the new digital powder scale / measure units?

I was thinking of getting one, but everyone I know who reloads is old and uses a mechanical powder measure and balance beam scale.

If you have one;

How do you like it?

Easy to set up?

How accurate?

What brand?

Thanks

JJD

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I started off with a RCBS

I started off with a RCBS beam scale then bought a digital scale. The digital scale sets up easy but you have to let it warm up. It works ok but I never use it, (I thought I had to have one). I love my scale beam and its what I use. If you want to spend a little cash on something extra then buy a dial micrometer adjuster screw for your powder dispencer.

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I use a digital scale and

I use a digital scale and love it.  I can ensure the scale returns to zero after filling each load.

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I use both.  I have a beam

I use both.  I have a beam scale and a digital scale.  I measure a load using the beam scale and then make sure the digiatal scale read the same.  I then use the digital scale and then about every three or four loads I recheck with the beam scale.  Takes a bit longer but it is worth it to make sure my loads are all even.  I have too thought about one of the powder drop digital scales or the powder drop tube style.  I just have a hard time going away from what has worked for many years.

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Why do you compare the

Why do you compare the digital scale against the beam scale? 

Is there some reason to believe the beam scale is more accurate than the digital scale?

What I found with the RCBS beam scale was that after several loads, its zero-balance position would change sometimes, not all the time, just sometimes which meant all the loads I weighed were off.

I like the digital scale because it came with calibration weights that I use to calibrate the scale before each use and I can make sure it returns to zero before each weighing.  It is also quicker than the beam scale because you don't have to wait as long for the indications to stop oscillating to get a good reading.

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I have never owned a digital

I have never owned a digital scale but at one time thought about it. Then before I did I started hearing reports about problems with them, mostly as mentioned above, maintaining the zero balance. I really don't know if that is valid though, as I started out reloading using powder dippers, how accurate could that be? Probably very accurate as my present powder measure is really nothing more than a bulk measure, like a dipper. Big difference is with my present measure I can change the size of my dipper when ever I choose. I'm certain there will never be a digital scale for me. Just doesn't sound to me like it would save me all that much time. The reloading tool company's are making new things all the time to sell handloiader's a better way. But I doubt they are a better way and I doubt most save all that much time.

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I have one, never used it

I bought an RCBS digital scale in a box load of reloading equipment that I picked up in the local classified advertisements.  There was a lot of good stuff in there but I didn't get directions with teh scale and have never gotten it to run.  It reads error and probably needs calibrating and resetting.  I'm sure thatthere is an easy way to do it, but I have two perfectly good balance scales so I really haven't bothered to research it the way that I should.  I'm just throwing this out for trivia's sake in case you ever get a chance to buy a used one.  Make sure that you know how to run it before you drive home!!!  That's my advice anyway  Thumbs up

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I bought the RCBS Scale with

I bought the RCBS Scale with dispencer about 4 yrs ago.  both of my beam scales have been setting on the shelf ever since.  I claibrate before each use, enter the weight hit enter. My setup has only dispenced 3 over weight, this unit has dispenced over 10,000 charges,

I will give a big yes to the RCBS scale and dispencer

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PACT Digital scale/dispensor

I own and use a PACT digital scale & powder dispensor. I love it and got rid of my last beam scale. I find it to be very accurate but it does require some effort to set up and zero each time I want to use it.

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Well you guys are a bunch of

Well you guys are a bunch of help (tic) Confused

I Have been using a bench rest type measurer and Blanace beam scale for about 35 yrs.  My present scale holds its zero quite well.  I do check it every 10 to 20 rds to be sure.  I scale every load for accuracy.

Was thinking the measure scale dispensing unit might speed up the process.  I would be unhappy spending $200 to $300 plus on a unit only to find it was costing me more time than I am already spending.

How often are having to rezero/ calibrate these newer systems?

 

JJD

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My scale came with two

My scale came with two weights so I calibrate it before I use it each time.  Only takes 30 seconds so I figure why not make sure it is right on the money. 

I don't have to zero the scale while loading.  It always returns to zero, I can just make sure each time unlike with the beam scale.

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