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Old July 21st, 2019, 08:09 PM   #1
 
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Any thoughts on reloading beam scales?

I have used an old Bonanza beam scale for 40 years or more, and it has served me well. I would lke to get a scale that has magnetic dampening, though, and thought I would see what everyone else uses. Any recommendations?



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I have an RCBS 10-10 which I like a lot, it has a micrometer poise for grains and tenths. I used to have the Ohaus version which I used for 40 +/- years. It was always good. Recently,about 5 years ago, I found a good used RCBS/Ohaus 304 Dial-a-Matic balance which I really like. In my mind you can't go wrong with a good used/or new balance. The RCBS 505 is good.

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Its pretty hard to beat a RCBS balance beam scale. I have a RCBS 510, same beam as a 10-10 but with a 505 body. I got it with an Ammo Crafter Kit back in the 70s. For a while, I was sold on digital electronic scales but I must say, a balance beam with magnetic dampening is about as good as it gets for reloading, especially for trickling up to a precise charge weight. I still use my digital scales for weighing batches of bullets.

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I use a Hornady digital scale. Works great and fast if there are no electronics near buy. Tried to use it once on my desk near my PC and it would jump +/- .3 gr and it drove me crazy until I figured it out. It does require a battery which a balance scale does not.
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I am using the Hornady beam scale. Got it back in the early 80s and it still works great. I bought some check weights a couple years ago when I was trying to find a discrepancy in velocity over my chronograph. The scale was still right on which eliminated it as the source. I've never felt the need to try anything else. If it isn't broke, don't try to fix it .
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I been using a small Frankford Arsenal digital scale, seems to work ok. The price was about $25 when I bought it. I double check it now and then with the metal version of the Lyman 505 balance scale. Always a good idea check it with another scale or a weight.
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My RCBS scales have been working for over 40 years now with zero issues.
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RCBS and check weights. I sold my digital scale. My scale has no dampening.
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My 1979 vintage RCBS 5-0-5 beam scale is working like it's still new. Checkweights verify its accuracy.

Don't know if they are still made today like they were in 1979, but it would be hard to improve on that old 5-0-5...

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RCBS 5-0-5 , the magnetic dampening and triple beam adjustments (poise's) are the best thing since sliced bread .
For 40 years I used a Redding #1 it had 2 beam poise's and oil damper but was messy to use so mostly it went undampened . It was stolen about 10 years ago.
I didn't realize how God awful that Redding was untill I started useing the RCBS with magnetic dampening .... I wish the Redding had been stolen sooner .

I also have a Lyman Pro - 500 beam scale as a back up , it's a good scale for the price and notice that Dillion sells a nice scale that looks similar to the RCBS . Triple poise and magnetic dampening , that should also be a good one .
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RCBS seems to carry the day. They no longer make the 505, but I found an Ohaus 505, which is the one they made for RCBS, so looks like I’m good to go. Thanks for all the help.
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i still use mine. However I do have an rlrctronic scale
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I have a Hornady digital, but my Ohaus/RCBS 10-10 is still my primary powder weighing scale. I bought it in 1974.
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I have used the Dillon Precision Eliminator scale for a number of years and am very pleased with it.

From what I have read, I believe it and the RCBS (and maybe others) are made by Ohaus and just differ in minor base / base color differences.

https://www.dillonprecision.com/dill...8_7_25215.html
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I’m still using a 50 year old Pacific......it’s dampened. I had/have a Franklin digital, quit using it because I could pull a powder charged pan off, put it back on and have a different reading every time. Turns out it’s consistently a grain high compared my beam scale and that’s after using the provided check weight.

I guess you know what I’m trusting.
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