Originally Posted by lloydsmale
All i can say is ive used nothing but digital for 10 years now. I have a pact scale and dispensor and a lyman 1200 dispensor and another pact scale just for weighting. I load more then most 10 people do and if they didnt work id sure not be using them. Anyone who says there not accurate just hasnt used one or at least hasnt used a quality one. Id sure as hell trust my pact or lyman as much as id trust any 50 dollar beam scale and trust it way above a 10 dollar plastic lee balance beam. Now is it as accurate as a scale a chemist uses. Hell no. but ive yet to see a loading job that plus or minus a .1 of a grain of powder made a pinch of differnce in and id bet a dime to a dollar that you cant get anymore consistant then that with even a balance beam from rcbs or hornady or lyman. Absolute only two down sides i can see to one is there not cheap and if the power goes out your out of luck but then i guess in the once or twice in my lifetime the power went out while I was actually loading i found something else to do.
Funny how alot of handloaders can be so old school. Some wont use a progressive press. Some wont use a bottom pour casting pot. I know some who havent and wont even try a new powder. Me i handload to shoot not to handload. If something makes that job faster and easier im all over it. Sorry to all you old school guys but electricity was invented years ago and im not one that wants to go back to loading with a handtool using a coal oil lamp. Ive got to balance beam scales left for just in case but youd have to proably pressure wash the dust off of them. If you somehow have yourself convinced your loading better ammo because your using a ballance beam and you feel better about yourself because of it i say go for it. But your never going to convince this guy.
The company I used to work for made balance weights for testing gas turbine engines, and balancing turbine wheel sets. Often at odd ball weights. For years we used Ohaus 304 scales, while the lab inspection used a $10K digital scale. In the tool room where we cut them out of certified bars of brass, the fellows used two scales side by side in Plexiglas boxes built for them. tolerances were usually in the 1/10th grain area, but sometimes just a 1/10th window depending on the application. The scales sat atop a granite surface plate that was level. The guys in instrument repair always had two or three of these scales being worked on (we probably owned twenty). I brought a new Pact scale in one day to see how it compared, and it was clearing better than the 304's in every way. Later I brought in a second identical one, and it was the same. So I brought in the first scale to compare the two with the master that everything was checked off of in the end. (we used three different scales to check to each other, plus we had a $10K scale in the tool room). The results were the same. Every bob weight we made went thru two of these scales, and trust me they were extremely picky about the weights. Nothing is much more exciting then a gas turbine wheel exploding! We later converted over to electronic scales in the tool room (Pact to be exact). Last time I saw the 304's, they were headed to the dumpster.