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Unread 03-02-2006, 09:04 PM
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Re: Digital vs beam!!

I have had several different scales over the years both digital and balance beam, I knew without a doubt that my RCBS 1010 was the most accurate scale on the market, my powder pro digital was for nothing more than weighing cases and bullet's. ENTER the RCBS Charge Master combo. this is one item (at least for now ) is in a league of its own the Lyman and others dont even compare . to make it simple if you want the best balance beam try and find a 1010 (hard to find now)digital Charge Master Combo.
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Unread 03-03-2006, 07:55 AM
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Re: Digital vs beam!!

Depends. If your beam scale has a mirrored section around the zero mark then it's probably more consistent than a digital. I have a Lee balance and Dillon and CED digital scales. The Lee balance doesn't have the mirrored zero and parallax error as measured on the digital scales runs as high as .4 a grain. I've loaded some accurate rounds on the balance scale so it may not be that much of a factor. The CED digital scale works fine for reloading as long as I recalibrate every 10-15 rounds. I probably wouldn't have to calibrate as often if I could keep from bumping the scales.
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Unread 03-03-2006, 09:31 AM
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Re: Digital vs beam!!

The RCBS 1010 is a good scale and every reloader should have a good beam scale. Easy to calibrate and you know it is accurate.

As for digitals, you need to read the test results of extensive testing on www.6mmbr.com on this very subject. My DPS 1200 was not worth a flip as far as accuracy goes. My new RCBS chargemaster has retaining zero issues (change pans and get the mod the factory is doing now put in it) and is not reliable.

As far as extreme accuracy goes, you better weigh to a tenth if you want accuracy. The best high power shooters now are using the Promethius system ($1200) to give them digital speed with beam accuracy.

I use a Ohaus navigator that measures to .001 and is 100% accurate. I throw with the RCBS about .2 under and then trickle or dipper the final amount on the navigator.

.2-.3 variances in powder will throw your accuracy off and routinely leads to lot of vertical in LR groups.

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Unread 03-03-2006, 01:31 PM
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Re: Digital vs beam!!

I use Federal 210M in my 243 AI and 215M(Magnum Benchrest) in my 300WSM

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