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do i need a new scale?

 
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:45 AM
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do i need a new scale?

it seems like i have to re-zero my scale every time i dump the powder from it and i believe its throwing my loads of by .5 gr..am i doing something wrong??or do i need a new one...no airdraft its level on a smooth surface...i dont know what else to do
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:46 AM
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Re: do i need a new scale?

uh, what kind/brand/model scale ?
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:42 AM
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Re: do i need a new scale?

I have been careful with my RCBS. I have weighed bullets close to powder charge,after zero,and have them at hand for random checks. I was throwing charges and trickle, for 87.5Had a 85 bt.that I would place on scale during course of 20 reloads,all OK.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:33 PM
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Re: do i need a new scale?

The cheapo Lyman that came with my original kit way long ago had a lot of drift and it drove me nuts. I spent more time calibrating than loading/shooting.

I got an RCBS Chargemaster 1500 and it has the next load ready to go before I finish seating the bullet in the last one. I can usually charge 50-100 rounds without any drift.

It seems to be reasonably accurate as well. But, I have a more expensive scale for extra precision. Even then, I let the Chargemaster dump the initial load and then trickle the last few hundreths.

For the precision scale, I bought a glass lizzard terrarium and set it upside down over the scale. It's the perfect size with a glass door all of which aids in eliminating air drafts thus improving speed and repeatability.

-- richard
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:20 PM
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Re: do i need a new scale?

its a lyman x1000 or something like that...i got it replaced and it still does itevery so often but not near as much now...and lol cuz i was doing the same thing...hitting the damn CAL butting more than bullets seated in brass...ill just have to invest in a better scale i guess...thanks fellas
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:24 PM
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Re: do i need a new scale?

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its a lyman x1000 or something like that...i got it replaced and it still does itevery so often but not near as much now...and lol cuz i was doing the same thing...hitting the damn CAL butting more than bullets seated in brass...ill just have to invest in a better scale i guess...thanks fellas
I went through 4 Lyman digital scales before I decided that they weren't worth the hassle and happily went back to a powder measure and a RCBS beam scale.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:11 PM
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Re: do i need a new scale?

i don't trust digital scales... they can get screwed up by radio interference, and even the hum of my florescent lights in my shop seemed to make my RCBS digital scale crazy.

Get a good beam scale... pretty foolproof for the most part.

Dan
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