Friends don't let friends get digital scales! I do own a couple of them, but I only use them for weighing brass and that kind of thing. When weighing brass, within about a full grain or so is usually more than good enough most of the time. Besides, it is more important to check actual case capacity than to Just Weight Sort. By the time you invest enough time, money, and energy into getting a *GOOD* set of digital scales, you could have invested in a new barrel for your rifle and perhaps have had money left over towards a scope.
Now, I am sure there are some folks who swear by digital scales. I mainly swear at them. Buyer be ware.
perhaps in the last couple years the newest gen of digital have got more consistent. They are faster, I grant that..sorta... With mine, I have checked them against both a redding and an rcbs 1010 and the digital was never better than about .3 or so... I am anal about my loads, 3 tenths may as well be chuckin rocks at them!
Hey, if it works though, and you are having good luck with it than that is great.
I am on the fence on this one (Digital or balance scales).
I have and use both and they both have there strengths and weaknesses.
The beam scale is very consistant as long as you Zero it each time before you use it with
the weights provided.(Don't assume that it will always be dead on).
The Digital scales are faster than the beam scales and I use them most of the time to weigh
cases and bullets.
The Charge master powder measure uses a digital scale and if I'm going to use it I weigh
A charge and then adjust the weight to match the load data weight developed using a
beam scale.(The adjusted weight may not be the same numbers but actual powder charge
will be identical) .
I find that most digital scales do not allways agree with the beam scale by a few 10ths of a grain
so I use my beam scale as a "Gold Standard" to work off of. This does not mean that the beam
scale Is perfectly accurate at any weight, is is just very repeatable if set up correctly.(And I trust
gravity better than electronics).
Which is best? I don't know, but I am very comfortable with my use of both types and will stay with
both until such time that I have 100% confidence in the digital.
+1 to what JE said. I just thought about one gotcha on a beam scale, if you have a ceiling fan or A/C ect that creates air movement, it can make your beam scale bounce around and give bad readings. I would imagine same goes for digital. So for me, I turn my ceiling fan off or down to low setting and make sure my A/C is blowing away from my reloading station.
Everyone, thank you for the feedback, it has been very helpful , sorry for all the newbie questions.
Today at 100 yards the same load did about 5/8 's of an inch, and at 300 yards was 3 and 1/4 inch horizontal x 1 inch vertical, should I expect any better from my factory rifle? In which order should I experiment with the variables ? powder? bullet type, or weight ? distance from the rifling? out here in central oregon its windy all the time so I wanted to use as heavy a load (55 Gr 22-250)as the barrel could spin thanks again Scott