Thumbs Up for Ohaus

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Chief1942, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Chief1942

    Chief1942 Well-Known Member

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    Purchased an older, used Ohaus 10-10 beam scale but it didn't come with an instruction manual. Went to the Ohaus site and contacted their customer/tech support to see if I could obtain one on these discontinued scales. Got a reply back within 24 hours and two separate manuals attached to the email. Now that's customer service for you. Shame it is all too rare these days.:cool:
    Hats off to Ohaus!
     
  2. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    Is the Ohaus 10-10 different from what RCBS is selling these days? I have an earlier M-5 that was marketed by Lyman; it doesn't have the rotary poise that is currently provided. I downloaded the instructions from RCBS's site, but will take a look at what Ohaus may have. The RCBS instructions are more extensive that what Lyman provided. Thanks for the post.
     
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  3. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    I have an older Ohaus 10-10. It is identicle to RCBS except color.

    Ohaus is no longer sold, I think RCBS bought them or the rights or something.

    I also have the older Ohaus powder measure. These are pretty darn accurate and if you can locate one, for a manual dispenser they are hard to beat.

    I think someone did a review on them on 6mmbr.
     
  4. Chief1942

    Chief1942 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I can't answer your question. I got the Ohaus 10-10 because as I was trying to absorb all the experience I could from those already in the reloading game, the Ohaus beam scale was highly spoken of. When I saw one at a decent price, I grabbed it. I will have one of Redding's scales when I get my Redding Boss kit and I suspect that will most likely be the scale I use most often, but didn't figure it would hurt to have another around to make comparisons to as to accuracy. Since it seems the powder charge is one of , if not the most critcal aspect of reloading, I want to be as accurate as I can be.
     
  5. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Chief1942, smart to have 2 scales can never be to sure...especially if your playing around with max loads. I also like using check weights.
     
  6. Fitch

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    +1.

    For rifle ammo I have a 25 year old Ohaus 10-10, a Redding beam balance, an RCBS charge master, a Redding BR3, a 50 year old Lyman 55 (that still works just fine), and a set of check weights.

    For rifle ammo, all of which is loaded in the Redding "D" frame press, I set the 10-10 with the check weights to the nearest 1/2g and then adjust the rotary weight to the desired reading, pre-measure the charge with the RCBS ChargeMaster, dump it on the 10-10, trickle to weight, and dump it in the brass.

    I only use the BR3 and Lyman 55 for AA2460, or other ball powders.

    I load handgun ammo from .380 through .45LC deer loads in the Dillon 550 and use the Dillon powder measure after setting it up by weighing charges on the 10-10 calibrated by check weights.

    The Redding measure was relegated to storage after it turned out it was always the one that was wrong when the two scales disagreed during a 500 cartridge test run.

    I came to lose trust the Charge Master over time so just use it as an easily adjustable pre-measure. when I first got it I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Over a period of a year reality set in in the form of increased extreme MV spreads and I went back to the balance beam as the final measurement before pouring the powder into the brass, and the extreme MV spreads came back down at the same time..

    Fitch
     
  7. Chief1942

    Chief1942 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info Fitch. I just took reciept of my Redding Big Boss reloading kit that included their beam scale. I must say that on initial inspection I was somewhat disappointed in the overall quality of the Redding unit. The poise at the right side seems extremely flimsy and is nowhere as easy to set as the one on the Ohaus. Of course looks don't determine accuracy and as I get the chance to use both and make a true comparison, my initial thoughts may change.:rolleyes:
     
  8. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Fitch, do you think it's overkill to use 2 balance beam scales. In otherwords measure powder on 1 scale and then transfer to 2nd scale to confirm?
     
  9. Fitch

    Fitch Well-Known Member

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    What I think doesn't matter, it is what gives you confidence in the result that matters, and that will depend on what you have on your bench.

    When I didn't have confidence in my scales and didn't know which one to trust, I used check weights to set them and then used more than one. Once I had figured out which one I could trust (the Ohaus 10-10 is the only trust worthy one of the three), I just use it and trickle to weight after setting it with the check weights.

    Bottom line, check weights are the key to the process once one has confidence in the scale.

    Fitch
     
  10. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    +1
    One scale agreeing with another doesn't mean that both are correct. Two scales disagreeing with each other doesn't mean that either is correct.
     
  11. Chief1942

    Chief1942 Well-Known Member

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    In appreciation of that little bit of wisdom, I ordered some scale check weights today:D. It is simply great having those with vastly more reloading time under their belts being willing to share their thoughts and personal experiences with us newbys. Thanks.