what powder scale to buy

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by camoman80, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. camoman80

    camoman80 Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2004
    I am going through my shop and up gradeing one piece of equipment at a time. I am looking for a good powder scale to buy that will not brake the bank. Is it better to buy a digital one or a mechanical?
  2. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2007
    From a practical standpoint, the RCBS ChargeMaster Combo is the choice. It eliminates both a mechanical scale and a mechanical powder measure. However, its 300+ price tag may be prohibitive. Here's a nice discussion:

    RCBS's ChargeMaster. - 24hourcampfire

    The ChargeMaster's process can be accelerated by manually adding powder to the pan while it is discharging.

    The better mechanical scales are made by Ohaus and are marketed by Dillon and RCBS (502, 505 and 10-10). Redding's scale is also excellent. The 505 scale, which is featured in RCBS's RC kit, is three-poise; all of the others mentioned are two-poise. Some like complexity, others simplicity.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009

  3. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    I have the PACT dispenser and scale combo. I got it used for $125. I've also seen them used a couple more times for about the same price.

    Usually, you will get other electric and manual scales and combos from people upgrading to the Chargemaster.:D

    If you ever plan to go to the electric combo, I'd recommend biting the bullet and going straight for the RCBS. Spend once, cry once.
  4. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    Digital. RCBS ChargeMaster. Makes reloading so much faster. JohnnyK.
  5. ejones338

    ejones338 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    I've had the lyman 1200 DPS for a couple of years now and would definately by another one if it was stolen, lost, or broken.
  6. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    If you're a long term thinker and like to spend money only once and have something that will serve all purposes present and future the digital scale with the charge thrower is the way to go.

    My teeth gritted a bit when I cushed out the cash for an RCBS Chargemaster but now a couple of years later, I have no regrets whatever.