How many of you went back (scales)

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by thumbs, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2002
    I was just weighing some powder and had a heck of a time with my Dillion scale. Just would not keep Zero for some reason. It wasn't repeatable either. I put a new battery in it, used the power adaptor and calibrated it several times. When I put my powder pan on the scale to zero by the time I dumped the powder the scale had already changed. I gave up and went back to my ole beam scale. Really not sure it's any slower by the time I keep messin with the digital scale.
    How many of you guys went back to the beam scale and put the digital on the shelf? I guess I could call Dillion and send it back but.........
  2. dustybrown

    dustybrown Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2009
    had a lynman .... went back to my old ballance

  3. USAF Marksman

    USAF Marksman Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    My opinion might not be what your looking for since I have never had an electric scale. But I can't say that, after using my RCBS 10-10, I will ever get one. I only reload for my rifles and I do it on a single stage press, so I don't think I would be at any real advantage with an electronic scale.
  4. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    I haven't gone back, I never left.

    I used to make my living in the space program and fed my family by repairing/calibrating precision electonic test equipment to NBS standards, ain't no way I'd use a quirky digital scale on my loading bench except for weighing cases and bullets, NEVER my powder. Anyone saying a digital scale is 'faster' than a beam isn't using his beam scale properly.
  5. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    Shoulda bought an RCBS 1500. Not all digitals are the same.
  6. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    I have had/used a triple beam Ohaus beam scale for 40 years and have never regretted it once. Other than an occasional wipe down with an anti static dryer sheet and a very light lubrication on the pivot, I have never had one problem with it.
    Many years ago I got a set of certified calibration test weights and every so often I check it - nuts on.
    I have only had one hic-up with it. We built a new house a number of years ago and I put a ceiling fan in my reloading room. I have to turn the dang fan off when weighing charges as the beam senses the air movement.
  7. feelinducky

    feelinducky Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    I had (still have) a cheap Hornady electronic scale. Never use it anymore. I couldn't figure out why my loads started going all over the place so I switched back to the RCBS 5-0-5 and the loads went back to their old self.
  8. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2003
    +1 Woods
    I don't hold any regrets in use of an RCBS ChargeMaster dispenser.
    I'm confident that I'm loading faster & more accurately than 'most' using separate throwers, tricklers, and beam scales.
    Hell, mine(modified) trickles and locks onto single kernels in weight. Even a Prometheus can do no better than kernel weight allows. And I would not trade my CM for a Prometheus.

    Some of it is in the operating of a scale. Paying attention and detecting when things aren't right.
    OP has done this, he noticed a problem, and now he can fix the problem.
    So it's really not a problem.
    If my CM1500 gets at all quirky, I'll buy another & keep going. It's worth it.

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I use lyman, modified a little (straw in tube and lathe cutting the drop tube to drop powder in center of pan), and like it. very dependable and quick to use. like all new tools, I had a bit of a "learning curve" at first, but after figuring out the quirks, like it.
    Have checked it many times with different balance beams, and very accurate.
  10. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    I have Dillion in my vehicle, and RCBS, RCBS, and Ohaus in my reloading room, but they were all 4 made by Ohaus.
  11. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2002
    Well just loaded some rounds trying to dial a load in. Anyway I did, had to, jump over to my ole
    RCBS 5-0-5. Without a dough it is much faster than my digital Dillion. And in my case one heck of a lot more accurate. I bought the Dillion years ago. I mean 15 or more years. I know I paid at least 150 or so for the thing. Never gave me a bit of a problem until now. I always cross check my loads powder and OAL. The thing that ran up the flag was I couldn't reweigh the same load and get close to the same weight. Also every time I went back to zero by the time I got the powder dropped into the pan and over to the scale it had changed.
    I think it is a life time warranty but not sure. If it does I'll send it back, if not on the shelf.
  12. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    This is the truth. I have used the RCBS beam scale (that's how I started 30 yrs ago) and now have a Lyman 1200 and also a RCBS chargemaster combo. I prefer the RCBS chargemaster to all. I test mine all the time even during a session by simply setting a bullet of known weight in the pan once in a while. It is always within .1 of a gr. My ES is good across my Oehler 35 or my Magneto speed V2. My vertical spread is also good even at a mile plus. I doubt I will even go back to the beam scales. The Chargemaster combo makes my life easier and hand loading more enjoyable.

  13. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    I can't go back even if I want to! I sent my beam scales to the flea market as they fit right in there with the Mod. T Ford parts
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014
  14. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I have an RCBS 1010 AND the Chargemaster and use the Chargemaster 99% of the time. With the beam scales I used an RCBS drop tube measure and got grains of Varget caught in the drop tube all the time. Finally sais the hell with it and bought the ChargeMaster and havent looked back.