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Old 07-17-2018, 7:53 PM
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Default Digital reloading scale

Hey guys, Iím in the market for a digital reloading scale. Iíve had my eye on the Dillon terminator scale. Is there any other options that I should consider before I pull the trigger on this one. I tried the search option and didnít see anything.
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Old 07-17-2018, 7:58 PM
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Spend half and get the Lyman micro. I made the mistake of getting the Hornady micro scale for $30, it sucked. Spent 60 and got the Lyman and it worked great.

If you want to spend that kind of money, get an autocharge digital scale system. No reason to spend $140ish for a simple digital scale.
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Old 07-17-2018, 8:25 PM
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Questions you need to ask yourself is what do plan to use it for? And how accurate do you want it?

The cheep digitals are strain gauge scales and they drift, Drift really bad. Mag force restoration is the way to go but they start at $400 and go up from there.
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Old 07-17-2018, 8:40 PM
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I’m not looking for anything that is super precise. I have used a frankford arsenal pocket scale and it’s junk. Was wondering if the Dillon drifts like that or not.
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Old 07-17-2018, 9:14 PM
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I load for rifles only and have both an inexpensive digital scale and a beam scale. I measure each charge and occasionally cross check using both scales. Plus or minus .1 grains is the best I'm likely to get and for my purposes, that's good enough.
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Chargemaster combo.

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Yeah I was looking at that combo. May just buy that.
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I wish I would have bought one much sooner in my reloading career. I love it.

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Iím not looking for anything that is super precise. I have used a frankford arsenal pocket scale and itís junk. Was wondering if the Dillon drifts like that or not.
They all drift. especially in this heat. My gempro 500 is pretty much useless in temps above 80˚f. Tried every thing drifts and drifts bad. like picking up a few grains drift . That scale I replaced with my AnD FX120i. That said though in 65-70˚f temps the gempro scale is spot on.
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I have digital and beam . They all drift .
The digital is / are plugged in all the time .
My advice is go cheap - buy a good set of weights , a beam and digital .
Stay away from batteries unless you can also plug in ,
The 2 beams are on bench all the time .
Since I load by .1 on powder- I don't really need anything better.
I do recheck powder dump at a tube of pills or about 20 on larger dumps .
I just don't trust my throwers .
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Amston Scales <amstonscales@aol.com>

This company was fair in my dealings with them. I went for a higher accuracy scale (though not the highest). What I have is a lot more accurate than the typical Lyman, etc. I would consider it an economy lab scale.
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I use a chargemaster combo but leave it on for at least an hour and then calibrate it before each use. I also check it periodically against a beam scale too. The accuracy is more than adequate for me.
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I leave mine plugged in all the time . Just because it says zero , hit the zero button again .
I have a step above weights [ cheap - you just get more weights . ]
I use them on beam - then electric scale . Any reading between + / - .02 good enough .
Every thing picks up dust and spiders craw into weird places , so wipe down all the pars
before you weigh .
If you don't want to buy or wait for weights - just use a pill / bullet and write the weigh on
it with marker .
ALWAYS CHECK WITH ANOTHER SCALE OR BEAM .
Yes you should have at least 2 . What if you only have one and it gets lonely and jumps
on floor - do you stop reloading and go buy / find another .
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I have a PACT scale that has served me well for a long time.
Then I bought a Lyman combo. It broke so I sent it in and they fixed it. Then it broke again and they said they would sell me the new model for half price full retail.
So my buddy bought a Hornady combo unit and it was doing fine. Then I bought one and have used the heck out of it and it still is doing just fine. We bought them because they were quite a bit cheaper than RCBS and money was a problem at the time. The RCBS unit was always a top level unit. The Hornady seems to be also. Now I see RCBS has a new unit out without all the extras that I never use anyway.


But to the OP's question---I would think the Dillon unit would work well. I have not found anything they make to be junk. Just my thoughts
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OP, you should consider the A&D fx120i. it's a lab scale/balance. Uses MFR (Magnetic Force Restoration). it's very fast compared to my Chargemaster Lite.

other lab scales to consider:
Sartorius
Ohaus

Also recommend either a 50gram or 100gram class 1calibration weight. you'll use this often.
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I have a RCBS 505 beam scale right now. Was just looking for something a little faster. The Dillon was a good looking unit and it’s blue ��. I will look at the other options as well. Thanks for the recommendations!
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I've been using a Chargemaster Combo with the McDonalds straw upgrade, and started using this digital scale in tandem with a manual powder trickler. My first load test saw single digit deviations in velocity across 5-shot strings.

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