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Lee Scale Rocks!!!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by WiskyT, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    ...old Lyman Ohaus scale rocks more!!!

    As you all know, I have been a big defender of the Lee Safety Scale. I still am. It works. It does what it's supposed to do and costs about $22.00. If you don't weigh often, and if you use the Auto Disc or dippers you don't need to weigh often, it's good enough to make ammo. Making ammo is the goal of a great many reloaders.

    However, along with many cool items that I inherited from my father's gear, is a 1970 or so Lyman beam scale made by Ohaus in Florham Park, NJ. Florham park is just a stones throw from where I grew up. Well, this thing is much faster and easier to use than the Lee scale. The closest equivalent I could find to it is the RCBS 502, which looks to be the same thing with modern styling. The RCBS is $72.00. The Dillon requires frequent weighing, due to it's infinitely adjustable charge bar.

    The Lyman scale, and I ASSume RCBS version, is so fast that I don't think a digital would be much faster. Coupled with my distrust of digital scales, at least $100.00 digital scales, I conclude that for people who can afford it, the RCBS 502 might just be the best scale out there. For people who can't afford it, or don't weigh often, the Lee is more than adequate.

    If you listen carefully, you can hear C4W having chest pains...
     
  2. dudel

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    Yep. Ohaus makes a great scale. A quality product will continue give that great feeling for many,many years. Lower quality stuff doesn't.
     

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  3. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    This where charting powder weights using one of these, has for me in even just a shorttime already proven to be invaluble.

    http://www.uniquetek.com/site/696296/product/T1231
     
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  4. fredj338

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    so.cal.
    And that pretty much sums it up WT. I do so dislike adequate though.
     
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  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Does it look like this?
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    Your dad was obviously a man of class and distinction... more proof that the apple sometimes does fall, very, very far from the tree. :whistling:


    Jack
     
  6. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    That looks like a great product, but this machine will be dedicated to 40SW. That means I'll rarely change powder settings. So for the occasional change, I'll just do it by the seat of my pants. I made one change, from 4.5 to 5.0 Bullseye and got it right the first try, 1/4 turn. Not bad, especially with the scale that gives a reading relatively quickly. The first adjustment got me on, I reweighed the same charge by tiping the beam and letting it settle, which it did right back on the dot. Then I weighed three more and all were right on the money.
     
  7. Colorado4Wheel

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    Why is the two poise so much faster in your opinion? I really don't see how it requires "frequent weighting" but I really don't know what you mean by that.

    I said the Lee scales sucks. Never said it doesn't work. :tongueout:
     
  8. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Actually, it looks nothing like that. It looks almost identicle to this:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=605320
     
  9. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    You're right... they look nothing alike but I bet they both do the same thing, weigh stuff.


    Jack
     
  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    The Lee and the Lyman are both two poise, but the Lyman poise is easier to manipulate on the fine scale. The speed difference comes from the quicker settling and the more positive action of the beam. The Lee beam wanders around and then STOPS, which doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. That means I have to tip it a couple of times to make sure it repeats, which it always does. The Lyman beam is more linear in it's settling and just seems to be more confidence inspiring.

    In terms of frequency of weighing, the Lee disc measure really can't be wrong. the 0.38cc cavity has been throwing 3.5 Bullseye for me for 25 years and the cavity can't change. I don't need to weigh with 99% of my loading because I already know what the measure is going to throw. With the Dillon, and standard adjuster, you have to dial it in with a scale to know what you are throwing. Plus, in theory, the Dillon could come out of adjustment, so it should be checked here and there. With the Lee, as long as it is going to full stop on each cycle, it has to be right, ASSuming your not loading stick powder with it. Even with SR4759 stick powder it was always consistent, no bridging.
     
  11. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    National Muzzle Loading Assoc, is that the precursor to the National Rifle Assoc? I could just see you in the audience getting choked up when Dan'l Boone, President of the NMA held up his presentation slingshot and proclaimed "From my cold, dead hands!!!"
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

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    I agree, I like the Lee Discs. I don't weight often on my Dillon either. So it's not a issue.

    The lee I have takes forever to settle. It's also far more sensitive then needed so minor adjustments on the adjuster throw the adjuster really far. It's hard to get it to actually settle to the adjustment that puts the pointer in the middle. Tap (didn't move), tap (moved to little), tap (moved too much), tap it back the other way (moves too much again). It's like chasing your damb tail. Totally not worth saving $32 for that pleasure.
     
  13. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Hold the Lee beam still with one hand, and move the fine poise with your fingertips ON YOUR OTHER HAND! That is why you have two hands. Take the other hand out of your shorts and give it a try:rofl:
     
  14. Colorado4Wheel

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    Wow, never thought of doing that. :faint:

    Thats sarcasm if you can't recognize it.

    So you hold the thing, move it by hand, let go to let it settle, it's not right, grab it again, move the thing what may/may no be the right amount and start all over. Still a PITA.

    For those that don't know the Lee scale does not have indents for the .1 gr adjustment. You tap/move a slider and hope it settles in the right spot. The way you then read it is with this white/black line disappearing setup. You have to guess when it starts and stops at a certian point to get the .X grain amount. The quality of that venier varies from scale to scale. Mine is horrible, my buddies was OK but not great. It's not a easy setup to use and has some abeguity (sp?) built into the system which adds even more confusion.
     
  15. PCJim

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    And that product you linked to, RCBS 502, is actually an Ohaus 5-0-5 scale. The 5-0-5 is not marketed under that name any longer. Interesting that is is now available in green with RCBS's name on it. The 5-0-5 was the standard in reloading. I obtained mine in '82 thru an inheritance and still use it today for all my reloading.
     
  16. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    You do realize that you're going to rot in hell, don't you?


    Jack
     
  17. Bello

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    i also dont mind the lee scale it is a lil slow as stated but i kinda just stick my finger over the magnet till it slows and let it go to speed things up a little bit otherwise is pretty accurate to my digital enos scale so i do not have any problems with a lee scale


    P.S. wisky? when you coming back to jersey?
     
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  18. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    :rofl: I have to agree with Steve. A beam scale is defiante and I have one for a back up but IMHO a digital is the way to go.
    One nice feature of a digital is it's very easy to take an average reading within 0.00 of an grain.
    Get your drop to where you think it should be, take 10 drops and just place them in the catch tray of the scale. If your target is 4.1g for example and the total is 41.6g you move a decimal point over and your know average is 4.16g. I realize you can also take a total with a beam, but it's much harder to take a cumilative measurement as your moving through each drop and adding them up in you mind.
     
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  19. PCJim

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    Boxer, I have to disagree. If you want to figure your average on a beam scale....

    I want to confirm that I am dropping a charge of 3.8gr BE. I will drop ten throws into the pan. Move the decimal to the right one place (x 10) and set the scale for 38gr. Confirm the average of the throws and adjust as necessary.

    Granted, I love math and am a trained accountant. Maybe I just see it as a very simple problem that is easily solved.