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New Reloading Setup and Savings

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by riggs20009, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. hiwayman44


    Feb 18, 2013
    Hate to argue, but I have 2 frankford digi scales and they both weigh the exact same as my 505 beam scale and have since I bought them some years ago.
  2. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    I have one as well. Its a POS. Can't trust it. That is why people don't recommended them. Very hit or miss.

  3. hiwayman44


    Feb 18, 2013
  4. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Ditch the video. You can get better free ones on youtube.
    A scale is one of if not the most important item you will buy for reloading.

    I am one of the people would suggest getting a dry tumbler.
  5. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    I'm going to pile in re: the scale. Get a good one! Either of the Dillon scales are fine.

    The Thumbler's Tumbler is fine and many reloaders use it, wet or dry. I used one for many years until the motor burned up. I bought the large Dillon Vibratory Cleaner and Media Separator and I'm glad I have them. I can clean several hundred cases in a single batch, something I could never do in the Thumbler's.

    Case gauges are very handy. I have one for every caliber I load. Opinions will vary widely... Many prefer to check against a chamber but, what, I should check against ALL my chambers? I would never get done reassembling guns! In my experience, if the round fits the case gauge, it fits and will cycle in all the guns.

    Now, rifle is a little different because case expansion is a fact of life. Trimming to length is almost never required for pistol ammo but anything running through a semiauto rifle will probably need to be trimmed.

    For rifles, cases gauges are almost mandatory. You really need to see that the shoulder is in the right place after sizing because the round headspaces in the chamber off of the shoulder. Very important! Also, the case gauge will show which cases need to be trimmed. For a semiauto, that may be most of them!

    If you are loading .223 for a bolt gun, things are different. You don't want to full-length size, all you want to do is resize the neck. If this is the case, the Dillon resizing die is not the way to go. Something expensive from Redding will work a lot better.

    As long as I am spending your money (the same way I spent mine), I suggest the Dillon 1200 Trimmer. Set up a toolhead with just the sizing die and trimmer. Run through all of the cases. Then with another toolhead, use a Universal Decapping Die to clean out the primer hole (assuming you tumbled the case lube off after sizing/trimming) along with the powder measure and seating die.

  6. Carl Spangler

    Carl Spangler G37 Gen 4

    Feb 11, 2013
    N-Central Az
    I have the FA digital scale and it has worked fine for me. Comes with a cal weight. At the very least I would rec this as a good backup.

  7. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    But the calibration weight is absolutely useless as a check weight. What you want to know is whether the scale is correctly reading 5 grains (for example), not 250 grams (or whatever comes in the box)!

    A lot of people just use the calibration weight and call it good. They really need to check against weights similar to what they are loading.

  8. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

    Jan 1, 2010
    A cat box in WA
    I get the same results with my 2 grain rcbs weights:dunno:
    The rest read perfect.

    I was lucky with my cheap scale experience as I was loading a starting levels, had I been loading near or at max bad things may have occurred:couch:

    Don't cheap out on scales and defiantly get a check weight set ASAP.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013
  9. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Have you checked them with check wts? Have you left them on & checked them again in say 30min? The one I had would drift & or not hold zero. Same for the cheap little Hornady. So again, IMO, there are no good/cheap dig scales. Guys, the pwoder charge is THE MOST important thing you do reloading. Cheap out on Lee dies or FA calipers, but buy a quality scale. There is no such thing as a little mistake w/ many of the pistol powders.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013
  10. I used a thumbler’s tumbler for years,never liked fighting with the o-ring that seals the drum closed. The older you get the harder it is to manipulate with your fingers, and it also cracks and breaks. The drive mechanism also uses an o-ring which stretches and then fails to turn the tumbler.

    I bought a vibrating tumbler from Midway (their brand) about 10 years ago and I have been very happy with it. Just put a capful of Nufinishcar polish in the media every couple of uses and the cases will come out shiny and a little slick, helps keep your sizing die in good shape.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2013