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Scales!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Joshua M. Smith, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith Shootist

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    Hi Folks,

    My new (to me) scales came today! It's been a looong wait.

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    Background is a Lyman/Ohaus D-5, and in the foreground is a Redding with oil dampening.

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    The Lyman at zero...

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    ... and the Redding with a calibration weight.

    They both are spot on.

    I really like the Redding. Been playing with oil vs speed to zero and precision. I think I've found a mixture of vegetable oil and a smidge of beeswax that works very well. The original stuff I made up was too thick by a bit, but I think I can do better than the vegetable oil. I happened to talk to Dad today and he said that in engineering they had always used 10 weight motor oil or similar, but I want to stay away from petroleum products around gunpowder.

    Even with pure vegetable oil, the Redding settles down faster than any magnetically dampened scale I've seen.

    Both beat the Lee I have all to heck!

    I do believe one or both of these will be replacing my Lyman electronic scale. That thing's just a bit too temperamental for my tastes.

    I'm pretty tired today, but after working tomorrow making sights and such, I think I might give them both a spin!

    As always, comments are welcome!

    Thanks,

    Josh
     
  2. I have a Dillon Eliminator that came in the mail yesterday. Hope to set it up this weekend (wife permitting).

    Congrats on your new scales.
     


  3. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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    With the exception of color that D-5 looks for all the world like my RCBS 5-0-5 scale. I've had it for more then 20+ years and it's still a good one.
     
  4. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Vegetable oil will go rancid at some point.
     
  5. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Do both the scales have a 5 gr graduation? To me that is weird. I guess I could get used to it. I really like the looks of Redding. I would love to have a good scale with better dampening. Not that the Dillon is bad, it just would be cool.
     
  6. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    :agree:
     
  7. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith Shootist

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    Thanks folks.

    Do Lyman 1000 electronic scales (I think it's a 1000, could be the direct predecessor as it doesn't go to 1000 grains, which I believe that denotes) bring anything on the used scale market?

    It's a very good scale but not really my thing anymore.

    Thanks!

    Josh
     
  8. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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    One thing I do notice upon further inspection. My 505 has 1/10ths of of a grain on the far right side. The D-5 only has 10's and 1's. Looks like the pointer plate on the left is where you'd do your 1/10ths.
     
  9. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    It is just like my Ohaus 5-0-5. Left side of pivots is graduated 0-500gr in 50gr major increments and 5gr minor, right side is graduated 0-5gr in 1gr major and 0.1gr minor. The pointer scale graduations are +/- 0.1 of zero, with a max of +/- 0.6gr before reaching the limit of pointer movement.

    The Ohaus 5-0-5 scale and it's rebranded counterparts are very fine, accurate scales that will last you forever if taken care of.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011
  10. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith Shootist

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    Thanks folks!

    By the way, I am selling my electronic on my website. It's a lightly used Lyman that I'm letting go for half the price. I also know it works well!

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    Smith-Sights.com if you're interested. I figure it'll go quickly once I send it out to my newsletter subscribers later today.

    I'm just letting certain folks have first stab at it!

    Regards,

    Josh
     
  11. rpgman

    rpgman SCGLOCK

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    I have one just like that I'm trying to get rid of also.
    Greg
     
  12. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    The D-5 looks like my old RCBS 502. I use a 505 now. They both work fine. I gave the 502 to a friend.
     
  13. Kentguy

    Kentguy

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    Joshua,
    I too started out with a Lee scale, once I got tired of fighting with it, I ordered a RCBS 10-10 scale from Midwayusa.com. Very, very pleased with it, it is easy to set up, adjustment to level is just a twist of the lever on the left side of this scal, and it calibrates spot on every time.

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    The only real draw-back is getting over the initial cost of this item.
    A friend of mine has the same Lyman/Ohaus D-5 scale as you, he is also very pleased with this scale as well.
     
  14. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

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    I started and still use the RCBS 5-10 scale which is still accurate after 35+ years...bought the Frankford Arsenal digital and it agrees with the RCBS but it is faster to find unknown weights. Drawback to the electronic it measures to even numbered measure...0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 tenths.