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Well my POS scale finally died..

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by FiremanMike, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. FiremanMike

    FiremanMike Way too busy

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    I've been nursing along my MTM digital scale ever since it started acting like a prick ~2 months after I bought it. It would start to turn on but never display anything. I could take the batteries out, start it up, make sure it still weighed my test weight @50gm and then go on with life. I came to a habit of leaving the batteries out, which tended to allow it to work right away.

    Today I went down, I had finally decided to give it another chance and left the batteries in last time I finished reloading. Started to load (some odd vibrating sound from inside), no display, removed the batteries, still nothing..

    Oh well, I was headed down to load a few hundred rounds, I guess now I have to wait until I can afford a decent beam scale <shrug>
     
  2. IndyGunFreak

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    Get the Dillon, it's about as cheap as can be.. .Sometimes you can 505 on ebay if you pay attention...

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  3. GoingQuiet

    GoingQuiet FFL/SOT

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    Nothing wrong with going down to Grainger and getting a good scale.
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    I've never saw scales at Grainger... any particular models?

    IGF
     
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Next time you make a purchase from a road side pharmacologist ask to borrow his scale. I understand their customer service rivals that of Dillon and Hornady. :whistling:


    Jack
     
  6. fudd

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    Upon reading the title I thought to myself, How does a 505 die?
     
  7. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Compare everything you consider to the Dillon Beam. Consider it's new and has the Dillon No BS warranty. Then decide if it's really a good deal buying that other product. To me the Dillon is about $15 underpriced. Very un-dillon of them.
     
  8. ColCol

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    Beam scales last forever. I've had a 505 since Moses parted the Red Sea and it's still as accurate as it was when I first bought it...plus, here's no warm up period.
     
  9. n2extrm

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    I like my Dillon. It is always on the bench ready to go. Nothing to wear out or break. If you treat it well it will serve you for a very long time. I have a chargemaster as well, but it will run you more then a dillon beam scale.
     
  10. frankt

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    I have a 5-10 RCBS that I have been using for 20+ years.

    I bought the MTM and after a few months it went dead. They replaced it and now after about six months of light use, it never zero's. I won't try another cheap scale.

    I will continue to use my 5-10 beam or if I win the lottery get the Chargemaster Combo.
     

  11. It is worth every penny, wish I had broken down and got mine long before I did.
     
  12. n2extrm

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    Yeah a scale probably is not the place to cheap out. A bad powder charge could really be a problem. :wavey:
     
  13. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    I've had my RCBS beam scale since Jack discovered fire.
     
  14. at_liberty

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    Seems that what is needed is a scale with a warranty. Here is one that has the support of a good company, is confirmed suitable for reloading, and has a one year warranty:

    Hornady 050103 350 gr Electronic scale
     
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  15. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Is Dillon the only company that has a "No BS Warranty?"
     
  16. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Figure that out for yourself. Not sure if the others would send you a new scale if you drop a box of bullets on your "other" brand. Dillon advertises it up front so it's easy to know. Dillon Eliminator is the same as the RCBS 505 (minus a sticker) and the RCBS cost at least $10 more.
     
  17. wongman1

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    Really? they look completely different. I just picked up the 505 from midway ($10 off from rcbs and $10 off my order from midway). So pretty much $64 delivered along with a few other parts. Should be here tomorrow.

    I didnt go with the Dillon because the base looked plastic, prolly not tho...but I couldnt find web info saying otherwise.
     
  18. XDRoX

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    They are different scales. I think Steve meant that they are very similar becasue they are both made by Ohaus, as well as some of the other higher end beam scales. Ohaus makes great scales.
     
  19. Cobra64

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    Oh, okay, thanks for the kind response.

    Too bad Dillon isn't in the automobile business. They'd ship out a new one right away after someone does something stupid like wrapping it around a tree. :rofl:

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  20. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Take a look at everything but the base. Even the pivot looks exactly the same. Both made by Ohaus. Both the same poise system. One is just $20 cheaper and Blue.

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