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What do you use for weighing powder?

Discussion in '10mm Reloading Forum' started by 99blkta, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. 99blkta


    Jun 26, 2010
    So far I have been using the RCBS 5-0-5 scale that came with the kit I bought; however, I was wondering what type (digital/beam)/ and brand of scales everyone here is using.

    I purchased an RCBS Chargemaster combo only to have it not work right out of the box, so I returned that.

    Is there a better scale out there to use?
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2010
  2. SimonovsDog


    Sep 27, 2009
    I'm using the 5-0-5 scale as well. I was pondering as to whether I should purchase the RCBS Chargemaster combo. Was it really a POS or did you just get a lemon?

  3. 99blkta


    Jun 26, 2010
    I would venture to say the one I got was just a bad unit that crept through QC. I really can't say how well the unit works simply because mine never did. I have however seen many reviews where people were very pleased with its operation. I didn't get another simply because I'm ok with the current method (dump, and trickle) that I've been using, as well as, having other issue arrise that needed the funds more. Would I ever give it a try again, certainly when I can.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010


    Dec 20, 2002
    I think most serious pistol shooters use a good quality measure (meter by volume) and only use a scale to double check charges.
    I meter with a Redding 10X measure and double check with a Redding scale. Don't really trust digital scales.
    If you go by volume you tend to pick powders that measure well by volume.
  5. chippy


    Jun 21, 2010
    And no batteries required!
  6. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

    Jul 23, 2007
    Southeast, LoUiSiAna
    For my load work I have been using an RCBS 5-10 beam scale and it has been spot on. Recently I purchased a Frankford Arsenal electronic for quick measurements of cast bullets...Using the same scale pan from the RCBS and setting the electronic with it to zero I can swap the loads between each scale to correlate the two!

    I find the electronics will require re-setting the zero often. This FA scale will set to zero but the measurement are in 0.02 incraments... 0.00, 0.02, 0.04 and so on, in other words no 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and so on, therefore +/- 0.01 accuracy. Still this is not bad.

    Those serious shooter that use the quality powder drop don't work out at the ragged edge of maximum least I don't.

    I don't speed load my rounds, I still use a single stage press, even though I have a progressive Dillon 550B in a box.
  7. texas 48

    texas 48 Gold Member

    May 19, 2007
    San Antonio, TEXAS
    I use a PACT Dispenser and Digital scale combo. Drops 95% of program loads on the money. 4.5% are + or - are within .1 gr .5% are out because I did something wrong like bumping the scale or a draft in my loading area. When I first begin my loading session I check the PACT against a beam scale and RCBS 750 electronic. then its loads away. Produces very consistent loads with exceptional accuracy
  8. 99blkta


    Jun 26, 2010

    Your process is very similar to mine. Like I mentioned I'm using the 5-0-5, but I also use the FA scale that I picked up to check my volume loads, which I'll use to check how my uniflow powder measure is dropping charges.

    I dont ride the ragged edge, I just use the published maximums from my manuals, but when I load these I only use the 5-0-5.

    Im using a single stage rock chucker.
  9. Kegs

    Kegs Ol 8 fingers ;)

    Oct 26, 2009
    Cold side of conus
    I use a 5-0-5 as well. I am using 800x, so I wish I had something even more accurate. :supergrin:
  10. i use a RCBS Rangemaster 750. not as fancy as the powder dispensors but it works well as long as it gets time to warm up. ive recently moved my bench indoors from the garage and i have left it on for the last couple days while im in and out. i keep checking it and there is less creeping on weights the longer it stays on.
  11. 99blkta


    Jun 26, 2010

    As I am using bluedot, AA7, AA9, and 800x ( i definitely agree).