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The scale I've got is a 25 year old RCBS balance beam. Worked well, but it seems like getting something digital would be a good thing for measuring powder, bullets, and maybe even finished cartridges.

I have no idea how to even start in the selection process, but my budget is like in the $50 to $75 range. I'm not sure if that's even a good price point for such a thing.

thanks in advance.


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You're not gonna get anything that is very good fur that amount.
300.oo is the bottom of the good.
 
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Stick with the old girl that brought you here to this point or be prepared to spend lots more than you suggested .
I am still using the pod 1010 rcbs I got in the sixties and at this stage in life I would not change if given one of the new fangled thingy.
 
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Originally posted by Haveme1or2:
You're not gonna get anything that is very good fur that amount.
300.oo is the bottom of the good.

Disagree.

You can find a good digital scale that is far more accurate than a balance for well under $300. Maybe not $50-75, but certainly around $100.


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Digital scales come in all price ranges and as you would expect, you get what you pay for.

I've gone through 4 or 5 digital scales before getting ,y current one.

I've had 2 of some cheaper ones that run on batteries (a huge pain), useless.

I've had a Chargemaster for 10 years and it still works fine (I think,) but I only use it for non-match ammo. It's fast, fairly accurate and dependable.

I bought a separate digital scale to confirm my weights on the Chargemaster. It was around $100 and it was ok for a while and then just became a total pain to use. It would start drifting on its own and I would have to restart it and go through the motions to make sure it was ok.

Some years back, I finally broke down and got my A&D Fx-120 and retired my Chargemaster.

So might want to go to oldwillknottsscales.com and look at laboratory and jewelry scales.

PS. They also list my scale, the A&D FX-120i.
https://www.oldwillknottscales.com/and-fx-120i.html

It is rated at 5 stars but the quoted price is about double of other places.

ETA: I forgot to mention that what you will find in your price range will be strain guage digital scales, whereas the magnetic force restoration electronic scales are much more useful and sadly, costly.
 
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I'm with 45 Cal on this one. I also use a 10-10. It is fast, accurate, and doesn't drift while I'm using it. I started with a 5-0-5 and used it for years, but like the 10-10 way more.



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Originally posted by NikonUser:
Some years back, I finally broke down and got my A&D Fx-120 and retired my Chargemaster.

So might want to go to oldwillknottsscales.com and look at laboratory and jewelry scales.

PS. They also list my scale, the A&D FX-120i.
https://www.oldwillknottscales.com/and-fx-120i.html

It is rated at 5 stars but the quoted price is about double of other places.


Couldn't agree more for the recommendation for the Fx-120i. I got mine last spring when A&D had a $150 rebate for a final price of $350. Adding all the Auto Trickler and Auth Throw plus Area 419 bling makes for a great system.
 
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Originally posted by NikonUser:
Some years back, I finally broke down and got my A&D Fx-120 and retired my Chargemaster.

So might want to go to oldwillknottsscales.com and look at laboratory and jewelry scales.

PS. They also list my scale, the A&D FX-120i.
https://www.oldwillknottscales.com/and-fx-120i.html

It is rated at 5 stars but the quoted price is about double of other places.


Couldn't agree more for the recommendation for the Fx-120i. I got mine last spring when A&D had a $150 rebate for a final price of $350. Adding all the Auto Trickler and Auth Throw plus Area 419 bling makes for a great system.


Please understand that I was not making a recommendation for the A&D. I was trying to explain the differences between the types of digital scales and why lower priced items do not provide the level of service that one expects and gets from higher priced items.

This is not like optics where even a lower priced riflescope will be perfectly adequate for most shooters. Increasing the price makes the riflescope better and more refined but it does not make the lower priced optics useless in comparison.

Low prices digital scales are terrible for the handloader. There, you made me say it.
 
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There, you made me say it.

I have a Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Powder Scale 750 Grain Capacity $26.99 that is very nice to get my drop weight close enough to verify on my beam scale - It zeros on my 5gr test weight to a 1/10.

I also use it to drop and weigh every round during my 22TCM reloads - Prime / Weight and Zero and Drop and Weigh again - Only moments and gives me a very accurate indication of any variance.

It is a little beauty and kills as a WTF is that bullet on the floor.

There, you made me say it.


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I had a Pact for years, worked great but did take a while to warm up.
When the Pact finally stopped working I received a Frankford Arsenal for Christmas. Basically no warm up time. Easy to reset with the waits. I definitely recommend the Frankford Arsenal scale. I went with the Platinum Series.
 
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