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Old 03-27-2014, 08:30 AM   #1
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A reasonably priced RELOADING scale.

There has been a post or 2 about scales & I wanted to share with you what I have used for the last year with great success! Here is a link:http://www.ballisticproducts.com/BPI...tinfo/6880300/

It's made by Ballistic Products. It's called the BallistiScale-1500
Here are the main features:

Capacity: 1543 grains (over 3-1/2 ounces)
Accuracy: 0.1 grain
Stainless steel platform
Large, easy-to-read LCD backlight display
Self-contained, hinged cover
Warranty: 10 years
Includes large powder pan & calibration weight(100 g)
Runs on two AA batteries (included)
Weighs in four different modes: grain, gram, oz & ct
Auto off: 3 minutes This is important as a lot of scales auto shut-off after 1 minute.
Pocket-sized: Convenient & portable
Another nice feature is the display is back-lit, but you can turn it off, to save battery usage.

I paid $32.95 at my reloading store, but you can find it online from the Mfg.
The manufacturer states it's ideal for powder, shot, bullets & arrows.

One item of note, I have found that most digital scales need to warm up & this one is no exception. They will drift until warm, usually just a couple minutes. I normally turn it on, let it go for 1 cycle, then calibrate it & I'm good to go!
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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While we are talking about scales, I wonder if anyone is using a GemPro500?
Good, bad ?????
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While we are talking about scales, I wonder if anyone is using a GemPro500?
Good, bad ?????
That is very pricey . This one works good and cheap and it work better then the high dollar RCBS and Lymans electric scales I've owned and don't wander like them . Weigh the same charge 10 times in a 1/2 hour and see if all the reading are the same . Most electric scales fail this test . If you are going to weigh every charge and trickle each load GET A BALANCE BEAM it will work much better .


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/175...ProductFinding

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That is very pricey . This one works good and cheap and it work better then the high dollar RCBS and Lymans electric scales I've owned and don't wander like them . Weigh the same charge 10 times in a 1/2 hour and see if all the reading are the same . Most electric scales fail this test .


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/175...ProductFinding
I like the 1 I linked to because of the 3 minute auto shut-off. I tried that 60 sec. shut off & it was driving me nuts. The ballistic scale is made for reloading.
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I like the 1 I linked to because of the 3 minute auto shut-off. I tried that 60 sec. shut off & it was driving me nuts. The ballistic scale is made for reloading.
Why do you need a 3 min shut-down ? Just curious .
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I mostly find any auto-shutoffs a pain. A 60 second cutoff on a reloading scale would make me nuts. I have a 4 hour limit on my coffee maker and even that is inconvenient, the normal one or two hour ones are infuriating. All of these things should have an opt out.

Some electronic calipers turn off and I hated these. I stayed with dial calipers.

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Why do you need a 3 min shut-down ? Just curious .
If it shuts off after 60 seconds, I would be constantly restarting it. Mine waits 3 minutes & if no usage, auto shut off to save battery life. I love it.
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I mostly find any auto-shutoffs a pain. A 60 second cutoff on a reloading scale would make me nuts. I have a 4 hour limit on my coffee maker and even that is inconvenient, the normal one or two hour ones are infuriating. All of these things should have an opt out.

Some electronic calipers turn off and I hated these. I stayed with dial calipers.

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My calipers shut off after 3 minutes also, but they don't bother me much.

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As a machinist it was very annoying to grab the calipers to check something and find them dead. Having to restart and re-zero them was just asking for an error. The dial calipers did not lose their zero if I was busy deburring some parts or running a long operation. The only problem with having the dial calipers on the tool box was that sick feeling when you felt a chip or piece of grit in the gears. I use Etalon for the 6" and always had two or three at work. The newest was reserved for inspection or critical use, the next oldest was normal precision use and I kept old sets that had lost their sharpest edge for keeping on top of the box while working for rough duty or to grab when looking for material. If working with cast iron or cast aluminum or when chips were flying I would keep electric calipers on top of the box but I preferred the Mitutoyo and they did not turn off. I generally found top quality dial calipers to be more accurate and to have better resolution than digital calipers. Electronics were handy for 24" as I had a 1" to 24" set of micrometer standards I could use to zero them close to the size being measured to minimize error but I generally preferred my Starrett verniers for that unless it was hard to read them in the circumstances..My 24" vernier was accurate to +/-.001 at 24"so I did not need to correct it.
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That is very pricey . This one works good and cheap and it work better then the high dollar RCBS and Lymans electric scales I've owned and don't wander like them . Weigh the same charge 10 times in a 1/2 hour and see if all the reading are the same . Most electric scales fail this test . If you are going to weigh every charge and trickle each load GET A BALANCE BEAM it will work much better .
I thought that was dirt cheap for .05 gr resolution with 1500 max capacity.
I was looking at scales in the 4 to 5 hundred dollar range.
I have dabbled in the bench rest category in the past and helped a friend build a gun that he set the world bench rest record with in the 50's. When you load for that, one kernel makes a difference.
I am thinking about getting a 50 BMG bolt gun to reach out and touch things over a mile away. These things do 3 inch groups at 1000 yds.
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This is my benchrest gun I built . I can't tell you how much powder I put in this case . I've never put it on a scale . I load straight from powder measurer to case . Most benchrest shooters load there ammo at the bench and the wind stop you using a scale anyway . Plus there is a different loads for the AM and another for PM . The load you shoot at one range in Tx don't work at a range in Az . The desert , mountain , air temp and humidity and variable to adjust your powder too . To me a good powder measurer is more important then a scale . This is my opinion

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This is my benchrest gun I built . I can't tell you how much powder I put in this case . I've never put it on a scale . I load straight from powder measurer to case . Most benchrest shooters load there ammo at the bench and the wind stop you using a scale anyway . Plus there is a different loads for the AM and another for PM . The load you shoot at one range in Tx don't work at a range in Az . The desert , mountain , air temp and humidity and variable to adjust your powder too . To me a good powder measurer is more important then a scale . This is my opinion

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/246...ProductFinding

That's a keen looking gun.
I have never shot bench rest other than to shoot the gun I helped with.
I know the whole thing has become FAR more sophisticated than it was in the 50's.
Back then the venue was wracked with political BS from one end to the other. So much so that my friend dropped out after a couple matches.
If I get a 50, I don't intend to shoot in competition. I just do stuff for fun any more.
By the way, my friends record was at 200 yards and as I recall (dimly) it was around
5/8 of an inch. I have a photo of the target somewhere in the files.
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Are we talking about a 50 BMG or something like a 50-140 .
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Are we talking about a 50 BMG or something like a 50-140 .
50 BMG caliber. I know where an AAO MODEL 2000 is. I like guns that look like guns, not some outer space all metal ray gun.
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They cost too much for me to shoot .
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