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Suggest a digital scale?

Postby igolfat8 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:29 am

I have an older Lee balance scale that has worked well over the years. However, my eyes are getting worse so I am looking for a scale that is easier to "see". Looking for a digital powder scale but I don't want to take out a second mortgage. Any suggestions for a value priced and accurate / repeatable scale would be appreciated or even ones to steer clear of?
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby JustaShooter » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:46 am

Get one of these http://www.amazon.com/Third-Hand-Soldering-Tools-Magnifier-Loupes/dp/B000VB6HSM (you can probably find them cheaper, that's just an example) and a small mirror and do this: http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2012/02/tech-tip-use-mirror-and-magnifier-with-beam-scales/

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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby igolfat8 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:00 pm

I actually wear a headband magnifier when I reload and its still difficult to see the scale increments.
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby XDm45 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:40 pm

Techmike just did a large scale comparison a few threads down...
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby Klingon00 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:47 pm

The Lee safety scale is probably one of the more difficult ones to read. Have you looked at any other types of beam scales to see if they may work better?
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby igolfat8 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:25 pm

No I have not. I just figured a digital display would be easier to see.
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby mreising » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:45 pm

Digital scales are not the be all and end all of scales. Some are okay but they will be more expensive, the low end scales are not adequate for measuring charges, in my opinion. The article referenced above gives a good discussion and review of digital scales and comes up with one that is good. A good Ohaus beam scale is an improvement over the Lee, which is an adequate scale but as mentioned difficult to read.
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby e3mrk » Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:03 pm

I have read in a Gun Magazine (don't remember which one) that the Beam Scale is more accurate than the digital type and is able to take sharp bumps better.
Not that there is anything wrong with the digital kind but from experience at work I tend to agree.
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby new57 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:25 pm

It is not digital, but maybe you'll find it easy on your eyes? The Dillon Eliminator.
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Re: Suggest a digital scale?

Postby techmike » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:33 am

I prefer digital scales. That preference was born during 15 years of employment by Roche Biomedical labs, and having to repair scales and balances. IMO, the major problem with current digital "reloading scales" is that most every reloading supply company markets at least one reloading scale. These are typically low end scales that (if it works) is marginally adequate for reloading use. I have a real nice Cabelas scale that works great for pistol reloading - just dumping a volume of powder to verify I am throwing consistent charges. It is unsafe to trickle rifle loads to it however. The trick is to find a digital scale that isn't branded as specifically for reloading. I have a real nice NIB scale for sale, it was only used for testing and evaluation. It passed all tests, is accurate to 0.1 grain, large back lit display, 30 year warranty that transfers to new owner. PM me if interested.

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