Digital scale for $9 seems as good as $30 reloading scale.

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Digital scale for $9 seems as good as $30 reloading scale.

Post by EdgarEg on Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:04 am

Digital scale for $9 seems as good as $30 reloading scale.
Hey, checkout this digital scale on eBay. It costs $8.88. (2.89 + 5.99 S+H)

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It looks like this Hornady GS-1500 scale on MidwayUSA:

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That costs $29.99.

The Hornady GS-1500 scale does have advantages:
- Hornady GS-1500 comes with a powder pan. The cheapie does not.
- Hornady GS-1500 comes with a calibration weight. The cheapie does not.
They both have about the same capacity. The Hornady GS-1500 capacity is 1500 grains. The cheapie capacity is 100g (about 1534 grains).

I bought one of the cheapies for $8.88. Here is the package it comes in, shipped from Hong Kong.
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Here is a picture of it weighting a 50g weight next to my Frankford Arsenal DS-750 also weighting a 50g weight. Both are set to units=grains and both show the same weight in grains. They both show 771.5 and actually 771.6gr = 50g since 1 gram = 15.4323584 grains.
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I have played with it a bit and compared the weighting with my Frankford Arsenal DS-750. The cheapie seems to be about as good.


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Re: Digital scale for $9 seems as good as $30 reloading scale.

Post by hawcer on Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:18 am

Perfect for that portable ,on-the-go methlab..... joke

Congrats on the good deal find, let us know how it does in the long run....battery life, calibrations, temperature change flux,etc...


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Re: Digital scale for $9 seems as good as $30 reloading scale.

Post by EdgarEg on Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:37 am

hawcer wrote:Perfect for that portable ,on-the-go methlab..... joke

Congrats on the good deal find, let us know how it does in the long run....battery life, calibrations, temperature change flux,etc...


That is a topic worth chatting about. It seems to me that these electronics scales all need a warm-up period. The instructions say this warm-up period needs to be 30 seconds. Ha! I find that the scale has to be on several minutes before it will give consistent readings. And it needs to sit in the same place and it better be level and vibration-free, no movement of the surface that it is resting on at all.
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Re: Digital scale for $9 seems as good as $30 reloading scale.

Post by XbonesX on Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:34 pm

It is recommended you keep your scale in the same spot on your bench throughout your loading process. It is amazing how off your scale can get just by moving it an inch.

I was taught to find a level spot on the bench and draw an outline so you always keep the scale in the same place.

I've found with my Chargemaster that it levels really good and I can put it anywhere on my bench and get the same readings. During the winter months when its 40-50 degrees in my shop I go out about 30-60 minutes before I plan to reload to let it warm up.

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Post by kcatto on Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:05 am

i bought a cheapie digital scale and it does not measure grains.... just g, oz, carat weight.... so i ended up having to convert grams to grains and grains to grams....

back to the old scales until I can get a digital reloading scale....

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