I'm going to be purchasing a digital scale and powder trickler soon and would like to hear of some recommendations for and against the units available. From what I've read I think you pretty much get what you pay for. Inexpensive scales "drift" away from a zero setting and take a while to warm up and more expensive scales hold their zero better and are all around more accurate and better. Can you please tell me about which one(s) you have experience with, both positive and negative experiences? I need a scale mainly for reloading pistol and some rifle. So far I'm considering an RCBS 1500 scale.
Thanks in advance.
i regularly use both lyman 1200 and hornady powder measure/trickle/scale and verify with ohaus/rcbs 5-10 balance scales. all measure the same if setup correctly. i allow long warm-up times. watch out for florescent tubes and stray air currents. the hornady has been replaced once, just went wacky. seems to be much fussier,(more sensitive) than than lyman. lyman seems faster yet doesn't run over. imho pays your money and take your choice.
Thanks for the reply . I left out some information though.
I've looked into the charging systems such as the Lyman 1200 and I think I want to go with a good digital scale only for now. The RCBS scale that I used as an example in the original post can be fitted into their charging system in the future should I decide to go that route someday.
What does anyone recommend for a good, reliable digital scale?
They all drift unless you plan on spending big bucks. Acculab has one of the best for the money. Even it will drift a little, Gem Pro makes an affordable unit. Either the Gem Pro 250 or 500 both sell around $150. I forget what model mine is. A close friend has an Acculab, he likes it but it does drift from time to time. I also have a Lyman 1200, it doesn't work nearly as well as the Acculab or the Gem Pro. I guess what it comes down to is that I believe you would be happy with a Gem Pro but if you want to spend twice as much go with the Acculab. I don't think I would spend the extra money but some defiantly think it's worth it.
I can't tell you which one to get but I can tell you which one NOT to get. Do not buy the Cabela's XT 1500 Digital Scale. It's horrible. It never keeps it's zero. It weights the same charge differently even after it's been calibrated correctly. I got one and exchanged it for another. Had the same problem with both scales. Ended up going back to the RCBS 505.
I have the RCBS 1500, which is the scale you mentioned, I have had it for over a year, and have checked it with my Hornady beam scale several times, to date it has been right on every time. give it time to warm up before dumping powder. But I have no complaints and would buy another.