Best Digital Powder Scale

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John Alexander posted this 13 February 2021

 My 15 + -- year old Pact just went haywire and showed numbers jumping all over the place.  I understand Pact's turn around time for repairs is often three month. I guess I will find out.  In the meantime I have a year old Lyman Accru Touch 2000 which will do but is slower than the Pact and will drift a bit (as will the Pact) so has to be checked with homemade weights close to the weight of what is being weighed.  Is there something better?

What is the very best digital powder scale for reloading?

It is worthwhile to try the many digital scales on the market for around $20?

I would sometimes like to weigh some things to closer than the + -- 0.1 grain possible with the  Pact or Lyman.  What is on the market that would do that and are they too much trouble (over sensitive) to bother with outside of a real science lab? 

There was a similar thread in 2013 I am hoping something new since then is better.

John

 

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RicinYakima posted this 13 February 2021

The best scale is the GemPro 250 Precision. They have been the scale of choice for high class drug dealers since I was in law enforcement. The will weigh 0.01 grains accurately, and can be set for grams if needed. They are not cheap at about $125, but mine has been stable for five years and always accurate. They are 110 volt and need to be constantly plugged in to work without drifting as they warm up.

PM sent on press. The up ram and up handle press was the solution when people lived in smaller houses and had smaller shops. Down handle presses require the surface nailed to a wall, up handle can be stable with just weight on top.

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 13 February 2021

ditto on leaving your digital scale plugged in and ON all the time .  or let it warm up 6 hours before using it.

ken

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John Alexander posted this 15 February 2021

I looked up reviews on the GemPro 250.  They sounded good.  Tried to find on on the internet to buy.  It turns out they stopped making them in 2018. Looks like there are some equivalent to the Genpro250 or better  starting at about $500.

Decided to see if I could get the Pact repaired or buy another since it served well for a long time.  They no longer make them and of course don't service them. Looks like the Lyman may have to do.  There is a ton of little cheap ones on the market.  May try one just for the heck of it. 

John 

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RicinYakima posted this 15 February 2021

When raiding drug labs, there were every kind of cheap electronic scale made, up to 2014 that is. The issue is sensitivity; they are .1 gram which is 1.5 grains! FYI  They may be better now.

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Paul Pollard posted this 15 February 2021

John,

Midway has the RCBS scale which was the same as the PACT. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1458562485

Never mind. I see it’s discontinued.

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rmrix posted this 15 February 2021

Some of you may remember the Denver Instrument scale advertisements on the inside covers of Handloader and Rifle decades ago. Not inexpensive. A heavy industrial grade scale.

I got one way back when. It has been turned off only a few times in all these years. Rock solid reliable. Next to no drift. 

I load and shoot a lot of match cast bullet rifle loads each year and next to no pistol ammo. I would not own it if the bulk of my loading was thrown charges for handgun.

 

It paid for itself many times over in lack of drama, lack of having to replace one every few years and the confidence that you can weigh 200 bullets, or 50 powder charges and everything gets done with out the scale being the center of attention.  In other words, a very good piece of equipment goes unnoticed.

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RicinYakima posted this 15 February 2021

I bought the one I have now because we had a lightening strike the power pole by my house and fried my Denver Instrument scale. But the GemPro is only 1/4 the size. There are some used scales on eBay, but you never know how good they are.

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Shuz posted this 17 February 2021

Ive had an RCBS electronic scale for over 30 years and have never had a problem with it. I keep it plugged in all the time.

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Squid Boy posted this 18 February 2021

I unplug my electronic scales and feeders after losing a scale and two powder measures to nearby lightning strikes. I have tried overload protection but no joy. Not much will withstand lightning. Squid

"Squid Pro Quo"

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