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Rick Courtright

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John S said:
Thanking about getting the RCBS 750 Ele. scale . Do anyone use this scale and do you like it??

Hi,

Don't use that one, but do use an electronic for some things.

Do you already have a balance beam scale of some sort? Opinions will vary, but personally, I think one should always have a balance beam (AND a set of check weights!) to start, then add the electronic one as desired. Gravity always works, doesn't run out of power, and is far less susceptible to errant forces of nature. Breezes (I have to turn off the ceiling fan when using the electronic) and fluorescent lights are two that often bother my electronic scale...

Where the electronic scale shines is in weighing a whole lot of samples to check 'em against a norm, such as segregating bullets by weight variation, and such. But when I'm not doing that kind of work, and want to be precise w/o worry, the 5-0-5 still does the job nicely!

Rick C
 

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Yes I have a RCBS balance beam scale . But looks like it is off a little (2-10's maybe) . A friend has a elec. scale and I checked it with it. Cleaned the balance beam scale and it looks like it is working better now. But for how long??
 

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The biggest complaint I have is if ya leave it alone for a certain length of time it`ll cut off then ya gotta restart it.

But for precise powder measuring I`ll go to the beams every time!

I keep all my better scales in there case or covered when not in use & rarely have to clean the knives on em .
 

Rick Courtright

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John S said:
Yes I have a RCBS balance beam scale . But looks like it is off a little (2-10's maybe) . A friend has a elec. scale and I checked it with it. Cleaned the balance beam scale and it looks like it is working better now. But for how long??

Hi,

Did ya check your balance beam against a set of check weights? If you don't have any, RCBS and Lyman have both sold 'em over the years. $25 or so seems a bit high, UNTIL... ;)

I'd trust them for checking before I'd trust the electronic scale. Also, if you have a bit of error in the balance beam, and you're patient, the little tray the weighing pan sits on contains small lead shot of varying sizes, and one can sometimes add or subtract tiny amounts to get things to read "dead nuts" if the scale hasn't been damaged. (If you do choose to open it up--by removing the Phillips screw in the center--'tis best to do so in a container of some sort so none of that shot is lost!) Remember to check at BOTH ends, low and high readings: you MAY have to adjust to kind of average readings between the two.

BTW, this might sound stupid at first, but your scale sits on a solid and level surface, right? Even though it has the adjustable foot, the scale doesn't like to have it used to compensate for "too much" off level. And the less vibration's transmitted thru the bench, the happier it is, too.

Rick C
 

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