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    I am glad you are doing this. I have never had the confidence in making my own reloads. Many friends do their own however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbo View Post
    I don't have any practical experience with a beam scale but I just feel that I would have more faith in its repeatable accuracy over the digital. That may be unfounded but that's what I feel.
    You nailed it! That's my current feeling. I wonder how many people still use beams over digital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by traveltroll1 View Post
    I am glad you are doing this. I have never had the confidence in making my own reloads. Many friends do their own however.
    Thanks! If you ever did want to do your own I can tell you that at this point in my journey I don't feel overwhelmed or overly concerned but I have learned a bunch and am a lot more aware then I ever was. This may seem silly but it's a lot more structured then I imagined. I can tell that as a hobby I'm really going to enjoy this.
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    I have a Frankford Arsenal digital which cost approximately 20.00. It has a test weight so that I can test the accuracy and recalibrate it as needed. I also have the balance beam which came with my Lee turret set, but prefer the digital unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    I have a Frankford Arsenal digital which cost approximately 20.00. It has a test weight so that I can test the accuracy and recalibrate it as needed. I also have the balance beam which came with my Lee turret set, but prefer the digital unit.
    That would help the budget. I saw one on amazon for less then $30 that looked a little bigger then the size of a scientific calculator.
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    Pics are coming soon. I started setting up the bench tonight. I'm still learning about the tools I acquired. Very cool stuff. I need to get back to the book this week. Only 3 chapters in. Still enjoying it all. Thanks for all the help.
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    I have both types of scale - a Pact electronic and an RCBS balance beam. The electronic is a lot quicker, but I trust the beam scale a bit more. They are usually in very close agreement ( within .1 grain + or -). I use the electronic when I am in a higher speed mode, like checking every so often the accuracy of powder throws from my uniflow measure when I'm loading a large batch of handgun rounds, or sorting brass, bullets, etc. by weight.
    When I am trying for more precise measurements, like working up a new load where I am increasing powder charge in smallish increments and measuring groups to find the most accurate load, or loading a batch for one of my rifles where I am interested in the best groups possible, I'll use the beam scale.
    The "tare" function of the electronic is nice for eliminating the variable weight of the brass & primer to quickly check the weight of a powder charge thrown from a measure.
    I calibrate both initially before every loading session - the electronic will occasionally drift a bit after use, repeated use of the "tare" function, or batteries that are losing strength, which is why I trust it a little less than the balance beam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volfan View Post
    I have both types of scale - a Pact electronic and an RCBS balance beam. The electronic is a lot quicker, but I trust the beam scale a bit more. They are usually in very close agreement ( within .1 grain + or -). I use the electronic when I am in a higher speed mode, like checking every so often the accuracy of powder throws from my uniflow measure when I'm loading a large batch of handgun rounds, or sorting brass, bullets, etc. by weight.
    When I am trying for more precise measurements, like working up a new load where I am increasing powder charge in smallish increments and measuring groups to find the most accurate load, or loading a batch for one of my rifles where I am interested in the best groups possible, I'll use the beam scale.
    The "tare" function of the electronic is nice for eliminating the variable weight of the brass & primer to quickly check the weight of a powder charge thrown from a measure.
    I calibrate both initially before every loading session - the electronic will occasionally drift a bit after use, repeated use of the "tare" function, or batteries that are losing strength, which is why I trust it a little less than the balance beam.
    All good info!
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    A sneak peak of the reloading bench. Just have the equipment clamped for now but everything feels great. The more I learn and do the more things will get moved around I imagine.

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    Just got done resizing and depriming my first 50 40s&w and 50 9mm! Love it! I'm now officially on the hunt for bullets. I have a large order for 9mm in the works but it'll be a while before I see those. The tour de LGS's starts again.

    On a side note, I acquired a bunch of what I thought was .223 brass with the reloading equipment but it turns out it's all converted cases. Wildcats I believe as a previous poster may have mentioned. I'm guessing it has something to do with the 30-223 ingram dies. Interesting but useless to me. All the 30-30 I have has been Frankenstein'd too.
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