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Old 08-09-2010, 15:46   #1
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Well my POS scale finally died..

I've been nursing along my MTM digital scale ever since it started acting like a prick ~2 months after I bought it. It would start to turn on but never display anything. I could take the batteries out, start it up, make sure it still weighed my test weight @50gm and then go on with life. I came to a habit of leaving the batteries out, which tended to allow it to work right away.

Today I went down, I had finally decided to give it another chance and left the batteries in last time I finished reloading. Started to load (some odd vibrating sound from inside), no display, removed the batteries, still nothing..

Oh well, I was headed down to load a few hundred rounds, I guess now I have to wait until I can afford a decent beam scale <shrug>
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Old 08-09-2010, 15:59   #2
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Get the Dillon, it's about as cheap as can be.. .Sometimes you can 505 on ebay if you pay attention...

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Old 08-09-2010, 16:00   #3
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Nothing wrong with going down to Grainger and getting a good scale.
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Nothing wrong with going down to Grainger and getting a good scale.
I've never saw scales at Grainger... any particular models?

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Old 08-09-2010, 17:41   #5
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Next time you make a purchase from a road side pharmacologist ask to borrow his scale. I understand their customer service rivals that of Dillon and Hornady.


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Old 08-09-2010, 17:50   #6
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Upon reading the title I thought to myself, How does a 505 die?
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Old 08-09-2010, 19:12   #7
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Compare everything you consider to the Dillon Beam. Consider it's new and has the Dillon No BS warranty. Then decide if it's really a good deal buying that other product. To me the Dillon is about $15 underpriced. Very un-dillon of them.
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Old 08-09-2010, 20:15   #8
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Beam scales last forever. I've had a 505 since Moses parted the Red Sea and it's still as accurate as it was when I first bought it...plus, here's no warm up period.
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Old 08-09-2010, 20:25   #9
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I like my Dillon. It is always on the bench ready to go. Nothing to wear out or break. If you treat it well it will serve you for a very long time. I have a chargemaster as well, but it will run you more then a dillon beam scale.
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Old 08-11-2010, 18:08   #10
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I have a 5-10 RCBS that I have been using for 20+ years.

I bought the MTM and after a few months it went dead. They replaced it and now after about six months of light use, it never zero's. I won't try another cheap scale.

I will continue to use my 5-10 beam or if I win the lottery get the Chargemaster Combo.
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Old 08-11-2010, 18:52   #11
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if I win the lottery get the Chargemaster Combo.

It is worth every penny, wish I had broken down and got mine long before I did.
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I have a 5-10 RCBS that I have been using for 20+ years.

I bought the MTM and after a few months it went dead. They replaced it and now after about six months of light use, it never zero's. I won't try another cheap scale.

I will continue to use my 5-10 beam or if I win the lottery get the Chargemaster Combo.
Yeah a scale probably is not the place to cheap out. A bad powder charge could really be a problem.
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Old 08-11-2010, 22:14   #13
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Beam scales last forever. I've had a 505 since Moses parted the Red Sea and it's still as accurate as it was when I first bought it...plus, here's no warm up period.
I've had my RCBS beam scale since Jack discovered fire.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:20   #14
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Seems that what is needed is a scale with a warranty. Here is one that has the support of a good company, is confirmed suitable for reloading, and has a one year warranty:

Hornady 050103 350 gr Electronic scale

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Compare everything you consider to the Dillon Beam. Consider it's new and has the Dillon No BS warranty. Then decide if it's really a good deal buying that other product. To me the Dillon is about $15 underpriced. Very un-dillon of them.
Is Dillon the only company that has a "No BS Warranty?"
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:57   #16
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Figure that out for yourself. Not sure if the others would send you a new scale if you drop a box of bullets on your "other" brand. Dillon advertises it up front so it's easy to know. Dillon Eliminator is the same as the RCBS 505 (minus a sticker) and the RCBS cost at least $10 more.
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Figure that out for yourself. Not sure if the others would send you a new scale if you drop a box of bullets on your "other" brand. Dillon advertises it up front so it's easy to know. Dillon Eliminator is the same as the RCBS 505 (minus a sticker) and the RCBS cost at least $10 more.

Really? they look completely different. I just picked up the 505 from midway ($10 off from rcbs and $10 off my order from midway). So pretty much $64 delivered along with a few other parts. Should be here tomorrow.

I didnt go with the Dillon because the base looked plastic, prolly not tho...but I couldnt find web info saying otherwise.
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Really? they look completely different. I just picked up the 505 from midway ($10 off from rcbs and $10 off my order from midway). So pretty much $64 delivered along with a few other parts. Should be here tomorrow.

I didnt go with the Dillon because the base looked plastic, prolly not tho...but I couldnt find web info saying otherwise.
They are different scales. I think Steve meant that they are very similar becasue they are both made by Ohaus, as well as some of the other higher end beam scales. Ohaus makes great scales.
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Figure that out for yourself. Not sure if the others would send you a new scale if you drop a box of bullets on your "other" brand. Dillon advertises it up front so it's easy to know. Dillon Eliminator is the same as the RCBS 505 (minus a sticker) and the RCBS cost at least $10 more.
Oh, okay, thanks for the kind response.

Too bad Dillon isn't in the automobile business. They'd ship out a new one right away after someone does something stupid like wrapping it around a tree.

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Take a look at everything but the base. Even the pivot looks exactly the same. Both made by Ohaus. Both the same poise system. One is just $20 cheaper and Blue.

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