Looking for a good entry level beam scale.

Looking for a good entry level beam scale.

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    Looking for a good entry level beam scale.

    Hey Gang,

    Like many others with the cost of ammo, I'm looking to join the club of reloading. I have a list, but am looking for some advice on a decent entry level powder scale on a budget.

    Been looking at some used RCBS's on Ebay and I had been eyeing up the Lee Safety scale, but I have heard conflicting reports on the Lee scale like there's some kind of trick to it.

    Suggestions??

    Also maybe a budget digital scale for weighing every 10th round or so.

    Thanks in advance!
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    I have been using the Lee safety scale for 15 years works great no tricks.
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    I have a Lee scale,I also bought a digital scale,the digital scale was a PITA to calibrate and there were times I couldn't trust the weight it was giving,I'm back using the Lee,it's faster and I never worry about it giving me a bad weight
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    Hard to beat the RCBS 505 as a good starting scale, I have the next one up the Ohaus 1010 built back before RCBS bought them out. I have used it for over thirty years and haven’t been able to wear it out yet.

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    I'll second the RCBS 505. Mine has treated me well and I use it a lot. I have a RCBS digital and use it for anything but reloading. Like DA said above it's way more trouble than it's worth. Buy the best you can aford and you'll only need to buy it once.
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    I'll triple the 505 recomendations. Been using mine fooooreeeeveeeer. Yeah, a digital might save me two minutes of weighing time in an elephant's lifespan, but who's in that nig of a hurry when reloading. I've never had to let it warm up or had to replace the batteries.
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    Thanks Gents!

    Scouring Ebay we go!!
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    Well it took a while and got out bid on quite a few, but finally scored a very nice used, (not abused), 505 for $26 + shipping.

    Thanks again to all those that responded!
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    Good deal for you. If it runs like it should, you'll be happy with it.
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    Great deal, that’s less than I paid for my 1010 scale back in 1980. You done good.
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