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Old 11-16-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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I've been playing around with the scale and one thing that seems to be a pain is the scale keeps losing it's zero balance. Anyone else have this problem? Maybe I'm just playing with it too much.
Also, I took a nickel and weighed it on the scale. Nickel weighs 5 grams, which comes out to 77.16 grains. My scale says it's about 76.5 grains. Am I being silly? :embarrassed2:
For those with this scale, throw a nickel on there and tell me what you get.

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Old 11-17-2009, 12:04 AM   #2
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Mine holds zero very well with no problems. If I had a nickel I'd weigh it but since I got married about all I can lay my hands on is a penny.

Seriously though, bet if you weigh 5-10 nickels you'll get different weights on all due to wear over time and different wear rates of the nickels. Only way to check 100% is to use a calibrated weight. When I weigh the same objects on my Lee beam scale and my electronig scale they agree so I'm satisfied.

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I put the nickel on a digital scale and came up with 5 grams. Scale does not do decimals though.

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Old 11-17-2009, 12:40 AM   #4
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coins are irrelevant. if you wish to calibrate a scale or check it, use calibration weights. mine holds zero well, but if it is moved needs ot be rezeroed.

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Mine holds a solid zero also. One thing to remember these scales are VERY sensitive. Any air movement around the scale could cause it to move.

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The word sensitive is a gross understatment, but it's the only word that works in this situation. You have to treat these scales with kid gloves on as they are a precision instrument designed to weigh a substance to a high degree of accuracy. This is a precison measurement tool, treat it as such.

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if it is moved needs ot be rezeroed.
What he said! I briefly thought mine had a problem, 'til I realized my reloading bench was more level in some places than in others! :-[
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I will see what happens when I get everything set up. I think it was just me playing around with the scale. I do have to say though that the 1/10 grains are hard to read. Where do you get your calibration weights from?

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I will see what happens when I get everything set up. I think it was just me playing around with the scale. I do have to say though that the 1/10 grains are hard to read. Where do you get your calibration weights from?
Look at http://www.midwayusa.com/reloading. Search around and you'll find a set.
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I will see what happens when I get everything set up. I think it was just me playing around with the scale. I do have to say though that the 1/10 grains are hard to read. Where do you get your calibration weights from?
If you have a Cabelas or Bass Pro nearby they usually carry them. Or, you can order them from almost any gun supply place on the internet.
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