October 4th, 2018

Quick Tip: Mirror & Magnifier for Beam Scales

Beam Scale hack Magnify Magnifier Mirror RCBS 10-10 Scale

Here’s a simple modification that makes your classic beam balance more user-friendly. For a few dollars you can enhance your balance scale system to improve work-flow and reduce eye strain. This clever modification makes it easier to see the balance’s zero-mark center-line when weighing charges.

When he chooses to measure his loads or sort bullets by weight, Forum Member Boyd Allen likes his trusty RCBS 10-10 scale. He finds that it works predictably, time after time, and it doesn’t suffer from the drift and calibration issues that plague some of the less-expensive electronic scales on the market.

To make it easier to see the balance point, Boyd has adapted a magnifying glass with a mirror. This makes the end of his balance beam easier to view from his normal position on the bench. Boyd explains: “This set-up uses a cheap magnifier with positioning arms that was probably designed to hold and magnify small objects while soldering them. I think that it came from Harbor Freight many years ago. The mirror lets you look at the scale as if is was at eye level, and of course the magnifier makes the image easier to see.”

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February 1st, 2017

Tuning Balance-Beam Scales For Precision and Repeatability

Tuning Balance Beam Scale

While many folks enjoy the convenience of an electronic powder scale/dispenser such as the RCBS Chargemaster, some hand-loaders still prefer to use a traditional balance beam. Balance beam scales are simple, compact, and don’t suffer from electronic “glitches”. Moreover, even if you use a digital dispenser at home, when you’re doing load development at the range, a balance-beam scale may be more convenient. A scale doesn’t require electrical power, so you don’t need to bring battery packs or string long power cables. Just bring some kind of box to shelter your beam scale from the wind.

While designs like the RCBS 10-10 are decent performers as built, they can be made much more precise (and repeatable), by “tuning” of key parts. Forum member Scott Parker (aka SParker) optimizes a variety of popular beam scales, including the Ohaus 10-10 (USA-made model), RCBS 10-10 (USA-made model), RCBS 5-10, Lyman M5, Lyman D5, and others. You send Scott your scale, he tunes the key components, tests for precision and repeatability, and ships it back to you. The price is very affordable (under $85.00).

Scott tells us: “I have tuned several 10-10s. They all have turned out very sensitive, consistent and hold linearity like a dream. If only they came that way from the factory. The sensitivity after tuning is such that one kernel of powder registers a poise beam deflection. For repeatability, I remove the pan and replace it for the zero 10 times. The zero line and the poise beam balance line must coincide for each of those 10 tries. I then set the poises to read 250.0 grains. I remove and replace the pan 10 times with the calibration weight. For linearity, the poise beam balance line and the zero line should coincide within the line width. This is roughly one half a kernel of powder. For repeatability, the poise beam balance line must return to that same balance point ten times. I then adjust the poises back to zero and recheck the zero. I have a master’s degree in chemistry, thus I am very familiar with laboratory balances. Email me at vld223 [at] yahoo.com or give me a call at (661) 364-1199.”

The video above, created by British shooter Mark (aka 1967spud), shows a 10-10 beam scale that has been “tuned” by Scott Parker. In the video, you can see that the 10-10 scale is now sensitive to one (1) kernel of powder. Mark also demonstrates the’s scale’s repeatability by lifting and replacing a pan multiple times. You can contact Mark via his website, www.1967spud.com. To enquire about balance-beam scale tuning, call Scott Parker at (661) 364-1199, or send email to: vld223 [at] Yahoo.com.

Video tip from Boyd Allen. We welcome reader submissions.
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July 8th, 2014

Complete RCBS Reloading Kit with Rock Chucker Press on Sale

Are you just getting started in reloading, or maybe you have a buddy who is planning to start hand-loading? Well here’s a very complete RCBS reloading package for just $279.95 at Midsouth Shooters Supply. You get pretty much everything you need, including a scale, powder measure, loading block, powder funnel, reloading manual, and a rugged RCBS Rock Chucker press that can last a lifetime.

RCBS Reloading RockChucker Master Kit

Midsouth’s $279.95 sale price for the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit (RCBS item 09361) is a very good deal. We checked around and this kit typically sells for $325.00 to $345.00. For example, MidwayUSA currently lists this package for $325.99. Right now, Midsouth beats MidwayUSA’s price by more than forty-six bucks. That will pay for some powder and bullets.

RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit includes all these items:

– Rock Chucker Supreme Single Stage Press
– 505 Balance Beam Scale (with pan)
– Uniflow Powder Measure
– Speer Reloading Manual
– Hand Priming Tool for small and large Primers
– Universal Case Loading Block (40-case capacity)
– Powder Funnel for .22 to .45 Calibers
– Case Lube Kit, with Lube Pad and Case Lube
– Case-Neck Brush Ttool
– Chamfer/deburring “Rocket” Tool
– Folding Hex Key Set (with 8 SAE sizes)

RCBS Reloading RockChucker Master Kit

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