Best-Reloading-Scale-for-the-Money

Reloading scales range in price from $25 up to a few hundred dollars. With such a difference in price, there is bound to be a number of reasons for this discrepancy. Should you opt for a cheaper model and hope for the best or do you really need to spend $300 upwards?

In this article, we review the 5 best reloading scales on the market.

What to look for when buying a reloading scale

There are a few key features and elements to be aware of when buying a reloading scale. Below we take a look at three of those, which, if adhered to will ensure that you choose the best scale at a price that’s right for you and above all will meet your needs for years to come.

Capacity & Surface Size

This kind of scales come in many shapes and size and their load capacity differs widely. You should consider how many rounds of ammunition you will be reloading and how much powder is required for each round.

That will give you an idea of the kind of capacity you will need. Sure, you could measure and weigh multiple times, but having the ability to weigh all of your powder out in a single go speeds the entire process up and leaves less room for error.

Accuracy

How accurate do your reloading scales need to be?

All 5 of the devices reviewed today have an accuracy to +/- 0.1 grain, which is pretty damn accurate. Yo will have to spend thousands to get anything lower than that and for our purpose of reloading ammo, this is more than good enough.

Performance

The performance of the scale combines both the capacity and the accuracy, however, there are a few additional features to look for that make them perform above par.

Features such as removable measuring pots and bowls, dust covers to prevent the electronics from getting dirty or damaged. The speed of measurement is also a factor but each can take up to 30 seconds so be sure to look out for that.

Top 5 Reloading Scale Reviews

1. DS-750 Digital Reloading Scale

Arguably the cheapest and smallest of our reloading scales on review here today. The DS-750 measures your powder in grains and is accurate to 0.1 grain.

It has a built in cover to protect the weighing scale and a brushed steel powder tray. It is battery operated and comes in a neat storage case for when not in use.

Features & Tech Specs

  • Accurate to 0.1 grain
  • 750-grain capacity
  • Auto calibration mode
  • Takes 2x AAA batteries
  • Comes with batteries and storage case

Our Thoughts

Some may find this device a little small and not as capable as they need. If you’re only reloading on an ad-hoc basis or to test te process then this scale will suit you.

However, if you are looking for a more robust device that will last you for years to come then I would suggest one of the others on this list.

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2. Hornady Electronic Reloading Scale

A well-recognized brand when it comes to reloading scales and also the turret press. The Hornady Electronic Scale is accurate to 0.1 of a grain and boasts a 1,500-grain capacity.

It has a large LCD display is both easy to read and allows you to switch to a different mode of measurement.

Features & Tech Specs

  • Accurate to 0.1 grains
  • 1500 grain capacity
  • Large LCD Display
  • Comes with metal powder pan
  • 220v adapter supplied

Our Thoughts

The Hornady is mains operated and comes supplied with a 220v adaptor, so it is much more powerful and robust when compared to the battery operated models.

When looking for a bench scale that is up to the job of the more serious reloading addict who wants to weigh powder, bullets, cases and also cartridge, then the Hornady is our number one pick.

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3. Platinum Series Precision Scale

The Platinum Series Precision Scale certainly looks the part with it’s cast iron, bank vault like design. This scale measures in several different units and has a 1500 grain capacity which is equal to around 100 grams.

Features & Tech Specs

  • Accuracy: 0.1 grain
  • Large backlit LCD display
  • Supports measurements – grains/grams/ounces/carats
  • Auto shutoff at 180 seconds

Our Thoughts

This is certainly the best bang for your buck when it comes to a precision scale that won’t break the bank. It has some rave reviews from owners who comment on its speed and accuracy, not to mention it’s ability to be used for other weighing tasks such as gold also cartridges etc.

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4. Hornady Lock N Load Auto Charge

We now move onto the higher more capable end of the market with the Hornady Lock N Load Auto Charge Scale. This is a dispenser combined with a scale and there are a few companies that make them, Hornady is one of the most reputable and the other is RCBS which we will cover in the next product review.

Features & Tech Specs

  • Backlit digital display
  • Easy touch keypad
  • Capacity of 1000 grains
  • Accurate to 0.1 grain
  • Automatic and manual dispense

Our Thoughts

If you are in need of a scale with dispense and charge capabilities then the Hornady Lock N Load Auto Charge is one of the best in its class.

You get a lot for your money and with the auto and manual dispense options combined with the super accurate trickle option you have a flexible machine capable of much more than the standard reloading scale.

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5. RCBS Combo 110V-AC Chargemaster

Last but by no means least we have the Chargemaster Combo from RCBS. This is yet another combination machine capable of dispensing and weighing.

The RCBS Combo is designed for the avid hunter who prefers quality and to buy once and buy right. With a 1 lb capacity powder hopper and it’s memory capabilities which can handle up to 30 different load programs, this scale combo is at the top of its class.

Features & Tech Specs

  • Accurate to +/- 0.1 grain
  • 30 load memory capacity
  • Easy to use keypad
  • 1 pound powder capacity

Our Thoughts

Your budget will likely dictate if this reloading scale and dispenser combo is right for you. Of course, it has much more capacity than a standard scale and is also much more robust and the accuracy is perfect for knocking out round after round.

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