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    I need a scale

    Can anyone reccommend a low cost scale to weigh gold on?

    I only have a powder scale (grains) and would prefer not to use it for anything but powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
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    Yeh, I know.

    I just like keepin my hobbies seperate. The posder scale is a quite pricey beam scale involving conversions to units other than grains, and I'd rather not chance contaminating my ammo.
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    I recently purchased an "AWS250" (model) by American Weigh Scales. It's made in China, not legal for trade, and was only $8.53 on eBay, but for the price I thought it was an alright deal and it seemed to have overall favorable reviews online (mostly by other people like me I presume - hobbyists). All I really wanted it for was to give me a good idea of how much gold/concentrates I had (roughly). I think one would be talking quite a bit more money if you wanted something truly accurate to the "T" and legal for trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A#1 View Post
    Yeh, I know.

    I just like keepin my hobbies seperate. The posder scale is a quite pricey beam scale involving conversions to units other than grains, and I'd rather not chance contaminating my ammo.
    If you hit the "Tare"button the gold dosent come in contact with the scale.
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    A#1, when a person starts working with smaller and smaller particles, the particles begin to react to small electric charges of static electricity caused as the particles move around. This causes the particles to move or relocate themselves to unusual places, as they are poured from their container, which would mean they will not go back into the sample bottle or stay in the pan of the scale and in general will go where they go due to the charge. Or, the particle could maybe contaminate your ammunition loads. You are staying on the safe side by using your powder scale just for powder as if a round does not ignite properly odd pressures could develop sending the projectile down range without uniform pressures behind it.

    Every time I remove my gold from its vial, the 100 mesh or smaller particles, do not just fall down onto the pan or paper, they fall outside of the location of where the heavier particles land. As whatever is mixed in with the gold (dirt, hematite, magnetite, etc.) as it moves from container to pan/paper/etc., it can fluff out and away anywhere..............63bkpkr
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    If you hit the "Tare"button the gold dosent come in contact with the scale.
    There isn't tare button on a beam scale.

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    Lots of digital scales are available but choose one that reads at least to 0.00 gram and 0.000 is better but usually more expensive. I own an AWS scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    Lots of digital scales are available but choose one that reads at least to 0.00 gram and 0.000 is better but usually more expensive. I own an AWS scale.
    Yeh, that was my issue with digital powder scales. With a resolution of .1, you couldnt tell if it was .11, or .19, a beam scale talks to ya a lil more.

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    I use a digital pocket scale it goes to thousandths, still has some fluctuations,
    I weigh my gold in the cup then transfer it to bags it changes from 0.014 to 0.008
    but at least it's still +/- in the thousandths, an tenth of a gram is a lot, a hundredth is a flake or two of gold.
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    A#1 do you have or use calibrations weights to measure your gold ? I had weights from 1 grain to 1 OZ. plus a 10 OZ. weight that never got used. sold it all with all of my equipment 6 months ago. I've gotten to old and unable to move / use it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by A#1 View Post
    There isn't tare button on a beam scale.

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    Sorry your OP said nothing about a "beam scale"

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    Quote Originally Posted by A#1 View Post
    Yeh, I know.

    I just like keepin my hobbies seperate. The posder scale is a quite pricey beam scale involving conversions to units other than grains, and I'd rather not chance contaminating my ammo.
    OP said it right there that it is a beam scale. As an avid reloader who utilizes such a scale I don't see how a particle of gold will mess up a load, you could pick up a seperate dish for the scale for weighing things other than powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
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    Thats the same scale I use, good for measuring powder or gold
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    Not sure what the fuss is about, but being a reloader that occasionally weighs gold, Iíd offer this;
    If your bent on having two scales, use the beam scale for gold and buy a trickle compatible digital scale for reloading.
    Something like the Hornady Lock-N-Load Bench Scale. $88
    0.1 grain accuracy.
    You can store and recall load data, probably a bunch more. Combined with the digital trickler, I think it would allow more loads without sacrificing consistency.
    Iíve been trickling from a coffee cup and kitchen spoon since a teenager and Iím tired of spending so much time measuring powder. Rather be shooting ammo.

    Dadís been loading based on volume rather than weight for 45 years and never had a problem killing his elk/deer.
    Granted he doesnít spend time measuring holes on paper.
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