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Old February 23rd, 2018, 09:51 AM #11
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I certainly would not be confident in weighting handgun ammunition, if the reason for doing so is to try to detect squib or double charges of typically fast burning powders. The powder charge weights are too small as a percentage of overall cartridge weight. Importantly, making an incorrect determination of the charge weight can have catastrophic results, be it with either squib or double charge errors.

As an example, take a time honored load for 38 Special of 2.8 grains of Bullseye under a 148 grain hollow base wadcutter.

Your bullet will approximate to 148 grains. It almost certainly won't be exact. Your 38 Special case will approximate to 70 grains, and almost certainly won't be exact either, and especially if brands are mixed. Figure 4 grains approximately on your primer weight. That's 224.8 grains in total.

In percentage terms in looking for 2.8 grain variations, you're working in terms of might and maybe. You absolutely can't afford might and maybe here. What is needed here is pull apart and visual inspection, and weighed charges of suspect rounds.
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Rifle loads. M2 ball surplus to be specific. I don't worry about my Mosin surplus, but I do worry about a double load on a M1 Garand. I like the shake idea. I hadn't thought of that.
Double load?? Doubtful the case has that much capacity. 38/357 sure easily, I've done it but a 06???
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Back when I use to reload, I would crank out 100 or so cartridges at a time. I would set them aside and the next day I would weigh the completed cartridges. Anything out of whack would be set aside for later disassembly and analysis.

My reloading gear is long gone and I've been thinking about picking up a cheap scale on amazon. What do you folks use?

I'm considering the Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Digital Reloading Scale under $30.
https://www.amazon.com/Frankford-Ars...HNA/ref=sr_1_4

I use this scale and have had no issues whatsoever. It seems to be very accurate and itís cheap.
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Thanks to all for the feedback.

It sounds like the scale I was looking at would be good. It also sounds like I really don't need to be weighing surplus 30-06 ammo.
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Buy your ammo from CMP they sell Garands and Garand ammo:
Ammo (price includes shipping in continental US)
https://estore.thecmp.org/?cat=AMC
$0.85 per round delivered:
https://estore.thecmp.org/Catalog/Item/4C3006SB150-400

Garands (price includes shipping in continental US)
http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/m1-garand/
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Yes, of course I weigh my surplus ammo. I’m up to 27 tons
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Buy your ammo from CMP they sell Garands and Garand ammo:

Ammo (price includes shipping in continental US)

https://estore.thecmp.org/?cat=AMC

$0.85 per round delivered:

https://estore.thecmp.org/Catalog/Item/4C3006SB150-400



Garands (price includes shipping in continental US)

http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/m1-garand/


There are much better deals to be found than at the CMP.
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