Rifle weighing scales.

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Steve N
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Rifle weighing scales.

#1 Postby Steve N » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:31 am

Any better suggestions than bathroom scales for checking rifle weight after swapping barrels etc?
Kitchen scales are too light I doubt the accuracy of the bathroom scales. Something someone picked up online perhaps?

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Re: Rifle weighing scales.

#2 Postby Pommy Chris » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:08 am

Get some good quality digital kitchen scales. Some only go to 5kg but that just means you have to remove the scope and the stock and add it all up. You should not have a problem though finding 10kg ones if you dont mind spending a bit more than Kmart ones. Accuracy wise they will be within a gram or two which is good enough. I do my rifle this way and going to a shoot and weighed on the official scales it is always very close to what I expected. If you want to go to the next level try going to an auction like Quaids (think that is how it is spelt) and buy a used digital shop food scale.
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#3 Postby Longranger » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:41 am


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#4 Postby Barossa_222 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:07 am

I use commercial shop scales. You can pick these up at auctions from closing down fruit & veg/butchers/supermarkets/delis. If you buy one of these and invest in a check weight you'll have it for life and never need worry again.

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#5 Postby Steve N » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:44 am

Okay thanks for the ideas.

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#6 Postby Chris H » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:32 pm

I have a 10kg digital fishing scale from BCF that I hung from a roof beam roof of the shed with a steel wire rope. I loop an old sports bag shoulder strap on the hook then just tare out the strap and place the rifle in the loop. I find this a lot easier than trying to balance heavy barrelled rifles on kitchen scales etc. It also makes it easy to find the balance point of the rifle. 10kg is fine for my FTR rifles but I'd think a 15-20kg scale would be preferable for FO rifles.

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#7 Postby Rebel105 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:30 pm

Hi Steve, I use refrigeration digital scales only about $110 on flea-bay. easy to cross check with known weights. Mine seems to be similar accuracy as the NRAA scales.
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#8 Postby mike H » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:42 pm

I have a 10 kg electronic kitchen scale,you may need to weigh the bipod separately,take some time and care weighing as the shown weight can vary if the rifle being weighed is not on the balance point.Please leave yourself some leeway as the persons manning the official scales may not be as generous as you would like them to be.If you have a new outfit,check the weight yourself,don’t rely on the builder to get it right,I had to remove a sunshade and swap a couple of screws once to be allowed to shoot.

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#9 Postby Steve N » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:25 pm

mike H wrote:I have a 10 kg electronic kitchen scale,you may need to weigh the bipod separately,take some time and care weighing as the shown weight can vary if the rifle being weighed is not on the balance point.Please leave yourself some leeway as the persons manning the official scales may not be as generous as you would like them to be.If you have a new outfit,check the weight yourself,don’t rely on the builder to get it right,I had to remove a sunshade and swap a couple of screws once to be allowed to shoot.


I've had to remove scope lens dust covers to make weight so I know what you mean. :)

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#10 Postby UL1700 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:18 am

Baby weigh scales are another option, 0-20 kg, an ok resolution of 5 grams for a little over $100 and easy to put the rifle on.

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#11 Postby Tim N » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:36 am

I go to the local post office, just call before you do :D
I live in a small town so you inner city types may struggle
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Re: Rifle weighing scales.

#12 Postby UL1700 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:45 am

Tim N wrote:I go to the local post office, just call before you do :D
I live in a small town so you inner city types may struggle


The local vet clinic works well too but please give us some warning before helping yourselves to the dog weigh scales :wink:

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#13 Postby Peter Hulett » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:11 pm

I use the scales at my local butchers. Check first but the advantage is that they are around at 6:00am when nobody else is about. Of course you need to develop a relationship with them but you get to eat much better quality meat that way than by buying at the supermarkets.

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#14 Postby AlanF » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:53 pm

Peter,

As CRO of Victoria, perhaps you could persuade the VRA to invest in some certified weights. This would allow shooters to bring their own scales (or personal weights) to Bendigo to check them.

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Re: Rifle weighing scales.

#15 Postby Barossa_222 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:46 am

AlanF wrote:Peter,

As CRO of Victoria, perhaps you could persuade the VRA to invest in some certified weights. This would allow shooters to bring their own scales (or personal weights) to Bendigo to check them.


I would want to hope all of the state associations have certified scales and appropriate check weights. Should really be mandatory especially at queens and national events.


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