Mechanical (balance beam) scales are more than adequate for reloading. I prefer them for their simplicity and ruggedness. You never have to wonder if some electronic part went haywire or if the battery went dead. The balance beam scale is a little slower to use than the electronic scale, but since you only have to weigh a powder or shot charge about every 300 to 500 shells, speed of use is not a big concern.
You are certainly welcome. I forgot to address the question about the scale I use. I use a RCBS 502 scale. It has worked great during the 8 years I've owned it. Never a problem with it. It is accurate to within about 0.1 grain. That is more than enough accuracy for shotshell reloading.
As stated balance scales are fine for reloading. I personally use an electronic Dillion D-Terminator scale that I plug into the wall, so no battery issue.
When hand loading steel or other non-tox loads it is much more like pistol or rifle ammo, one shell at a time, waiting for the balance to settle would just add unnecessary time to an already tedious task.
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