Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Electronic Powder Scale

By Randy Wakeman

Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Electronic Powder Scale
DS-750 Electronic Powder Scale. Illustration courtesy of Frankford Arsenal.

If you're looking for an extremely handy, portable, digital powder measure, the DS-750 is just what the doctor ordered. It runs on a pair of AAA batteries, which are included. It comes with a 50 grain calibration weight, powder pan and a velcro pouch. As you might guess from the designation, the DS-750 measures up to 750 grains. It is affordable, available at Midway USA for $36.99 and going on sale from time to time for even less.

            Model: DS-750

            Capacity: 750 Grains

            Units: Grains, Grams, Carats, Ounces

            Accuracy: 1/10th grain

            Powered by: 2-AAA batteries (included)

            Accessories included: Calibration weight, powder pan and a carry pouch

            Features: LCD Display with Blue backlight, Auto calibration, tare function, counting function, automatic shutoff after 60 seconds, overload protection

            Warranty: 1-Year warranty against manufacturing defects

For higher volume use I use the integrated RCBS Charge Master 1500, as I have for some time. For on the road or at the range, the diminutive and economical DS-750, in conjunction with a powder trickler, fits well in the range bag, or next to your MEC 9000G. It is ideal for measuring Blackhorn 209 muzzleloading charges, or smokeless charges for the Savage 10ML-II. It is also handy for things like qualifying your bushing drops from a MEC shotshell reloader.

The question of accuracy comes up. ASTM Class 1 calibration weights go for about $60, you can just about double that if you order it with certificate. Consumer scales generally fall into the realm of within 0.2 grains resolution and this unit is no exception. To compare the relative accuracy of this unit, I dispensed ten charges of 35.0 grains of Reloder 7 with the RCBS Chargemaster 1500, weighing them on an older RCBS digital scale and then on this DS-750. All three digital scales read 35.0 grains every time.

At its low price, it is easy to recommend this handy little unit. With this digital scale and a powder trickler, you're good to go for precise powder measuring. Powered by a pair of internal AAA batteries, it is ideal for measuring powder charges either at home, the range, or on the road.

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