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At the range I pulled out my analog bow scale, one I'd bought when in the US years ago. An Oly archer saw me measuring my bow and said "I wouldn't trust that much. I've got the same and when I bought a good digital scale I found that all my bows were 3 pounds heavier than I thought".

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I guess I could find something that I know is, say, 20lb, and see if it matches what the scale tells me (starts at 15lb), but any loss of accuracy might not be linear - springs don't wear out that way.

I've always trusted this scale. Anyone have anything to share as to its accuracy? Any reliable digital scales I should check out? I forgot to ask the archer which he had and trusts.
 

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Worth mentioning I used to have a digital scale for luggage, which I used just about every month for work but also on my bows. Problem was it sucked to draw a bow with it and so I stopped using it due to it being innacurate that way.
 

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I use a bucket of paint. I weigh it on a physician's scale. Mine is the old style physician's scale that has beams and weights. Highly accurate, even if old fashioned. That bucket of paint is somewhat close in weight to the draw weight of most of my bows. I tested my spring scale and it was about three pounds off. My digital scale matches the physician's scale with-in two or three tenths of a pound.
 

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...Ha ha ha... I have one just like that.... they suck!... would not even weigh a fish with one...

Edit: I actually got it for compound bows... and they work fine in that application... but they suck with no solid wall...
 
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Worth mentioning I used to have a digital scale for luggage, which I used just about every month for work but also on my bows. Problem was it sucked to draw a bow with it and so I stopped using it due to it being innacurate that way.
...I don't think it can be done.... drawing with a hand held digital scale will not be any more accurate than the analog type, but not for the same reasons...
... in your draw length thread, I mentioned how I measure my draw lenght, to get my draw weight with a luggage scale and a yard stick... guaranteed 100% accurate...
 

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Interesting. I have been looking at my scale and wondering the same thing, I’m going to have to see what’s available. I don’t think just being digital is enough because I think they are just a spring with a digital readout unless you can calibrate them.
 

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Interesting. I have been looking at my scale and wondering the same thing, I’m going to have to see what’s available. I don’t think just being digital is enough because I think they are just a spring with a digital readout unless you can calibrate them.
... all cheap digital scales use a solid state strain gauge... as cheap to make as a calculator... and as accurate...
 

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I use an X-spot scale, digital, and unreliable as heck, I scale bows several times with it getting several different readings, so I use the most frequently gotten reading.
Then I OFTEN verify it with my spring-scale hanging Pelouze (Rubbermaid) scales which, even if it were inaccurate, are at least always consistent... and I HaVE verified it with YORK plates so it is ON at 45#, and is adjustable too..
 

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I use an X-spot scale, digital, and unreliable as heck, I scale bows several times with it getting several different readings, so I use the most frequently gotten reading.
Then I OFTEN verify it with my spring-scale hanging Pelouze (Rubbermaid) scales which, even if it were inaccurate, are at least always consistent... and I HaVE verified it with YORK plates so it is ON at 45#, and is adjustable too..
Awesome thanks Steve. Looking up that Pelouze.
 

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I use an X-spot scale, digital, and unreliable as heck, I scale bows several times with it getting several different readings, so I use the most frequently gotten reading.
Then I OFTEN verify it with my spring-scale hanging Pelouze (Rubbermaid) scales which, even if it were inaccurate, are at least always consistent... and I HaVE verified it with YORK plates so it is ON at 45#, and is adjustable too..
...hanging, is the key word here... handheld anything, does not seem to work repeatably...
 
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York barbell weights can easily a few pounds off.
I’ve had good luck with these and recommend to everyone and they always get good feedback. Cheap enough if you lose it or damage it no big deal. Weighing recurves up to 50# so far. I’ve read some mixed reviews for compounds but do t have any experience. I have 3 and they are all within .2lbs. Probably user error.
First one I’ve been using for over a year same batteries. I use it all the time.

AHOSOUTLY Archery Bow Scale Recurve/Compound Bow 110 lb/50 kg Tuning Scale LCD Display g/oz/kg/lb https://a.co/d/9H4pKjV
 
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York barbell weights can easily a few pounds off.
I’ve had good luck with these and recommend to everyone and they always get good feedback. Cheap enough if you lose it or damage it no big deal. Weighing recurves up to 50# so far. I’ve read some mixed reviews for compounds but do t have any experience. I have 3 and they are all within .2lbs. Probably user error.
First one I’ve been using for over a year same batteries. I use it all the time.

AHOSOUTLY Archery Bow Scale Recurve/Compound Bow 110 lb/50 kg Tuning Scale LCD Display g/oz/kg/lb https://a.co/d/9H4pKjV
Sounds great. Will look for it here in FR. Thanks!
 

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York barbell weights can easily a few pounds off.
I’ve had good luck with these and recommend to everyone and they always get good feedback. Cheap enough if you lose it or damage it no big deal. Weighing recurves up to 50# so far. I’ve read some mixed reviews for compounds but do t have any experience. I have 3 and they are all within .2lbs. Probably user error.
First one I’ve been using for over a year same batteries. I use it all the time.

AHOSOUTLY Archery Bow Scale Recurve/Compound Bow 110 lb/50 kg Tuning Scale LCD Display g/oz/kg/lb https://a.co/d/9H4pKjV
My buddy and I both have that same scale. His scale and mine are 4 pounds different on the same bow
 

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I have to reliable Balance beam scale at work and use a dead weight scale to check transducers. No piezoelectric or spring spring is Sable over time because of Sag rate. You have to recalibrate or zero before each measurements via program or self check.
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dynamic dan, are you begging for a smart reply? haha from your friend the country bumpkin............
 

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As someone who used to be a scale technician… just buy the amazon handheld luggage scales…. there’s a reason the “archery” brands look identical. (because they’re all rebranded Chinese scales). Give or take a 1/4 lb really isn’t precision weights in the scale world
 
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