Both the BBK2 and the Digital Precision Powder Scale (DPPS) will provide you with accurate weight information. If you were to put the two scales side by side and switch back and forth between them during a reloading session you would notice some differences. The load cell in the DPPS is of a higher quality (more expensive) than the one we use in the BBK as are the electronics that read it. This is why the DPPS can maintain +- a tenth of a grain over 1500 grains compared to the BBKs’ 750 grain span. You might ask yourself what difference this makes when you're only weighing 60 grains? What you'd find running the two scales side by side is the BBK will require re-calibration a little more often then the DPPS. In addition, the BBK more sensitive to changes in temperature. The BBK can run on the supplied AC wall adaptor or a 9 volt battery. The DPPS is AC powered only and cannot run on a battery.
The bottom line is that while both scales will work great for reloading, the DPPS is a better scale than the BBK, in fact the PACT Digital Precision Powder Scale is the finest reloading scale on the market bar none. The BBK was designed to meet the requirements of a reloader at the lowest possible cost. One thing to keep in mind is that only the DPPS can drive the Powder Dispenser, the BBK cannot and never will. If you think you may want to get the dispenser one day, by all means get the DPPS. You won’t regret it.
Which Timer is for Me?
If you are buying Timers for your shooting club the decision is simple; don't spend the extra money for a MKIV, you'll be buying features you'll never use. Buy two Club Timer IIIs instead. If you are buying a timer for training the decision is a little tougher. The Club Timer III is designed primarily for running matches. Though its a fine timer for basic training, it lacks the sophisticated training features of the MKIV Championship Timer as well as the rate of fire indicator, ballistic computer and optional chronograph. However, we estimate that around 70% of the original Club Timer's sold have gone to individuals who are just getting their feet wet in competitive shooting. These shooters felt that, as a "beginner," the Club Timer was all they needed. Certainly, if you've never trained with a timer the Club Timer III will seem pretty heroic. It's neat to finally know how long it takes to hit the target or complete your favorite course of fire and be able to review your string. However, at some point you're going to try to start figuring out where you're loosing time and start developing training drills that help you work on your weak spots. This is where the MKIV Championship Timer comes into it's own and the Club Timer III, while an excellent unit, falls a little short. On the other hand, the Club Timer III sure does look good. One of each?
"First, I would like to say a few words about my PACT timing system. This is a great device! Nothing has helped me as a shooter or reloader as much as my timer/chronograph. The timer gives me a true evaluation of my progress as an IPSC shooter when combined with my scored target. Try telling the difference between a 1.25 second draw from a .90 without one. It also makes it possible to enlighten some of my boastful friends. What the timer does for me, the chrono does for my loads. My PACT has served me well for these past 4 years. It has been to the mountains in the cold, it has been to the desert in the heat. It went with us on our honeymoon and routinely goes to Las Vegas to give me something to do when not winning money. Thanks for a truly great product, nothing else even comes close." -W.B., Fountain Valley, CA
"...I wish to commend you on 1. A top quality product which works day in and day out, that I have confidence in, that is well made, and was well thought out. 2. Customer service that can't be beat! I just wish all products that I've bought had your quality! I have and will continue to recommend PACT to anyone that asks. Thanks." -D.B., Oxford, NY
It's a hit or miss proposition to use reloading manuals or manufacturers' claims to determine the velocity of a load in your gun, for the simple reason that the measurements were taken using their gun. Why should you care how fast your loads are going? Because knowing the velocity of your loads in your gun will allow you to refine them for the best possible accuracy at distance, remove the guesswork from holdover and insure optimum bullet performance on game.