Discussion in 'On Topic' started by GlobeGuy, Apr 11, 2008.
If I have a cartridge gauge for each cartridge I reload for, do I still need a caliper?
I find they are useful in general around the house. I use a cheapie from midway and it does just fine
Most case guages are really for checking circumference, and aren't made for checking OAL, so you'd still want some calipers for checking OAL.
I've used expensive calipers, and cheapie calipers. The cheap calipers from Harbor Freight, worked just as well. Midway also has the cheap digital calipers for around $20, but it's rebranded Harbor Freight calipers.
Frankford arsenal is rebranded harbor?
yes you need calibers, and some sort of case guage. Your barrel when removed from the gun works as a case guage too.
The calibers are used to check over all lenght and other things.
Just to clarify. I don't know that for fact, but I've seen both, and they are absolutely identical, rite down to the font and scribing of the numbers, so I'm assuming since Harbor freight is cheaper that that's where Midway is getting their calipers from.
I'm sure they're all made in China. lol
I have the "Harbor Freight special" digital calipers, they work quite well.
I just bought a Hornady LnL AP press for $350 at a local gunshow, but hit with massive buyer's remorse. Ugh...
A little bit of insight for the caliper thing. I am a tool and die maker and my caliper is typically the least precise instrument i will use. The cheap one will get the same reading as the expensive one. The catch is the cheap one will not last very long in the industrial environment. Therefore my position about these calipers is a cheap one is totally fine for home as long as you keep it in its box when you aren't using it so the powder or something doesn't get inside.