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Old 02-19-2016, 01:21 PM   #1
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Interesting gauge if you have ammo issues

If you think you are having ammo issues, you may want to get one of these. If the ammo checks out, then you know you have a gun issue.

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Old 02-19-2016, 01:28 PM   #2
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Not necessary if you have your resizing die adjusted properly.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:34 PM   #3
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For those that do not reload, this may be used to isolate a problem. IDK. It's cheaper than a box of ammo.
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:17 PM   #4
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I gauge every round I reload and did all my duty ammo when first issued.

I have gauged brass after resizing but before completing the load. It passed. But after completing the load it did not. If it real soft or been loaded too much or of certain brands, the base swells out during bullet seating and crimp. The case is not supported during these processes. So it can happen regardless of resizing die and adjustment.

With pistol and rifle I reload about 20k a year. No that I am unemployed/retired that may go up.
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I use a factory carbide crimp die as the final stage. Crimps and final sizes case at the same time. Never had a problem.


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Old 02-19-2016, 09:20 PM   #6
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I should into that then because use Dillon die sets on a 550b and have encountered the problem I describe.

What make is your final crimp die?
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Lee factory crimp. It comes in the 4 die deluxe sets. It's really just a carbide sizing die with crimp.


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Actually just finished some 38 Special and 45 ACP tonight.


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Old 02-19-2016, 11:14 PM   #9
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The case gauges are nice to have especially if you reload You need to make sure your finished cartridge pretty much falls out of the gauge. If your crimp is not good it will still go in the gauge if you have any doubts you can use your barrels chamber I prefer the case gauge I reload so I have them for all of the calibers I shoot. It is faster than using your barrel if you do a lot of reloading.
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Lee factory crimp. It comes in the 4 die deluxe sets. It's really just a carbide sizing die with crimp.


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