New to reloading... What is this?


June 1, 2011, 10:29 PM
I'm sorry, I'm new to this forum, but I've lurked for a while reading and getting a feel for things here. I have googled and read through ALL of my RCBS documentation and I cannot figure out what this is supposed to attach to. I assume its a sizing and depriming tool, and it says 30/06 on the side which makes sense since I have a 30/06 Die kit... but it doesn't thread into anything. It's too short and the thread is too small to fit into my resizing die however. It also has a cut in the threads for what I assume is for tension in whatever it's screwed into.

If anyone has any clues on what this is supposed to attach to or even where I managed to get it, I'd greatly appreciate it.


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June 1, 2011, 10:32 PM
Looks to be a Lee Case Length Gauge to be used with their Case Trimmer and Lock Stud system.

June 1, 2011, 10:35 PM
That is a case length gauge for a Lee Case trimmer system. It screws into the Lee cutter head. The case is held in the Lee trimmer shell holder. The pin goes through the flash hole and when the case is trimmed to the proper length, the pin will bottom out on the shell holder.

I assume you purchased a bunch of equipment used. The seller probably stored the case length gauge with the dies. I do.

June 1, 2011, 10:35 PM
I agree ( Looks like a case length gauge. I use mine with a wooden ball cutter.

June 1, 2011, 10:41 PM
Interesting, That certainly makes sense as to why I couldn't find it anywhere in my reading. I really appreciate the link bds, I'll probably pick up the rest of the kit seeing as I need a good trimming solution anyway. Man, you guys are quick and helpful, I think I'm going to stick around these forums for a while to come. Maybe down the road I'll be able to help a new guy as well.

June 2, 2011, 03:16 AM
Welcome to the forum. We are always happy to have a new face around.

June 2, 2011, 06:15 AM
Welcome to the madness we here call reloading.:D
I have one of those in every caliber that I reload. Easy to use and inexpensive at the same time. If you don't have the base lock-nut it might be easier to get a whole new length sizer and keep your present one as a spare. Or if you have a 1/2 inch drill press just chuck the cutter(one without ball) in and use the table as the stop. Hold a shell in your gloved hand (I use a glove with the sticky dots) and lower the cutter/length gauge gently till it stops. Beware that if you use a lot of pressure in a drill press you will slowly wear the end off and the casings will start to get shorter over time so check the finished brass length occasionally.

June 2, 2011, 04:46 PM
Yep, a Lee case length guage to be used with the cutter. Do you have a threaded shell holder, threaded base, and the cutter mixed in with the set? If it is all therre you are set to trim. That is the case trimming set up I've been using for a long, long time and it will work well on a drill.

June 2, 2011, 07:05 PM
Welcome to the forum. We aim to help when you need it.

Hondo 60
June 2, 2011, 08:34 PM
Welcome to the I mean hobby :D

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