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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rikman, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. rikman

    rikman Well-Known Member

    I bought a stainless steel dial caliper on sale at Grafs. I must admit I avoided them at first because of little experience with them. I have a very nice digital,Mitutoyo. But, I am really enjoying these, very accurate and fun. I don't have to worry about turning on or off. I'm measuring all kinds of stuff with them. I feel like a kid on xmas morning lol:)
  2. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    Dial caliper...

    Rikman--I've always used a dial caliper. My current one is from Dillon, but made in China. I like that you can see between the thousandths on the dial, whereas with a digital, it's either x number of thousandths, or the next number--No in between. Other than that, and as you observed, having to turn the digital on & off and feed it batteries, there's not much difference IMHO.

    Did you have a question or something?
  3. rikman

    rikman Well-Known Member

    Hey Joe,

    Thanks for your post. No questions. I've gotten to like the "dial" after getting a few other tools,concentricity gauge,instant indicator. I was surprised how much I like the dial calipers.
  4. Uniquedot

    Uniquedot Well-Known Member

    Dial calipers are the only ones i have owned and used. It was 20 + years before i would even try a digital scale.
  5. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    I too, prefer dial calipers. For the firsy 12 years out of school I was a machine operator/machinist and used measuring tools many times a day. When electrionic digital mics and calipers came out I wanted to try them so I bought one caliper. Seems like nearly every time I wanted to use it the batteries needed cleaning or replacing and I got to where I was double checking the measurements with a dial caliper anyway. I guess I didn't trust some numbers appearing in a readout. Plus you can't get them wet. Sometimes I would clean the parts to be measured in solvent and dip my mics in too (Brown & Sharpe 1" mic, Craftsman depth mic, or Mitatoyo thread mic), but can't do that with a digital...
  6. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    I'm still using a 30yr Dial Calipers by Sterret #120. Nothing wrong with them no batteries to worry about and easy to read. I have a set of Micrometers top but prefer the calipers for reloading.
  7. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I bought a cheap digital calipers on eBay 3 years ago.
    I've replaced the battery once.
    It reads to 1/10,000 of an inch.
    10,000ths is close enough for me, so I don't care that I'm not getting that in between thing.

    Don't mean to be a show off or spoil sport. :scrutiny:
  8. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member


    Hondo--Are you SURE it reads to 1/10,000" and not 1/1,000" ? I have never seen any caliper that claimed to be accurate to that degree, digital or dial or vernier.

    A micrometer, of course, but not a simple caliper.

    If yours does read to that accuracy, I'd be interested in knowing what brand it is and how to obtain one. And if it's that accurate I don't quite see how it could be called cheap--accuracy in measurement is like accuracy in a rifle: You gets what you pays for, normally.

    No showoffs nor spoilsports here, BTW--You're just stating your experience in this particular area. As many members as THR has, it'd be quite a surprise if there was unanimity in anything besides that Amerc brass stinks for reloading purposes.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011
  9. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    I started out with dial calipers and when cheap digitals came out I was all over 'em! I like dials for when I want a visual +/- indication but for things like measuring OAL I'll go digital every time.

    LOL. At the last place I worked the company had a really nice Mitutoyo digital caliper for us techs to use. The other guys were always coming over to borrow my $10 Harbor Freight because they kept leaving the Mitutoyo on & killing the battery. My cheap caliper has an auto "Off" feature. :D

    Most of the digital calipers I've seen read to 5 tenths.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011
  10. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    My digital caliper reads to "nearest" .0005".
    .oo12 reads .0010"
    .0013 reads .0015"
    .0018 reads .0020
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011

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