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Anyone use this Forster Datum Dial?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rule3, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. Rule3

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    Very nice looking tool. Expensive I would guess. I rely on the Hornady tool to do the same thing but this one looks good.
     
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  3. Walkalong

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    It's a cool little tool that should work well. I just make little "buttons" to do the same thing. For those like fguffey who love datums, it would be just the ticket, and I actually did that when making one for .35 Remington.

    308 Shoulder Gauge Pic 3.JPG
     
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    Yes, it is pricey!

    But Money is no Object in search of Perfection!:)
     
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    I have the tools from Hornady and PT&G, it all works. They're nothing more than reference dimensions, and don't give actual headspace contact positions, but they are perfect for what you're describing - measuring the CHANGE in the case after a processing step, as well as consistency among bullets and cases.

    The downside to the Forster version, however, compared to the Hornady tool, is the throat depth. The headspace bushing can't be used with loaded ammunition, because it's not deep enough to allow a cartridge with a seated bullet to feed into the throat.
     
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    Good point. Mine for .308 suffers from that, but I made mine for .223 long enough.
    222, .223, & .222 Mag Head Clearence Tool  Shoulder Bump Gauge     In Use Pic 3 @ 80%.JPG
     
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