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Bullet length gauge

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gsc3zny, Jul 14, 2013.

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  1. gsc3zny

    gsc3zny Member

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    I have bullet length gauges for 9mm .223 and .45 from Lyman, but I cannot find one for .38 or .37. Any suggestions for a quick check gauge?
     
  2. bds

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    For revolver loads, you roll crimp case mouth into the crimp groove/cannelure of the bullets so OAL gauge is not necessary, as long as the rounds slide in and don't stick past the cylinder.
     
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    What if it doesn't have a cannelure groove?
     
  5. Walkalong

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    If you do not have a pair of calipers, either dial or digital, pick up a pair. You will find a hundred uses for them reloading.

    HF recently sent out a flier with a $9.99 coupon for the digital set, so I picked another one up and stashed it back.

    I load some plated bullets with no cannelure in several revolver calibers and I just picked a good looking OAL/seating depth to start with. I tweaked them a little to see if longer or shorter shot better, but most times I cannot shoot the difference. There are a couple of pics of them in the thread bds linked to.
     
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    This is a new one on me. I've loaded several hundred thousand rounds and never even heard of a bullet length gage. Who makes 'em?? Why would I need one? :cool:
     
  7. bds

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    They do exist. MidwayUSA has them for 38 Special for $16.99. Midway don't list one for 357 Mag but they are $22 from the manufacturer.

    How about getting the Max case gage instead? MidwayUSA has one for 357 Mag for $19.99.


    Case Length Gage
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    More familiar Pistol Max Gage
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  8. Comrade Mike

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    If there is no cannelure, taper crimp.
     
  9. rcmodel

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    Yes.

    Any digital or dial caliper and a reloading manual to find out what Max length is.

    On the other hand, the SAAMI Max length a cartridge gage (not bullet gage) is not necessarily the same as Max length that will chamber in your barrel of your gun without hitting the rifling.

    A gage has nothing at all to do with checking that.

    rc
     
  10. Hondo 60

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    Just to keep the confusion down...

    A "bullet" is NOT the same as a loaded round.
    A "bullet" is the projectile.
     
  11. bds

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    And a "Boolit" is a lead bullet you casted yourself. Right? :D
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    PLEASE don't get me started on that!!

    When it gets to the point of Boolets in your Shottie!

    I'm coming after somebody! :fire:

    rc
     
  13. BullfrogKen

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    Those Wilson case length gauges are awesome.
     
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