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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by flatsticks, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. flatsticks

    flatsticks Member

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    Hello and good day all .

    Looking for some ideas on the following tools .

    I need a trimmer , digital calipers and a scale .

    Saw the Hornady and Le Wilson trimmers and they looked interesting.

    The Hornady digital calipers looked like a possibility.

    Looking for tools that are not crazy expensive as I made the worst rookie mistake I could.

    Tried to get primers off Armslist and got scammed out of my cash ( still cant belive I fell for it that person is very good amd preyed on my desperity )

    Any how looking for the experience you all have with these types of tools .

    Will be mostly reloading 223 and 6.5 creedmor .
     
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  2. Hokie_PhD

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    I have the LEE hand trimmer. It’s ok
     
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  3. RockRat64

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    There's some good calipers on Amazon. I belive people say the harbor freight ones are even good. If you have the money get an electric trimmer like the frackford arsenal. You can trim, chamfer, clean/ream primer pockets and your hand will thank you. Otherwise the lyman trimmer and multi tool work.
     
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    I have an extra RCBS trimmer with the pilots that come with them if you are looking for that...
     
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    go get non gun branded calipers from Home Depot even.
     
  6. Mr. Zorg

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    I purchased 4 different preowned vintage beam scales to try out to see which models suited me best. The two I'm keeping are an Ohaus 10-0-5 and an Ohaus 10-10. I'm looking for good homes for the Ohaus 5-0-2 and Ohaus 5-0-5 (small chassis) scales I have. Both zero well, and I've successfully tested both with check weights from 2 grains to 100 grains at multiple points and they checked out. Send me a PM if the Ohaus 5-0-2 or Ohaus 5-0-5 scale interests you.

    For digital scale I snagged a Frankford Arsenal DS-750 when it was on sale for $24 at Bass Pro Shops back in November.

    No matter what scale you purchase, digital or beam design, I highly recommend you purchase a set of check weights that covers the range of weights you plan to be measuring.

    This is the digital calipers I purchased from Amazon, and I've been happy with for my purposes.

    https://www.amazon.com/iGaging-ABSO...d=1&keywords=B00INL0BTS&qid=1610920748&sr=8-1

    I also picked up preowned RCBS dial calipers for under $15 including shipping last year
     
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  7. Offfhand

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    Check ebay for Mitutoyo calipers, Wilson case trimmer and Lyman, Redding or RCBS balance beam scales. There are usually very good buys available for all.
     
  8. .308 Norma

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    I used a Forster trimmer for years. I like my Hornady trimmer better - it came with a whole assortment of pilots, and it uses regular shell holders.
     
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  9. flatsticks

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    That does sound interesting . can you shoot me a message and we can discuss please ? thanks

    Thanks for the other ideas so far they look to be priced faitly well and the weight ideas for the scales makes a lot of sense .

    Still debating on the maunal or the digital scale at this point .

    As always you all have the info to help put somebody getting started , thank you much !
     
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  10. rocirish

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    I think that you would be real happy with that 505 scale that Mr. Zorg offered to you. I've been using one for almost forty years and it is still going strong.
     
  11. flatsticks

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    Appreciate the info is it easy for a beginner like me to use ?
     
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  13. Mark_Mark

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    I would not get the Hornady Digital calipers. I own one but I have to rezero alot. I just dusted out my Starret calipers and Mitsotoyo micrometers. As for trimmer, have you tried the lee trimmer that attaches to your press? quick and consistent trims
     
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  14. flatsticks

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    That seems pretty simple looking at it .

    Thanks for taking the time for the picture , it really helped .

    Mark_Mark appreciate your thoughts on the Hornandy calipers .

    I have not tried the lee trimmer as I do not have a press yet .

    My Dad has all the equipment that I need but he has not been feeling well and lost interest in shwoing me the ropes for the time being

    I figured I should get my own stuff as he does not want to root around in his boxes to find everything .

    Things changes so I need to adapt
     
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  15. Mark_Mark

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    Get the Rock Chunker kit. has everything you will need, and good quality too

    I bought it 6 years ago and still use it
     
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  16. rocirish

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    The scale that comes with the kit is now a 500 not a 505. I don't know anything about the 500 but I do know that it is "imported". Otherwise I agree that the kit could be your best bet.
     
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  17. Mr. Zorg

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    What I'm offering is a vintage Ohaus 5-0-5 (no RCBS badging, tan base) or vintage Ohaus 5-0-2 (also tan base, of course also no RCBS badging).

    @peeplwtchr can give first hand review on the current RCBS 500 vs a vintage Lyman D5.
     
  18. peeplwtchr

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    +1 on the Rockchucker kit to get started more easily. The scale works, but isn't as fast/easy to use as the older models.
     
  19. Mark_Mark

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    Best part it’s not a starter kit... it good stuff that you can use for decades
     
  20. AJC1

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    Calipers.... I know you said digital but why???
    The reason for getting dial calipers are three fold in my book. 1.there are a lot of high quality dial calipers available due to machinist switching over to digital. 2. There is almost no demand to make fake dial calipers but a huge demand for digital. 3. What you get for your money is higher quality over digital. A set of mitatoyos cand be bought for about the same price as a new hornaday set.
    Parting shot... a standard is helpful in any type of measuring from size to weight. Verified pin guages are available for like 5 bucks and can later be used for an expander mandrel if you dont want it as a standard.
     
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  21. peeplwtchr

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    Yeah, everything is made very well. The press, powder measure and hand primer will last generations if maintained.
     
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  22. Mark_Mark

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    I use a dial calipers because I like the thing moving around, feels real. I’m kindda a hippy reloader. Not one of those anti-war hippie, the type that got back from Nam and questions everything now
     
  23. AJC1

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    It is easier to use digital. The ability to set zero from any point for comparator usage is also nice. Most beginners I dont think use those advantages but they are there...
     
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  24. Mark_Mark

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    I use a digital Mitstoyo micrometer. it’s good, had it since 1997. lost the digital calipers that came in the set
     
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  25. flatsticks

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    Was looking at the digital calipers for ease of use to be honest . quick glance and I have my reading .

    Easy to double check .

    The analog for me I feel would have me doing the apralysis by analysis rechecking the readings all the time .
     
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