The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old April 20, 2007, 04:25 PM   #1
ShootingNut
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 27, 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,470
A good Dial Caliper

THAT doesn't cost an "Arm and a Leg". Can you buy a "cheapie" for 20 bucks and is it accurate?
ShootingNut is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 04:51 PM   #2
Crazy4nitro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2007
Location: Lou-a-vul KY
Posts: 142
I work with precision tools and My personal caliper for my job is well over $100. I have several "Cheapies" (one was $9.99) from Harbor Freight and they work fine. I Zero it out before I start and have no issue trusting it. Just make sure it's made of Metal,as I have seen partial Plastic ones.

Crazy4Nitro
Crazy4nitro is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 04:56 PM   #3
steelrat
Member
 
Join Date: February 8, 2007
Location: Utah
Posts: 66
I picked up a digital from Harbor Freight, it works great as long as I zero it before using it. They have a dial one made by the same company that was the same price, I just prefered the digital...
steelrat is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 05:03 PM   #4
Edward429451
Junior member
 
Join Date: November 12, 2000
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 9,494
I had problems with a Dillon caliper that wasn't right but the RCBS replacement has been fine for 3-4 yrs now.
Edward429451 is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 05:42 PM   #5
Jim Watson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Alabama
Posts: 10,892
The cheap Communist Chinese calipers are adequate for most reloading jobs except for measuring bullet diameter or case head expansion. They are fine for OAL, ogive gauge measurements, case length, die position, etc.
Jim Watson is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 06:40 PM   #6
BigJimP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 23, 2005
Posts: 11,211
Your better woodworking stores are a good place to shop for a good digital caliper too ( used by turners, etc ) and they sell quite a few so they have 2 or 3 choices usually - but some of the asian imported stuff is really junk ( especially China ).
BigJimP is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 06:56 PM   #7
RERICK
Junior member
 
Join Date: July 9, 2005
Posts: 369
The Frankford Arsenal I bought a few years ago still works great. I haven't even had to change the battery yet. I think I paid about 30 bucks for it.The digitals are easy to read.


http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=604242
RERICK is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 07:02 PM   #8
Keenan Goss
Member
 
Join Date: March 5, 2007
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 27
I ordered a Frankford Arsenal caliper from Midway for $9.99 on sale. It is digital for easy readout, and switches from standard to metric at the push of a button. I dont think its on sale anymore, but if I can remember correctly it was about $30. They also have one with a dial for about $20.
Keenan Goss is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 07:03 PM   #9
Keenan Goss
Member
 
Join Date: March 5, 2007
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 27
Sorry Rerick, I guess we had the same idea.
Keenan Goss is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 07:04 PM   #10
wolverine350
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 27, 2006
Location: ponca city ok
Posts: 746
can get a cheapie at lowes
wolverine350 is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 07:04 PM   #11
CrustyFN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 4, 2006
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 2,258
I bought a dial caliper at Harbor Freight for $20 and it works great.
Rusty
__________________
I don't ever remember being absent minded.
CrustyFN is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 08:47 PM   #12
RERICK
Junior member
 
Join Date: July 9, 2005
Posts: 369
Quote:
I ordered a Frankford Arsenal caliper from Midway for $9.99 on sale
Now why couldn't they have had that deal when i was looking for one. I would have bought two
RERICK is offline  
Old April 20, 2007, 11:33 PM   #13
T. O'Heir
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,115
Look in Home Depot or the like. I've found that buying normal measuring devices in gun shops, etc costs more. It's like buying tumbler media in a gun shop instead of a pet supply place. Same thing, but it costs more.
T. O'Heir is offline  
Old April 21, 2007, 08:13 AM   #14
ShootingNut
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 27, 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,470
Thanks Everyone

From what I'm hearing, I don't have to pay a lot for the accuracy we need.
ShootingNut is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08756 seconds with 7 queries