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Old December 28, 2012, 09:39 PM   #9
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do I need to pay attention to OAL or can I verify length with he comparator only?
Comparator only is fine- PROVIDING you're talking about the one every bullet type, even of the same weight, has an ogive that's going to hit the lands at a different point.

I determine my loaded bullet length with an OAL gauge, and then set the loaded bullets to length- using the comparator for adjustments- with the seating die to correspond to the jump I'm seeking.

I could not even tell you, the "overall length", of ANY of the bullets I load for the seven calibers I handload for. It is irrelevant unless there is a restriction related to magazine length.
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