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Old 07-19-2013, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Who makes an affordable Dial Caliper that holds it's zero?

I'm looking for just a basic dial caliper that will hold it's zero, and mostly just be used for reloading. Mostly just for my case lengths and overall cartridge size. What do you guys use and like?

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Old 07-19-2013, 02:23 AM   #2
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I have a digital one from Lowes and a Frankfort armory or arsenal one from Midway. Both seem to work well. Neither broke the bank.

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i think just about any quality dial caliper will hold zero quite well. pretty much as long as you're not using it for a hammer, you should be fine!

mine is a Starret brand that i have had for many years now. new they aren't cheap. but it's from years ago when i was working with CNC lathes at work.

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I prefer the Starret . Like AXX I have had it for 30 years. I bought 2 from "Harbor Freight" for my reloading bench. These have been great inexpensive devices. I have checked them against my Starret no problem. These are digital and mechanical read outs.

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Once you chuck something in firm for

a measurement, don't keep dialing it tighter.

Two things happen:

1.-An inaccurate measurement.

2. -You lose your zero.

Try pre-measuring, then locking it at that. Much

less re-zeroing.

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I agree that you don't have to spend a lot to get a good tool. I have several inexpensive digital calipers knocking around but my go-to one is an Etalon dial indicating vernier caliper. I forget how much it cost me some 30 years ago but it has outlasted the inexpensive ones (maybe because I am more careful with it).

Digital calipers are also better IMO because you can switch from mm to in. with a press of the button as well as zero it anywhere for different applications. Can't go wrong with that for the money.


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Though I have a couple of fairly expensive ones, they are not needed for reloading. The $10 Harbor Freight digital ones would likely serve you fine. You can re-zero them at any time with a push of a button.


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