trying to decide on a caliper and a tumbler

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jjfuller1, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    trying to decide on a caliper and a tumbler. what brands/models do you guys like? ive read some reviews on a few and most seem to be all 50/50 on pros cons
     
  2. Sport45

    Sport45 New Member

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    It's hard to beat $9.99 for the Harbor Freight digital caliper. That's the sale price they often sell for. Just keep a few extra batteries around. I've been using my Lyman Turbo 1200 (or something like that) for at least a decade and it's still going strong. I haven't looked at current models, so I don't know where the deals are now.

    I also have a Starrett dial caliper as well as a Midway branded dialcaliper. The HF digital and the two dial calipers always agree whenever I check them out side by side.
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It kind of depends on your intended use. I have an RCBS dial caliper (plastic one) that I have used for over 20 years. Mostly use if for case length measurement and it is fine. I end up with the occasional oddball bullet that I have to determine what caliber it is. The caliper is not precise, but I can figure it out against a known bullet.

    As far as polishers goes, I have burned up at least 4 Lyman turbo 1200's. I load thousands each month and the polisher gets a bunch of use. My latest acquisition was the Midway (frankfort arsenal) $40 tumbler. So far so good.
     
  4. adkins

    adkins New Member

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    calipers like starrett, mitutoyo, brown and sharp etc. are probably more than you will want to spend if all your doing is checking case length.but i like mitutoyo i have two sets in my tool box not sure on price 8 inch runs about 100 bucks.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    check out Midway. they have great deals on lots of reloading equipment. also check out MidSouth Shooters Supply, they have great deals on their stuff also. i bought my tumbler from them. it's a Smart Reloader brand, works great. both places have excellent service and fast shipping. i use both of them with great results.
     
  6. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    I've been using the Frankford Arsenal tumbler for several years,it's a good unit for a good price.
    I have both dial/digital calipers.You can spend a lot of money for the best ones,as Adkins stated,but the $30-40 ones will serve you well.
     
  7. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    I use the Big Dillon. If you do small amounts Habor Freight has some worth the money.:)
     
  8. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    +1. I have a digital caliper, but bought a dial afterwards. Tired of dead batteries!!