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Old 12-13-2008, 12:43 AM
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what is a decent caliper at a reasonable price and were can i buy it.

i will be using it for scoring my targets.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:57 AM
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I have a inexpensive 6" digital caliper I bought at Harbor Freight tools, about $20...

If i was to do it all over again, I would personally get a Dial caliper. Ive used them in machine shops, and once your used to them they are JUST as quck as a digital, and no batteries to replace (about once a year for me) and cheaper...
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:10 AM
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:08 PM
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These days I would trust a cheap digital over a cheap dial caliper any day.

Dial caliper has too many moving parts and even the good (expensive) ones can get out of calibration.

Get a cheap digital caliper. Make sure it has some kind of certification of calibration. Then get something that you can measure and record that measurement. Keep that piece and the recorded dimension. Every so often go back and measure that piece again to insure that calibration has not changed. I have never had a digital go out of calibration except when one was dropped and bent the tip of one arm. That was fixed by stoning done the tip until it cam back into calibration.

I made my living for many years running Q.C. Departments. I did all our certified calibrations in house. Right now I have 3 calipers. A 4" digital an two Mitutoyo (a very good caliper) 6". One of those 6" will not work and the other has not been out of my reloading cabinet in over a year!

My 4" digital goes to the range with me, to the gunsmith shop and it does all my reloading measuring. Still spot on calibration. Cost me $23 I think.

Do NOT buy a plastic caliper.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:35 PM
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I bought a good dial caliper from Hornady, big dial, easy to read, and no batteries to go dead......
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:51 PM
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Don't forget to check your local pawn shop for calipers. Mitutoyo digital calipers can be bought for as little as 15.00$ . I have several sets ditributed where I use them the most. Whenever I get a box of bulk ammo from walmart, I ask the kids to segregate the rounds by rim thickness for fun. They seem to enjoy such activities. I machined a fixture that attaches to the jaws of the calipers where one could drop a round into an orface to determine rim thickness. I don't know if segregating helps, but it keeps the kids occupied for a long while.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:06 PM
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Try your local Carquest. Part # CTI 3C301 Digital Calipers for about $23
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:23 PM
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I have a inexpensive 6" digital caliper I bought at Harbor Freight tools, about $20.....
Me too. This one: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47257 In fact, I have two of them. One stays in my realoading room, and the other set travels with me when I'm shooting. At that price, I can afford two.
Like Vince said, no need to spend big bucks. I've got a Starrett 6" digital caliper. (about $200 new) It eats batteries, and for the price of about 3 sets of batteries, I can buy another new caliper from Harbor Freight.
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Midway sells a "cheap" set of dial calipers.... I have owned a set of them for probably about 15 years and they are still working great.
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Sale alert:
If you get Harbour Freight's sale paper, there is a coupon on the front page that will get you a set of these calipers for $12.99. Sale ends 3-23-09.
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