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Hornady Headspace Gauge

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by rrojohnso, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. rrojohnso

    rrojohnso Vancouver, WA Member

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    Top of the Morn'n to ya...

    I purchased the Hornady Headspace Gauge thinking it would be a good tool to measure my brass for consistency. I am beginning to think I wasted my money... I'm not sure how to use the dang thing which could be my problem. I am trying to measure my .308 brass, and am not sure what measurement I should have. Has anyone ever used it and does it work well for you, or did I waste my money? Any insight can help... :huh:

    Thanks,

    Bobby
     
  2. datguy

    datguy Vancouver, WA Member

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    Can you post a photo of how your setup? I might be able to help. I use Sinclair's version of the same.
     
  3. eganx

    eganx Kingston WA Active Member

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    I use a wilson headspace gauge....... Case Length Headspace Gage 308 Winchester

    It is super quick and easy to use. I highly recommend them. As to your question......I have never used one so I cannot comment. So if you decide the Hornady isn't for you, check out the wilson
     
  4. datguy

    datguy Vancouver, WA Member

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    I use Sinclair International's Insert Style Bullet Comparator/Bump Gauge Body with the appropriate bullet insert and bump gauge insert.

    The body is a clone/copy of the Hornady item. Sinclair's inserts are far superior to Hornady's offerings. The Sinclair bullet insert allows you to measure case to the bullet ogive. This is a much more accurate way to measure seating depth. Rather than measuring to meplat(end of bullet). The bump gauge insert measures the case base to the shoulder datum. This measurement, on a fire formed piece of brass, is what you want to set your FL sizing die to bump the shoulder back down once it gets difficult to chamber or operate the bolt.

    This thread and the rest of the stickies are excellent threads on this stuff.

    I hope this helps.
     
  5. rrojohnso

    rrojohnso Vancouver, WA Member

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    Thanks guys! I appreciate it. All of the info is much appreciated.

    A friend of mine had the Wilson before, and I couldn't find it online. Thanks for the link!
     
  6. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    This can be done with the Hornady tool as well. Just use the bullet inserts rather than the headspace inserts. The key to both tools is a good caliper. The rest is pretty much the "name on the box". Results are the same.