Re: Hornady L-N-L OAL guage -- what am I screwing up?
I have both the straight and curved tool. I have occasionally had difficulty with some of the dummy cases not fitting in the chamber exactly like they should. I lube 'em up and run them through the FL die. This may not be the best method, as afterwards you have to open the neck of the dummy round back up in order for the right caliber bullet to freely slip in/out of the dummy case.
This usually is not a problem if you have other caliber dies. Simply take the expander ball from another die (one size up) and swap it to the die used on the dummy case giving you the problems. I had trouble with my son's .260 Rem Mtn Rifle and just recently with my .270 WSM Coyote. Both cases gave me erratic readings no matter how hard I tried to control the pressure I applied to pushing the bullet into the LaG's. They both work like champs now.
About the curved/straight tool. I have always used the straight one for all my rifles except for the Browning BLR my dad left me. Of course I have to use the curved one for it and I didn't like it. Anyway, my straight tool recently broke right where the threads meet the tube, so I used my curved one on one of my bolt action rifles. I definately do not like the curved one with the "pianie" wire. Guess it'll take some getting used to but I plan on buying another straight tool asap (I wonder if Hornady will warrantee one of the older Stoney Point tools?). Doubt it. Happy reloading, JohnnyK.