Re: Newbie reloading question (lands?)
Take a piece of fired brass and bend the end of the neck slightly, just so it will hold a bullet. Paint a bullet black with a felt tip marker. Then take the bullet and start it in the neck slightly. Carefully chamber and remove the cartridge.
The neck (the little dent you made to hold the bullet) will have scratched the black marker from the bullet. Put the bullet back as far as the mark and measure it. Viola!
Do this several times to get a consistent measurement. This measurement is likely a few thousands too long, as the bullet will have pressed into the lands a little bit (depending on how tight you made the neck to bullet fit).
Hope this made sense, I haven't had any coffee this morning.
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