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Oal guage????

 
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:30 PM
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"he took an old hull and drilled out the back of it and uses an old cleaning rod to push the bullet into the lands then he ejects it out very carefully and measures from the land marks on the side of the bullet to the base "

Sure it can/will work. But it's no more "accurate", if as good, as the cleaning rod/dowel method and a lot more trouble as well as slower. If you do use a case/bullet combo, remember to use a FIRED case, otherwise the case shoulder won't match your chamber quite as well.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:33 PM
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I use 3 methods, well really 2 cause I don't use the Sinclair anymore. One is the Hornady OAL gauge and the other is the R-P Products rod which works like the cleaning rod method described above. Here is a pic of the Hornady with the R-P rod



The R-P rod is a stainless rod with 2 lockable collets and a brass tip. You just insert the rod down the muzzle to the bolt face and lock the rear collet



then insert the bullet in the leade and hold it there either with the Hornady OAL Gauge or a wooden dowel



insert the rod down to the bullet tip and lock the front collet



then measure between the collets



Works everytime and you don't have to worry about how much headspace your modified case has.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:28 PM
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Just take a uncapped case and seat a bullet just in the neck of the case. Put the case in your action and close it. This will push the bullet into the case when it hits the lands. lift up on your bolt and push the bullet out with a cleaning rod. Be careful not to push the bullet into the case while pushing it out of the lanes. once the bullet is free of the lands you can take it out and messure the the oal and that is your oal to the lands. Shoot 3 shots at that oal and see how it groups, if you don't like it shorten the oal by .005" and shoot 3 more. Do this until you get the group you like.
All guns shoot different at different spaces form the lands.
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:25 AM
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Woods, excellant photos and post! You confirm that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Actually, I do the same thing now but have no digital camera so I can't show it and didn't want to even try to describe the alum collar w/set screws I've made on my old lathe. It's likely the better method available, IMHO, but just a variation of the marked rod method, being a little faster/easier. Didn't know someone was making those locking collars for sale.
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Old 03-21-2009, 04:59 PM
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I've heard you can get a couple of those U-shaped manual locks you put on windows, you know the kind you put on the frame of the window and tighten down with a screw driver to make it impossible to open the window from the outside, then put those on a 1/4" aluminum or stainless rod from Home Depot. At least it would give you a hard surface to measure against. I've tried marking the cleaning rod and taping it also and that is not very accurate for me.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:43 PM
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THANKS FOR THE PHOTOS WOODS AND ALL THE INFO . WHEN I GET THE MONEY I'M GOING TO BUY THE HORNADY GUAGE .IT SURE LOOKS GOOD IN THE PHOTO.
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Re: Oal guage????

Where would you get the R-P Products rod? Can't find them on the web.
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