Originally Posted by desertbull
How are you determining your seating depth?
I measured the closed bolt with my cleaning rod from the muzzle, then measured the tip of a bullet in the land.
I get maximum OAL at 3.157" with Hornady 117 interlock.
I then went with what dakota1tn said (2 touching lands then 2 @ 10 thou. 2 @ 15, 20, etc...)
tonight I reloaded a series with different length for the first time. I will test at the rang tomorrow.
and Yes it is driving me crazy because I don't measure the ogive, I measure the tip and the number changes all the time. I'm thinking about buying a overall length gauge with bullet comparator..
Funny tonight I tried to use a small socket from my ratchet kit so I wouldn't measure the tip of the bullet for my AOL... wasn't reliable...
another question since I am on the subject of measuring max AOL... is there something wrong with measuring max AOL by simply feeding a case with a loose enough neck and a bullet, then closing the bolt ? this method is cheap and simple if you have the right neck tension ... what do you think ?