Originally Posted by Max Heat
I am of the opinion that if he is going to use a case for a gauge, it would be a FAR better choice to use a "sized" case (re-sized in a reloading press/die), with reasoning being that the fired case will likely be streched beyond the true "go" size. Am I not correct about that?
While not ideal, if you are going to use a case as a go gauge, a sized case would be the way to go. A sized case is much more likely to be in SAAMI specs.
Using a fired case is just plain idiotic. If the case has been fired in an out of spec chamber, the error will simply be transferred.
There is no guarantee that virgin brass will be in spec, either. Sized brass would be a safer bet.
However, I am going to go on a mini-rant here. Max Heat, please understand that I am not directing this at you.
Headspace gauges are not expensive. Anyone who is too cheap to buy a correct set of headspace gauges should not be performing tasks where they are needed in the first place. There is no excuse for performing critical gunsmithing tasks without the right tools. Anyone who does it is a moron who deserves to be cleansed from the gene pool. The trouble is moronic decisions applied to things that go bang often hurt someone other than the moron who made them.
The same jackwagons who won't spend a few bucks on a set of headspace gauges are generally the same people who won't buy a reloading manual either and often view the load development process as an inconvenience, instead prowling the internet asking people for their load data.
Why on God's Green Earth people who will spend larger sums of money on a rifle, scope, and basic reloading equipment pathologically refuse to acquire the correct tools to safely participate in their hobby is beyond me. Personally, I would be afraid to spend much time in the presence of armed people of such poor judgement.
End of Rant