Calipers

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by astring, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. astring

    astring Active Member

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    I know this may seem odd, but do any of you know where I could find and buy a nice set of Vernier calipers. I just do not see any advantage to using digital and to get a nice set of dial calipers its going to cost a lot of $$. Any insight to where I could find a good pair would be helpful. Thanks
     
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    kc0pph Well-Known Member

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  3. astring

    astring Active Member

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    I've heard some of the cheaper ones do not last and do not hold zero very well. I did find a set of Brown and Sharpe for $105. I would prefer vernier since they will not require to be re-calibrated and will last a lifetime.
     
  4. kc0pph

    kc0pph Well-Known Member

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    True, I always check the zero and clean the measuring surfaces before every use, None of mine have ever been off much. I think its me just looking at them wrong, and its always splitting hairs as to what is perfectly zero.

    Now I can say this. I have noticed that on some of the cheap ones the sharp tips may not be perfect, I only use that part for measuring bullet crimp and all i am looking at is a difference so it does not matter. I use the Flat parts to measure everything.
     
  5. clemens

    clemens Well-Known Member

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    so is digital calipers not accurate enough? or is this just personal preference? just curious
     
  6. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Must be personal preference....I have 3 ...2 of one style and 1 of another...neither is better or whatever than the others

    Midway USA for 2 of them and Brownells for the 3rd
     
  7. Surgikill

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    My dad has a dial caliper that is older than me. Really nice and it has an adjustbale zero, so you will never lose zero, and you can check case uniformity with it also.
     
  8. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    These are pretty nice :)

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  9. astring

    astring Active Member

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    Personal preference, I figure they would last me my lifetime and being in college I figure I might as well do things right once and save money in the long run.
     
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    1varmint New Member

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    $100 for a set of 6" Starret dial calipers is money well spent
     
  12. astring

    astring Active Member

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    I ended up buying a set a vernier calipers from SidecarFlip, Thanks by the way.

    I will have to compare them to my dad's new dial ones he just picked up.

    Thanks guys for all help and links.
     
  13. Rem700addict

    Rem700addict Well-Known Member

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    We use calipers at work everyday and the company provides our calipers for everyone's use. That being said I have been fond of the Brown and Sharpe dial calipers. They are well built and the tips for ID dimensions are sharpe so you can get in smaller holes to measure ID diameters. You have to be careful and not break the sharpe tips off. But I think they are well worth the money and if you know how to read calipers well i'd go with the dials, no batteries, no fuss, just straight forward mechanics and old school ways, lol. After using the Brown and Sharpes when you pick up a set of cheaper calipers you will feel the difference.
     
  14. Red Crane

    Red Crane New Member

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    I bought a set from Grizzly.com a few years ago to use in my woodworking shop. I dug them out the other day to look them over. They measure to .001 inch. Just wondering how accurate do they need to be and how can you check them for accuracy. I checked some of my factory rounds against my handlaoding manuals and they do not come out exactly as to what the manual says using this dial caliper. I believe this is the set I bought to use with my table saw. H3022 Magnetic Base, Dial Indicator, Caliper Combo pk.