Case length/headspace gauge

TBuckus

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Any recommendations for a case length/headspace gauge?
I’ve been reloading for a while, but have always just resized with my FL die according to the die companies set up.
I’d like to see if bumping the shoulder back would help tweak my loads a little more, but I noticed that there are a variety of gauges that are a little different, such as a go-no go gauge vs case length vs headspace.

my last question (for now) is will a 270 gauge work for my 6.5-06? Or does it have to be specific?
 

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Sheridan Engineering - available in slotted for some rounds, but limited overall caliber availability. My personal favorite if they have a slotted option for the round I'm loading. Does SAAMI min body sizing spec, case length/trim, and go/no-go headspace:

LE Wilson - case length/trim, go/no-go headspace. Reamed large in the body for non-FL sizing/non-SAAMI body diameter for use with unsized cases. Can add the micrometer for headspace, and this performs the same function as the Hornady Headspace bushing comparator set.

I use the Sheridan gauge, LE Wilson with Mic, and the Hornady comparators regularly.

Hornady - SAAMI body diameter, go/no-go headspace. Don't think it does case length/trim, I can check later.

Lyman - don't have any so I'm not entirely sure what they do and don't do, but seems to do case length/trim, and go/no-go headspace. The single round checker does SAAMI minimum body dimensions.

my last question (for now) is will a 270 gauge work for my 6.5-06? Or does it have to be specific?
The Hornady bushing set would cover both. Since they have the same shoulder angle and are based on the 30-06, I think you would use the C-insert (.375") for each. Single case gauges are caliber specific typically. There can be some overlap, but not generally on the trim length capable gauges because they have to be reamed for neck diameter.
 
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