Help with buying some new supplies

TonyQ

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I have been reloading for some years now and I just watch Shawn reloading video so I know what I need to do to keep things more consistent. Here is my list of items I need I just rather buy once so if anyone had a recommendation that will help. Thanks Anthony
Headspace gauge
runout indicator/corrector
bullet comparator
 

ta406

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I think thats a good start. My personal opinion is that the Honady Concentricity Tool should only be used to check runout. If runout is high, the source of the problem needs to found and addressed. Using the concentricity tool to reduce runout also has the potential to change neck tension which is bad for accuracy. Others may disagree.
 

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I... Using the concentricity tool to reduce runout also has the potential to change neck tension which is bad for accuracy. Others may disagree.

Good advice IMO. IMO, the theory that we can improve accuracy by tweeking a seated (or partially seated) bullet to improve runout is a fallacy. It leaves the reloader with a choice of even neck tension and uneven runout or even runout with uneven neck tension. If you discover runout problems, find the source of the problem and fix it.
 

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Good advice IMO. IMO, the theory that we can improve accuracy by tweeking a seated (or partially seated) bullet to improve runout is a fallacy. It leaves the reloader with a choice of even neck tension and uneven runout or even runout with uneven neck tension. If you discover runout problems, find the source of the problem and fix it.

I agree. I bought one and it was nice to see just how straight my bullets were in my cases but in the end it did nothing for my accuracy. That bullet is not going to come out of the case perfectly straight but hopefully it will be when it leaves your barrel. "Pitch point perfect" I believe it's called.

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TonyQ

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Thanks for the info I rather not buy a tool that I didn't need. I was looking at the hornady headspace and bullet comparator it seems to have a lot of mix reviews. Is there a better one to use.
 

Bill Johnson

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I think the Sinclair is about as good as you will need. There's units out there for 3-4 times the money but probably will not help you.

Check out this post on checking cartridges vs rifle headspace. It might save you some time and money.

http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f28/fl-sizing-151045/

As far as ogive comparators, I wouldn't spend the money. Unless you're shooting 6" groups at 1000 yds, or .15 or less at 100, it will probably be a waste of money...
 

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I've also found that annealing cartridges before prepping them greatly aides in the necks being more supple which leads to more concentric necks (After sizing them). I annealed a batch of .223 REM the other day and 90& of them had < .002 run-out. Prior to annealing, my run-out was about 60% <.002 and 40% >.002.
 

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