Looking for calipers under 100$

Bigeclipse

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when I first purchased calipers for reloading, I got a budget set from Harbour Freight. The appeared to work but recently they started giving me erratic numbers and not holding zero. I have now lost faith in them. I am not an extreme reloader so I do not need to spend hundreds of dollars on the most accurate reading ones. Just looking for ones I can have faith in to give me decently accurate readings. Budget is under 100$. Any and all opinions please!
 

Dosh

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Big, my preference is the manual caliper. I have a expensive digital, but it eats batteries and it seems to need replacement at the worst time. My Starrett manual caliper which I found at a garage sale, is very reliably accurate. I've seen Starrett manual caliper on the net for under $100.
 

lancetkenyon

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I used a Harbor Freight for a few years. I ordered an iGaging EZ Cal for $25 shipped on Ebay. Very nice quality, very consistent, and still reasonable priced.
 

ShtrRdy

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On tools, the way I look at it is if you buy something well made it will last a lifetime. Many years ago I bought a used analog Starrett. It was probably made in the 70's or 80's. It is so reliable to use.
 

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My favorite caliper is a Starrett 120A-6. New ones are about $200. You can find used ones on ebay for less.
 

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I have a Dillon analog that I bought in the 90's still works great. I do have a digital, but I prefer the analog for most reloading tasks. I can set the pointer for my desired dimension and can tell at a glance +/-discrepancies.
 

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I have a brand new Mitutoyo never had the battery installed plastic box and paper work
battery..everything..I'll sell for 100 bucks If you are interested I'll go get the model number..
 

iowaelkbum

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Mitutoyo is my first pick. As already mentioned Starrett are also nice. Either will last a lifetime with proper care.
 

jrock

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If an electronic one is giving bad values, put in a new battery. Sometimes on low power, they don't work. Take the battery out when not in use and they last years.

I use one of Frankfort Arsenal's digitals. Worked well for about 5 years until the off button stopped working. I classify that caliper set as +-.001. I look for calipers in the $50 range and wait for a good sale to get them. Got my last one from Shars for <$20 on sale.

I use micrometers for case dimensions and finishing passes on the machines. Precise micrometers can be had cheaper than precise calipers.
 
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