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Posted: 12/18/2016 5:51:58 PM EDT
Has anyone experience with these tools?

I'm getting ready to bulk load some 223/556, & prepping brass now.

I'm thinking of ordering these gauges tonight to help with the process. Are they good to go?

I hate getting stuck or smashed primers.
Link Posted: 12/18/2016 6:53:28 PM EDT
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Never heard of either. Who makes them?

I know some people use RCBS's swager head as a gage to insure crimped brass doesn't sneak into the batch.

Link Posted: 12/18/2016 7:10:33 PM EDT
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Never heard of either. Who makes them?

I know some people use RCBS's swager head as a gage to insure crimped brass doesn't sneak into the batch.
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The gauge is made by Ballistic Tools.
Link Posted: 12/18/2016 7:20:53 PM EDT
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I have both, very nice tools to have. I'd recommend that You order the package that has small/large primer pocket check tool, and case mouth tool. I think it's a better deal, it was back when I ordered them.
Link Posted: 12/18/2016 7:29:40 PM EDT
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I have both of the primer pocket gauges, both of them are very nice and quite handy!

Edit: and I don't just use them for swagging, I also check brass for loose primer pockets before I load if I suspect it's coming to the end of it's useful life.
Link Posted: 12/18/2016 10:11:57 PM EDT
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I have both of the primer pocket gauges, both of them are very nice and quite handy!

Edit: and I don't just use them for swagging, I also check brass for loose primer pockets before I load if I suspect it's coming to the end of it's useful life.
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Now I've ordered the swage gauge and the neck tension gauge
    Link Posted: 12/18/2016 10:22:32 PM EDT
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    I keep them both by my 1050 press. Quite happy with the swage gauge. I am not convinced the neck gauges are overly important. Not like you can easily adjust it without changing die or insert... Basically, for most of us, "what's the point"?
    Link Posted: 12/18/2016 11:49:07 PM EDT
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    I keep them both by my 1050 press. Quite happy with the swage gauge. I am not convinced the neck gauges are overly important. Not like you can easily adjust it without changing die or insert... Basically, for most of us, "what's the point"?
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    On my loading bench, I have 2 little Tupperware bins. One is for large primer brass and the other is for small primer brass. I keep the different primer pocket check tool and appropriate uniforming and reaming tools, along with the flash hole uniforming tools in each bin.

    I like to have the neck tension tool handy just because while I am checking brass while I am sizing, I can check the neck tension. I guess just one more thing to keep an eye on.


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