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Since I no longer have a reloading room, or equipment, thanks to the ex I guess these get their own thread.

I have been using a set of Pittsburgh 6" Digital Calipers from Harbor Freight for 8 or 9 years now? Ever since y'all got me in to reloading, basically. Well they started screwing up. Not measuring properly and just slipping, I guess you could say. So I was complaining about them to a buddy of mine and this morning these showed up in an Amazon box...
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They're carbon fiber and I kinda like the look of them. There's no thumb wheel like on other calipers, but the thumb grip nubby thing actually feels better than the thumb wheel on my other ones. I guess I'll give them a shot since they were free. I looked them up an Amazon and the metal version of these run between $30-$50 but this particular set are $15. Pretty solid reviews with the caveat that they're not professional grade tools, which...duh.
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My buddy moved up to the Denver Metro area to work for Amazon's Marketing department. He's not answering my messages, so I imagine he's sitting there all smarmy and shit right now...jerk.
 

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I check mine pretty regularly about yearly. I've got gauge blocks and use feeler gauges. My older calipers that are not digital generally never go bad unless they get bent. Digital can get out of wack obviously more easily. But I prefer them. Old eyes and all. Price difference does not matter either. If they work they work. Its not like we are reloaders go past .0000. I don't even go past that on airplane parts.
Your news ones look good.
 

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Let us know how they work, Rach. For $15 I'd grab a pair just to have a back up - IF they work well.
 

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They're spot on so far...

Edit: but I'm not liking the fact that they're only +/- .01. Something about having that +/- .001 feels more reliable.

I might try taking my Pittsburghs apart and cleaning the sensor...
 

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I bought a Mitutoyo caliper last year and it’s been very good.
 

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I actually prefer dial calipers. My reloading calipers are dial but, we use Mitutoyo digital at work. They calibrate them every 2 weeks.
 

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Sears dial calipers here, I don't think they ever quit working, but I had to check them often and recalibrate. Cheap, plastic, but worked well on my automotive mods. Considering that stuff is a lot more dirty, I think they held up great. Got a cheap metal digital later, might have been HF, no problems there either.

U just better get the .001 ASAP, @Rachgier cuz ur OCD will make you eventually anyway
 

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I have a steel dial caliper as well and check my digitals with it from time to time.
 

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Just make sure that the important parts are metal, some of the ultra cheap verniers use plastic instead. I have had several pairs for years and they are the bomb. While building jet engines we used manual verniers A LOT!
 
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