Me? Obsessive?

300 rounds of .40 S&W after I ran them through the case gauge:


I’m probably not quite as obsessive as you might think from the layout of the rounds on my desk.

I use a case gauge that holds 20 rounds:


This speeds up the gauge testing and allows me to count the rounds easily by organizing them into groups of 20 before I put them loose into an ammo can.


4 thoughts on “Me? Obsessive?

  1. Not a reloader here: When you have the 20 rounds in the holder, can you tell by sight or by feel which ones have the bullet seated too deep or too loosely?

    • No definitive test for too deep. But over length is easy with my Midway and L.E. Wilson case gauges. The Double Alpha gauge doesn’t give me a strong clue. But I have never had any issues with the seating depth once I had my seating die set up. Those type failures just don’t happen. It’s the brass with bulges which is the big issue with pistol rounds.

  2. I have a Factory Crimp die which comes very close. In several thousand reloads, from my own fired brass, I did not find a single reject. When reloaded once fired brass from other guns I get about one reject for every 250 rounds (from about a 3000 round sample). But that reject, while sticky in the chamber of my gun, works fine. I’m considering dropping the case gauge check.

    If I run the brass through a Redding G-RX Carbide Push Thru Base Sizing Die then I have no rejects (out of a many thousands sample size). But that involves setting up the press for the resizing and then setting it back up for reloading as well as the resizing operation.

  3. I bought a case gauge a while ago after running into factory ammo that was out of spec. Blazer Brass, if I remember right (9 mm). A substantial percentage of that box was slightly oversize, or possibly overlong.

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