Case gauges are made for one very important purpose when you’re reloading ammo. It ensures that whatever you load will feed in your chamber. Case gauging will not only stop you from experiencing failure-to-feed malfunctions, it also catches torn or split cases.
When a case is split, it enlarges the case somewhat, making it out of “spec”. Here’s a picture of one I caught today :
It didn’t fit into the case gauge easily, it will if I pressed down on it but that’s not what to do. In this case, when I looked at the bullet, guess what I found :
Some of you might say that it’s still fine to shoot as the gun’s chamber will enclose the entire shell and keep it from tearing apart. Me? No way in hell I’m putting that in my gun.
Pulled the bullet, saved the bullet and powder, deprimed, tossed the case and primer.
Phew! A potential disaster avoided thanks to the Dillon Case Gauge!