ShockBottle Case Gauge by BanksBullets.com is a tremendously useful reloading/handloading tool. It takes the drudgery of case gauging or chamber checking every single round before putting them away. In this review, I show you the two major benefits of the ShockBottle Case Gauge.
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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!
Getting closer to finally being able to reload 38 Super Comp. Two things arrived today from Dillon Precision.
.380ACP Conversion Kit for the #3 Shellplate which is designed for the 38 Super Comp smaller rim.
and the 38 Super Case Gauge to make sure the reloads are properly made so I can ensure that each round will chamber. Sometimes bulging cases or cracked ones will creep into my reloading batch and with the case gauge, I can identify them.
Gonna head over to Kesselrings to pickup some Montana Gold 115gr and 124gr CMJs.