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    Back in the day, we didn't reload service ammo.
    I cannot see what bearing this has at all.
    It would be nice to be able to read the writing on the tool though, it could give an insight into it's use.



    As to it being a tool to set up equipment.......it looks pretty rough to me.
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    I think what the jist of it is its a tool for possibly checking tolerances in the making of the cartridge Muffett as to what end is only being surmised but I stand by what I think it is, also has a scale on the spindle similar to a Redding BR powder throwers so I gather the measurement could be a +- for it to be serviceable.
    But as you say if the stenciled writing on the tool be deciphered and put on the forum then this may enlighten all of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffett.2008 View Post
    Back in the day, we didn't reload service ammo.
    This would have been a factory tool at the first stages of quality control in the factory. It's rough now because it's been allowed to rust.
    Regards, Jim

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    The measuring instrument ...

    at the head of the device appears (from the visible markings) to be a true micrometer, apparently American-made by the L. S. Starrett company of Athol, Mass.; measuring to the thousandth of an inch.
    I did refer to the (apparent) recess in the nose of the spindle in an earlier post, and mentioned its possible relation to measurement of Berdan-anvilled cases.
    There do appear to be other markings engraved on the body of the device, which, if deciphered, might well help solve the mystery...

    mhb - MIke

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    I would hazard a guess that this gauge was used on cases which had not yet had their necks formed.

    It might have been used to gauge or at least monitor several features of the case at the same time, but perhaps the height of the anvil in the primer pocket, the centering of the pocket or even the protrusion of the primer if those were inserted before the case was necked?

    Time to dig out the old TBSA 1929 I suppose.

    What is scratched into it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    What is scratched into it
    Needs a touch with scotchbright...to read better.
    Last edited by browningautorifle; 03-29-2017 at 10:23 AM.
    Regards, Jim

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