Calipers? Dial or digital and why

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Gibill, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    I go dial. Dont have much use for the digital. Yes digital is faster to read, but i have been known to miss read them at such a fast glance, that i have scraped parts at work.:eek: Made wrong adjustments with the CNC mills because i read the digital to fast. I will stick to the dial you have to take that few Sec. to read them. Less mistakes in the reloading world as well. Safty first!
  2. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Either is a fully acceptable tool more than capable of achieving the level of accuracy reloading needs....which honestly isn't that much for most of us.

    I am very satisfied with my $12 Harbor Freight digitals and my very affordable battmanaz batteries for it (an e-bay vendor) just an example - 10 batteries for $2 -

    My tired old eyeballs appreciate the digital readout and for my needs it ain't rocket surgery. lol

  3. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    I'll stay with the dial version. Used them, or verniers, for forty years with out complaints, but I got some cutting oil on a set of digitals and that was it for them. Yes, I know they make them better now.
  4. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I like the digital. I'm too damn old to have to think so I just look at the screen and know the measurement right away .
  5. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    It all boils down to personal preference. I have been using precision measuring tools for 50 years and I like to SEE the measurement on a dial rather than trust some seemingly random numbers pop up on a display. Plus there are no batteries to die and leak all over the battery compartment...:cool:
  6. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    same here!

    I do have a dial, and a straight rule.. but the digital wins for ease of use and tired eyes!
  7. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    dial gives me a better visual when I'm checking a large batch of case OAL or whatnot; so dial only for me although for working on Toyota's, I plan on getting a metric digital to try out. But I do like not worrying about batteries...
  8. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i keep a dial in the house as a backup to the digital.. but I got a spare battery in a sealed blister pack too. as much power as they use.. I bet it goes a couple years before an issue..
  9. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Ya'll are too worried about the batteries dying. How much trouble is it to throw another battery in it? Price of batteries is so cheap if you buy them on eBay, about a dime each!!
  10. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    .. they make ammo out of explosive powder and primers.. and changing the caliper battery is an issue..


    I love it.. :) ;)

    I'm cynical too.. :)
  11. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Y'all are aware, aren't you, that when digital measuring tools start to die - the charge gets almost to the "too low to work" point - they start to lie?
  12. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    I'm not too worried, mine doesn't take batteries. :D How about the time when you are using them and discover you need a new battery and you used the spare and don't have another. Now you have to stop and make a trip to the store. doesn't happen with the dial caliper.
  13. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    that's why prudence dictates that when you use your spare.. you order another.

    in the mean time.. the dial caliper can be used. :)
  14. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I keep two batteries in the case with the caliper and I have a supply of them in the house so I don't worry about it, even a tiny bit.
  15. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    And , occasionally, I get out my slide rule,......just to........
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