I called around today and I am having problems finding a Smith with the guages to check the head space on my M44. Since I cherish the way my head and body looks, and cherish living, I really, really don't want to go and shoot it before I have it checked out, does anyone have any suggestions on how a novice can check, or be relatively sure, the head space is OK? I had on 'wiseguy' (or maybe he isn't) tell me with a serious tone of voice to take the gun out in the boonies.....weight it down so it doesn't move much, tie a dang string to the tigger........back off a good distance and pull the trigger....and then check the cartridge for marks, bulges, etc......mmmmmm. Granted, I sure can't hurt the finish of the gun much more than it is...but that idea sure seemed like a last ditch idea and I told him that. One of his reponses was that a lot (and he claims they are out there) gunsmiths will TELL you they headspaced something when they either didn't or they have the wrong guages. Thoughts?