I recently received a tiptop guide from a well-known vendor and manufacturer.
I checked the inside of the tube for debris (none found) and placed it onto the rod blank tip.
Something looked a tad dodgy and lo and behold, it turned out that the tube itself
was shorter than usual. So much so that I refuse to use this tiptop.
The vendor told me that the next size up in tube I.D. has a longer tube but that
the particular size I had ordered all were "short-tubed".
I compared an older identical XFTL-4.5 tiptop to the one sent, and the older tiptop has a longer tube.
If this is a cost-savings measure by the manufacturer or if the vendor is selling factory rejects, I'm done with both.
What minimum length of insertion depth do you chaps find acceptable?
This particular tiptop had something around 6.2 mm because of the short tube length.
I'm concerned that at some point the tiptop would snap the end off the rod blank because of the shortened tube.