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Case trimmer

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by parsons_12b, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking at getting a case trimmer to start reloading rifle rounds what things do I need to look for in a case trimmer and what would be the best ones to look at.

    Thanks
    J.P.
     
  2. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    There are several types out there. I have used a hand crank type, and trim dies. There is also power type trimmers. If you have a lot of cases you might look at one. If you are only going to do a few at a time then a hand turn one or a trim die style would work for you.
     
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    I have been using the Lee case trimmer chucked up in a cordless drill. It is pretty quick and cuts them right where they need to be. You buy different studs for different calibers. This seems to be one of the cheaper routes to go. I see no need to spend a bunch more on something that does the same thing.
     
  4. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I don't know which is best because I haven't tried many different ones. I will agree that the Lee setup works very well and is economical. You can add calibers to it as you go. Sometimes on a budget, Lee is hard to beat in many areas. Actually I have a "fancier" RCBS which some would think is harder to understand and to use, maybe.
     
  5. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    I think parsons forgot to mention he wants one that uses standard shell holders and can do between .22 cal and .45cal (at a min)

    And easy and a little more expensive is better then dirt cheap and my knuckles hurt. (powered by an electric drill would be sweet)

    (ow and tag to follow the thread)

    Steven
     
  6. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    ron22250 Newberg Member

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    I use a Lyman trimmer. It comes with a universal collet that handles most calibers and 8 or 9 pilots. Hand crank style.
     
  8. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    That's one I haven't even seen used. I've heard good things and that's all I know. I do like my RCBS but I can't compare them.
     
  9. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    I just ordered the Lee & when it gets here I'm throwing my Lyman hand crank in the trash.
     
  10. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Another popular one is the Forster Original model. Dang, I've just heard about these, haven't tried them. I can say only that the Lee truly works well and that my RCBS works well. I almost always opt for the RCBS but still being wishy washy, the Lee is great, just a different principle to achieve the same thing.
     
  11. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Did you add that ball handle to your order - the one that saves your hand, or is there something else now?

    This? Hey I don't know what's the latest... Link
     
  12. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    What do you guys think of this one?

    RCBS
     
  13. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    That's very similar to mine but a newer model. On mine I can remove the crank and drive it with a powered screwdriver. I hate to assume, but it does look as if you could do it with that one too. You have to set up for each case type by measuring with calipers and then adjusting the "micrometer." I do like the quick release handle which I have.

    I can set up a Lee faster and if I use power, do as many cases in a given amount of time. I have both and which one I choose is a matter of my mood.

    I don't know what to tell you.

    Oh, just at a glance it looks as if that RCBS would need some more pilots, but most trimmers do when you buy them. At a glance I don't see pilots for 9mm or .40 for instance although I could just be seeing it wrong.
     
  14. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Portland area Member

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    I have two types. One is the L.E. Wilson lathe style trimmer. Instead of a collet or something to hold the case by the rim, it uses case holders very similar to the case length gages. This supports the entire case for very good alignment and concentricity. I got it with the Sinclair stand and "shark fin" holder through Sinclair web site. It was about $60 total and each case holder is about $10. Since the holder slips over the case one size fits each case size, not rim size. For instance, one holder fits all the .308 case family (.243, .260, 7mm-08, .308). But you will need another holder for the .30-06 family (.25-06, .270, .30-06, etc). You can also get a power adapter for it.

    I have used it to trim several thousand rifle cases in .223, .308 and .30-06. It is very accurate and consistent to within .001". You can get a micrometer stem for repeatable settings, but it doubles the cost. I just use a prepped case saved in my die case for initial adjustment.

    The Lee style of trimmer is fixed for the cartridge which is good for most trimming. But if you want a non-standard trim length, say for prepping for RCBS X-Dies, then you need a fully adjustable trimmer like the Lyman, RCBS, Redding, or Wilson. Wilson is unique in that it holds by the case body not the case rim. Of course, this means you need to size your brass before trimming, which you should do anyway.

    I also have some Possum Hollow case trimmers. These are hand held trimmers that set off from the shoulder of the case rather than the overall length. If you full length size before trimming then it would be similar to trimming based on overall length because the shoulder will always be at the same distance from the base. However, if you neck size then the shoulder to case mouth distance may need to be different for different rifles. These are adjustable with a set screw to hold setting. You can get a power drill adapter for these as well and are very fast since you don't have to load and unload each case into a lathe device. They are even simpler and smaller than the Lee trimmers. Very robust. One trimmer is cheaper than most other trimmers, but if you have to buy several for verious cartridges or rifle chambers (neck sizing) then they could add up to much more.
     
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    roguebowhunter medford Member

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    i use the forester only thing i do not like about it is its hard to set the length on it .. takes to much fiddling w/ the allen screws ect. Don
     
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    Brandon44647 Portland Member

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    I have a RCBS Trim Pro Manual Case Trimmer, I took the hand crank off and I use a cordless drill to do the cranking. Works great.
     
  17. ron22250

    ron22250 Newberg Member

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    I've had my Lyman for about 15 years now with no issues. I've trimmed up to the .300 Ultra.
     
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    Sawz Aurora OR. Member

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    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Don,

    I don't know that model so maybe this is a dumb question. Would it work to save a "perfect" length case, install it, and "bump up" to it for adjustment, then tighten the screw(s)?
     
  20. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Do you then do the length adjustment with the stop on the drill press itself?

    Is there a pilot that chucks up in the drill press (centers in the cutter) to hold center and square on the case?

    How do you attach that to the drill press table?