Need a new case trimmer Whats the Best?


November 27, 2008, 03:50 PM
Guys I'm in the market for a new case trimmer. I don't need a power trimmer a hand crank will be fine. I just want one thats easy to adjust and is accurate. I have an old rcbs collet case trimmer that works but isn't as accurate or as easy to adjust as I would like. Any info would be appreciated

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November 27, 2008, 04:06 PM
Hey Fatboy, (no pun intended)

I'm pretty happy with my Redding trimmer. It's basic and straight forward and easy to use. It has a micrometer so it makes adjustments very precise.

Here is the Link:

Hope it helps.


November 27, 2008, 04:14 PM
I use a Wilson case trimmer for rifle, it works very well.

November 27, 2008, 07:35 PM
"Best" hand operated trimmer is a Wilson.

I have a Lyman "Universal" with all the accessories and love it.

November 27, 2008, 11:09 PM
+1 for Wilson. Very easy to use and incredibly accurate. Sinclair sells a micrometer adjustment for it that is very nice, but not necessary.


November 27, 2008, 11:35 PM
I'm still getting +/-.001 out of a 20 year old Lyman purchased used. Some of your issues might be the "setup". Before you buy a new trimmer, try hard-mounting (screws or epoxy) your existing unit to a 16" length of 1x4 wood. Then glue a 4x16" piece of that non-skid carpet cushion to the bottom of the board. It will sit on your bench without jumping around and the accuracy will improve.

November 28, 2008, 12:00 AM
My vote is for the Possumhollow

November 28, 2008, 12:05 AM
The lee trimmers coupled with a pair of pliers and a cordless drill will run away from most other dedicated units.

I load and shoot vurtiually every weekend and have thousands invested in components and equipment, But I've never felt the need to move beyond the Lee trimming method. Hand crank units obsoletely suck by comparison

November 28, 2008, 07:52 AM
"Best" hand operated trimmer is a Wilson.



November 28, 2008, 07:57 AM
Yep, + 3, then comes the Forster (

If you need to do high volume, the afore mentioned Possum Hollow ( trimmer is real good and relatively inexpensive. After that you jump up to the motorized machines like the RCBS or what is considered the Cadillac, The Giraud. (

I have a Wilson trimmer, and an old RCBS trimmer, probably exactly like yours, and the Forster is more consistent, and of course, so is the Wilson, but I only use it for my Benchrest cases.

November 28, 2008, 02:04 PM
I've primarily used Forsters...until I experimented with the Lee! Can't beat it for the price, accuracy, and utter simplicity. (Decided to try the Lee when I was shopping for a new cutter for my Forster.)

All you need is the basic cutter and lock stud ($5 at Midway): Add a case length guide and shellholder set ($4) for each cartridge you want to trim. And that's all you need for manual and power trimming! You can add a ball handle for the cutter for $5 if you want to stick with manual operation...but why, since the other has power capability?

Screw the case length guide into the cutter head, lock a de-capped case into the shell holder with the lock stud, insert the guide into the case and rotate the case with your fingers. When the cutter stops cutting, you are done! The end of the lock stud also fits into a power drill for power can either hold the cutter or clamp it to the edge of a table.

Fringe benefit: considerable space saving over a mounted tool. I store mine in the smallest (snack) zip-lok plastic bags, identified by Majik Marker and the original cardboard ID.

Side comment on the Lee Zip innovative idea, but the above system is cheaper.

November 28, 2008, 03:02 PM
I've use a Forsters forever. But if was to buy one now I'd get a motorized one.

November 28, 2008, 07:17 PM
I use a Giraud for large volume trimming, and a Forster powered by a hand-drill for lower volume runs.

November 29, 2008, 12:08 PM
My vote is for the Possumhollow

I've got over a thousand .223 cases to process, haven't started it yet but I'm also waiting for my Possum Hollow cutter from Midway to ship.

I also picked up the power adapter so I can chuck it into the 45 dollar 8 inch drill press I picked up on a Black Friday sale at Northern equipment. :)

I expect that combo to make short work of that chore. I can also chuck up the chamfer and deburring tool as well as a case neck cleaning brush.

November 29, 2008, 10:20 PM
I have a Wilson and like it. It's very accurate and simple.


November 29, 2008, 10:40 PM
+4 for the Wilson. I thought I needded a powered trimmer until I got the Wilson.

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