good but cheap trimmer


April 28, 2013, 09:11 PM
hi all am starting to see im going to need a trimmer soon.Who makes a good but accurate repeatable trimmer in 75.00 range

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April 28, 2013, 09:23 PM
I've had good luck with my Lyman I think I paid around $50 for it

April 28, 2013, 09:26 PM
I started with a Lyman too, I upgraded to the electric model when it came out. I have been satisfied with both.

Still Shooting
April 28, 2013, 11:40 PM
I had an RCBS trimmer for many years, but decided to make a change about 3 years ago; it was tough to keep adjusting the trimmer in order to turn out identical length cases in a large batch. I bought a Hornady trimmer, and it is a very good tool. I do check with a 1/10th mike every 10th round as a "failsafe" mechanism. I can run 100 rds., check each of the first 5, then one out of 10 for the rest, and it will hold within +/-0.001" without further adjustment.

What I DO see is cases out of "true" with the rim, causing the 0.002" min-max variation. Usually, if I mike the case at 2 or 3 places on the case mouth I can see that the rim is slightly out-of-true with the case centerline, and the length will vary measured at several points around the circumference by +/-.001". The brass is stressed between the shellholder and the case mouth pilot, and will flex a little during turning.

There is a small O-ring in the trimmer on the shaft that seats the rim into the shellholder, and it does need to be replaced from time to time. Fortunately, it's a hardware store item, and about $0.40 for a bag of 2 rings - so I keep an inventory of a few on hand.

April 28, 2013, 11:55 PM
If you want something very inexpensive the Lee Zip Trim ( will fill the bill. The trimmer itself will cost you ~$20 and the case length gauge and holder for each cartridge will cost you $5 each.

That setup feels cheap and costs little but it does trim the brass very well and accurately. Every case is the same exact length because the length gauge is the same.

I used one for a lot of years and then upgraded to a Forsters Case Trimmer ( which is a very nice trimmer. (but it's not in your budget range)

April 29, 2013, 12:23 AM
look for a used herters trimmer it looks the same as a forrester and uses it stuff. idk if its a direct copy but as far as i know they where from the same state.

April 29, 2013, 10:17 AM

April 29, 2013, 01:40 PM
Started with a Lyman, then a Hornady. Got very tired of sharpening the cutter. Went the cheaper way, Lee trimmers with a zip trim. Takes up 90% less space and works a lot nicer than the Lyman or Hornady.

No needing to measure each case. Just put the Lee trimmer on and it will trim it where it needs to be.

April 29, 2013, 08:30 PM
Ditto Possum Hollow.

April 29, 2013, 08:39 PM
I just started Rifle Reloading and I got a Possum Hollow with the power adapter and am very happy with it.

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