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Carbide Cutter makes Old Trimmer shine

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by amlevin, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. amlevin

    amlevin Active Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    NW Washington
    About 30 years ago I bought an RCBS Trimmer, one of the old "Collet types".

    It's always done an OK job but it seemed like it took longer and longer, as in more "cranks on the handle" to trim a case.

    A couple of years ago I bought a 3-Way cutter head and that was a great improvement. Trim to length, chamfer, and de-burr, all in one operation. Then it got a little slow. Inspection of the cutter showed that it was getting just dull enough that it would build up some brass around the cutting surface, requiring more effort to cut the metal.

    So one more time I "invested". I just received my new Carbide Cutter for the 3-Way head. What a change. Two or three turns of the handle and the case is trimmed to length, chamfered, and de-burred with less effort than when the previous cutters were new.

    I only use this trimmer for my .308 Match Grade ammo so it doesn't get enough use to step up to a Power Unit. With the Carbide Cutter the effort is greatly reduced.

    Anyone else make this upgrade? Have similar results?
  2. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    Cornelia, GA
    I have an old Lyman trimmer that was upgraded to carbide. I love it. It does all my trimming.

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