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Case Trimmer

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RevDerb, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. RevDerb

    RevDerb Well-Known Member

    I just ordered a SmartReloaderĀ® SR777 Bench Rest Case Trimmer from SportsmansGuide.com. Will this do a respectable job for me for trimming my rifle caliber brass? I should have asked first but I'm impulsive. ;)

    0VERKILL Member

    Figued I'd give this a bump, I'm curious about them too.
  3. RevDerb

    RevDerb Well-Known Member

    I bought it, received it, and don't like it. I'm planning on returning it and saving up for a more expensive model.
  4. Bmac1949

    Bmac1949 Well-Known Member

    I use the LE Wilson trimmer for my rifle brass and like it alot. Once set up it is extreamly consistant. It gets a little expensive if you have a bunch of shell holders to buy but other than that I recommend it.
  5. Win1892

    Win1892 Well-Known Member

    I have a Fortster and a Giraud

    Like them both.
  6. m33p0n3

    m33p0n3 Well-Known Member

    What was it that you didn't like?
  7. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member


    0VERKILL Member

    I was wondering about the collet, how does it work?
  9. RevDerb

    RevDerb Well-Known Member

    It was like a chunk of cast iron. The collet was unusable IMO, and the instructions were terrible. I sent it back for a full refund.
    Not very well.
  10. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    I've used the manual Lyman case trimmer for years. Nothing fancy but does an excellent job.
  11. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I've used the more expensive trimmers and none are any faster or seem to do any better than the inexpensive Lee trimmer.

    I use it in my cordless drill and it does a great job. I trim and then ream & chamfer while it's still in the shell holder. The whole set up only cost about $15, and the case gauge for each different cartridge is only about $8. Everything is made from carbide steel, I've been using my cutters for at least 25 years or so.
  12. Jasper1573

    Jasper1573 Well-Known Member

    +1 for the Forster Classic trimmer...simple and works great. Look on ebay for one; there are usually a few out there.
  13. GW Staar

    GW Staar Well-Known Member

    Forster Classic??? That's for big cartridges like .50 cal. You are probably referring to the "Forster Original" model. It's a classic alright, but its not called that.:)

    Forster also has a three-way cutter for .223, .243, and .308 that fits the Forster Original Trimmer. I use them, plus the power adapter. Really speeds case prep.
  14. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    The Forster is a great trimmer.
  15. popper

    popper Well-Known Member

    Possum Hollow is cal specific, but works great with a drill
  16. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Even better in a drill press, and great in a lathe.
  17. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I have a Lyman Universal that works good. Even better if you mount it to the bench so it doesn't move, and replace the shaft with the optional shaft for a cordless drill. But I bought a Giraud for .223's, and that thing's wonderful! I don't load enough of other rifle calibers to justify changing the Giraud for them, so I still use the Lyman. But I load thousands of .223's.

  18. GW Staar

    GW Staar Well-Known Member

    Has anyone tried the new "The World's Finest Trimmer" from Little Crow Gunworks?


    It's an interesting idea which appears to be based on the Giraud, only uses a drill for power. It is a caliber specific tool, that measures off the case shoulder. ($70 per caliber.)

    In Use videos at the Company's website above.

    Drawback? Unlike the Giraud or the RCBS and Forster lathe trimmers equipped with 3-way cutters, you still have to chamfer and deburr.

    BTW, the Possom Hollow now offers their trimmer with a 3-way cutter model as well.

    Using my Forster with power adaptor and carbide 3-way cutter.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011
  19. BigJakeJ1s

    BigJakeJ1s Well-Known Member

    Wilson works great. Simple, robust, accurate. Power adapter available.


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