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Case Trimmers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by wolfe28, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. wolfe28

    wolfe28 New Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    Between Maid-Rites and Maple Syrup; North of Sweet
    Since I started reloading, I have been using the Lee case trimmers for all the trimming that I have been doing. Problem: after trimming ~150 .308 cases, I had quite a few nice blisters on my fingers. Ouch.

    Anyway, I started reloading 22 Hornet amunition, and the case length gage won't fit into the case after it has been sized, so obviously, that won't work to trim cases (winchester brass, new and unprimed). The projectiles still seat just fine (dummy round, no primer or powder, used to set up the dies and make sure OAL will fit my TC Contender; everything is good on that end). Also, even if I can get the Lee case trimmer in the case, it's going to mean more blisters, not good.

    So hear is the deal: I am thinking of getting a bench mounted case trimmer, and I currently have a Lyman on hold for me at the LGS. Product bias aside, is this a good trimmer to go with? The kit comes with 9 "of the most common" pilots, and is able to be adapted to electric power.

  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Elder

    Oct 14, 2005
    Northwest Arkansas

    You my friend need to invest in an el-cheap-o cordless screwdriver and a ball handled cutter.
  3. loadedround

    loadedround Senior Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Valley Forge, Pa
    I have been using a bench mounted(actually mounted on a 2x3 in a bench vise) Lyman Case Trimmer for over 30 years now and have never had a problem with it. Never converted to a power and still turn the crank. Have wore out three cuting heads and finally switched a carbide head. This od Lyman will out last me.
  4. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Senior Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    More power!

    I agree with krochus. The Ball Handled Cutter is the cat's meow. Add a cordless screwdriver or variable speed drill and case trimming is almost a pleasure.

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