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Case Trimming Startup

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dak0ta, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member


    I would like to get a case trimming kit to go along with my RCBS Rockchucker kit.

    I want to reload .308, 6.5x55, 8mm mauser, .45 ACP, and .30-30.

    Which hand trim kit is considered the best out of the box? Do I need to buy new pilots and shellholders for each of my calibers? I'd prefer to get a kit that has all this already.

    Lyman Universal
    RCBS Trim Pro

    Those are the brands I have seen, but Lyman/RCBS seem to be in my price range and come in a kit with almost everything.

    Is there anything else I need to buy in addition to what comes in the kit?
  2. witchhunter

    witchhunter Well-Known Member

    I started with a Lyman universal, it has a universal base chuck. You will only need pilots and I think they come with a variety pack. They all work well though.
  3. GarySTL

    GarySTL Well-Known Member

    I had a Foster which I sold when I stopped reloading for a while. Now that I'm back in it, I have a Redding. Works fine and has a universal chuck. Came with several pilots from 22 to 30 Cal.
  4. GT1

    GT1 Well-Known Member

    I have the Lyman Universal, I really like the chuck. It has a good variety of pilots from .22 to .45. (It has the pilots for the calibers you list.)

    I like the RCBS in that it has a 3-way cutter upgrade(trim/debur/chamfer), but it is $150-ish for that. I'm not a fan of that long grip/release lever on that trimmer either. Why they did that I have no idea.

    All the trimmers you list are good trimmers.
  5. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    I use the Lee. Great price & they woeful great.
  6. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I've been using the Lee since day #1 and don't plan on changing. They're inexpensive and get the job done, and using a drill makes it fairly quick and painless to trim, ream, and chamfer all in one step.
    You'll need at least one cutter, 1 threaded stud, and a case length gauge for each cartridge, and a threaded shell holder for each cartridge, unless of course the same shell holder applies to more than 1 cartridge your loading. Once you have the cutter and threaded stud, I think it will cost about $8 for each case gauge / shell holder.
    It took me about 1/2 hr. - 45 minutes to prep 100 .270 win. cases last night. Not too bad.

  7. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Been using the Lyman Universal for years. It may not cut the case mouth square. The steel cutter head will need replaced after a while. Easy to replace or buy a carbide head. It does an ok job of outside neck turning with the optional tool. I would buy one again.
  8. renomedia

    renomedia Member

    I use the RCBS Trim Pro II. The kit comes with a universal shell holder and most every pilot. I upgraded the cutter to a titanium nitride redding cutter and have used it to trim 223, 6mm, and 308. The lathe shaft allows me to use a cordless 1/2" drill to power my trimming. I used to use an older Pacific (Hornady) trimmer. I like the RCBS one much better.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  9. dak0ta

    dak0ta Well-Known Member

    I went for the Lee Zip trim. Good reviews, simple to use, and affordable.
  10. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    Had Lyman universal, Hornady, and now I use Lee Trimmer with ZipTrim. Won't go back to anything else but the Lee, so easy to use, no need for re-measurement with calipers.
  11. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I have a Lyman & it came with 9 pilots.

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