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RCBS or Lyman case trimmer?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Gasitman, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. Gasitman

    Gasitman Well-Known Member

    I like the way the shell goes into the RCBS and that I can put on a 3-way cutting head. However the Lyman gets better reviews. Anyone have one of these?

    I really am not interested in any other ones, so if you tell me buy a redding, or a wilson, no thanks.
  2. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Toss a coin and buy the one you like better. Lyman kit tends to be less expensive than RCBS kit. Just don't forget that bottle necked rifle cases must be chamfered and deburred.
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I've used the RCBS but not the Lyman so I can tell you the RCBS works great but I can't tell you anything about the Lyman. Good reviews are a help but it's you that will have to use the tool so if you can find someone who has a Lyman, give it a try before you buy. You won't go wrong with the RCBS from my experiance.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010
  4. Gasitman

    Gasitman Well-Known Member

    do you mean I would NOT go wrong with the RCBS?
  5. geoff40

    geoff40 Member

    Neither one. Buy a Forster. The best hand trimmer there is.
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I have the Forster and the RCBS. Both older. The Forster is the better of the two, but the RCBS is nice and does a fine job. (I also have a Wilson, but only used it for 6 PPC)
  7. Action_Can_Do

    Action_Can_Do Well-Known Member

    The RCBS uses shellholders. The Lyman uses a chuck. The RCBS should give better case alignment.
  8. dagger dog

    dagger dog Well-Known Member

    The newer RCBS with the intrerchangable shell plates is easy to set up and very fast.

    You can make a stud that takes the place of the crank and use a small drill to semi-automate the system and it really speeds up the process.

    If you plan on shooting .45 Colt , make sure to order the shell plate as it does not come with the set, most all other cal. are covered.

    You can also buy the inside outside deburr and chamfer fixture and save another step it does 3 steps in one, they also have a neck thickness turner, if you shoot a match chamber rifle.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  9. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Have owned and used the Lyman case trimmer for over 30 years. I am completely satisfied with it even though I 've needed to replace the cutting head three times. Now have a carbide cutting head and am good for another 30 years. :)
  10. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    "The RCBS uses shellholders. The Lyman uses a chuck. The RCBS should give better case alignment. "

    I found the reverse to be true. Lyman's universal chuck is very quick and easy to use and it firmly indexes the case head hard against a sturdy steel stud. Anyone getting length variations is not using it correctly/consistantly.
  11. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    I've had the Lyman case trimmer for many years, and have found it to be accurate and reliable. I have not had the need to try anything else.

  12. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I've had a Lyman Universal Power case Trimmer for about 30 years---it works great.
    Today it is a lot priccy$$$$$$$$
  13. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    Same here.......altho, I've found I get my best results when I tighten the chuck after inserting the pilot into the case.
  14. h20fowl

    h20fowl Member

  15. BigJakeJ1s

    BigJakeJ1s Well-Known Member

    Most trimmers that grip the case head/rim and use a neck pilot work best when you insert the neck pilot before you tighten the grip on the case head/rim.

    I like the Wilson best. It is simple, dead nuts accurate and reliable.

  16. Sin City Shootist

    Sin City Shootist Well-Known Member

    I bought a Lyman and I think its terrible. I bought a Forster and its 10x the trimmer
  17. 30mag

    30mag Well-Known Member

    Lyman hand manual trimmer works fine for me.
  18. Gasitman

    Gasitman Well-Known Member

    I bought the RCBS today, will mount it up tomorrow and try to trim some brass. I need to re-read the instructions, I am a bit confused on the 2 lock nuts it has on it.
  19. wleoff

    wleoff Well-Known Member

    I've got a Lyman that I've used for years. I have bought a Redding Model 2400 case trimmer, a couple of months ago, for the micrometer. I now use the Lyman for pistol cases and the Redding for bottleneck rifle cases. Not familiar with the RCBS trimmer. Which every one that you get, buy an extra set of cutters. You'll need them sooner or later.
  20. GW Staar

    GW Staar Well-Known Member

    What?! Before you heard from all 10,000 of us? Impatient aren't we? You'll like it fine. It's nearly as good as a Forster with the 3/way cutter attached.:D
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010

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