Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hardtarget, Sep 29, 2017.
I have heard good things about the Frankford Arsenal Platinum series tool. It maybe worth a look - and see what others say about it.
RCBS Trim Mate Case Prep Center which works out well enough for my needs. I pretty much use it for chamfering and debur of case mouths as well as cleaning primer pockets. It works well and does what it is supposed to do and again I went decades never feeling a need for one.
Well as I mentioned in my post #7, I guess it depends on what features you want and if you want them automated. I went decades using a #2 Phillips screwdriver to remove crimps on GI brass with a few twist and did fine. Then I got a case prep center as a gift so started using it. Since it was free there was no expense. Maybe I would have eventually bought one. Making great accurate ammunition has been done for decades less many of the newer tools. I figure tools are a priority. For example do I want a good case concentricity gauge or case prep center? Which will aid my reloading more or better? The need vs nice to have thing comes along. I guess only the shooter can decide when in alignment with his or her pocketbook.
I'd say it's one of my best reloading expenses because it got me back to enjoying reloading. I usually shoot 30-80 rds of various bottle neck cartridges a week, most weeks, but I really despise all the case prep required for rifle cartridges. With my case prep center I wind up breezing through all of my least favorite parts of reloading. In the grand scheme of things, $120 was really nothing given all the time and frustration it saves me.
Mainly used for crimped primer pockets however. Totally worth it just for that alone. I use my Lyman case prep station with the Hornady reamer. Best combo I have found. That Hornady reamer is solid gold!
It's interesting to hear people's perspectives on tools.
I know my view is that to begin one can start with some pretty basic stuff and make good safe ammo.
Once the basics are learned then we begin to learn what we like, dislike, would like to have, don't need etc.
So if someone told me I needed to buy a case prep center when I started I probably wouldn't have. But as I reload more, it's nice to learn how folks are more efficient and how they make the process more enjoyable to them.
"...cordless drill and use a higher speed..." Too easy to remove too much.
Now I can find no other brand that can contain the brass fillings for both trim and case prep as the Hornady.
Separate names with a comma.