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Case prep pain

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by z7, May 4, 2014.

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  1. z7

    z7 Member

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    Is there a cheap way to make trimming chamfering and deburring easier? I have a Wilson trimmer, using a Lee chamfer/deburr tool. It took me an hour and change to trim 100 308 (lc 11, machine gun fired) and my hands are sore

    I will eventually get the power tool adapter for the trimmer, but chamfering is my least favorite part of reloading
     
  2. FROGO207

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    There are a couple companies that make a powered base that does it all at one time for you as well as primer pocket cleaning. I think RCBS and Lyman are the ones. I do batch process a few at a time each evening and it goes surprisingly fast to get a pile of them done. You are going to need to ream/swage the crimped primer pockets on that MIL SPEC brass as well. Do make sure the brass will fit into the rifles chamber before you put in a primer and reload it as some MG fired brass will be hard to size the first time.

    I use the lee cutter system in a drill press using the table instead of the lock stud and base. I use a RCBS chamfer/deburr tool (made by L E Wilson) chucked by the small centering pin in a hand drill to inside ream and a twist with the other end of the same tool to outside deburr that brass at a different time. I have a CH-4D primer pocket swager that I process primer pockets with. After you get the rhythm and some more tools to use it will be easier on you. You Tube is your friend, look for the how to use the particular tool you want to buy. Others will show you how it works or doesn't on there.;)

    You do not need to trim, chamfer, and deburr each time. Only need to do it when the brass is too long.
     
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  3. Duckdog

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    Either hook 'er to a drill, or maybe look at the Lee Zip Tri with a 3 jaw chuck. As chincy as it looks, that darn thing works pretty good!
     
  4. z7

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    I swage with the rcbs swager die, i'm looking at a Lyman power to adapter kit, and the power adapter from Sinclair for my trimmer. It will get better,

    And yes mil brass is tough. I haven't had problems since switching to small base dies
     
  5. Duckdog

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    Worst part of military brass in my opinion is that darned crimped primer that needs to have the crimp removed. Now that makes my old fingers hurt!
     
  6. surveyor

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    A cheap way...I don't know of other than by hand, I had the same issues with 250 223 cases.. trim pro, put a drill on a threaded screw with 4 nuts..
    Started with a lee chamfer debur, and a ch4d swager...

    Next step was a rcbs case prep...put a crimp remover in that..it made life simpler


    Next step was a cts trimmer. Brass prep is not a chore any more..
    But a cheap way..no.
     
  7. grubbylabs

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    I have a Worlds Finest Trimer for my 308 and 223. They are one of the best reloading investments I have ever made.
     
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    When I'm doing large batches, I use a lee trimmer/case length gauge and RCBS deburring tool with a cordless drill. Quick and easy. Can go through a pile of brass in no time. Maybe not quite as fast as one of the prep stations (never used one), but it works.
     
  9. Machinist79

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    Duckdog, get the dillon super 600 swager, one of the best investments I made due to loading lots of military brass, makes quick and easy work of those military crimps!! You can even rig a spring on the swaging bar where it will actually flip the cases off into a container after each stroke, check out some of the youtube videos of it.
     
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