Case trimmer, what say you

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Case trimmer

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  2. Little Crow

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  1. Targa

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    Right now I am using a Lee lock and stud case trimmer, it works but is slow and the case has a tendency to walk out of the shell holder when on the drill. I am looking at a trimmer for .300BO, .308 and 30-30. I have been looking at the FA for the versatility, the Little Crow just because of the reviews, I’m not thrilled about the idea of spending over 200 bucks to cover all three but would be willing to do it. Also open to suggestions on other trimmers as well, I just don’t want to take up a bunch of reloading area with a full case prep station.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cfullgraf

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  3. HDMontana

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    I like the Lyman case trim Express. It trims from distance off of the shoulders so cases need to be sized the same. Works well for all of the .223 that I trim. Comes with the bushings for the popular bottle neck rifle cases.
     
  4. AJC1

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    All three of the cases you mentioned have a shoulder and can be trimmed by indexing off the shoulder for more uniform necks ie more uniform neck tension. The other added benefit is if you ever plan to neck turn trimming from the shoulder is key.
     
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  5. dcloco

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    Price EACH trimmer with ALL of the items added into the cost of trimming all three calibers, before you purchase.

    Some trimmers require special shell holders or similar.

    Speed - I prefer Possum Hollow - chuck in a drill and GO! Accurate as well.

    Also use a Forster - remove the handle and use a drill as well. Very fast and accurate.

    LE Wilson are also exceptional case trimmers. You do NOT need the fancy stand - wood block is plentiful and frugal.
     
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  6. JD Fla1

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    I'm new at all this. I have a 5 gal. bucket of 556 range brass cleaned and FLresized, and checked with a Sheridan slotted gauge. I started out using the Lee quick trim, then the deluxe model. Drove me nuts as it kept losing its dialed in length.
    I went and bought the LE Wilson case trimmer, where you need to get the holders separately. I'm wizzin' through brass now, with less than .005 variance each direction.I trim to 1.750 - then a quick bevel with the lyman multi tool and rcbs pocket reamer in my hand held drill. That trimmer will last forever, and keep true. - if I get lazy, I can even add the power screw driver to it. It looks tits..
     
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  7. Trent

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    I use this guy; https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1012944415

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    Like you I was kind of set back at spending a lot of money on a trimmer. I got by for a long time using a hand crank trimmer.

    Trimming was historically one of my least-favorite tasks, with reloading, now I don't mind it so much. Machine does all the work, and each casing only takes a second or two.

    I have not regretted for one minute the money I spent on that trimmer.

    As I'm moving my reloading stuff around at the moment, that girl will get mounted to a clamp on board, so it can get stuffed in a cabinet when I'm not using it.
     
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  8. AmmoMan757
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    I’m a fan of the Giraud. Not on the cheap side but it will last you a life time. Indexes off the shoulder chamfers and deburrs at the same time. Trimmer is around $500 and the collets run somewhere around $30. If you have volume to trim this will ease your pain a speed up the process.

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  9. Targa

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    Very nice all, thank you for the suggestions. I really am trying to limit whatever I get to just throwing in a drawer when I am done. As I think on this a bit more, the only thing I load for myself that needs trimming is 30-30 in very limited quantities, so the Lee case trimmer is good for that. I am loading the .300BO for friends of mine and am trying to speed up my production with the least amount of real estate taken up in my reloading area...:D. So on second thought, a dedicated cutter would work probably work well.

    I do like the sound of chamfering and deburring in one go AmmoMan, that is brilliant.
     
  10. db_tanker

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    Another vote for the Lyman Xpress. I've got both the Lyman standard universal base trimmer and the RCBS trimmer for my straight wall cases but the bottle necks go to the Xpress.
     
  11. Rembrandt

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    There are many good ones on the market. RCBS works very well.

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  12. FROGO207

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    I use my table drill press and the Lee cutter and depth guage part of their system. I use an aluminum plate as the stop on the press table. Fast and cheap as that is the way I like it.
     
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  13. 1KPerDay

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    I also use the RCBS three way cutter but with a cheap drill adapter that used to be offered by a guy on THR.

     
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  14. Targa

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    I like the Lee system as well, just a bit slow when I am looking at 500 cases, but I also don’t have a table drill press just a cordless drill.
     
  15. sparkyv

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    +1 on the RCBS.
    I previously used the Lee, and it worked nominally.
     
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