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Case Trimmer

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RevDerb, Aug 30, 2011.

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  1. RevDerb

    RevDerb Member

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    I just ordered a SmartReloader® SR777 Bench Rest Case Trimmer from SportsmansGuide.com. Will this do a respectable job for me for trimming my rifle caliber brass? I should have asked first but I'm impulsive. ;)
     
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    Figued I'd give this a bump, I'm curious about them too.
     
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    I bought it, received it, and don't like it. I'm planning on returning it and saving up for a more expensive model.
     
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    I use the LE Wilson trimmer for my rifle brass and like it alot. Once set up it is extreamly consistant. It gets a little expensive if you have a bunch of shell holders to buy but other than that I recommend it.
     
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    I have a Fortster and a Giraud

    Like them both.
     
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    What was it that you didn't like?
     
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    I was wondering about the collet, how does it work?
     
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    It was like a chunk of cast iron. The collet was unusable IMO, and the instructions were terrible. I sent it back for a full refund.
    Not very well.
     
  10. BYJO4

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    I've used the manual Lyman case trimmer for years. Nothing fancy but does an excellent job.
     
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    I've used the more expensive trimmers and none are any faster or seem to do any better than the inexpensive Lee trimmer.

    I use it in my cordless drill and it does a great job. I trim and then ream & chamfer while it's still in the shell holder. The whole set up only cost about $15, and the case gauge for each different cartridge is only about $8. Everything is made from carbide steel, I've been using my cutters for at least 25 years or so.
     
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    +1 for the Forster Classic trimmer...simple and works great. Look on ebay for one; there are usually a few out there.
     
  13. GW Staar

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    Forster Classic??? That's for big cartridges like .50 cal. You are probably referring to the "Forster Original" model. It's a classic alright, but its not called that.:)

    Forster also has a three-way cutter for .223, .243, and .308 that fits the Forster Original Trimmer. I use them, plus the power adapter. Really speeds case prep.
     
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    The Forster is a great trimmer.
     
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    Possum Hollow is cal specific, but works great with a drill
     
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    Even better in a drill press, and great in a lathe.
     
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    I have a Lyman Universal that works good. Even better if you mount it to the bench so it doesn't move, and replace the shaft with the optional shaft for a cordless drill. But I bought a Giraud for .223's, and that thing's wonderful! I don't load enough of other rifle calibers to justify changing the Giraud for them, so I still use the Lyman. But I load thousands of .223's.

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  18. GW Staar

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    Has anyone tried the new "The World's Finest Trimmer" from Little Crow Gunworks?

    http://www.littlecrowgunworks.com/wft.html

    It's an interesting idea which appears to be based on the Giraud, only uses a drill for power. It is a caliber specific tool, that measures off the case shoulder. ($70 per caliber.)

    In Use videos at the Company's website above.

    Drawback? Unlike the Giraud or the RCBS and Forster lathe trimmers equipped with 3-way cutters, you still have to chamfer and deburr.

    BTW, the Possom Hollow now offers their trimmer with a 3-way cutter model as well.

    Using my Forster with power adaptor and carbide 3-way cutter.
     
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    Wilson works great. Simple, robust, accurate. Power adapter available.

    Andy
     
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