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Giraud Case Trimmer

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by coloradokevin, Feb 16, 2017.

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  1. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Member

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    Seriously, this thing rocks.

    I've been tossing around the idea of picking up one of these case trimmers for a few years now. I know a number of folks from competition shooting who use this trimmer to trim their rifle brass, and they all swore by it. Admittedly, this is a pricey piece of kit at $460, plus extra $$ for additional calibers... at one point in my reloading career that was more money than I had invested in everything. Times change.

    But, anyway, I finally bit the bullet on this trimmer as I was looking at a pile of brass that needed to be trimmed... a pile that I really didn't feel like trimming by hand again.

    So, the trimmer arrived today, and I just got done putting it through its maiden voyage. I trimmed 150 pieces of .260 Remington brass in under 15 minutes, and the resulting cut was smoother than I'd get with my hand lathe, and just as accurate. Plus, it deburs and chamfers the case mouth, too, which saved me additional time on those steps.

    I should have bought this thing a few thousand rounds ago.
     
  2. Havok7416

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    I love mine also. The price does hurt a bit, but it does an absolutely fantastic job and it takes no time at all.
     
  3. Doublehelix

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    I know I have posted this before on this site, but I picked up a Harbor Freight buffer motor (think "grinder") and modified it and built a frame for it. I then added the Giraud Tri-Way trimmer head, and have a "poor man's Giraud trimmer" for about $160. Works in both vertical and horizontal orientations:

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  4. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Member

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    Not a bad improvised Giraud you have there!
     
  5. oldandslow

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    ck,

    After doing about two thousand .223/556 cases by hand and having another three thousand cases to go I bit the bullet and ordered a Giraud trimmer a couple of years ago. I've now put about 7,000 cases through it and it is one of the best reloading devices I've ever bought. It used to take me 60 minutes to do a hundred cases by hand and it now takes 10 minutes with the Giraud.

    best wishes- oldandslow
     
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