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Lee Zip Drive

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Picknlittle, Apr 11, 2007.

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  1. Picknlittle

    Picknlittle Member

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    I bought one of these little buggers about a month ago and really haven't had much time to spend with it. I was having trouble using my case length guage and case trimmer with it but it turns out I didn't have the pilot screwed into the cutter all the way.

    Anyway, today I get a chance to load about fifty 30-30 and fifty 35 Whelen rounds. This is money very well spent. Trimming, chamfering and de-burring takes just seconds. Once you get your rhythm you just crank along. It takes longer to lock the case in the holder than it does to prep the case.

    Whats more, there is nothing to get in the way of your hands and fingers. It's all wide open.

    Pretty cool little tool for under $20.
     
  2. SSN Vet

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    It's the only case trimmer I've ever used.....so I have no basis to make any comparisons....

    but...

    I've found the Zip Trimmer to be a very handy, easy to use and speedy little tool.

    One extra spin with a cotton rag and then a Q-tip in the mouth cleans up the case lube.

    Before I sprung for a tumbler, I simply hit the cases with 000 steel wool or a "greeny" for easy cleaning as well.

    I mounted mine to an old cutting board, which I clamp to my work surface with a wood workers spring clamp.
     
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    very fast and efficient. That mr lee really knows how to make a low cost product.
     
  4. Picknlittle

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    LOL! That makes a heck of a lot more sense than what I did today!

    I don't have a tumbler so I took a coffee can filled 2/3 with walnut shells, and brass and shook it for 45 min.,while taking a break. I think I'll dig out the scotch brite now.:)

    It's been said I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed!
     
  5. SSN Vet

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    Pick....I bet you'r one of the few out there that knows what a "greeny" is...

    you just applied the "improvise, adapt and overcome" philosophy!

    along with the "labor is cheap when you don't pay overtime" philosophy ;)
     
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    I've been chucking the shellholder into a cordless drill. Does the zip trim work better?
     
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    For me I'd have to say yes. Of course, once accustomed to one thing, the other might not seem so grand. I like it cause it's a stationary position that is wide open to my right hand. Fast, easy, convenient.
     
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    It seems hard to me to hold the drill and everything else and have it be straight and press the drilll button and everything, or does it all attach together so you dont need to hold the case or cutter ,etc.?
     
  9. Sisco

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    It would save me the time and trouble of either carrying my drill to the basement where I reload or carrying the brass, etc to the garage where the drill is.
     
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    I use a cordless drill also. I have seen the zip trim work in a video and it does look like a great tool.
    Rusty
     
  11. Picknlittle

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    Hear! Hear! I bought some Scotch Brite, and dove into 60 pieces of 30-06 brass, 40 more very dirty 30-30 cases. In less than 10 minutes they were clean and bright, though not polished. I could probably have hit them again with 0000 steel wool to help shine the a bit, but what the heck, they're clean :)

    I haven't tried a drill, but I can't see how it could be any easier or faster.

    Seems like a great little tool.
     
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