Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Boomer4570, Feb 26, 2013.
Or should I look elsewhere.
Lee is OK for 20 rounds at a time or so. If you do 100 or so it will drive you batty, and you will still have to deburr and chamfer when you are done.
I recently got several WFT trimmers and the WFT trimmer has replaced the Lee for those cartridges. So much better than the Lee but more expensive.
I know the Giraud is expensive, but I started to look at it more closely after I bought the WFT trimmers. After the initial cost for the Giraud, the pre-adjusted cutter head assemblies for the Giraud are about the same price as a WFT trimmer. I find using a drill motor cumbersome so the Giraud drive might be more convenient for my tastes. I know, the Giraud is not manual.
Any way, food for thought.
A lot of us have more than one system. I use the Lee system for my hunting rifles, and the Wilson for my match rifle, and my custom rifles. I use a Giraud for the things that I load in volume. I started with the Lyman, and it still works, but I don't use it much anymore. I had an RCBS, but traded it, it did'nt do anything better or worse than the Lyman. I would think the same about the Redding and Forster. Most offer a carbide cutter option. I think its worth the cost. Most also offer other accessories like reamers, neck turners, primer crimp reamers, 3-way cutters, ect. A few companies offer a file type trim die. I really don't care much for that method, but its nice when forming cases if you have a lot of material to remove.
Like I said, lots of choices, not many wrong ones. How much do you want to spend? Sorry for the long post, hope this helps. Lightman
For volume reloading (.223 in my case), I use a Possum Hollow chucked in an electric drill, it seems to work best at higher rpm.
I'd really rather have a trimmer that trims, chamfers and deburrs all at the same time like the Giraud or the RCBS 3-way. Someday.
The Kit will run you under $100 and comes with the most common pilots and collets.
I would describe the Forster as, as good or better. And you forgot their latest greatest attachment....carbide 3-way cutter....trims, chamfers and deburrs like RCBS's 3-WAY WITHOUT THE COMPLICATION of RCBS's. Slip in on the shaft...tighten the set screw.
Pricy tho. $60 per caliber diameter.
"Best?" That's really a personal preference thing.
will Case Trimmer Pilots & Collets from Redding, RCBS & Forster work in this Trimmer?
No, it is totally different. It uses case holders.
I don't like doing large quantities with it, instead use it for smaller batches of just about anything.
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