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Old 12-24-2016, 11:43   #1
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Case Trimmers

what do you guys think about a good case trimmer, need one
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Old 12-25-2016, 18:39   #2
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Been debating the same thing lately. I've been using the Lee cheap ones & they have worked well but I want one that I can adjust to more my preference on the trim length for rifle brass. I'm planning on going with the Original Forster Kit from Cabela's so I can use my Cabela's Card points but all those you listed should do well from what reviews I've read.
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Old 12-26-2016, 12:34   #4
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If you are reloading 223 take a look at the World's Cheapest Trimmer. Google it.

I bought one and have trimmed about 2000 cases. Love it and recommend it.

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Old 12-26-2016, 14:40   #5
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The WCT is a knockoff of the Possum Hollow trimmer popular a number of years ago. The difference is the body of this is made of molybdenum disulfide filled nylon while the Possum Hollow version was made of metal. I have a Possum Hollow for .223 and for 30-30 and it works reasonably well chucked up in a drill press. That said, it still requires you to hold every case up into the trimmer and will repeatedly trim the shoulder datum to case mouth dimension.

ETA: That's why I use it only as a hand tool if I see a slight nick on the case mouth. Otherwise, I use my Dillon trimmer on my case prep toolhead for bulk case trimming.
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Old 12-26-2016, 21:52   #6
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I use the Little Crow Gunworks WFT for my 223 brass and just the cheap lee cutter chucked in my drill with the case length guage attached for my 30-06. WFT was pricey but that thing will trim the crap out of brass. The Lee setup I use is ok because I dont trim much 30-06 brass. Does the WCT work as well as the WFT?? Its quite a bit cheaper.
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Old 12-27-2016, 05:48   #7
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I only have the WCT for 223. I have it set up in a drill press and it works great. You have to manually debur each case but it goes fast.
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Cranking the handle gets old really fast. I have used the Lee Trimmers and a drill motor fro a long time and they work well and are the most inexpensive things made for this operation.

If you've got a zillion to trim then a WFT or Little Crow is a good way but you have to size your brass first. I have a Dillon 1200 that sizes and trims in one operation and that's my powered trimmer. That said, I use it rarely, it was part of a deal I got.

I have seen a guy who mounted all the Lee Case Prep Tools in a line in a piece of 1x4 Oak. He clamped the board to his bench and then with the Lee Chuck mounted in his Drill Motor he completely processed each piece of brass from start to finish in about 10 seconds.

Worked great and cost $20.

Lots of ways to do this operation, some work better than others for some people, but there is enough ways that everyone should be able to find something they like.

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Bought this RCBS about twenty years ago. Adjustable down to a thousandth. Easy set up. Makes fast work of a large trimming job. As you can see, I mounted it on a board. C Clamp the board to the table and go to work.
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A press mounted trimmer on your progressive press has the advantage of not taking any more effort to trim your brass as you already run it through your case prep cycle so it adds no time, no effort, and definitely no hurt fingers.

I decap, resize, and trim my brass in one cycle; all without touching a piece of brass. It's easy to cycle through 1,000 pieces of brass in 1 hour. Dillon's trimmer puts a slight chamfer on the outside of the mouth and trims so cleanly that there aren't any burs after tumbling off the case lube.



I mounted the on/off switch behind the press so it's out of the way and the power cable is dressed and fixed.

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marine one - any helo significance to your name? I work in Owego, NY where we are developing the newest Marine One.
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Flash: is that Marine One you are working on a VF22?

I saw one on TV recently that was painted White House Green. Was that It?

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I'm not personally working on the next Presidential helo but they are "missionized" at our facility after the air vehicle is built at Sikorsky. I work on the Navy MH-60 and a bit on the new Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter.
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