case trimmer advice??

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by 444 marlin, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. 444 marlin

    444 marlin New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    I am getting back into reloading after many years,I have moved a few times and I am missing a box off reloading equipment so I need a new trimmer neck turner chamfer set up.I was looking at the RCBS trim pro manual,have any of you guys used these and what do you think?
    thanks for your time
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Welcome to the Forum, 444.

    I say buy the LEE cutter and length gauges for the calibers you reload. Low cost and low maintenance.

  3. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    I really like the RCBS Trim Pro with the 3 Way Cutter. I attach my drill to it, it chucks up really easy, and the trimmer cuts, deburs the outside, and bevels the inside... all cuts/deburs/bevels are fully adjustable to your liking... I own and have used the Lee system and they work good, but hard on the fingers... the RCBS is a dream to work with compared to the Lee cutters.

    Here is the trim pro without the drill attached:


    here is the 3 way cutter attachment:

  4. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    +1 for the Lee case trimmer
  5. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I've got the RCBS 3 way cutter but not the manual one, mine is motorized. I really enjoy using it for large quantities. For small lots I use the Lee cutter and mandrels. They work good too but play havic on my carpul tunnel.
  6. i use the cheaper lee set up with a power drill,its quick and inexpensive. old semperfi
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Im with the Lee lovers on this one too. I also use the Lee trimmer stud chucked in my drill to help evenly anneal cases
  8. The Duke

    The Duke New Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    NW Louisiana
    My vote goes for the Lyman Power Trim, especially if you have a number of different caliber cases to trim or a large number...Otherwise, the Lee works as advertised and its inexpensive...

    The Hornady Case Prep Center looks real nice, but dont have experience with it...but Hornady makes good stuff..
  9. 444 marlin

    444 marlin New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    thanks guys,I went with the RCBS trim pro with the three way cutter.I have the trim pro manual kit home already,and I am waiting on the three way cutter.
    Thanks again
  10. tommixx

    tommixx New Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    wayne I think you made a wise choise I have used rcbs for years
  11. sliclee

    sliclee New Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Miami Beach Florida
    Many years back I choose the RCBS power cutter. I shoot many calibers in pistol and rifle and as the years went by my manual one was too slow.
    If you dont really compete you can get by with a manual trimmer. I found the RCBS very accurate, I listened to the "old guys". Others I know use other brands with good results.
  12. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    is this the trimmer that you mount on your drill press? i looked at it and liked the idea...
  13. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    Over the last 20+ years of reloading I have tired all the various methods of case trimming (hand lathe, drill press and Lyman case holder, and even my machinist lathe). The best one yet is the RCBS Trim Pro Power Case Trimmer:

    It trims the cases to with in a thousandth or two every time, unlike an other method I have used. You put the case in and let it do all the work while you chamfer the case you just took out of it.

  14. Scott_R

    Scott_R New Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Hi everybody. I'm new here.

    I like the Giraud trimmer. If you ever trim a LOT of brass at a time, this one is great.

    Pricey, but I love it.

    For the record, I also have the RCBS manual trimmer, but it gets little love these days.
  15. Doug B.

    Doug B. Member

    If taking only a couple thousandths or a bit more I use the RCBS Trim Pro. If squeezing down/up from one caliber to another where excessive trimming is needed, I use my Forster power trimmer in my drill press, then the RCBS. Saves a lot on my arm.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
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