Now I need a decent .223 Case trimmer

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  1. bobpayne44

    bobpayne44 New Member

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    Had sorted all my .223 that needed to be trimmed separately and loaded most of what didn't need trimmed.

    now i want to start trimming the cases that need it while i wait on more bullets to come in.

    any recommendations on a decent trimmer that does not take all day to trim cases

    Thanks
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  3. bobpayne44

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    ha ha. i like that.. below my have to ask the wife amount.. Nice..:D
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    Holy smokes.. 70 bucks VS 7 bucks for the same end result in the same amount of time.. Methinks ill stick with my crappy ol LEE trimmer..
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    Yeah the ball handle makes a big difference.
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    Yup, the Lee trimmer is cheap and effective if you've only got a couple of calibers that you're trimming for. Heck, I've got studs for every caliber I own except for .204 and a couple other oddballs (Lee don't make anything smaller than .22 for this system).
    I'll pass on the high-priced one too...especially at $70 per caliber. That would cost me way over $2000 to get setup in trimmers.


    And you can make your own wood handle for the cutter too in case you've already got the plain one.
    Just drill a chunk of your favorite wood (or just a scrap :D) and either press-fit or epoxy the cutter into the hole.
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    is there a link to see it in action?
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    That is a good price for the Lyman!
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    The Giraud sure sounds good, at $425 it better get wet when I touch it:eek:
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    I have a lyman and hate using it. It doesn't cut the case mouth square.
  17. bobpayne44

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    I noticed if I went a little slower the cuts were pretty level but it I tried to hurry the cutter I could get 3 or 4 different measurements on a single case

    I can do about 10 per minute and have good results
    Did about 350 last night now I gotta debur them and they will be ready to load
    Now to get the other 3500 I have ready to load
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    So what's the hold-up? :D
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    I just got the Hornady Case-prep center about a week and a half ago to solve the same exact issue for 223 cases. It is the best investment I made in reloading equipment. You can fine tune trimming to .001 and then clean the neck, primr pocket and deburr inside and outside all with the same machine. I average 125 cases per hour but they are done soup to nuts. I'm really impressed and my hands are very thankful, no more blisters hand cranking everything. And the consistancy is what really pays off.
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    The cheep lee trimmer with the trim length guage has no choice but to cut square. the mandrel aligns the case by the mouth and the flashhole.
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