Case Trimmer

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Mrsailfish, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Mrsailfish

    Mrsailfish New Member

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    I am new to reloading and was wondering if a case trimmer was neccessary to have ?
    Thanks IN advance

    Mr Sailfish
     
  2. dickshuford

    dickshuford New Member

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    If you are going to do much reloading you will definitely need a trimmer. Be sure to check case length everytime
     

  3. army mp

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    If you are going to load only straight wall handgun, not so much, as long as you stay with mid-range loads. There are guys on here that never trim handgun. Bottleneck and Rifle cases are a whole different animal. They should be checked every time after sizing. Lee makes a trimmer I hear guy say is good for the money, I use an RCBS case trimmer.
     
  4. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

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    Yup, some sort of trimming setup will be needed. If you're reloading straight-sided cases like most pistol cartridges, you'll probably find that they need trimming less frequently than bottleneck rifle cartridges.

    It's a good practice to check the length with each loading and trim them when the length reaches the max length listed in your reloading manual. A general rule of thumb is that the trim-to length will be 0.010" shorter than the max length, but if your manual says otherwise then heed that measurement.

    If you're just reloading a few different cartridges, you might want to check out the Lee handheld case trimmer system. This uses a cutter with interchangable "pilots" for each specific cartridge and a shellholder system that you can either use by hand or by chucking it into a drill or electric screwdriver. It's a fairly cheap way to get set up to trim one, two, three calibers.
    http://www.leeprecision.com/html/catalog/casecon.html
    But if you're thinking that you'll wind up reloading for many different cartridges, then you might want to check into one of those lathe-style case trimmers.
    Both systems work just fine. My preference is for the Lee trimmers but I use a Hornady lathe-type trimmer too.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=315831
    http://www.cabelas.com/hprod-1/0002961.shtml

    Just don't bother with that Lee Zip-Trim trimmer system that has a pullcord to spin the cases. I haven't heard of anyone that has tried it actually liking it. But I suppose there must be some folks buying it otherwise it probably would've been discontinued by now.
     
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  5. BobMcG

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  6. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

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    +1 to army mp. I have reloaded for 30+ years. I have never trimmed handgun brass. I've never found the need.

    I always trim rifle calibers (even straight wall .45/70's) after a few shots. Rifle calibers won't chamber if you don't trim every few reloadings.
     
  7. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

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    A cheap but effective trimmer is the Lee Zip Trim, i've heard of a few people having issues with them, but I can tell you that its most likely operator error. They do a fantastic job and really leave a nicely trimmed and chamfered case with the 3 way die. Easy on the budget and very effective.
     
  8. techoca

    techoca New Member

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    Absolutely agree with Woolleyworm-the Lee Zip trim works great and saves time. I use mine with the 3 jaw chuck. I would easily spend that money again. I trim 300 to 500 .45 ACP at one time.
     
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  9. army mp

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    you will also need a Deburrint tool.