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To keep a long rant as short as possible, I hate the Lee hand trimmer. I've had nothing but problems with this thing. I bought it about 6 months ago to get started, .223 is the main rifle caliber I load. I chuck the shell holder in my drill and go at it. When I first got it, it trimmed perfectly, trimmed all brass to exactly 1.750 and I was pretty pleased. But over the last few months it has been getting drastically shorter! It started trimming the brass to 1.745 and I didn't think much of it, then it dropped to 1.737, started getting concerned, but tonight it shortened itself to 1.725 and I had to refrain from chucking the useless thing across the room. Not to mention the shell holder is a joke. About every 9 out of 10 cases slip out of the shell holder resulting in multiple beat up knuckles.

So I'm ready for suggestions on a new trimmer. Ready for an upgrade, but don't want to spend a fortune. I'd like to hear what everyone uses and their methods. Show me the light!!
 

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what trimmer ?

i use the lee zip trim since it came out here ( 7 years ) , no bad ones yet except when i screw up
 

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I've never had a problem with any of mine but I don't trim large quantities with them. For large lots of brass I use my RCBS Trim Pro motorized unit. Maybe you should look into one, they can be had for under $300.00 with shipping.
 

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turn of phrase

while i watch for spammers here is the more correct explanation

but not tonight, tonight i drink scotch and smoke a cigar, ;) and watch for spammers
 

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turn of phrase

while i watch for spammers here is the more correct explanation

but not tonight, tonight i drink scotch and smoke a cigar, ;) and watch for spammers
I was thinking that's what you meant after I went and hit the submit button.
 

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I have used the Lee trimmers "forever" and never had a problem with them. They are a little tedious but if you are not in a hurry they do fine. I never even thought about useing a drill until reading a thread here a few years ago and now it is even easier. I recently bought myself an RCBS trimmer and it is more trouble to get the right length set than it is to use the Lee. I set the RCBS up for .223 and still use the Lee for every thing else.
 

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First, ya gotta be smarter than the trimmer!:rolleyes: No offence intended. The Lee tool is so simple, and there are several posts telling of it's ease of operation, mebbe the operator is in error. Perhaps the tool is so easy to use, care isn't taken to use it correctly. Read the directions and start over which works for me often!:p
 

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i have an rcbs manual trimmer, and now an auto trimmer.

the manual one I have chucked over to a harbor freight 20$ 1/2" chuck drill setting on a small bed with a 1/4 and couple pieces of trim on it to make a guide. it's the older trimmer with different shell plates.

still do some stuff on that one.. but otherwise have switched over to the rcbs motorized one that has the universal shell plate.. I love it...

so what lee trimmer is this on you are talking about?
 

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The only way the Lee trimmer is going to start trimming shorter is:

1- you've worn a crater into the lock stud

2- you've worn the guide pin down
 

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it was , sat back and had a good laugh

a newish politico realised what he'd gotten in bed with when he stopped being a independant and joined in with the labour party ( traditional working mans party over run by communists and socialists)

found out how corrupt they are and quit parliament yesterday afternoon

that gives the balance of power over to the shooters party

we're the only tie breaker in town ;)

yeah worth breaking out the stogies and cheering a honest if surprised man

his half told story here

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...igrant-visa-deal/story-e6freuy9-1226501876209
 

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To keep a long rant as short as possible, I hate the Lee hand trimmer. I've had nothing but problems with this thing. I bought it about 6 months ago to get started, .223 is the main rifle caliber I load. I chuck the shell holder in my drill and go at it. When I first got it, it trimmed perfectly, trimmed all brass to exactly 1.750 and I was pretty pleased. But over the last few months it has been getting drastically shorter! It started trimming the brass to 1.745 and I didn't think much of it, then it dropped to 1.737, started getting concerned, but tonight it shortened itself to 1.725 and I had to refrain from chucking the useless thing across the room. Not to mention the shell holder is a joke. About every 9 out of 10 cases slip out of the shell holder resulting in multiple beat up knuckles.

So I'm ready for suggestions on a new trimmer. Ready for an upgrade, but don't want to spend a fortune. I'd like to hear what everyone uses and their methods. Show me the light!!
slow down.. Drill is spinning too fast and wearing the mandrel pin down.. go slow and it will never wear. plus it trims the brass more smoothly anyway at a slower speed.
 

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slow down.. Drill is spinning too fast and wearing the mandrel pin down.. go slow and it will never wear. plus it trims the brass more smoothly anyway at a slower speed.
I've got the drill on the lowest setting and I'm pressing the trigger just enough to barely get it spinning. Yet somehow the cases still slip out of the lock stud. It's been very aggravating. I know user error is a big part in tool malfunctions but with this simple hand trimmer I don't see how that's possible. The lock stud also slips on the 300BLK trimmer too. But at least it still trims to specs. So looking at either the WFT or some other kind of electric trimmer I can use with all, .223 300BLK and .308
 
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