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Old 03-17-2006, 11:16 AM
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Case Trimming

This is my first post. I was given an old press from my father's friend and I purchased a scale, powder measure and two full sets of 7 MM Mag and 270 dies from Redding. but I need some help.

How do you use a case trimmer? What stops one from taking too much material off the case? What trimmer is the best?

Thanks for any help
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:40 PM
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Re: Case Trimming

There are many other forum posts on this issue which bear directly on your need. Please feel free to use the Search tool. If you do an exhaustive search, you will see that a few of the posts are mine, because I had some of the same questions, i.e. is the Lathe type better than a Trim die.

Also, try using the RCBS site as there is a email address to ask questions and/or the Nosler reloading forum. There is also the Reloaders Nest, Chuck Hawk's, and a plethora of other internet sites and reloading manuals on this issue. As a final thought, you may want to try a Google or Yahoo search.

Presonally, I use the lathe type of case trimmer. To make life easy on me, I have one case per cartridge I handload for and use that to setup up my RCBS lathe type trimmer. Then I make a cut and check with the caliper. Just remember to tightenup the rings "real good".

As one person on this forum said, it takes patience.
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Old 03-17-2006, 02:55 PM
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Re: Case Trimming

Get the Lee trimmer. Can't screw up with the Lee tool. Low cost too.
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Old 03-17-2006, 03:06 PM
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Re: Case Trimming

I'd recommend the Lee tool as well, as long as you're not doing a high volume of cases.
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Old 03-17-2006, 04:51 PM
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Re: Case Trimming

I prefer the Wilson myself and don't see how you could possibly do better. It's not necessarily speedy, but it's very precise. They can be had at www.sinclairintl.com
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Old 03-17-2006, 05:29 PM
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Re: Case Trimming

The Wilsom looks almost fool proof. How dos it stop? Does the holder stop it or does it use rings like my RCBS?

Hear tell (which means anecdotal evidence at best and without a shred of proof) that the Lee does not cut the mouth of the case squarely. I have not used one, so what do the Lee guys have to say?
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Old 03-17-2006, 06:00 PM
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Re: Case Trimming

Forster is nice and easy. What keeps the trimmer from taking off too much? The nut attached to the handle should have a good caliper in the other hand. Give the case a few cuts and then take it out measure it and put it back in and cut a little more and take it out and measure it again. When it is right, then set the hex screw with the hex wrench. You can keep an "index case" if you want to. I have my trimmer mounted on a small piece of plywood and will put it in my lap and trim cases while I am watching the Crimson Tide play or the #17 Dewalt ford run. Usually will put a towel or old shirt under it to catch the shavings if I think my wife might walk in while I am trimming.
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