Originally Posted by hillajam
Santa was good to me this year and I am planning on buying some case prep tools. I am planning on buying a primer pocket uniformer(Lyman), case length trimmer(Redding), case lube kit(RCBS), and a flash hole deburrer(Redding). Does any one have any input on these choices.
I was also thinking about getting the RCBS power station but figured to save the money and get the hand tools.
I also have a question about the flash hole deburring tool. How do you know you aren't taking too much material away? I started reloading two years ago so I'm not a pro at all.
If you plan on doing any quantity at all, then buy yourself an RCBS trim mate. Hand tools will wear out your hands long before you've assembled a box of ammo. Hand trim machines are fine. I've processed at least 5000 rounds with my trim mate and its going strong. The various operations I use it for are: primer pocket uniformer, primer pocket brush, flash hole deburr, VLD ID chamfer, OD chamfer and mouth polish (varmint al's steel wool polisher).
For case lube, just use oneshot spray. For the flash hole, the lyman tool has a little stop that contacts the case mouth so you don't go too far, but you'll feel when its right, just a couple turns and you'll feel the bur come off.
If you want to get real fancy (you didn't sound like it), there is a machine called a Giraurd trimmer that also preps the brass.