RCBS power Trim PRO

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jmason, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    Anyone out there using the power trim pro? What you opinion on it? Does it trim consistently and save you any time or shoulder ache?

    I must have got a bad batch of rem brass cause it's coming apart on the fifth firing in a 270 win. My last batch of Winchester went 14. I'm not looking forward to new brass prep.
     
  2. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    This is the only tool I have use for trimmimg and turning. It works great for me.

    -MR
     

  3. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    MR- do you mean the trim pro or was there supposed to be a link?
     
  4. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

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    That's what I use it works well, and is pretty fast.
     
  5. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    I mean the the Trim Pro - It's a little bulky but it works very well. Then neck turner is a little spendy, but it gets them turned real quick and easy. and trimming is real easy.
     
  6. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Guys. I just wanted to make sure it worked good before I dropped the dead presidents for it. I have a Lyman hand trimmer, but I'm lookin to get it done a little faster and w/o a sore shoulder and forearm.
     
  7. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    I use a trim pro and have added a cordless drill to make it powered.
    The great thing about the RCBS is the available 3-way cutter head which cuts to length, and bevels the inside and deburrs the outside of the mouth
     
  8. kraky

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    You're gonna think I'm nuts but I hardly use my elec lathe type trim pro anymore. I use a simple lee lock stud with the cut to length gauge and I think I'm as fast as using the trim pro and get a better job. I think the necks come out more square with the lee set up and I don't get scratching inside the case neck from the pilots the trim pro uses. I also hardly use my tumbler anymore unless I have a big batch of brass to clean...I can do it quickly for smaller test batches of brass. I do however still use the 5 station trim mate somewhat. Here is the cheapest "pretty darn fast" way to do your brass. OH....and by the way get yourself a set of Sinclair caliber specific comparators to see what your chamber dimensions really are....I have many guns that don't need trimming before another .015" beyond saami spec....that really saves time...not needing to trim in the first place.

    http://i672.photobucket.com/albums/vv88/kraky11/DSC00626-1.jpg
     
  9. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Interesting... I dont know how you could get much more square or precise in length than the trim pro You could certainly match it with another lathe type set up. I have never experience any significant scratching either. I would think you could lap the pilots quite easily if you did? I cant reall y compare to your Lee set up, but my trim pro works perfectly and quickly... a couple of seconds per case.

    Regards,

    -MR
     
  10. kraky

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    I have the spring loaded handle with the "U" shaped holders. They are caliber specific yet I don't think they hold things in perfect alignment. I e-mailed rcbs about the scratches...mainly with my 30 cal pilot and they responded that it was common and wouldn't affect accuracy.
    Re the lee: Chucking the brass is a virtual tie with the rcbs. I actually think I can gain on the rcbs as I can use more pressure by hand to hold the cutter to the brass where the trim pro works on a spring and takes a second or two longer. MY drill spins just a tad faster than the rcbs so it picks up a bit of time there too. Plus with the lee I have absolutely no set up time from caliber to caliber as the length gauges are always set perfectly. And with the lee the brass is still "in the chuck" when I hit it with my chamferers. The outside chamferer on the rcbs trimmate does a crappy job...my handheld rcbs chamferer does better.
    Honestly....I think I can match the rcbs unit in time per casing with the lee...unless of course I had a 3 way cutter for all calibers. Imagine this only with drill power....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sGHoNd6vfA
     
  11. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I'm going to part with the loot for the trim Pro. I am going to modify my Lyman hand trimmer though. I post my "redneck engineering" contraption when I'm done.
     
  12. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Nifty little tool, but I think I like the pro trim better, especially for neck turning.

    Cheers,

    -MR
     
  13. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Cant wait.... :)
     
  14. tx hunter

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    Jmason, if you would like one on the cheaper side I have a used one that I am willing to part with. Send me a PM if interested.