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Old May 6, 2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Trimming .223 cases

Hi Guys, been out of circulation a while, but I'm back.
Last few years I haven't bothered reloading .223's because I could buy them at a little over 30 cents each in bulk, but NOW.....
I spend hours trimming cases to below 1.760 inches, very tedious. Is this really the necessary length, or will a 1.770 case suffice? Getting blisters on my hands from trimming, de-burring and chamfering all these cases that are only a few thousands over.
Thanks! Steve W.
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Old May 6, 2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I can't answer without a chamber cast.

But here is how I keep my blisters at bay.

First FL Size all cases. The sort out all those under max length. Then trim all remaining to max -0.010". It improves my quantities quite a bit.

I use the Wilson tool which cuts very easily, if I still wanted to make it easier, the Gracie and WFT are said to make it easier.
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Old May 6, 2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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IF you are using the simple Lee case length gage and trimming tool, simply chuck the shell holder in a drill, spin and trim. Then chamfer inside and outside the neck with your chamfering tool. No more blisters

I found this the cheapest and easiest way to size and trim over the last few years...

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Old May 6, 2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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Or you could get a chamber length gage from Sinclair, and actually find out what the maximum case length is in your rifle. link

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