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Old June 2, 2014, 06:00 AM   #1
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Best trimmer for .223/5.56?

I've been shooting/reloading for the AR lately; been burning through a case of XM193. The brass on this stuff is long and not very consistent on case length. My little Lee hand trimmer is giving me a workout, as some of them are 0.01 to 0.15 over what I'm shooting for.

What are you guys using to trim that little neck with? Any preferences? Was thinking about a zip trim, but I don't know...

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Old June 2, 2014, 07:24 AM   #2
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How much dinero are you willing to part with to make trimming a '30-cases-a-minute' no-brainer ?
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Old June 2, 2014, 11:55 AM   #3
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Oh IDK... $100?
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Old June 2, 2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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I use a standard RCBS trimmer I converted to take an electric drill. I can trim about 9 cases a minute with it.
The crank handle is held on with a 10X32 screw. I took a longer screw and truned it in tight and then cut the head off. I grab it with the chuck on my drill. Fast and easy.

I don't know what it would cost today however.
I have had it for 40 years.
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Old June 2, 2014, 12:29 PM   #5
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I have been using the Possum Hollow trimmer. Love it.

Thinking about getting the 7.62 version as well.

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Old June 2, 2014, 12:43 PM   #6
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Little Crow Gunworks ... WFT is the answer!
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Old June 2, 2014, 01:51 PM   #7
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Another shout out for the Worlds Finest Trimmer!
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Old June 2, 2014, 03:03 PM   #8
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Little Crow WFT works very well if you size before trimming. Chuck the trimmer in a drill and clamp the drill to the bench, then just feed the brass in until it stops trimming, give it a twist and you are done. It is sensitive to the position of the shoulder, i accidentally used a different shell holder that was .003" shorter and all my trimmed brass ended up .002" longer this week. not really a problem, i crimp with a Lee Factory crimp and it doesn't care. It will throw shavings around, i made a guard out of schedule 40 PVC, and hook it up to the shop vac. Pick up a drill that can be locked on and has speed adjustment.
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Old June 2, 2014, 04:12 PM   #9
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I agree with the RCBS recommendation.

You need this

Plus this

and a corded or cordless drill that has a 1/2" chuck.

Remove the handle from the trimmer and chuck the whole thing in the drill, no adapter needed unless your chuck is smaller than 1/2".

You have to adjust the trimmer to cut the correct length and probably also have to adjust the debur blade but the chamfer blade is likely ok as is. None of this is hard to do and will likely only take a few minutes to do. Once it's cutting the way you like it, just tighten down the set screws nice and tight.

At this point it's a one step trim, chamfer and deburr for around $140.00. A bit less with the current rebate. You just missed a sale price that was in effect for quite a while. May be worth a look at other retailers to see if the lower price is still around.

Personally I have no comprehension why folks think any other trimmer that does not do all three steps at once is worth even a consideration.

Oh yeah, no need to buy the pilots, the three way cutter comes with the correct pilot.

Check out this video, which is not mine.

This vid uses the older model of the Trim Pro. The new version has a universal case holder and different locking system that is faster to use.
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Old June 2, 2014, 06:17 PM   #10
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Feedback is much appreciated fellers.
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Old June 2, 2014, 06:24 PM   #11
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Check out cts eng, they have an equivalent to wft.
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Old June 3, 2014, 02:52 AM   #12
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I have been using the Possum Hollow trimmer. Love it.
Same. It's a great trimmer.
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Old June 3, 2014, 09:15 AM   #13
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Some "AA" people (Accuracy Afficianados) like the Wilson trimmer. Its case holder puts the case axis perpindicular to the trimmer's end mill and makes case mouths exactly 90 degrees to the case axis. Those AA's reasoning is, gas escapes uniformly around the bullet's heel as it exits the case. And that's paramount to the accuracy they demand. So a couple of them have told me.

I've used Forster's trimmer chucked in a drill press and its base and shell holder anchored on the press' base. Fast and repeatable operation that seems to do plenty good enough for me with 30 caliber cases. I've no reason to thing it would do any less with 22 caliber cases.
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Old June 3, 2014, 01:00 PM   #14
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I like my Lyman trimmer

Is it the best ? probably not but works well for me . Some have said it starts to cut cases shorter . If you try to trim a case that is shorter the the case size you are going for . What I found was if I slam the cutting rod in each time . The locking ring can slip because the cutter never makes contact with the shorter case before the locking ring smacks the base . The shaft on the cutting rod is so smooth the locking rings only have so much grip . As long as I push the cutter to the case and not slam it my cases come out exactly the same size as one another .

I used the Lee cutter for a while . What I did was chuck the cutter part in my drill and clamp the case holder part in vice grips ( yep the opposite of the way it's intended to be used ) The piece that holds the case was not square and made the case wobble when used in the drill . I turned the whole thing around and was GTG . It made it quick and easy .

The vice grips are just to make it easier to hold . If your case holder spins true in your drill you can use the vice grips on the cutter to make it easier to hold in your hands

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Old June 3, 2014, 09:46 PM   #15
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Get a Wllson case trimmer. This is more like 50 a hour. With the 19$ power adapter and a drill more like 100.
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Old June 4, 2014, 01:07 AM   #16
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100 cases an hour? That's one thing i like about the W.F.T trimmer, is that it only takes me about 5 min to do 100 cases. Trim it, campher it, done.
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Old June 4, 2014, 05:52 AM   #17
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How about a dozen cases or more a minute....

Got one 6 years ago, and simply added case holders for 6-8 different cartridges over these years
Sits on the bench as a permanent fixture/step for every reloading session.
Lifetime investment that I'd never do without now.
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Old June 4, 2014, 08:55 PM   #18
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This is what I use I love it. You don't have to worry about setting the cutter the proper depth. Just us the right pilot for your case and they will all be exactly the same every time.

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Old June 4, 2014, 09:12 PM   #19
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I normally dont worry about trimming. I just deburr nice and good and never have a problem.
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Old June 4, 2014, 09:19 PM   #20
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Possum Hollow makes a great trimmer that works just a well as the WGT that cost three times as much. Try to order direct from the factory because Midway has them on back order. I use mine every week and am very happy with their product and service.
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