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Old May 6, 2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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L. E. Wilson trimmer for pistol cases...Help Please!

I am about to start reloading. I bought an L.E. Wilson trimmer awhile back when only thinking about doing it. The round I am Very Much interested in reloading is 9x18 for the Makarov I got a month ago. In loading that, I need to trim down 9mm brass length.

My question is, in trimming (long) rifle shells, the brass is Jammed into the case holder from the rear....Please tell me how the 9mm case holder holds onto a pistol case...like 9mm...Please?

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Old May 6, 2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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I use a Wilson trimmer for bottle neck cases, and a Lyman universal for straighter walled cases.
It seems like the Wilson trimmer would be a PITA for trimming down 9x19 cases.
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Old May 6, 2012, 12:09 PM   #3
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Supposed to be a taper to the case, and the shell holder...
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Old May 6, 2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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I'm too broke...lol...from buying a LOT of reloading gear lately to buy a new brand of trimmer.
I've seen an image of the L.E. Wilson 9mm case holder shown a 9mm case in it's front. My question is...if anyone has one...how are pistol cases (non-shouldered brass)held in there, please?

THIS IS AN IMAGE OF IT:
http://www.sinclairintl.com/.aspx/pi...stol-9mm-Luger
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Old May 6, 2012, 12:39 PM   #5
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how are pistol cases (non-shouldered brass)held in there, please?
By friction.
With the Wilson trimmer you would need to size the 9x19 cases with a 9x19 sizing die and then trim. I just have 9x18 dies, and the 9x19 brass I trim with the Lyman are free range brass. I cull out brass fired from partially supported chambers.

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Old May 6, 2012, 02:01 PM   #6
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Does the Mak brass need trimming? Have you measured the cases? Most straight walled pistol rarely needs to be trimmed.
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Old May 6, 2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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daboone,
Brass mak ammo is very pricey, so I've not reloaded any...and shoot aluminum cased ones because they cost less.

But have saved many hundreds of 9's from trips to the range over the years.
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Old May 6, 2012, 02:29 PM   #8
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jibjab,
How can you tell, unless they are cracked?
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Old May 6, 2012, 03:53 PM   #9
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I'm too broke...lol...from buying a LOT of reloading gear lately to buy a new brand of trimmer.
I've seen an image of the L.E. Wilson 9mm case holder shown a 9mm case in it's front. My question is...if anyone has one...how are pistol cases (non-shouldered brass)held in there, please?
As I said...

The case is held in by the taper of the case, against the taper of the ID of the shell holder...

Your picture shows a 9mm case inserted from the back and stopped by the taper of the case and shell holder...
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Old May 6, 2012, 04:45 PM   #10
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How can you tell, unless they are cracked?
If you roll the brass on a flat surface the cases fired from partially supported chamber will have a guppy belly at the case head. A carbide sizer will not size far enough down to remove it, if you choose to go the Wilson trimmer route you will have trouble.
Glocks do not have a fully supported chamber the pin and breech face mark on the primer is a tell tail sign that the brass has been "Glocked"
reloading.jpg
The nickel case on the right was fired from a Glock.
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Old May 6, 2012, 07:23 PM   #11
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I like the Wilson trimmer better than my other trimmers (Forster and Lyman) for bottleneck cases but I don't like it for the very rare times I trim handgun cases.If fact I don't use it anymore for handgun I use the Forster
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Old May 6, 2012, 10:02 PM   #12
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The Q type holder should work ok.

In general, I don't trim straight wall pistol.
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