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Old July 21, 2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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L. E. Wilson case trimmer

Just a quickie here - What is the concensus on the above mentioned tool? It is definitely priced right, and I do not need high capacity. What do y'all think?
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Old July 21, 2010, 09:16 AM   #2
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I have used a Wilson trimmer for years. It's very accurate and easy to use. It's not for huge amounts of ammo as it is slow. Each different case needs a separate case holder. The Wilson trimmer has been on the market for over 60 years.
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Old July 21, 2010, 10:00 AM   #3
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It's a wonderful precision tool. Simple, accurate, effective.
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Old July 21, 2010, 03:54 PM   #4
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It is the best trimmer I have used for precision handloads. Not fast, but very accurate and easy to use.
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Old July 21, 2010, 10:02 PM   #5
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It's just as fast or faster than any other hand powered, lathe type trimmer. It is also power adaptable with an accessory from Wilson.

You use the same case holder for multiple calibers that share the same case body (e.g. 270win & 30-06 both share one holder). There are no neck pilots.

I just hold the case holder down on the rails with my hand, no clamp needed. Most collet-and-pilot type trimmers recommend slipping the case head into the collet, the pilot into the neck and then tightening the collet. With the wilson, you just tap the brass into the holder, trim it, and tap it back out.

However, it is not very convenient to use with straight wall pistol brass (the newer Q-type holders work better, but still are relatively cumbersome compared to the rifle case holders.) Good thing that stuff rarely needs trimming, if ever...

But for rifle cartridges, it is the best lathe-type trimmer available, and at a great price too.

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Old July 22, 2010, 07:55 AM   #6
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I have one & like it very much. I use a holder for several different cases, you just have to stop & measure at times. Just be sure & give it a light coat of oil during storage to prevent rust.
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Old July 22, 2010, 10:09 AM   #7
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Great tool. However, I consider a small bench vise a "must have" to hold the base of the trimmer firmly in place during use. Adds a bit to the cost, but also makes it far easier to use.
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Old July 22, 2010, 11:10 AM   #8
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Agree with all the above. I have and like the Sinclair stand that clamps the shell holder down while trimming. In place of a bench vice, if you don't have the stand, run the trimmer at the corner of your bench with the handle overhanging the side and the body up against the front edge. Use one of the soft plastic jaw Irwin Kwick Clamps from Lowe's to lock it and the shell holder down while you trim. Set the clamp up with the handle dangling down and it is a quick in an out. It will save a lot of hand fatigue.

In case you couldn't guess, I recommend the stand.

BTW, you might want also to look a C&H's similar trimmer design before you buy. It has a clamp built-in. I've forgotten how the price compares or whether it is compatible with the Wilson accessories?
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Old July 22, 2010, 12:23 PM   #9
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Old July 23, 2010, 07:49 PM   #10
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I have used the Wilson case trimmer for over 45 years and wouldn't have any other case trimmer. I was given another case trimmer that uses the collets and pilots. Used it one time and put it away.

I second what Legionnaire said. I also use a small bench vise to hold the base of the trimmer.
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Old July 25, 2010, 01:41 PM   #11
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I have a couple Wilson case trimmers but do not use them. I think they are the best, but too slow for me.
I have lots of Wilson dies, but do not use them.

I do use the Wilson case mouth chamfering tool.
I do use the Wilson cartridge gauges.

#1 trimmer deal is to not trim, the Lee Collet neck die is the key.
#2 is to use the mill, and 3-way trimmer, and a Lee lock stud
#3 is to use a Forster case trimmer mounted vertically with a door knob handle.

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Old July 25, 2010, 03:38 PM   #12
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I have several Wilson case trimmers. I buy them when I can snag them at a good price and set them up permanently in my favorite calibers.

I also have a Gracey for doing volume but far prefer the Wilson
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Old August 27, 2010, 12:31 PM   #13
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I preferr Lee

I have Wilson, Forster and Lee, and prefer the Lee system above all, I get +/-0.0005" all of them.

They are all great tools, but I like Lee the best (cutter, holder and lock stud).
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Old August 27, 2010, 10:33 PM   #14
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I've tried a few different trimmers, but I'll go with the Wilson for most cases. It's faster (if you use the power adapter) and lets you use the best primer pocket crimp remover on earth (the Wilson primer pocket reamer) for milsurp brass. I use it for all my rifle loading.
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Old August 29, 2010, 05:52 PM   #15
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I bought the Giraud for volume. There is nothing like it. The Wilson/Sinclair setup is fine for low volume work, like hunting calibers.
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Old August 29, 2010, 06:04 PM   #16
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No vice needed. Just drill out two holes from the bottom of a 2" x 4" square tube aluminum to access the mounting screws. Secure it to the bench with two end screws. Solid, level and secure. Use the inside space to store shell holders.


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Old August 29, 2010, 08:29 PM   #17
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It is the best there is. I only used it for 6 PPC though. I use my Forster and my RCBS for everything else. The RCBS is good. The Forster is very, very, good.
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