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#6235619 - 03/24/16 04:38 PM Need Trimmer Recommendations
Mickey Moose Offline
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Registered: 02/05/12
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Being new to reloading I am buying up equipment. At this point I'm looking for trimmer recommendations. Reloading...

* 223 Rem (semi)
* 308 Win (lever)
* 300 WM (bolt)

With each I do some target shooting but they are primarily for hunting. With the 300 I hope to soon start shooting some "long" range.

Though trim dies aren't appealing, nor is anything handheld or motorized (whether it's a "brass prep station" or chucked in a drill motor) I am willing to consider all options. I have my eye on a Sinclair-L.E. Wilson Stainless Ultimate.

It would be great if you would also convey experiences with tools that you have used but *don't* prefer so I can have basis of comparison among opinions.

Many thanks,
Mickey
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#6235635 - 03/24/16 04:57 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
RiverRider Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6227
Loc: Wise Co.
I think trimming is high on the list of most hated chores. The right equipment can take a lot of the pain out of it.

A few things to consider before selecting something: how much are you willing to spend, how much you shoot and reload, how you feel about spending time trimming, maybe a few other considerations too.

For me, the motorized RCBS system is the ticket, and that's because I gather a lot of fired brass before I prep it, so many times I'll be faced with processing 500 cases at a time...sometimes more. If you're going to load twenty rounds, shoot, and then reload the same twenty cases the next week or several weeks down the road then using a hand-cranked trimmer isn't so bad.

Some guys like the other systems that are really, really fast but they're often for one caliber only and pretty expensive. Unless your bank accounts overflowing you might not want to buy one for every cartridge you're loading.

There is a new product on the market from Frankford Arsenal and it's really reasonably priced. Not many here have tried them that I know of, but the few I know who have bought it do love it. Check it out here.
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#6235645 - 03/24/16 05:06 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: RiverRider]
FiremanJG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Since I've used a friend's Giraud Trimmer, nothing else will be satisfactory. 500 pieces of .22-250 trimmed, chambered, deburred in 1 hour.

The price tag is steep, but I hate trimming that badly.
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#6235653 - 03/24/16 05:17 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
jeff1383 Offline
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Registered: 05/19/11
Posts: 873
Loc: Frisco
Trim it 2

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#6235693 - 03/24/16 05:57 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: FiremanJG]
Judd Offline


Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 10762
Loc: Sachse, TX
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Since I've used a friend's Giraud Trimmer, nothing else will be satisfactory. 500 pieces of .22-250 trimmed, chambered, deburred in 1 hour.

The price tag is steep, but I hate trimming that badly.


Buy once, cry once.

I have a Hornady and I hate it but the Giraud is on my list. I just need to suck up and do it but I keep thinking I'll find a used one. There is a reason I rarely see them though wink
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#6235743 - 03/24/16 06:42 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Judd]
Mickey Moose Offline
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Registered: 02/05/12
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Maybe the generosity of FiremanJG's friend will be extended you and me, Judd. I'd throw in a few dollars here and there.

Seriously though, the cost is not a factor but I'm not spending Giraud money - overkill/excessive for my use, ability, desire.
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#6235752 - 03/24/16 06:48 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 4878
Loc: Central Texas
I use the non-powered version of the RCBS Trim Pro. I added the upgraded head that trims, deburrs, and chamfers and I'm quite happy. It'd be nice to have the power head, but so far I've beaten down the impulse to buy.

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#6235822 - 03/24/16 07:34 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 9433
Loc: Lewisville, TX
For sure, trimming cases is the worst part of reloading, but a necessity. A Giraurd case trimmer is one of the most awesome tools I have for reloading. It is well worth the cost to me. Before that, I used to a simple lathe trimmer, and had an attachment hooked up to my cordless drill. The drill made it less painful, but was still a chore. If you do not do many cases, the lathe style trimmers will work fine.
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#6235870 - 03/24/16 08:24 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
Mickey Moose Offline
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Registered: 02/05/12
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I don't shoot a whole lot. Pulling numbers out of the ether, maybe 1000 223, 100 308, and (currently) maybe 100 300... each of those are per year. I expect some some increase in 223 and 300 (due to wanting to do some long range) but not 308. Maybe those numbers are way off and I should simply say my volume is low. Being very forthright, buying reloading is probably a complete loss for me even with low end equipment (which I haven't necessarily bought).
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#6235908 - 03/24/16 09:00 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
GLC Offline


Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4117
Loc: Burleson Texas
I use a battery powered drill as a holder.
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#6235927 - 03/24/16 09:12 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
Txhillbilly Offline
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Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 443
Loc: Johnson County
For decades,I trimmed all of my cases with the Lee style case trimmers and a hand drill. For some calibers,I still use them. Then I stepped up to the Little Crow Gun Works WFT trimmers,and they work great.
If the Giraurd and Trim It II had been on the market back then,I'd own one of them. I just can't see investing anymore money in tools that I already own just to save a little time now. If you trim a lot of cases,these are the way to go!

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#6236155 - 03/25/16 08:06 AM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
AT11 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 31
Loc: Rockdale, Tx
I use a Lyman power trimmer and it works pretty good. I may upgrade to the Giraud one day but haven't because of price. Trimming is without a doubt the worst part of reloading for me. For some reason I just don't look forward to the trimming, never have liked it.


Edited by AT11 (03/25/16 08:09 AM)

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#6236169 - 03/25/16 08:27 AM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
APynckel Offline
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Registered: 01/14/13
Posts: 115
Loc: Houston Tx
I am a huge fan of the "worlds finest trimmers". They're caliber specific, but incredibly hard to beat (esp at their price).

https://littlecrowgunworks.com/product/worlds-finest-trimmer-wft/

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#6236986 - 03/25/16 10:21 PM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
Murphscout Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 1504
Loc: Marble Falls, TX
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#6237170 - 03/26/16 08:54 AM Re: Need Trimmer Recommendations [Re: Mickey Moose]
Korean Redneck Offline


Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2277
Loc: Houston
I have the WFT as well. The only problem with the latest version with the interchangeable bushing is that the shank is large enough that it will not fit on a regular power drill.

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