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Old 10-27-2009, 06:26 AM
fischfam fischfam is offline
 
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I am a pistol reloader at least for now. I bought a Lee .30-06, Deluxe 3 Die set and I am on the prowl for some IMR powder and LR primers. Since I have never reloaded rifle ammo my understanding is that I will need a case trimmer to make the brass the correct length. Since this load is the only one I will need to do this for, what is a decent inexpensive case trimmer and do I really need one. Thanks,
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:58 AM
Tim the student Tim the student is offline
 
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First off, I am a pretty new reloader, not an old guy that has been doing this for 40 years but....

I have an old RCBS model I got off ebay for about $25 bucks, which included some other parts I would need like collets and pilots.

I would look for a used one personally, of any brand. As I understand it, just like dies, no one makes a bad product, just that some make better products.

Yes, you really need one. I bet your brass is close to being over length now, if it is not over. Measure it and see.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:10 AM
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I've been using a Forster case trimmer. It's a little tedious but if you're not doing a lot of cases, they work just fine. I trim cases everytime before reloading them. You'll also need a deburring tool to clean up the case mouth after you trim.

+1 on finding reloading items on eBay. Sometimes you get lucky and pick up something for a good price.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:33 AM
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Fishfam
I use the lee trimmer and a portable drill, it is easy to use and cheap.
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=459337
along with
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=476992
And for chamfering and deburring,
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=789334

Dave
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:44 AM
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I agree with Dave. The Lee trimmer is very reasonably priced. The only thing is it's laboriously slow and tedious.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:25 AM
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Lyman makes a sturdy hand crank trimmer that has a universal shell holder but requires pilots of the correct caliber. It is tedious to hand trim but it gets the job done.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:53 AM
fischfam fischfam is offline
 
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Fishfam
I use the lee trimmer and a portable drill, it is easy to use and cheap.
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=459337
along with
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=476992
And for chamfering and deburring,
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=789334

Dave
Dave,
This is exactly what I am looking for since i am only planning on loading small amounts to start with. They are ordered and already on their way!
Thanks,
Cliff
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:57 AM
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I agree with Dave. The Lee trimmer is very reasonably priced. The only thing is it's laboriously slow and tedious.
Put the cutter in a cordless drill and the process is quick and neat. I find it easier and faster than my crank sizer which I rarely use anymore since buying lee stuff for almost everything I load.

Larry
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:00 AM
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I am a pistol reloader at least for now. I bought a Lee .30-06, Deluxe 3 Die set and I am on the prowl for some IMR powder and LR primers. Since I have never reloaded rifle ammo my understanding is that I will need a case trimmer to make the brass the correct length. Since this load is the only one I will need to do this for, what is a decent inexpensive case trimmer and do I really need one. Thanks,
You'll need a few more tools than a case trimmer and dies to properly reload for a Garand:

Case gage, primer pocket uniformer at a minimum.

Larry
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:51 PM
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Fischfam I just started,got equipment and pondered lathe type. Started with the Lee system. Foolproof and simple. Can always move up to other trimmers. I take my time and don,t get in a hurry. Good luck. J.K.
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