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I recently got an opportunity to work with a family friend doing reloading. He has shown me quite a lot... However, he does mostly precision shooting and has very little experience , equipment or desire to try and speed up the process. He also does not reload for .223/5.56. Which is what I am loading for now.

 

I am thinking about getting one of the following case prep system.

 

Option 1 is $99 Auto Lyman case prep and a $124 RCBS Manual case trimmer

Option 2 is $319 Hornady case prep and trimmer in one.

 

What percentage of cases need to be trimmed?

Is the Manual case trimmer a hassle.

I'd like to be reloading upwards of 500rounds per month.

Eventually I'd like to be loading .45ACP, .38/357, and perhaps 9mm if I can do it for less then 0.25 per round.

 

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You really dont have to trim handgun brass at all. ever. In your case you really only have to worry about the .223 brass..

 

I just came across the RCBS X-Dies. Supposedly you do a full length resize of your brass once. Then trim it to .020" under the maximum OAL and you never have to trim the brass again. The die actually limits the growth of the case on resizing if set up properly.

 

I am probably going to order a .308 and .223 one later this week.

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I was at Cabela's and was talking about case trimming.  I've loaded handgun for quite some time but never really loaded rifle calibers.

 

I was going to buy something like the RCBS but he suggested the Lee trimmers.  For the price, it's great.  Get one of each for each caliber.  Of course, you'll need a drill to do these quickly.  It's not as fast as some other solutions out there but it's fast enough for me.

 

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/107333/lee-case-length-gage-and-shellholder-223-remington

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/476992/lee-case-trimmer-cutter-and-lock-stud

 

Below is a video on how to use it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIU7SoocY6Y

 

For high speed, you'll probably want the Little Crow or something that works inline with your progressive press.

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http://www.lewilson.com/casegage.html

 

http://www.lewilson.com/casetrimmer.html

 

L E Wilson Best stuff on the market and you'll have them a lifetime.

 

Measure each case with the gage. Maybe trim maybe not.

 

Depends on your chamber and the load.

 

If you need to trim, trim to minimum.

 

And the manual cutter REALLY cuts.

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I own the LE Wilson setup. I found it to be slow and cumbersome. I never really used it because I inherited it.

 

I now use the Lee setup. It is so cheap I should buy spares. I usually measure all my brass and seperate as too long and OK. I use the cheapo HF digital caliper. Then I chock the cutter in a hand drill and buzz through the brass.

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I own the LE Wilson setup. I found it to be slow and cumbersome. I never really used it because I inherited it.

 

I now use the Lee setup. It is so cheap I should buy spares. I usually measure all my brass and seperate as too long and OK. I use the cheapo HF digital caliper. Then I chock the cutter in a hand drill and buzz through the brass.

Sorry can't get an accurate case measurement with calipers. OAL consists of two measurements.

Datum line to case mouth and datum line to case head.

 

A gage such as the LE Wilson is required.

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With a giruad, you are int eh minors? You have a funny definition of minors.

I was just comparing to Midwest-PX awesome setup. Giraud tool is fantastic and I love it.

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