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Old November 7th, 2014, 05:47 AM   #1
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Worlds finast case trimmer

I have been thrashing around trying to get a bunch of Cases Prepped so I will have Ammo for Garrard"s upcoming Shake and Shoot.

I started with a Lee Press mounted hand trimmer and after 50 rounds my shoulder is finished. It takes in some cases (no pun) up to 70 turns to trim a 7.62x51 to size.

Needless to say it is JUNK!
I resorted to using a Lee Hand Trimmer chucked into a Drill with the cutter is a Vise. After twp batteries I am done trimming.

I want a better way to do this with less effort but I can't afford one of the Electric models. I was looking at the Hornady Cam Lock but I found this......

The worlds finest trimmer............How much do you Hate It?

http://www.littlecrowgunworks.com/wft.html

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Old November 7th, 2014, 05:57 AM   #2
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I almost ordered the Little Crow Trimmer after doing a lot of research on it. You can't beat it for the price. I mentioned to my Son in NY that I was going to buy it, and he Donated his Dillon 1200 to me. Because he lives in NY, he had to sell his AR10, and AR15 type rifles and no longer needed the trimmer.

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Old November 7th, 2014, 06:38 AM   #3
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I am leading towards the "Trim It" that comes in .223 and .308 for $97.50 and other caliber changes are like $15. It does not chamfer and deburr but.... Would very much appreciate it if you would buy one and let me know what you think :-)

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Everytime i look I see another trimmer. I have the WFT2 for 223, 308, and 300blk and I like it, but now that I see the trim it I must have it! Just for the micrometer alone will sell me on it

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Old November 7th, 2014, 07:54 AM   #5
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I am leading towards the "Trim It" that comes in .223 and .308 for $97.50 and other caliber changes are like $15. It does not chamfer and deburr but.... Would very much appreciate it if you would buy one and let me know what you think :-)
I like the "Trim it" also but I have an idea!

Maybe I should buy ajgray3's used Little Crow (at an attractive price) and he could put the $$$ toward a new Trim It and let us know if he likes it

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Old November 7th, 2014, 08:03 AM   #6
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I use the Little Crow Gun Works Trimmer and it is terrific. Cuts down on prep time and doesn't break the bank or wear out your hands. It does not chamfer, but either do the hand cranked ones. I was very impressed with mine.

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I have the WFT in .223 and .308. I also used the lee trimmer prior to getting the WFT.

My honest take (full disclosure, I'm an engineer)
The good
The trimmer works very well and is fast. Fast is what I wanted.
It seems to trim to +\-.001" which is plenty good. Consistency is partly up to user as it can vary slightly by how much pressure is used pushing case in. I have tool mounted in drill press. I push case up into it with same upwards pressure and when it stops cutting I turn case 1/4 turn before pulling it out. I'd say I get all cases trimmed with no more than .001" difference between them.
I use a good trimmed case to set it up set screws adjust depth.

The bad,
It's really not bad but you should know.
After about 500 cases, I had worn the cutter teeth and the cutter needed replacement. It is simply a HSS 3/8" end mill. My neighbor is machinist and I got a new one made from cobalt not high speed steel. Should last longer. But the cutter is not expensive.
And you need to dump chips out if it every 100 cases. Just shake them out.

I still like it a lot and see no need to change to anything else.


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I like the "Trim it" also but I have an idea!

Maybe I should buy ajgray3's used Little Crow (at an attractive price) and he could put the $$$ toward a new Trim It and let us know if he likes it
Great idea! Actually he might as well get the New "Trim-It II" that comes in .308, 30-06, and .223 chamfers and deburrs for $197.50 http://www.eztrimit.com
As long as we are spending his money I see no reason to cheap out :-)

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I like the "Trim it" also but I have an idea!

Maybe I should buy ajgray3's used Little Crow (at an attractive price) and he could put the $$$ toward a new Trim It and let us know if he likes it
hahahaha but what if i don't like it?? then I'm gonna have to buy another Little Crow! In all honesty, I wouldn't buy another unless it has failed me. I even let a buddy of mine trim his blk out brass with it, which I seldomly loan out tools.

whichever one you choose( little crow) you will be happy. I couldn't see myself buying a giraud or gracey and watching it sit around not being used daily

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Old November 7th, 2014, 08:19 AM   #10
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For 90 bucks plus shipping you can get one of these:

http://www.giraudtool.com/Tri%20Way%20Trimmer.htm

It trims and inside/outside chamfers all in one operation. I recently bought one and can confirm that they work great. I believe it's essentially the same tool as the Giraud power trimmer except that you provide the motor.

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Old November 7th, 2014, 09:14 AM   #11
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I use the CTS trimmer. I've trimmed around 2k of 7.62 brass with it and I'm happy with it.

http://www.ctstrimmer.com/case-trimm...s-trimmer.html

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I use the trim it. I chamfer and debur by hand.
The trim it is a really good trimmer. cases are +1 .001 .002 difference with each other. Not bad at all.
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Old November 7th, 2014, 09:23 AM   #13
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Just to keep pushing you along...

I have the Wilson Stainless Micrometer trimmer. Its main advantage over all the others mentioned here is that the length is indexed off the head of the case, not the shoulder, so you have an accurate length whether you trim first or size first.

The Wilson uses a barrel type case holder that aligns the case mouth with the cutting blade to ensure that the trim is square with the case.

You can buy the stripped down model (no micrometer and no stand) for less than $70, but you'll also need a case holder for $12 and make yourself a stand to hold the trimmer.

Buying it with the Sinclair stand for $109 and you'll also get a clamp that holds the case holder to the trimmer's bed. (highly recommended).

For $149, you can get the whole shebang and Wilson Micrometer too. You'll need to set up the trimmer for proper length using calipers, but once set up, the micrometer makes it very simple to adjust the length.

Another $70 will get you a carbide cutter from Sinclair with a much nicer handle. The carbide cutter shows no sign of dulling after trimming thousands of cases.

I went the whole shebang route (include carbide cutter upgrade) and bought two case holders: one for new/resized cases and one for fired (before resizing) cases, I rarely use the fired brass holder.

http://www.brownells.com/reloading/c...prod39291.aspx

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I have a little crow, it's a great trimmer. Only thing I don't like is that it throws brass shavings everywhere. I modified a loose fitting scope cap over mine so that it deflects the brass shavings into a smaller area.

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Old November 7th, 2014, 11:03 AM   #15
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Wow! Now I have Choices!
One thing is for sure whatever one I decide to let my Wife Buy me for Christmas it will be one I can use with a Drill or Better yet a small elic motor!

It never really sank in how much the M1A can stretch a Case even on one firing!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +++++++
As an aside I have a bunch of Commercial cases with more loadings and trimmings than I will admit on here. OK Some over 6+.

When the Brass Thieves are around I will throw them on the Range Floor before I go walk down to check the 200 yard Targets.
That will teach them to P/U other Peoples Brass.

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