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    Grandmaster VERT's Avatar

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    Equipment - Case Prep

    Setting up to start reloading .223 & .308. I have not yet purchased any tools for Trimming/Chamfering or Swagging/Reaming primer pockets. Looking for suggestions to get setup correctly keeping in mind price and handling time. For example I donít think I will spend $400 on a Dillon trimmer.

    Space on my bench is limited but available.

    Press: Dillon 550b
    * I do have a couple nice drills that I can devote to the task if that is part of the solution.

    1) Frankford Arsenal Platinum case prep center. Looks like it will trim cases. Also takes other tools so I should be able to us FA or Lyman bits to ream primer pockets.

    2) I see a swagger that replaces the primer feed on the 550 press. Gets good reviews but will void the Dillon warranty. Basically I can size or universal deprime then swag in station 1. Which leads to 3:

    3) Lee trim die and trimmer in a drill. It should fit in station 3 on the press. My concern is the mess it will leave on the shell plate. I can not find any feed back on people using this with a 550. I am not against purchasing a small Lee C press if this is the way to go.

    4) some type of Lyman or Hornady trimmer.

    4) Lyman hand tools to prep the primer pockets and chamfer. That I use with a trim option.
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    Grandmaster gregkl's Avatar

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    I am going to start reloading .223 also and need some "stuff" so I'll subscribe and see what happens.
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    Master d.kaufman's Avatar

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    For trimming I use the lee case length gauge and a drill. I can trim to length, debut, and chamfered all in 1step. I do want to make a rig that holds my drill secure however. Just haven't gotten around to that yet. I tend to only reload in the winter but do my trimming in the summer while sitting out on the patio. I just use old shirts/towels to catch the trimmings while I do it. Works well enough for me. I probably only shoot 2k 223 and maybe 500 rounds of 308 a year so this may not be the most efficient way if you're looking to resize any more than that per year

    Primer pockets I just do by hand with a lee primer pocket tool.

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    Expert bocefus78's Avatar

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    I resize and deprime in the reloading room. Then I clamp my drill in a vice and use a worlds finest trimmer. I Do this in the garage as it flings brass shavings. Get in the groove and you can trim 1k in a little over an hour.

    Chamfer and such on a lyman case prep machine if needed.

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    I use WFT trimmers and the Lyman case prep center. To qualify, I'm relatively new to rifle case prep.
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    Marksman DadSmith's Avatar

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    I have the Frankford Arsenal Platinum case prep center.
    Works great.
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    Kind of a Weirdo Wolfhound's Avatar

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    I will second JHB's recommendation for the Little Crow Worlds Finest Trimmer in .223. Good stuff.
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    Grandmaster red_zr24x4's Avatar

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    I size and deprime on a RCBS Rockchucker
    Then I trim and do the chamfers.
    Posting from my phone, so its difficult to link but search in this section for the poor mans Girdaul trimmer, I copied his idea and it works great
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    Grandmaster VERT's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfhound View Post
    I will second JHB's recommendation for the Little Crow Worlds Finest Trimmer in .223. Good stuff.
    I have heard the Little Crow trimmer is good. But at $75 a pop that could get expensive if I add a third cartridge. Not out of the question, but dang.

    I have been eyeballing the Dillon swagger.

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