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joebiosolid

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Since there is such a vast array of different types of trimmers out there, I am interested in knowing what the forum members use for their wildcat casing needs, since many of the calibers we are using have to be made from existing 223 brass.  I'm reloading 277 wolverine and am in the process of making 7.62x40 brass, and I have to admit I'm somewhat frustrated with the WCT. 

I've been reloading for awhile but just recently have gotten into rifle calibers so I don't have much experience in case trimmers.
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I use a forster classic, hornady trimmer and i use a dillon rt1200 on the press for some calibers.

I like the forster because i can trim and neck ream at same time if i want to. i had to get the hornady to trim my 500 wtf cause the forster only went to 45 cal.

by far the simplest is the rt1200 but it also is by far the most expensive and to use on wildcats you have to have the custom trim dies so pretty much rules it out for most people.

the wct type trimmers in my opinion are not meant for converting and cutting a lot of brass off each case. they are more for maintaining length. nothing wrong with them if used for the purpose they were intended.

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I've used Hornady, Forester, and most recently - RCBS's Power Trim Master.  I use the RCBS more than all others combined now - especially for processing bunches of brass.  I use the 3-way cutters with trim to length, inside, and outside deburr.  I do trim many 1,000s of cases a year, so that extra convenience is worth it to me.
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I use a forster classic, hornady trimmer and i use a dillon rt1200 on the press for some calibers.

I like the forster because i can trim and neck ream at same time if i want to. i had to get the hornady to trim my 500 wtf cause the forster only went to 45 cal.

by far the simplest is the rt1200 but it also is by far the most expensive and to use on wildcats you have to have the custom trim dies so pretty much rules it out for most people.

the wct type trimmers in my opinion are not meant for converting and cutting a lot of brass off each case. they are more for maintaining length. nothing wrong with them if used for the purpose they were intended.


What would you suggest for converting 223 brass to the various calibers that are based on this casing?
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i use my forster for most of them, i did buy a couple custom trim dies for my dillon for a couple of the more used ones.   i use the forster with a drill it speeds up the process.
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I have the WFT - Original version, for x40.  Have done around 600 cases so far, its working well for me.

The version 2 WFT with switchable inserts may suit your needs for multiple calibers.
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Ok, thanks for the information gentlemen,  I've been looking at the WFT and i can also see a Forster trimmer in my future.
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I use a Redding on the bench, for large quantities I use my Giraud unit.
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I use either an older Lyman universal trimmer or a Wilson micrometer trimmer, the Wilson needs a cartridge specific case holder but they are not too costly.
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I have the WFT - Original version, for x40.  Have done around 600 cases so far, its working well for me.

The version 2 WFT with switchable inserts may suit your needs for multiple calibers.

I use WFT for a couple different calibers. I bought the original for each caliber rather than the WFT 2 with inserts. It cost a little more, but it is easier. I HATE the idea of having to reset the whole thing every time I change inserts. This way, I set each one up once, and I never have to mess with it again. Pick it up, put it in the drill and double check the length of the first few pieces.

Also, I set my drill pointing up inside of a Tupperware type container to catch the flying brass shavings. I then use a rubber coated wire twist to hold the trigger down so the drill stays on continuously. I set the speed to about 10 or 12 and it works great. I always wear safety glasses just to be safe. Those brass shavings are nasty
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I went ahead and purchased the WFT trimmer.  Tried it with my power drill and works fine.  Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
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