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Old 04-25-2018, 9:25 PM
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Default Case prep centers, what works? ( i searched)

Other than finding some prep centers for sale, a search here didn't help. On Midway and the various sites, Amazon, etc, reviews vary wildly for every product. Five and one star reviews for everything, and its not just one or two bad ones.

Looking to do 100 or so rifle brass at a time without the hassle of hand held primer pocket scrapers, chamfers, etc. mostly for my precision 308 bolt gun, but likely for other reloading if its handy.

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I have one made by Frankford Arsenal that works great.


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i have the FA prep center as well but i did upgrade the cutter with an RCBS carbide for quicker trimming. takes about 5-6 seconds to trim, deburr, chamfer and remove any crimp for each 223 casing. Tried the lyman hand crank and also with the drill attachment, also tried the worlds finest trimmer which is was fast as hell but didn't chamfer or deburr so having to handle the brass twice was too much work. I'd like to try the giraud 3 way trimmer but its too expensive for each caliber to have to buy separately.
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I will second the Frankford Arsenal prep Center. I have had it for a couple of years now, and it has served me well. Not to mention save my hands.
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Other than finding some prep centers for sale, a search here didn't help. On Midway and the various sites, Amazon, etc, reviews vary wildly for every product. Five and one star reviews for everything, and its not just one or two bad ones.

Looking to do 100 or so rifle brass at a time without the hassle of hand held primer pocket scrapers, chamfers, etc. mostly for my precision 308 bolt gun, but likely for other reloading if its handy.

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Have never bothered to clean the primer pocket even though I have the RCBS tool for that

Don't bother with a prep center just buy the Giraud trimmer.

Here - http://www.giraudtool.com/prod02.htm
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I have the Lyman unit and like it very much.
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Old 04-26-2018, 7:54 AM
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Bought a Lyman on sale at Cabela's on one of their 10% off days with 20% off gift cards and am happy with it. Buddy's got one too that hasn't had any issues for the last 3 years either.
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Trim, debur, and chamfer, are part of your prep and for this I'd strongly recommend a Giraud trimmer.

As for scraping the primer pockets, many reloaders will just wet tumble with stainless steel pins (myself included) to achieve clean primer pockets. Otherwise, those that dry tumble state they don't see a difference. The consistency of the flash hole size (and being centered) is much more important hence the need for quality brass.
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Happy with my Lyman, but I use RCBS primer pocket brushes with it. I find the wire brush on the RCBS work better than the Lyman.
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Another vote for the Lyman, I also use it to power my lymen ez trim when I trim my brass
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Trim, debur, and chamfer, are part of your prep and for this I'd strongly recommend a Giraud trimmer.

As for scraping the primer pockets, many reloaders will just wet tumble with stainless steel pins (myself included) to achieve clean primer pockets. Otherwise, those that dry tumble state they don't see a difference. The consistency of the flash hole size (and being centered) is much more important hence the need for quality brass.
It's lapua and Peterson, separated of course, but it's good brass.
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I have the f/a it works well. It's the 5 station I think and does not trim. I used it for crimp removal, pocket cleaner, debur. I quit using it for crimp, for that I use the dillon now. The dillion seemed to be more uniform, the rotating crimp removal can eat up to much pocket if not careful. Thinking of getting the three stage auto trimmer. Outside of trimming I think all are the same, the tool goes round and round, so I think it's the tool that is important.
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Honestly, for precision 308, I use a lee trimmer with the drill attachment, then a drill attached flash hole deburring tool, then switch to manual primer pocket cleaner. Itís a pain in the *** and takes a while, but it gives me multiple chances to inspect brass without really having to sit and stare at it.


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I have several different hand ones .
I use the RCBS since I got it a few years ago .
I picked it because it had good reviews at time , was in stock and I
liked the stand up / interchangeable case brushes .
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i have the FA prep center as well but i did upgrade the cutter with an RCBS carbide for quicker trimming. takes about 5-6 seconds to trim, deburr, chamfer and remove any crimp for each 223 casing. Tried the lyman hand crank and also with the drill attachment, also tried the worlds finest trimmer which is was fast as hell but didn't chamfer or deburr so having to handle the brass twice was too much work. I'd like to try the giraud 3 way trimmer but its too expensive for each caliber to have to buy separately.
Did you notice a difference with the upgraded cutter? I thought about changing it
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You have that trimzit motor. You should see what they have for it. A case prep station adapter. Call me tomorrow bud.
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Old 04-27-2018, 9:30 PM
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I have the Hornady Prep Center with RCBS 3 way cutters upgrade.
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You have that trimzit motor. You should see what they have for it. A case prep station adapter. Call me tomorrow bud.
It's been a while since I remember using it but if I can point out one thing I think it trims to length a few seconds quicker. I need to run them both the same day to tell for sure.
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I have the Lymann and it works great and I am happy with it. When I watched videos of both units, I noticed that the Lymann had less "run-out" than the Franklin. The tool heads didn't wobble as much while spinning. Ans yes, The RCBS primer pocket cleaner (with brushes)works better than the Lymann.

My buddy has the Franklin and he says he likes his. I didn't need the case trimmer as I use the Dillon power trimmer. With the Dillon, I de-prime first. The vacuum attachment seems to pull the shaving out more efficiently with a hole in the middle for airflow. Then I size and trim at the same time. It takes about a second or two to trim. The vacuum attachment cleans the shavings as you work(although a noisy process).
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Get a Sinclair International catalog a battery powered drill and some spare batteries. Nothing beats quality tools so get everything in carbide.
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I am happy with the Rcbs [ base model ] and added other
heads / attachments .
The only thing I would buy besides the unit is a few extra
case brushes . I used to buy in the open box bin , but now
I just get them off ebay .
FYI - I remove the attachments , make 2 pieces of paper to fit ,
back tape one and stick to other one [ sticky side of tape up ]
I will do at least a hundred cases at a time [ usually a lot more ]
and the take picks up the brunt powder and brass shavings .
I tried mounting the prep center on it's side . I prefer the tape .
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I just looked into that frankford arsenal unit and Iím impressed. Seems like it would take the most time consuming part of case prep and make it much easier and quicker.


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I have a lyman 3-port gig I really like.

I put it on the bench in front of my lathe, and chuck a WFTII in the lathe. Buzzzzzz....buzz, buzz, buzz and I am trimmed, chamfered, deburred and squeaky clean primer pocket, about 4 seconds per piece. Even better when the right hand does the trim and left does the prep center work.
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I know you're looking for a center here, but I'll add my vote to Lynn's recommendation; IMO nothing beats good carbide tools and a small battery-powered drill or screwdriver.

Also, a PSA: I see a lot of those new to the game look at powered solutions because they're chamfering and deburring to the point that the case neck could be used as a leather punch, so...well, avoid that, really.
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RCBS consistently trims to the same length.

I will spend a bit more to save time. While I am trimming, I can also deburr and clean primer pockets.

I am happy with mine

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Another vote for the Lyman Case Prep Center. The best part about it is that is is not too loud. In fact, it's rather quiet compared to any of the others. The only downside is that it is a little big, as it takes up a nice chunk of space on a small reloading bench. But if you have a larger bench it wouldn't be a problem. I also just bought a Giraud with setups for about 5 different calibers. It definitely wasn't cheap, but it will make trimming a lot more enjoyable that using that old RCBS hand crank.
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