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Posted: 1/25/2009 9:18:10 AM EDT
Im new to reloading,  I understand that you need to trim you necks esp. with rifle brass.

I bought a LEE case trimmer and case length guage and shell holder.  I put it all together, and when I put a .223 brass piece in it and attempt to trim (Im doing this all by hand, no machines), the brass neck is about 1/8 inch away from the trimmer.

Is this Normal? If so, can these brass pieces actually grow that much, over the course of shooting them?  

So do just SOME need to be trimmed and SOME do not? Or should all of them need it after they have been shot and reloaded a few times?

Thanks, any help you guys can provide me would be great!  Eric
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:05:10 AM EDT
have you deprimed/resized the case before trying to trim?

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:23:53 AM EDT
And, because the stem screws into the cutter.....there is some adjustment.  If you got your caliper out.....measure.....to be sure.  Do some test cases and make adjustments......thread locker helps to "keep things right."

Aloha, Mark
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:11:24 AM EDT
Do you have calipers? What does that particular case measure? 1/8" sounds too short to me. I've had them .020"- .030" short and long but never that much.
Once you get it figured out, throw that case holder in a drill and sit down in front of the TV. I've trimmed lots of brass that way.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:30:41 AM EDT
When I first bought my Lee trimmer I had the same problem. I had to tighten the rod down with pliers with a piece of rubber in the jaws as I wasn't getting it tight enough by hand.
After that it trimmed at 1.752.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:52:30 AM EDT
Measure the case first.  Then go from there.  Use calipers.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:48:49 AM EDT
+1 to making sure the stem is screwed into the cutter. Its a tight fit. Mine trims right to

1.750. Must decap 1st.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 1:58:24 PM EDT
Like was mentioned before.  Use your calipers to see if the cases are longer than 1.760.  These are the cases to trim and the rest can be left alone.  Some people trim all their cases (OCD or match shooting), others only trim those that are longer than 1.760.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 4:13:13 PM EDT
Im a dip shit.

I did not have them deprimed,

Sorry for wasting your time guys, but I did say that Im new.

Thanks everyone for helping out a knucklehead.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 4:29:59 PM EDT
I have run into some surplus brass that has a primer flash hole so small the Lee Case trimmer won't work in them.  It has to go through the flash hole
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 5:57:50 PM EDT
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I have run into some surplus brass that has a primer flash hole so small the Lee Case trimmer won't work in them.  It has to go through the flash hole


I had that problem with some commercial cases, maybe from Cabela's.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:00:17 PM EDT
You're neither a dipshit nor a knucklehead; they wouldn't have asked questions!

PM me with any reloading questions; I'll be happy to help.

Ken
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 5:15:24 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 7:36:05 AM EDT
Quoted:
When I first bought my Lee trimmer I had the same problem. I had to tighten the rod down with pliers with a piece of rubber in the jaws as I wasn't getting it tight enough by hand.
After that it trimmed at 1.752.



Me too. At least with the 223 rod. The 308 rod screws in flush by hand.
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