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Case Prep & Trimming

Case Prep & Trimming

Good case preparation is one of the keys to manufacturing quality ammunition at your loading bench. Using the best case prep tools for your application will likely improve the quality of your finished ammo in terms of appearance, accuracy and longevity. 

There are tools for each job of the reloading process and some are unique to each caliber you reload. Some of the tools are combined into multi tools or case prep centers, some tools are powered by electricity while others are simple hand tools. Your selection of case prep tools will depend on your objectives for reloading and your budget. We encourage you to spend more on your tools in your initial investment, tools pay for themselves.

If you're loading for extreme accuracy then you may want to choose hand tools over electric case prep tools in order to achieve a more uniform application of the tooling. If your loading a bunch of handgun plinking rounds and trying to save some money while practicing with your weapon then an automatic case prep center may help you achieve your goals and save a lot of time. If your a casual shooter that enjoys reloading your own hunting rounds then every attention to the detail of your cartridge counts and more gauges and tools will improve the potential of your ammunition. Long range shooters and hunters will also benefit from higher quality trimming tools and may also consider neck turning and concentricity gauges as an additional item to add to your case preparation routine.

Case Trimming Tools

There are a lot of ways to trim your cases. We recommend to always have 2 ways to trim your cases available. The first is a manual trimmer that uses your press shell holder to drive your case towards a cutter. This type of trimmer is more accurate but usually does not chamfer or deburr the price will it trims. The other type is automatic trimmer. There are several types of automatic case trimmers available. Some case trimmers are mounted in your press and some are individual stand alone units. We recommend purchasing a stand alone unit simply to keep metal shaving away from your press however, the press mounted case trimming solutions work well and if you're on economy we recommend them.

Case Prep Centers

Case prep centers are a wonderful thing if you're working with any kind of volume or reloading several different calibers. Case prep centers typically have a variety of stations that rotate different tools. The tools will do lots of jobs including cleaning your primer pockets, deburr and chamfer your case neck opening, uniforming primer pockets, removing military prime crimps, cleaning the case neck with a brush and other jobs. If your goals are to load precision long range cartridges then you might probably consider hand tools instead of a case prep center because your volume will be lower and hand case trimming tools will offer you an advantage in precision.

Case Prep Tools

Manual case preparation tools are a necessity. We recommend having a set of hand tools for case prep even if you purchase a case prep center. 

Case Dryers

Lots of choices for case dryers. You can either figure out a way with materials around your house or if you prefer to keep it tidy and buy equipment for this then that is a good solution too. 

Case Tumblers

A very important and perhaps time consuming step to your reloading process is cleaning your brass cartridges. Our reloading process, if using fired brass, requires 2 cleaning cycles which takes hours for each cycle but the finished product is better than new in appearance. There are several approaches to cleaning your brass for reloading and they all work good. Method one is dry media tumbling, method 2 is wet media tumbling and method 3 is ultrasonic cleaning. There may be other methods not listed but these are the main methods. Each method works well.

Media Separators

After your tumbling process your media will need to be separated from the cases. Typically, this is done in a tumbler.

Bullet Pullers

Well, nobody is perfect and nobody wants to toss their mistakes so a bullet puller is a good idea. If you screw up a batch of ammunition some how, you can easily remove the bullet, reuse the brass and powder and perhaps use the bullet for barrel fouling or plinking instead of it's original intent.

Case Lubricants

Very important to use good quality case lubes, follow the manufacturer's directions and to have several types of lube on hand.