Cutting cases to reduce length

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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by opencountry » Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:15 pm

bushwacker2 wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:46 pm
Never had much of a problem, use a regular bench mounted case trimmer, replaced the screw holding the crank handle with a hex shaft with the same thread, then use a hand drill to turn the cutter.
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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by mdeland » Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:33 pm

The cool thing with the Forester and perhaps Wilson is you can hook it up to a power driver with a flex shaft and have a motorized case trimmer. Oooops, I see that has already been mentioned!

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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by ndnchf » Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:38 am

I use the little HF chop saw too, I find it works very well. I make little fixtures from hex stock to hold the case. This results in a very consistent case length. I made a short video showing it.

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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by opencountry » Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:15 pm

That HF chop saw is a tool I gotta buy; great idea, Steve!

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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by Kenny Wasserburger » Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:02 am

Well done Steve that’s a awesome idea.


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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by Kurt » Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:54 am

I haven't found anything that will trim a case down better than this little HF cutoff saw. It has a very fast RPM to make a clean cut and I have used this saw for cutting brass bar stock 1/2" thick and I still use the same blade. They have gone up in price since I got mine.
I would suggest making a wood block like I have in the picture with round bottom like in the picture or a V that I have changed to and using now.
Just clamp the block in it's vise but square the case taper with the blade so you make a square cut. I use the end of the block as a length guide putting the rim tight and make the cut.
I would get a spare belt and blade while you can. I have not wore one out yet and it has done a lot of work.

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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by Glen Ring » Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:45 am

Now that is a tool I need to buy!! I inherited a couple thousand Starline 357 cases and was thinking of a good way to trim them down for 38 cases. Maybe this will work.
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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by opencountry » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:24 pm

Thank you, both of you, all of you, for your methods of trimming cases. I’m on my way soon to HF to search.

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Re: Cutting cases to reduce length

Post by MSalyards » Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:38 pm

I've been using one to cut brass bands for my waterfowl calls for prolly 10-12 years.

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