View Full Version : Which Tumbler and trimmer?
Newbee reloader and I need a tumbler. Big gun shown this week end and wanted to know what to look for and price range. I will be reloading 9mm, 556, 38 special, and 30-06. Not large quanities, but want something that will last.
I am also looking for a trimmer for the rifle brass (223/5.56).
Sorry if this has been asked before.
I bought a RCBS Rocl Chucker and reloaded my first 20 30-06 and all I can say is wow. Took over an hour, but I was taking my time going over everything many times for each step did not even know how much time had gone by.
If you do a search on this you will find all kinds of information as to what brand lasts and which ones dont.
spend the $$ and buy the biggest tumbler dillon makes. i had one that i ABUSED for years - overloaded, ran all the time, etc. when it finally died, i called dillon and they replaced it with a new, updated model for $75!
i am also fond of the dillon case trimmer that mounts on a progressive press. basically, you set it up, then run the cases on your progressive press. i can trim about 1,000 cases per hour, easily.
if you are doing lower volumes, i like the rcbs trimmer. you can electrically trim and debur inside and outside case mouth at the same time.
I've got two Lyman Turbo Tumblers (1200 model).
One was bought in 1983. I've run the dog crap out of this one and it just keeps going.
A friend started reloading and decided that his time was worth more than the ammo, so, he gave me the second one.
Trimming brass. . . . . Lyman Drillpress adapter and a dedicated benchtop drillpress. Currently set up for 5.56x45mm NATO/.223.
Fast. Accurate, especially since the depth stop is now machined from forged aluminum instead of plastic!
Self emptying and vibrates the cases empty. No need for additional media separator.
If you want a tumbler that well last get one of these. They are not cheap. I have had mine for over 30 years Jack has two that has lasted just as long.
If you do not shoot a lot then my next choice would be the Dillon CV750.
The Wilson trimmer works great for me. The Sinclair mount makes it even easier to use. Power adapter available. A bargain to boot.
As for tumblers, I got a Midway tumbler (looks like a Lyman) when I first started in this game 20+ years ago. It was a good deal; but I figured if it failed, I would have learned more about what I needed and steped up to a "real" one. This Midway tumbler has lasted and lasted and lasted. It's the Energizer bunny of tumblers. Nothing fancy, but it does a very good job. I separate the brass from the media with Dillon separator. That's a bit clunky (I have one of the original huge tub ones); but it still does the job and holds lots of brass and media.
most years i have an opportunity to pick and process thousands of rounds of assorted brass. I cleaned many thousands in my old lyman 1200.
I upgraded to the largest dillon model. Takes up a little room, but i can do several hundred rounds to a whack depending on caliber. the seperator is handy for getting dirt and crud off freshly picked cases so it saves your media a little.
Thanks guys I found a Lyman 1200 at the big Tulsa gun show along with a hand priming tool, media, and a Lyman case trimmer. Now the fun starts on to reloading.
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