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billt 02-07-2008 11:18 PM

My Giraud Power Case Trimmer Has Arrived!

This thing is really nice! The UPS man delivered it at noon sharp, and by 3:00 PM I had finished a 5 gallon pail full of brass, (.223). All of it trimmed to length, (1.765), and had a beautiful inside and outside chamfer. This tool is one of those investments you hate to spend the money on, but once you do you're glad as hell you did. It is a very well engineered tool, and will no doubt outlive me. Case trimming is about the most thankless, but necessary jobs associated with reloading. This makes it a snap. I highly recommend it over any other brand. When you look at what Lyman and RCBS change for theirs, there simply is no comparison. By all means if your considering a power case trimmer, this is for certain the one to get. Bill T.

billt 02-22-2008 12:17 PM

For anyone who is intrested, this is a cost breakdown for the 2,350 rounds I finished loading the other day. A fellow on another forum had asked me. The brass was mixed headstamp. CCI, Remington, Winchester, Lake City, S&B, and a few others I'm forgetting. This brass was obtained from on line sources on the web. I processed it all the same. First I resized and deprimed all of it with a RCBS Small Base Sizing Die. Then I processed all of the primer pockets on my Dillon 600 Super Swage, because some of them were military with crimped primer pockets. I then trimmed all of them to uniform length on my Giraud Powered Case Trimmer. After that they went into the tumbler for several hours and received a polish with ground corn cob and Dillon Rapid Polish added to the media. The final step was to run it through my Dillon and crimp with a Lee Factory Crimp Die. They turned out very good. I couldn't even imagine trying to trim 2,350 cases with a lesser tool than the Giraud Power Trimmer. It would have taken forever! My total investment in this batch of .223 was:

Brass---------$20.00 total. (It was free, but I paid the shipping).

Powder-------$65.00 for 8 pounds of AA 2230C. (25.0 Gr. per load X 2,350 = 58,750 Gr. 58,750 divided by 7,000 Grains per pound = 8.39 pounds of powder total.)

Primers-------$59.38 for 2,350 primers @ $25.00 per thousand.

Bullets-------$172.21 (2,350 Winchester 55 Gr. FMJBT from Midway)

Boxes--------$52.00 for 100 boxes and trays from Midway. (Actually $26.00 because I used only 47.)

Grand Total = $342.59

By comparison the 1,000 rounds of Remington UMC FMJ in .223 pictured above cost me $371.00 delivered from Natchez. Reloading can be extremely cost effective but you must find good scources, and buy in bulk. Here are 2 very good scources for brass, bullets, and powder.

Samhain 02-22-2008 01:45 PM

You know, I just can't bring myself to start reloading my ammo.
from what I understand, as you also stated above you need to buy in bulk.
then there is the time it takes to do the reloading. I have heard of making mistakes and rounds going off in the reloader and through there legs.....

I just find it easier to buy $100 worth of what I'm shooting,
(9mm, .40, .45, .38) and go to the range for a few hours.
Rather then spending $400 and the time to reload, for what I'm guessing would be 1000's of more rounds...

I'm not knocking you, don't get me wrong.... I'm sure someday I will start reloading too.

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