Do You Use The Lee Lock Stud Cutter

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by gandog56, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. gandog56

    gandog56 Member

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    ...........to trim your cases? Did you know that Midway has 31 calibers of the case length gauges that Lee does not list on their website?

    Well I was looking through my Midway catalog at their Lee case length gauges for the lock stud cutter, and saw that there were 31 calibers that Midway had marked as "Midway exclusive". I guess they had Lee run them off a bunch of off the wall calibers that Lee doesn't think there is enough demand to offer all the time.

    They have them for 5.7X28mm, 7.62X25, .32 ACP, .32 S&W, .32 H&R Mag, 357 SIG, .45 S&W Schofield, 50 AE, 6mm BR, .257 WBY Mag, 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Rem Mag, 300 Whisper, 300 RSAUM, 30.378 WBY, .32 WIN Spl, 8X56R, 338 Marlin Express, 338-06 A Square, 338 Rem Ultramag, 350 Rem Mag, 9.3X62, .75 Ruger, 416 Rigby, 38-40 WCF, 405 Win, 450 Bushmaster, 450 Marlin, 577-450, 458 SOCOM, and 458 Lott.
     
  2. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I do use the Lee.
    Thanks for the heads up!
     

  3. gandog56

    gandog56 Member

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    I found out when somebody told me about the 8X56R gauge.
     
  4. K.O.W.

    K.O.W. New Member

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    No more Lee cutters. Now days I use Redding trimming dies for my .22 Hornet, .222-, .223-, .22-250 Rem and .308 Win. Last ones is ok with .30-06 Spr too.
     
  5. budman46

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    i like lee's case trimmers when i have lots to do, like recently turning a bunch of 9x19 cases into 9x18 cases with the help of a cordless drill. many blisters would've popped up with my forster which i mostly use for uniforming my case necks.

    budman
     
  6. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    I just got a Lee case trimmer in the mail. I havent used it yet, but, I appreciate the info Gandog!
     
  7. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    Gandog,Lee makes these on a yearly basis,just like the ammo mfg's have a special run on odd ammo once a year.
    There are a bunch of calibers that are popular with a few shooters,or new calibers that are just starting to get a following,and Lee makes these calibers so the people that shoot them can have reloading tools.

    I have the Lee case trimmers in every caliber I reload,and use a cordless screwdriver to trim my cases.It works very good.
     
  8. noylj

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    Lee Trimmers

    As Lee said (and I am paraphrasing): "I have never needed to trim a straight-wall case, but we sure do sell a lot of them."
    As any one ever had a 9x19 or .45ACP case that required trimming? I find those that are close to max are the most accurate and set them aside for use when I need the extra accuracy and train with the multitude of shorter cases.
    My .32-20s haven't needed trimming.
    My .223, .30-30, and .30-06 all required a trim after about 4 reloads and the Lee works as well as my Forster and is a lot cheaper and quicker with a battery drill.
    Forster now is for neck work.
    I have one Lee trimmer that wasn't well threaded and if I use it again I will probably call Lee to fix or replace it.
     
  9. Silvertip 44

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    I used to use Lee trimmers, but some time back got an RCBS Trim Pro with 3way cutter heads for the rifle calibers that I load most. I like the new trimmer much better and the 3 way heads when adjusted properly eliminates chamfering and beveling the neck.
     
  10. gandog56

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    With my Lees, I use the 3 jaw chuck made for the zip trimmer in my drill. Lot's easier.

    And I too just converted a bunch of 9mm Luger to 9X18 mak.
     
  11. budman46

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    gangdog,

    thanks for the tip using the zip trimmer chuck...i wonder if lee would sell it separately.
     
  12. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    They will even custom make one for you if you have an odd ball rifle that they don't have a listing for. I had them make one for my .225 Winchester. It only took a couple of weeks. It did cost a little extra though.
    cottontop
     
  13. gandog56

    gandog56 Member

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    Yes they will. Part # 90608
     
  14. budman46

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    gangdog...

    thanks for the reply and the part no...it's going on order today. :)
     
  15. gandog56

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    It definitely makes it easier and faster.
     
  16. anm2_man

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    My vote goes to Dillon. The most efficient trimmer system ever !
     

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  17. gandog56

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    YES, when I am converting 9X19 to 9X18mm!
     
  18. gandog56

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    And probably the most expensive of all others!

    I mean what did you pay for it? I spend a couple few bucks on a Lee set.