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Thread: rcbs trim pro 3 way cutter?

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    Boolit Master
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    rcbs trim pro 3 way cutter?

    does anyone know if the 3 way cutter is case specific meaning you have to buy one for each caliber or u buy one and change the pilots? At $58 each id go broke!

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    Change the pilots

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    I'd love to know if anyone has used the 3 way trimmer. Does it completely eliminate the need to deburr? That is the one step that I loathe more than any other reloading procedure.

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    Yes it does, saves alot of time and consistent results.

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    I had some years ago, I had a constant problem with overcuts on one side and undercuts on the other. The pilots were undersized as well.

    They may be better today.

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    They've saved me a bunch of time doing 5.56 and .30 brass for my self loaders. I just modified my old hand crank trimmer to accept a cordless drill, set the 3 way trimmer and do batches at a time. I think they're one of the best time savers RCBS has come up with.

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    I use the RCBS 3-way in my Hornady trimmer and it is the bees knees. The Lee 3-way and the Lyman 3-way did not work as well for me.

    Yes, just switch out the pilot for different calibers and yes, no need to debur.
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    And they are on sale for 42.99 right now at Midway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsn View Post
    I had some years ago, I had a constant problem with overcuts on one side and undercuts on the other. The pilots were undersized as well.

    They may be better today.
    I have also had a problem with slight over cuts and undercuts. That said, I have 3. Keep one set up for 22 cal and one set up for 30 cal. The other is set up as needed for the other oddball calibers I load for as needed. I also have a Hornady 3 station case prep with outside and inside deburring. So small quantities now get trimmed on the rcbs and deburred on the Hornady.

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