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Thread: Best Way to Cut Down Cases

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    Got one of those mini tube cutters in my tool box for brake lines is small spaces in cars. Made short work of a some 5.56 cases for a home made comparator. As stated pretty much clean square cut from the get go. Definitely a low cost option for a limited run.

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    Mostly shortened 308 & 30-06 cases; I've used tubing cutters and fine toothed hacksaw blades mainly, they work. Bandsaw'd work too, basically anything that would cut brass

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    This is the best way I have come up with. It will cut over 2000 cases per hour and all I have to do is keep the collator full.


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    For just a few, a tubing cutter will work. For a tapered case to avoid marking a spiral , make one turn, tighten and reverse the turn for one turn, then tighten and reverse again to turn the case the original direction. Repeat until separation occurs. You will have to trim off the mouth end to square up the mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3006guns View Post
    ......The only thing I would do differently would be to drill the holes all the way through so the bases slide on the press table. That would keep the OAL pretty uniform. I heartily approve!
    +1 on drilling through holes, that would give very consistent length.
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    SEE updated post #7

    Holes are drilled on a drill press with the depth top set at the desired height so all holes are a uniform depth.

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    A plunge router wsould do, if you don't have a drill press, also. (I need a drill press, but do have the other )

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    Hey Mr Sheesh, I have a cheap drill press that I need to replace as soon as the chuck quits completely. I bought it @120.00 40 years ago. HF has one almost like it with some upgrades for $67. +, but I still don't want to part with the old one. I didn't think it would have ever lasted this long.

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    Yep, once I move I'll have space for a shop, apartments SUCK for those into multiple hobbies tho!

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    I use to cut down brass with my table saw with a fine toothed carbide blade. make a wood block with holes that you can push the brass into with your thumb and run it down the rip fence slowly .
    I did 6 at a time and it worked well for me.

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    A freshly sharpened cutter in a 70s tubing cutter made short work of the first 50 pieces.
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    I have used a tube cutter, but it is a little tricky on tapered cases. Also it is hard to hang onto the case while turning it. Can be done, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmorris View Post
    This is the best way I have come up with. It will cut over 2000 cases per hour and all I have to do is keep the collator full.

    Mr Morris,

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    That is slick!!
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    The knowledge, tips, ingenuity , and experience from posters like Nueces, Grmps and jmorris(and others) is why this site is so great. The knowlege and experience and willingness to share is amazing and greatly appreciated!

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