I usually trim at least 200 at a time. I’m looking to increase that to between 500 and a 1000. And yes I shoot at a public range. I paint the head stamp with the cheapest, most hideous, pink/red nail polish so I can identify my brass and to let others know that there is something different about my brass! I don’t want anyone mistaking my brass for 9x19 (Luger) brass.How much you planning on trimming? Do you shoot at a public range?
I’ve got the Lee trimmer and case length gauge I’ve worn out 2 of them that’s why I’m looking for a file trim die. And yes my hands can’t handle another Lee!
I’ve never reloaded steel cased ammo. It can be done but it’s bad on the dies.Wow! Are you using it on steel cases? Mine is still in excellent shape with no real signs of wear but is only used on brass cases. I trim the once fired cases, keep the batches together by head stamp/# of times loaded, and usually do not trim a second time before scrapping the cases. Crimps should stay uniform as long as the batches are tracked and kept together.
ch4d makes them, I believe RCBS use to. They work great with a jeweler’s, saw or even one of those mini chop saws. Nice and quick! Then ya just true them up with a normal case trimmer. The ch4d dies are not cheep That’s why I was hoping to find a used oneDon't think I've ever seen a file trim die offered for 9X18. I suspect that if you really want one you'll be looking at having one made for you.
Do 'they' even make such a thing for straight walled rimless cartridge configurations? Seems like a challenge. Not being an engineer, not sure, but where there's a will there will be a way.
Perhaps a small appropriately sized hardened cylinder to 'stack' on top of the Lee lock stud arrangement for use in a small drill press, or with a file. One idea anyhow.