Case Trimmers: Sinclair-Wilson Ult. vs. Redding 2400 - Graybeard Outdoors
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-12-2006, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Default Case Trimmers: Sinclair-Wilson Ult. vs. Redding 2400

Am looking at these two case trimmers. Don't want to pay more than the Sinclair-Wilson Ultimate.

MidwayUSA reviewers seem to like both models (both have integrated micrometers) and both models seem to do the same thing.

The Sinclair sells for $139 but the Redding, with a List Price of $198, sells for around $120 street. praises the Sinclair, but the Redding seems to offer a little more (heavy weight, universal collet, pilot holders, attached neck cleaner and primer socket cleaner, and an option drill bit extension).

Anyone have the Redding and care to comment on it's performance?

Thanks in advance,

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 10:59 AM
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Default Re: Case Trimmers: Sinclair-Wilson Ult. vs. Redding 2400

Take a look at the L.E. Wilson trimmer system. This is an old system, in that it has been in production for 50-60 years, and is one of the best. The trimmer is VERY SIMPLE and is dead on accurate. So much so, that many dedicated target shooters use this system exclusively, including Bench Rest shooters. What is unique to this system is that the shell is held by the body and not the head as on all other trimmers. You need a "shell holder" for each shell The shell holder looks like a short piece of barrel chamber that is cut so that about 1/2" of both ends of the case showing. You then hand hold the holder in the trimmer and trim away. What makes the trimmer so accurate is that on most rifles the bolt/breech face is not exactly 90 degrees to the bore of the barrel. As a result, the case head of a fired case is rarely in line with the bore. That's why when you use a trimmer that holds the case by the head you usually have to use some sort on an alignment pin in the case throat to center the case. It's a good system, just not as accurate as the Wilson. The body of the case IS in line with the barrel resulting in a better alignment with the trimmer. The shell holders are cheap, about $6-7 from Midway. You don't need a different shell holder for all cases. Any shell in a "Family" of cases will use the same shell holder, I.E. 30-06, 25-06, .270, 280 , or 250 Savage, 300 Savage, 22-250, etc. The Wilson trimmer also has primmer pocket reamers and inside neck reamers for use in the trimmer. It's a great system and, if I'm not mistaken, cheaper than many other trimmers, including shell holders.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Default Re: Case Trimmers: Sinclair-Wilson Ult. vs. Redding 2400

From what I've read (and don't know all the answers which is why I'm posting ) The Sinclair-Wilson Ultimate is the the old-tried-and-true Wilson with a micrometer installed, the nice base and the cartridge steadier. The micrometer itself is $89.

The Redding also has a micrometer, in fact, looks pretty much like the Wilson:

Main difference, as you pointed out, is that the wilson has that self-centering cartridge holder. However, the Redding has various caliber pilots that fit in the cutter to center the casings. In addition, as noted previously, it has a heavy cast iron body/weight and includes a convenient neck brush and primer reamers attached to the body, as well as places to leave the various caliber pilots (it has a universal shell collet).

Ultimately it would be nice to hear from someone that has actually used the Redding one, for better or worse :-*

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