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10-08-2005, 09:52 AM
I acquired a Hollywood turret head press and would like to know what the shell holder number is to fit the 44 Mag. Also does anyone have one for sale?
Thanks in Advance
10-09-2005, 05:44 AM
Its a #8. Sorry, don't have one.
10-10-2005, 06:30 AM
These folks can probably help you out with out of production shellholders...
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Herter's Press Parts
Shell Holders for Obsolete Reloading Presses
An article from Handloader, Vol. 164, July-August 1993
There are legions of obsolete reloading presses gathering dust in garages and basements all over the country.
N ot because they are broken or inoperable, but because they need shellholders. The same is true of the obsolete presses that pop up at gun shows. Usually bargain-priced, most don't sell because they always seem to be equiped with a shellholder prospective buyers don't need. Since the traditional sources for replacement shellholders dried up years ago, handloaders show very little interest in taking advantage of what, in many cases, are giveaway prices on presses from outfits like Hollywood, Herters and others. That situation may be about to change.
An outfit called Vega Tool Co. manufactures and stocks a line of shellholders and adaptors dimensioned to fit obsolete presses. Three were sent in for inspection: a shellholder designed fit a Herter's press; another for a Lyman J-2 and an adaptor which will also fit a Herter's press.
Each was very carefully machined and polished. The rim of the Herter's shellholder was covered with tiny, diagonal checkering while the adaptor's were decorated with knife-edged serrations. Both would function just as well without those added touches, but to me they were indicative of pride of workmanship.
The Lyman shellholder flaunted a neatly stamped number four on its face. Try as I might, I couldn't detect any tool marks, even inside the rim cut. Flat surfaces were flat and rounded ones ripple free. Polishing of that quality demands care, effort and time.
Adapters are available for Herter's and Hollywood presses. Remanufactured shellholders are stocked in most calibers for the Lyman J-2, Hollywood and Herter's tools. For prices and availablity, click here.
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Boulder, CO 80301
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10-10-2005, 07:22 PM
Thanks for the information Swagerman, a fellow board member has notified me that he has a #8 available, I'm hoping to work out a deal with him.
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