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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    If the #55 will move, that is if it's not rusted and frozen in place, it gives a good boost to the value. The press itself is the older production with a bit less leverage. Depending on what you want to do with it, it should be OK. I'm assuming...
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    Yesterday, 03:06 PM
    Gee Ken, If most people realized they were beginning to think like an amphibian, they would be concerned. Aren't you? ;) I have been trying to figure out the corporate thought patterns at Lyman for about three decades now, and it seems like...
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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    From the title of this thread, I also thought we might be discussing Ray Thompson, the man credited with designing this bullet. What I have heard about him is that he was a park ranger or game warden or some similar career and designed the bullet...
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    03-17-2019, 10:58 PM
    IIRC, the Lyman hand press didn't last that long... of course the niche was small and somewhat crowded. I got the impression that unless they could grab a big market share fast, Lyman would leave this type of niche after a short production run. ...
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    03-17-2019, 10:39 PM
    My first .44 Magnum (Super Blackhawk) was acquired many, many years ago in a gun trade. It was one of the first 5000 made. For years it was the most accurate handgun off a bench at 100 yards in our gun club. I still have it and it's a dandy. It...
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    03-17-2019, 10:35 PM
    I have always just used a heat gun and have been happy with the results. Quick, safe, and neat. Just need to have it in a container to catch the melted lube... Dale53
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    03-17-2019, 08:02 AM
    Randy, Thanks for that great summary of your development of your press. I have to admit I was a little surprised to read that you did it without having an original Decker or HDS in hand to help visualize where you wanted to go with the finished...
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    03-16-2019, 02:29 PM
    Great link sled guy! It cleared up some questions I have had for a while and corrected some misinformation I had accumulated. :coffeecom Thanks very much. Froggie
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    03-16-2019, 02:16 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread MP Molds..... in Cast Boolits
    I got my first MP mould in a group buy that was just wrapping up, so it came in fast and was jewel-like in its manufacture. My second one came from another group buy that dragged on about forever, but once again the mould was great when I finally...
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    03-16-2019, 12:59 PM
    With its SWC design the 357156 loads easily with speedloaders into a revolver chamber, then prints well on the target with its square, full diameter shoulder. Its flat nose makes it good for hunting as well as self defense. If you want to drive it...
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    03-16-2019, 11:30 AM
    This will seem little, but my first press was a Tru-Line Jr given to my dad and me by a favorite uncle (when he moved up to an All American) sometime in the early 1970s. It’s still bolted to a corner of the loading bench and currently dedicated to...
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    03-16-2019, 10:30 AM
    So the Colt’s chambering is “Colt 32 New Police,” right? That is dimensionally the same as 32 S&W Long but allowed Colt to avoid admitting that they were using their competitor’s more popular chambering. I’ve had fairly good luck with the loads of...
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    03-16-2019, 10:18 AM
    To make any kind of meaningful determination, the price being asked is an important piece of information. There’s not a whole lot that can go wrong with a TL Jr, although I’ve seen some that had been pretty badly abused. You do know there are two...
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    03-16-2019, 09:57 AM
    Friend Beagle said pretty much what I was thinking except that I haven’t seen the need to remove the GC groove... I’m more DGD (don’t give a ****) than OCD where I can’t see an immediate benefit. It’s also nice to have the option of adding the GC if...
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    03-15-2019, 09:16 PM
    Larry, I remember having a couple of copies of that very brochure many moons ago. Thanks for posting that key page. Let's see, Green Dot, green ink, just in time for St Patrick's day... we have a winnah! :mrgreen: I was hoping against hope...
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    03-15-2019, 10:02 AM
    I voted for Alliant because for all around general reloading, I could get by with Bullseye, Unique and 2400 for a whole bunch of the metallic reloading I do, and Green Dot for most of the shotgunning. That said, for some specific applications...
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    03-14-2019, 10:29 AM
    I assume this is the same set of handles discussed over on "Casting and Reloading Hand Tools." Did we finally decide it is one of the handle sets drilled and tapped to the larger size 310 dies, such as 348? Froggie
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    03-13-2019, 06:19 PM
    What Magnet Man said! I can just about guarantee that if you ignore the bullet mould you can use the handles just as though they were modern handles with the adaptor for 30-30 etc locked in place. Just as a suggestion, if I were using a modern die...
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    03-13-2019, 10:28 AM
    Thanks for noting the extra feature of a single adjustable die... of course this is a seating die, but with the decapping spud, it was all you needed. The good news is that you could also get a set of 32-40 dies to make all kinds of adjustments as...
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    03-13-2019, 09:13 AM
    While well worn, it looks like you have what might be a good working example of the original type Ideal tool... the bullet mould is probably pretty close to the Ideal 319247 which was standard for the cartridge and weighed about 165 grains. In...
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    03-12-2019, 11:01 PM
    Wow, Larry! Did you know Wyatt Earp personally? :kidding: Snakes are really scary to hopping members of the amphibian persuasion... but if a frog has a gun in his pocket he doesn't have to be afraid of snakes! :mrgreen: Your Phriendly 'Phibian
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    03-12-2019, 10:42 PM
    Just to make the original topic of this thread a little more difficult to unravel, around the end of the 19th Century Winchester was apparently a little lackadaisical about caliber markings. I have an original high wall with a musket weight round...
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    03-12-2019, 09:06 PM
    As I was scrolling through the responses I was framing a response of my own until I read #8 from JBinMN. He said basically the same things I was thinking. As more of the posts unwound, the only thing I still feel I need to add. Although I...
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    03-11-2019, 10:06 AM
    I have that same upgraded Dillon 450 ->550 that my Dad left me. He upgraded the 450 as far as it would go, then ordered the conversion frame and Voila! just like Johnnie Cash’s Cadillac, “one piece at a time” he had gotten the object of his...
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    03-11-2019, 09:54 AM
    I believe it was Chamberlain in his book on antique reloading tools that said his first old Ideal tong tool was found in an antique shop labeled as a leather punch. Anybody with a. Mini-Van and a receipt book can go into the antique business... no...
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    03-10-2019, 11:22 AM
    The #11 identifies this one as rare variation among the rare variations. For a very brief time before the universal tools (with the adaptors) the steel tools were marked with numbers corresponding to the shell holder numbers used later. The #11 on...
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    03-10-2019, 08:57 AM
    ^^What he said^^ Part of what makes this such a great find is that it is a set of steel handles specifically made for the 44 Spl/Mag case size. It appears to be in excellent (if dirty) condition. I would caution Maine1 that if you use a modern set...
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    03-10-2019, 08:47 AM
    My father started us down the Progressive Reloading pathway with the same press about 10 years or so earlier than that. Of course it could not by any stretch of the imagination be called a reloading HAND TOOL but like you I used his often when I...
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    03-09-2019, 10:20 AM
    While we’re comparing features and capabilities, it has been stated already that the HDS does prime on the press while the Decker does not. Neither captures spent primers when used in the decap mode. The Buchanan captures spent primers, but does it...
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    03-08-2019, 11:05 PM
    OK, it missed, so I’ll try to post the picture again. Also, here are the Decker, the Buchanan, and the Lee unit so you can compare them. Unfortunately my computer-Fu isn't hitting on much so the pictures aren't very well organized. I did,...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check