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    Lyman cast bullet handbook #1

    This is kind of the holy grail of bullet casting manual collecting, at least it is for me. While not real hard to find, if you're willing to pay a premium, reasonable priced copies in good condition are rare. I paid $24 for this one on Amazon, but the original white colored spline was mostly gone and it was a non-standard size, just like you'd expect from Lyman (ie: similar to the choice of machine screws), luckily I have a spline machine, so I trimmed all the pages slightly, and re-punched them for a standard spline, of course I lost a bit of each page, as you can see in the photos. The rest of the handbook is in great condition, including a foldout poster, so it was well worth the effort.

    While most of us, refer to this as the "Lyman cast bullet handbook #1" (and that's why I worded the title that way, for search purposes), that actual title is "Handbook of cast bullets" copyright july 1958. I'm posting photos of my favorite pages, as there is some neat Artwork, I'm hoping this doesn't violate any copyrights?



    Cover


    inside cover


    Photo opposite of first preface, H. Guy Loverin


    Note from Charles E. Lyman III, credits/thanks to those who helped put this book together.


    typical data page


    Inside back cover


    Front of foldout poster inside back cover


    Back of foldout poster inside back cover


    outside back cover
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    Great book, I'd like to have a print of the back cover !!
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    Nice...

    You got a pretty good deal.

    I saw a really nice original recently and IIRC they wanted about $80 for it. I would not pay that if I were just looking for the info as you can get a new reprint...looks identical to the original...for about $25.

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    This is really neat to see!!

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    Thanks for sharing this bit of history! Very cool!

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    Ive got several old issues from my dad's stuff. Theyre in great shape! I just leave them on my shelf with my other load data.
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    Notice on that back cover, the woman is pouring hot lead next to the mans bare foot. Just a curious observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon View Post
    Notice on that back cover, the woman is pouring hot lead next to the mans bare foot. Just a curious observation.
    She teach him, lol. I think he is looking them over as she casts.

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    I looking for my in a box somewhere?? I got my on fleabay but it was with an RCBS casting box also. both in great shape 75 % or better. Ton of info in them.

    Thanks for posting pics.

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    I was just minutes too late once to purchase a framed red fold out from that manual that showed the cases and lead boolets in a large circle. It sold for $12!Robert

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    Sure brings back a lot of good memories to an old dinosaur. Thanks, james

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    I've had an original copy of that edition for years now and it definitely is an interesting read. I wonder how many people these days still cast bullets wearing a tie like in the picture of Guy Loverin?

    I may have passed my "Best Before" date, but I haven't reached my "Expiry" date!

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    I have a copy of this manual, ( white spline). It once belonged to my casting, reloading mentor. His library consisted of a little over 9,000 books and magazines, at his passing his daughters sold them all to me. This Lyman manual has been my avatar for some time now. Thanks for posting.
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    What A Find!
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    What I noticed is on the fold out poster there was reference to Saeco lead pots and sizers, where they at one time affiliated with Lyman?

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    Go now and pour yourself a hot one...

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