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    Boolit Master
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    Identification Help Needed

    Howdy! Have some parts that I need help identifying and two *** happened to these molds.

    First up is a very long (9 1/2 inches or so) decapping die:

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    Cannot find any markings whatsoever on any of the parts...


    Old push thru dies??? Kinda look like Lee reloader parts. Sizes: 308, 356, 358, 427, 429, 452, 457
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    Aluminum funnels??? Sizes: 30C, 44C, 44C, 45C, 45C
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    And now for the ***'s - Poor Lyman molds:

    Lyman 375 615 - Trying to make a slug and over bored it?
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    Lyman 375 355 - How did they managed to bore a crooked hole?
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    Thanks!

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    Pictures 3, 4 and 5 are most of the tools from Lee sizing kits. They came in a box with a stick of lube and a little flat pan to melt it in.

    You stood the boolits in the pan, melted the lube around them, took the proper sized aluminum "Kake Kutter" and cut them out of the solidified lube. You then put them in the appropriate die and whacked them through with the plunger.

    The first die is (I think) one of those Universal dies that Herter's and other outfits offered.

    I guess the human impulse to spray paint graffiti on building walls has its analogue in he reloading world, where certain individuals cannot resist running a drill bit into a mould. It's most often the right size to take out the cavity, but some people can't even get that right. Cutting into the screw hole pretty much turns the first one into junk. The angled cavity in the second is a new one on me, though.

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    No idea on the decapping die, I agree the whackamole sizers and kake cutters are from Lee sizing kits.

    It took some real talent to drill a bent hole like that.

    Robert

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    He was making boolits to shoot around walls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakharath View Post
    SNIP...

    Lyman 375 355 - How did they managed to bore a crooked hole?
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    I think you found the one and only custom mold, that was cut during the Asperly Aimless group buy...it literally broke the lathe.

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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