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    A Gallery Of Casting And Reloading Hand Tools

    Let's start assembling a gallery of hand tools:

    Ideal No. 1
    Herters
    Lee Target
    Lyman

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    More to come.
    Please, add your own or any that you find interesting.
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    Lee Lube and size
    Winchester 1894
    Huntington
    Pacific Pakit and Mesur-Kit

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    That's the first Pacific kit I've ever seen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Smith View Post
    That's the first Pacific kit I've ever seen!
    That's from an Ebay item that I kick myself for missing a chance at. Here's the old listing with more pics and info:
    Last edited by Pressman; 07-06-2018 at 10:14 PM. Reason: NO eBay links, ever
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    [QUOTE=Landy88;4078679]That's from an Ebay item that I kick myself for missing a chance at. Here's the old listing with more pics and info:



    I was watching that too, someone got a good deal.
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    Herter's Universal Neck sizing die......also is a seater die.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Gibson View Post
    Herter's Universal Neck sizing die......also is a seater die.........

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    Then with this one die and the proper inserts, except for the occasionally necessary full-length sizing, one could load most any cartridge?

    I guess boolits would still gain from an additional M or flare die, but that seems very versatile and useful.
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    Buchanan Press
    Lee Press
    Lanes Kit
    Zampco Kit



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    Quote Originally Posted by Landy88 View Post
    Then with this one die and the proper inserts, except for the occasionally necessary full-length sizing, one could load most any cartridge?

    I guess boolits would still gain from an additional M or flare die, but that seems very versatile and useful.
    Yes, that is the concept for the Herter universal die......the concept works.

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    Landy: thanks for including my tool and I have some better pics. It is the newest addition to this genera of tools, and hopefully will last as long as the ones shown above.

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    I also am including some pics of tools that were inspirational to me. I have always been fond of the portable tool for reloading. That is the way it was done in the beginning, and that's the way I'll end up doing it. The picture from a 1950's Cowboy Movie of men sitting around a kitchen table Reloading their Pistol, Rifle and Shotshells with black powder and home made components is indelibly etched in my mind.

    Here's a Paco Kelly Shotshell Deluxe Loader for .410 2 1/2" and 3" hulls.

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    And a 12 ga Loader Pre Lee

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    Randy,

    You are very welcome; and thanks for your additions, both to this thread and to available hand presses.

    Even when portability is not a necessity, it has value. Having the ability to grab and take nearly anywhere in one bag all that you need to viably pursue a very productive and engrossing hobby is far from a small thing.
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    Sharp Shooter Rimfire
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    Lee Loader
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    Ideal tong with separate mold
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    Lyman Ammunition Maker
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    Winchester Porn

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    Model 1875
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    Screwing:
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    My partial Smith and Wesson set for 38 S&W M(ilitary aka Special):

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    These are rather rare, maybe, someone can post a pic of a full set.
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    Here's my assembled set of the ca 1900 S&W set for reloading 32 S&W. Cigar box is non-original!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Frog View Post
    Here's my assembled set of the ca 1900 S&W set for reloading 32 S&W. Cigar box is non-original!

    Froggie

    I had good reason to suspect that a more complete set was here. somewhere. Thanks, Froggie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Landy88 View Post
    I had good reason to suspect that a more complete set was here. somewhere. Thanks, Froggie!
    My "set" still needs the wooden "mushroom" decapper, the wooden mallet, and maybe 2-3 proper powder dipper(s) to be "complete." In addition, I could use the longer seating plunger for round ball target loads, and if the set were late enough, the crimping sleeve like the one you got in 38 Spl. So far, I haven't seen evidence that these last were ever made with the rounded "mushroom" tops like the plungers they superficially resemble, but that would have been neat too.

    When I win my second lottery (I'm already in debt for the first) I'll buy a museum grade set with all the correct pieces, but for now I'll continue searching and settling.

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    Here's one not too old but not too common.
    the "Pool Tool"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kootne View Post
    Here's one not too old but not too common.
    the "Pool Tool"
    Nice example of a re- and decapper! That general design has been around for over 100 years and was especially popular among those of the schuetzen game. It is usually referred to as a "Pope-style Re- and Decapper" but old Harry seems to have gotten most of the basic design from Chick Martinez (sp?) in San Francisco. The Poole Tool and the very similar Jake Simmons tool were all the rage for those of us who shot one case over and over, reloading it with primer and powder between shots and breech seating the bullet to eliminate bullet jump. There was also a similar one made by Pete Allen, IIRC, and that would have been the one most recently available.

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    Found on the web - a Lyman / Ideal Shell Resizer, a hand tool to FL resize to supplement their tong tools and little presses that don't.

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    And, it is also a good object lesson in why we should only use soft(er) faced mallets with hand tools.
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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