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Thread: Lyman No.55, but not the way you're accustomed to seeing one

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    Boolit Master
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    One of the first trades I made over 20 years ago with my "brother from a different mother," Dale53 was for one of those early slide-type Number 55s he had owned for many years. I found it a bit less handy to adjust, but wanted it to fill a spot in my collection between the late #5 and the more commonly seen micro adjust #55. Just to show it could be done I also installed a later #55 rotor into an old #5 body I had laying around. The outer diameter of the rotors has been unchanged from the nineteen teens to the newest ones I've checked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char-Gar View Post
    "A couple of years back, I bought a powder measure weight from a guy that sells them on Ebay".
    Can you tell me what the overall weight is on your accessory? I would think something like that would work on most hopper type measures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazo kid View Post
    Can you tell me what the overall weight is on your accessory? I would think something like that would work on most hopper type measures.
    The guy on eBay still makes them. He makes them for many different powder measures. Just do a search on eBay and you will find them. I've been wanting to buy one for awhile, but the funds aren't available.

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    Great measures, I have 7. Specially good for ball powders.

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    thanks for the info on the weights. just bought 1 each 55 and rcbs,

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    How old is this 55? Bought it at a gun show about 15 years ago NIB. I had a 70s vintage 55 when I first got into reloading (in the mid 70s). Traded it off for unknown reasons. This is the one I use most. Also have this Redding, which is also excellent.




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    I own old Lyman 55, Ideal #1, #5 and duplex #6 powder measures. I use them all for loading occasionally, just for fun. They work very well, but can be tedious to get them set exactly where I want. Once set they do as good as any modern powder measures!
    But I'll stick with my Harrell's Precision for serious loading, as it's way faster, and easier to set up!

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    I'm glad I found this post, I just acquired one of these in trade...and was going to post a picture and ask about the manufacture year. Actually have it set up, and it throws very consistently. I really like the older reloading components. Thanks for the info guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarkEater View Post
    I'm glad I found this post, I just acquired one of these in trade...and was going to post a picture and ask about the manufacture year. Actually have it set up, and it throws very consistently. I really like the older reloading components. Thanks for the info guys.
    Mike
    I see you are getting on board with how useful having extra powder drops is Good thing I gathered a few before you started swiping them all out from under me..

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    Hey Dub, don't let my lack of knowledge slow you down in collecting cool old vintagey stuff...I will always have room for a few more of yours. Haha

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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