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Thread: 310 Tool / Tru Line Jr. unknown trimmer....Please help any info is welcomed.

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    310 Tool / Tru Line Jr. unknown trimmer....Please help any info is welcomed.

    Got this trimmer attachment in a deal last week... the part closest to the cutter measures .305 Im assuming it's for a .30 caliber round. I've never seen anything like this before.
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    I used 310 tools and the TruLine Jr during the 50's and early 60's but that's the first one of those of I've seen.I wasn't aware of a Lyman case trimmer from that era.I need to check some of my old Lyman manuals for it.

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    Ideal made those, or they were marketed under that name..Yours has some parts missing, sort of a frame that holds case in cutter. You see them on fleabay 2 or 3 time a year.

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    This what the complete tool looks like.
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    Thanks Ken! I was all set to declare there was no such thing since I had never seen or heard of such a beast. Do you have a time frame for when they were made/available? Even that box label looks a little different from other Lyman era labels I’m familiar with.

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    Interesting! I've never seen one nor remember running across one at a gun show. Obviously they are out there so now have an idea of what to look for. Thanks Ken.

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    I don't have an exact time but the mid 1950's till late 1960's would cover it. Two different box styles were used, this is the early one.

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    The Ideal Shell Trimmer was written up in the ARTCA Journal a couple years back. Iím away from my office and reference materials, and canít remember details at this remove, but I seem to recall that the author of the piece tried the thing and came to the conclusion that if you really wanted to trim shells, the Lee hand tool was a much better value for much less money.

    At the time, IIRC, Lyman was very reluctantly playing catch-up in an effort to modernize its line of reloading tools that compete with all the companies that were starting up after WWII. Smiley had a patent on the familiar hand-crank lathe-type trimmer, and whoever at Lyman who was assigned to evade the patent did not have Richard Leeís ability to come up with a simple, affordable, workable design.

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    The one Lee put in their “Precision Loader” was probably the best of the genre, and it was a lot simpler to use.

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    I checked some older Lyman manuals and saw a similar example of the complete trimmer except the handle was different.I believe it was shown in #39.It was not mentioned in the reloading instructions part of the manuals.

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    I know, I know, I'm late to this but if anyone cares, said "Ideal Shell Trimmer" was shown in the 1954 and 1960 Shooter's Bible at a cost of $7.00. Yep! $7 in both. This one had the "L" handle. Regards, Woody
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