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    case gauge? 358

    Looks like a case gauge of sorts. Marked 358. What is it?
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    It looks like the old "hand powered" Lee, push through, lead bullet sizer. There is a push rod that goes with it, to push the pan lubed or tumble lubed bullet through.
    No press needed!

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    I agree ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    I have a number of them and sometimes use them when sizing boolits to load with my 310 tools - just for the heck of it. They worked the same way as Lee's push through bullet sizer that goes on a press - only by hand. There is a "drive stem" with a larger diameter head on it that you drive the boolit through the sizer by use of a mallet. Not as quick was a Lee press through die that mounts on the press - but they do get the job done.

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    Very cool. Now I need to locate a few.

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    Yep, a sizing die from an old Lee lube/sizing kit. I have one for 44 cal, and the kit came with a small round pan, mebbe 3" in diameter, a "cookie cutter" to remove the bullet from the pan/lube, a die like the one pictured, and a rod to push the bullet through.

    After using this kit for a couple hundred bullets I got a Lee push through sizing die, a square cake pan, and used the cookie cutter from the kit and lubed and sized 44 cal bullets for several years (I still like to pan lube)...
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    Here's a pic of one of the kits:

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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