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    Post pictures of Old Equipment and supplies that you find/have

    Post pictures of Old Equipment and supplies that you find/have:

    I was given these
    .99˘ for 100 primers


    and a Mec 600 JR (in sad shape, I'm not saying the Mec is old )

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    Star inline Cal 30/06 Circa 1930's
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    Sal, I need one of those. Can you get some better pictures?
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    Vintage "H" and similar presses

    Some presses --

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    Found these two Ideal tong tools at the Denver Gun Show.

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    The one on the left is the rare No. 2 tool, used to load a round ball into the S&W .38-44 cartridge. The mould casts the round ball, and the old style repriming station is on the end of the mould instead of along the handle. There is a sizing station on the handle, with hole and punch, although it should seat the cast ball without need of sizing. A .357 Magnum shell fits in the chamber fine; maybe I'll try some round ball plinking loads sometime.

    The one on the right is the Ideal Shell Indentor. The tiny stud on the left handle put four stab crimps (one at a time) on the necks of black powder shells even with the boolit base, so it wouldn't back into the shell when a small charge of smokeless was used instead of a full case of black. It originally came with an ancillary wood-handled Fluted Cap Extractor that would push past the stab crimps to remove the primer, whereas a standard depriming punch would iron out the crimps in short order.

    I don't know how those things were used. You couldn't hammer on the wood handle without splitting it, and the other push decappers, like the Marlin/Ballard and Ideal hand tools, don't have any place to hammer on either. Pushing a dead primer out by hand is something I have tried repeatedly, without success. Maybe the old primers were thinner, softer and a looser fit in the old folded or balloon head cases.

    I think I have a specimen of every Ideal nutcracker cartridge loading tool except for the rare No. 7, which loaded only the .44-40 Game Getter shot cartridge. One of these days, maybe...

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    Dave, Tom had a No 7 on his table in Denver, did you get to handle it?
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    Ken,

    I looked at it, but didn’t pick it up. So much Good Stuff at that show that it boggled the mind. I’m still boggled, as a matter of fact.

    Tom Q’s display was amazing, all right, and deservedly won an award. But the other Tom’s display of Ideal tong tools, as new in the boxes, and only made during the MFA interregnum, showed a level of focus that I wouldn’t have believed possible.

    For anybody that likes antique/vintage guns and accessories, the Denver show will spoil you rotten for run-of-the-mill “normal” gun shows. Like going back to your 1/8 oz per ton placer claim after a couple days at The Mother Lode. Lots of affordable Little Stuff (if you look carefully) along with the out-of-reach museum pieces to gawk at.

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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
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