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Thread: LEE Loader; 16 ga Shotgun, Red Box

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    LEE Loader; 16 ga Shotgun, Red Box

    I bought a LEE loader for 16 gauge the other day, and it has a full instructive sheet, but no mention of a year anywhere. I found an older post on this site that said the first ones came in a red box.

    Here's my Red Box treasure.



    All the tools are solid metal, the instruction is a 4 page pamphlet, the load data is shown.



    The crimper has a detent ball for the plunger, which I've not seen on the later versions I've owned



    The powder measure is marked Hercules, Red Dot, 16 Ga.



    The shot dipper has a large and a small option, just reverse the removable bottom disc to change from 1 oz. to 1 1/8 oz.



    I've scanned the complete instruction pamphlet, it is too large to attach.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ke41yya6j2kio4/Lee Loader Shotgun Red Box.pdf?dl=0

    Nitro

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    Boolit Buddy kaiser's Avatar
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    You've described the first reloading tool I ever purchased in 1968, except I had a black box. A 1oz load of lead in a plastic wad over a "scoop" of Red Dot was the absolute "bees knees" for any type of bird I hunted (quail, dove, woodcock, grouse, and ducks). I seated the wads over a bathroom scale and used candle wax to keep the "fold" folded. My best loads were using paper Winchester hulls.

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    Boolit Master
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    I am going to guess made about 1962. I have a 12 guage like yours, but the box is in terrible condition. Now I have to go find it and see if my shot measure is like yours

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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