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    Hhhmmm....what do we have here? Maybe Hollywood?

    Alright experts....I'll start the clock right now! What am I looking at here? Seating dies? Can anyone positively ID? I've done some looking around, but cannot quite put my finger on this one.

    Help appreciated!

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    looks to me like "cut away" dies ....to show how the internals work...like a "cut away" gas engine or rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozeppa View Post
    looks to me like "cut away" dies ....to show how the internals work...like a "cut away" gas engine or rifle.
    Yeah, I agree..... Just can't figure out their purpose. I don't have them in hand.....which doesn't help.
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    Old Bonanza Bench Rest seater dies
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeettx View Post
    Old Bonanza Bench Rest seater dies
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    This certainly seems plausible, I just haven't bee able to find any photos matching these. I assumed seating dies, as I couldn't figure any other purpose for them. Similar to the Easy Seater by Meacham I guess?
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    They look like Vickerman seating dies to me.

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    I don't know what case they would be used on.It looks like it would have to be straight walled,and small diameter ,and why is there no depth adjustment on top?

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    Yep, open front bullet seating dies. Easier to put bullets straight, in place for seating. Skeettx and 762Sultan are correct, possible manufacturers. Usually high end dies often used for "benchrest"...

    The open portion is above the case neck/mouth so it may look small, but the ID is only caliber diameter/bullet diameter at that point...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 762sultan View Post
    They look like Vickerman seating dies to me.
    I think we have a winner! A quick internet search for Vickerman Dies and I found a matching photo...

    I knew this crew would figure it out quick!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trails4u View Post
    I think we have a winner! A quick internet search for Vickerman Dies and I found a matching photo...

    I knew this crew would figure it out quick!!
    Vickerman dies are usually stamped vickerman with a caliber number (20, 27, 30 etc). Have had a few that were same style as vickerman dies but with only the caliber stamped and no other markings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunk1 View Post
    Vickerman dies are usually stamped vickerman with a caliber number (20, 27, 30 etc). Have had a few that were same style as vickerman dies but with only the caliber stamped and no other markings.
    I agree, Vickerman or Vickerman style. I believe Herters produced some Vickerman styles.
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    They look like Vickerman dies, but should have the name stamped on the front.

    Some other company is making them now, so maybe the new versions aren’t marked.

    They’re supposed to guide the bullet into the case neck with minimum runout. Lyman made a Precision Alignment “PA” die that does the same thing.

    I find they’re great for cast boolits because the squeezed-out lube from seating comes out the front of the seating window rather than packing up under the seating stem. You can do a long session of boolit seating without having to remove the die and clean out the inside to keep the boolit from being seated gradually deeper in the case.

    I see the real ones going for $35-$50 a pop at Gun Shows.

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    My vote for original seller would be Herter's. They subcontracted machining to anyone who could do the lathe work, but didn't necessarily have stamping tools.

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    Additional info

    I have 6 Vickerman Seating dies. They are extremely nice on a progressive press without a bullet feeder. Now with all the heavy and long bullets being used I have had to make a feed ramp sort of like the feed ramp in an auto. They allow me to stand upright and feed the beast. So I can go have more time playing. I had to get one out I knew it was stamped W.S. Vickerman Moses Lake, WN two lines with the Name over the city and state. Now I know that I am not the only person with them.
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    Herter's dies, including the window seating dies were made by C-H. These are Vickerman, not C-H.
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ID:	251624 Here is a Microprecision press I bought a while back. It came with a .22, .27 and a .30 Vickerman dies.

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