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    A press you don't commonly encounter...

    I thought I had really found something...but come to find out, that I did find something, but not what I thought it was.

    I believe, from all the referece material I can find on it, this is a Lyman Tru-Line "Senior" press- which is very uncommon. I've seen lots of the Tru-line "Junior" presses, but not one of these. It came from a real old time Camp Perry match guy, and it a part of a trove of stuff I'm starting to go through. Problem is, there are no dies or anything to go with it that I've found.
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    Does anyone have one of these currently? Know how dies are fitted, etc?

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    In the Gopher State of Minnesota
    I have half a dozen or so, Senior and the Armory presses.
    Yours is a post war press. The Senior started out in 1935 when then Armory press was dropped.
    Both use the same dies. You may half to get access to the house the tools came from to locate the dies,
    They are there somewhere. But they look like nothing anyone will recognize and could get pitched.

    Pictured is a pre-war Senior with the dies for 30-06.

    I have several magazine articles discussing these presses, you can get copies if you PM me an email address.

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