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    Refinished a Lyman All-American

    This is a press my dad bought new in 1972 and it was the workhorse in my handloading room until 2007 when I had to have a Forster coaxial press. Still used it though as the Forster universal shellholder gimmick forced me to buy more parts from Forster. It's been off the bench for about a year so I decided to give it a new look and put it back into service.
    Pics to follow!

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    Thanks KMac!

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    too bad you didnt make it red . you say 72 didnt know that one was made then that has the small handle about 82. ?

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    Definitely not 82.......I like the gray. I'm not an anal purist! And it was 72 when I started using it.

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    Smithnframe: If yours is the Lyman All-American -- I have and use three of these awesome (imho ) presses! I believe I purchased my first in 1972 -- coinciding with yours. I keep each set up with (rifle) dies in three different calibres. Never professing to be the brightest lamp in the fixture, though, it took me about a decade of use before I "discovered" that little screw which needs to be snugged up at rear of turret to attenuate any "wobble" -- providing maximum repeatability in every load. I have an "original vintage" Ohaus measure on each, too. I might add, too, that I neither decap nor prime with these presses -- I have an old Pacific single stage -- "my dirty press" reserved for ALL decapping; and, prime using a Holland/RCBS bench priming tool.
    These are, indeed, GREAT presses. Congrats on your refurb -- I hope you get many years of productive enjoyment from it!
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    I got mine from the guy who bought it from the John Ambler estate. It had hardly been used... I assume just tested for review. I’ve got it semi-permanently set up for 327 FM using Lyman dies including their combination expander and through the die powder drop. Powder is measured using a long discontinued Lyman Accu-Measure. It seems just about perfect for this application.

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    Hey George.......I have a couple old Ohaus powder measures too! Like I said in my first post this was my workhorse press for 35 years. I have quite a collection of the "J" type shell holders too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithnframe View Post
    Hey George.......I have a couple old Ohaus powder measures too! Like I said in my first post this was my workhorse press for 35 years. I have quite a collection of the "J" type shell holders too!
    Somewhere (???) I have a box with a small J-assortment shell holders assortment, too. BUT, very early in the game I discovered the adapter which permits using Lyman X, and plain-Jane RCBS, Redding, et cetera shell holders -- and never looked back.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgerkahn View Post
    Somewhere (???) I have a box with a small J-assortment shell holders assortment, too. BUT, very early in the game I discovered the adapter which permits using Lyman X, and plain-Jane RCBS, Redding, et cetera shell holders -- and never looked back.Click image for larger version. 

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    That’s cheating, George! Anybody can find “normal” shell holders. You need to use the J-type so you really appreciate them! It’s not like you’re trying to find them for a Herter’s or something.

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    You may have a point, Froggie; and now that I have each of my three All-Americans "dedicated" for one-each cartridge -- it surely might be a doable change. Back in 1968 or so when I started reloading, I was trying to get by with two and 1/2 part time jobs -- and, my 1st wife -- using a single stage RCBS press; one shell-holder each for the three calibres, only, I loaded. A few years later, sans both the single stage press and wife -- I graduated to the Lyman -- and buying the adapter seemed the "smart" thing to do, enabling my use of the shell holders I already had. Now -- in 2020 -- I do not know, but imagine J-type holders may be difficult to obtain, unless on the used market. And, even if so, those in odd-ball calibres -- or even those introduced after the AA's demise -- e.g., Was a J-type shell holder for 10mm Auto ever made? -- reinforce still using the adapter.
    Note, though, I retained the J-types I have...
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    Look on the current Lyman shell holder list... find the one for your 10 mm and see what other cases it fits. Then you can find the J-type listed for that other case. I helped my cousin do this many years ago when the Ten first came out so he could use it in his All American.

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    I have one of the AA presses and I also have the adapter to use modern shell holders. No way am I going to pay the prices that are being asked for the "J" shell holders. But then I have always been stubborn about overpaying for things. james

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    I've had the adapter for several years also.......only use it when I have to.......which isn't very often!

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