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    Help with die ID

    I recently purchased a milk crate of misc reloading parts at a neighborhood garage/estate sale. There was a group of old bullet sizier/swager dies that I can't identify. Most are old rifle calibers; 7mm, Whelan, Roberts, 270, 30-06, 303 Br, etc. Can anyone tell me which press these were made for?? From the various junk in the box, this old gent once had a C&H H press. (not present) and I don't have one. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	264182Any help?? Thanks

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    Boolit Master

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    Hmmmm........could be early C&H, but I'm thinking more than likely homemade.

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    I would agree with homemade.
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    Looks like some of my homemade loading tools.

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    Some of the parts have the look of the dies and punches that used to come with the Herter’s “Nine-Ton” bullet swaging press. The owner might have fashioned a bunch of homemade dies to be able to make the calibers he wanted. (Or more precise versions of the rather sloppy toleranced dies available from Herter’s.)

    The press was a heavy hexagonal chunk of metal, cut in the middle for access, drilled crossways for the lever, and bored lengthways for the ram, punches and dies. The lever was a flat bar with a red handle. Was there anything like that in the estate sale?

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    What is the writing on the dies in the picture on the right?

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