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    If all else fails, you can put it on fleaBay and list it as "collector" grade reloading tools.
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    Some people have asked to see pictures of the CR loader so will post some.
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    Old geezer's (I resemble that) love neat "old" equipment!

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    Interesting press, looks a lot like the old PAcific C Presses from that era, but it is clearly a little different so not made by the same manufacturer. What is the address of the company cast into the press? I can't make it out completely.

    Seems alot of companies made presses. Some were bought out by others (Pacific and Bair by Hornady, Lachmiller by RCBS, Bonanza by Forster, etc.). I wonder if they were consumed by a bigger company at some point.

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    OK, now I remember. A gun shop I used to frequent in Platte City, MO used to have a lot of old estate sale stuff and had this massive shotgun loader once that was branded by a big sporting goods store in KC, pretty sure thinking about it, it was the same one. Apparently, from reading a couple of comments that came up, they were quite a place in the day. Seems the name is still around, but doesn't look like it does much but retail gun sales now. https://www.crsalesfirearms.com/

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    One of the salesmen here at work is heavily into guns but knows less than nothing about reloading or casting. He's been buying estates lately and it's been a windfall for me. I've been more or less explaining to him what he has and cherry picking what I want, to include powder and primers.

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    Sell that stuff on E bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richhodg66 View Post
    Interesting press, looks a lot like the old PAcific C Presses from that era, but it is clearly a little different so not made by the same manufacturer. What is the address of the company cast into the press? I can't make it out completely.

    Seems alot of companies made presses. Some were bought out by others (Pacific and Bair by Hornady, Lachmiller by RCBS, Bonanza by Forster, etc.). I wonder if they were consumed by a bigger company at some point.
    The address is
    C. R. specialty Co.
    1409 Walnut St
    K.C. 6. MO.

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    You sell it on these sites.

    I bought an old RCBS ďOĒ press for $40 to learn how to load with for my first cartridge- the S&W magnum. Now thousands of loads later I am still using it and donít really have a current need to upgrade. So sell it, thereís likely someone that would be very happy to take it off your hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnhappy View Post
    I'm sitting back wondering if that's what the future holds for me.
    You're in a good place for shopping estate sales and finding the good stuff.
    But you'll also have to sort through a lot of junk, and kiss a few frogs before you find a prince.
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    I was about to get rid of some things, then I started teaching NRA reloading classes. I maintain 4 work benches worth. If I wanted to downsize, I would mentor young kids, and pretty much give them the basic equipment.
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    GONRA's pretty sure some guys COLLECT reloading equipment (just like guns)
    without any specific use in mind.
    Bet most have HOARDER genes too and will grab any free stuff they can.....

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    Put them up on Ebay as an auction, per item.

    It's easy to underestimate the value of reloading equipment, especially old stuff that you have not even looked at in years, or no longer see any use for, even items that are missing bits.

    It may look like old junk, but it is worth good money.

    If I was on the same continent, I would buy some of those items.

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    I’m still using all of my old reloading equipment.

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    Heck I think it’s best to see pictures of that old stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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    And I'm still waiting for anyone to use the trigger word for these materials - "vintage". That's all it takes to get people looking at your merchandise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave W. View Post
    What do you think, should they get tossed into the garbage, is there a vintage reloading museum that would take them? Any other ideas?
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    I wouldnít throw them away, thatís for sure. Iíll send you postage and make book ends out of them before I would trash them.

    Actually, I generally loan my old unused equipment out to new guys, so they can see if reloading is something they want to do before laying out a lot of cash on equipment.

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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