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    1957 Belding and Mull Hand Book

    Came across this one recently, pretty neat reading, and average condition. But more like a sales catalog for alot of other manufacturers.
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    Most of the “Handbooks” of the period showcased the tools the company that published the “Handbook” made and how to set them up and use them. By 1957, I believe B&M was out of the boolit mould business (more’s the pity) and now referenced Lyman/Ideal moulds, which they retailed in their place.

    Their “Straight-Line” reloading tool lasted (despite very stiff competition) into the late 70s or early 80s, IIRC, and the “Visible” powder measure was the last to go, maybe in the early to mid 90s. I think it has been revived, and MVA makes an improved and enlarged copy. I would think your Handbook still references them.

    Last B&M Catalog I saw just had the usual sporting goods from all manufacturers. It may be that the B&M cleaning rods were still being made (probably OEM) and sold, but I’d have to dig through the accumulation to see.

    They used to make telescopic sights and mounts, too. Wish some enthusiast would write a history of the company; they were there through the glory days of handloading, between the Wars.

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    Very nice! I have never seen that one before.

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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
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