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Old December 13, 2017, 12:02 PM   #1
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The old #3 Herter's press and Lyman 55 powder measure.



Was going to post a picture, but apparently I am not smart enough?

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Old December 13, 2017, 07:28 PM   #2
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And the purpose of this thread is?
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Old December 13, 2017, 08:13 PM   #3
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I'd like to see the set up. Are you just getting started or resurrecting equipment from a previous life?
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Old December 14, 2017, 01:53 PM   #4
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"And the purpose of this thread is?"

I just wanted to show you my reloading bench...... and the old Mod 3 Herters press that has been reloading since 1957. Sorry, I can't seem to get a picture to load.

"Are you just getting started or resurrecting equipment from a previous life?"

Previous life? well not quite there yet. I started reloading at age 17 and that was back in 1957. Still using the old Herter's #3 Press.
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Old December 14, 2017, 01:58 PM   #5
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bench150 by James_40 Lofthouse, on Flickr

Oh, after a lot of messin around, got it to work.

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Old December 14, 2017, 02:12 PM   #6
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That’s some pretty old school stuff right there , I like it . Bet it all works just fine . What are you loading for ?

Is that scale made of wood ? Wow , now a feel young at close to 50 - thanks
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Old December 14, 2017, 02:21 PM   #7
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Nice setup. I like the minimalist approach.

.38 spl?
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Old December 14, 2017, 03:41 PM   #8
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The purpose of this thread? To make some envious of good tools. An excellent press (Herter's cast iron SS), a good beam scale (looks like a Lyman/Ohaus) and a known good powder measure (Lyman), old school? Mebbe but that set up can make some pretty good ammo! I can remember my Herter's catalog from the '60s when I first started shooting. I think this is where I found out what a Lee Loader is and the rest is history...
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Old December 15, 2017, 01:42 PM   #9
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"Is that scale made of wood ?"

No its metal. Lyman Ohaus M5

"What are you loading for ?"

Well, at present 44 Spl, 44 Mag and 270 mostly. In the past: 222 rem, 218 bee, 30-30, 30-06, 270, 45 Colt, 38Spl. Recently got a 380 and a set of dies, but have not loaded for it yet.

I also cast bullets. Those you see in the picture were cast here.

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Old December 15, 2017, 02:28 PM   #10
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The old Ohaus scale is a scale that's hard to beat, RCBS now calls it
the 10, 10, 10. Shucks, I have (2) of them.

P.S. it's metal with a plastic cover.
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Old December 15, 2017, 11:41 PM   #11
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Another example that it doesn't take an expensive fancy bench with thousands of dollars worth of equipment to make reliable ammunition.
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Old December 17, 2017, 01:18 PM   #12
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I think it was 1957 I bought the Herter's press. Cost me $30. It is as good today as it was in 1957. It has loaded many thousands of rounds.

I confess, I have not shot much factory ammo in my lifetime. Much of the needed brass can come from pickups or other shooters who don't reload. Now and then I have had to buy brass but it has been rare.

Back in the old days there was a lot of Jack Rabbits out west. My friend and I would load up about 300 rounds and go rabbit hunting. We kinda had a contest going. If we hit a rabbit we would call out a number to count them. It was "Bang, thirty four" etc. We usually ended up in the numbers about 120 (each hunter) for a days hunt. I was shooting 222 Rem and he was shooting 218 Bee. Scope mounted rifles.

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Old December 17, 2017, 01:46 PM   #13
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press947 by James_40 Lofthouse, on Flickr

A view of the press from the side so you can see just how beefy this thing is.

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Old December 17, 2017, 03:46 PM   #14
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I like your set up. Simple and well made components.
I use RCBS Jr from the '60s, have the same Lyman powder measure as you do. Also a MEC 12 gauge shotshell press from the '70s.
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