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Old May 10, 2000, 11:59 AM   #1
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I was talking with this guy I know because he is considering getting into reloading. he claims to have seen, at a range, a hand press that he described as looking like a priming device. (like the Lee Auto Prime)
I showed him my Lee Hand Press, and he said it was much smaller than that. I also described a Lee Loader to him. He said that there was a lever used to seat the bullet and the person who was using this press only needed one hand.
I know that there have been other hand presses available, but cannot locate anything online. Does anyone know the make/model of these presses? Do you know where I can see pictures? Have you ever heard of anything like this?
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Old May 10, 2000, 01:01 PM   #2
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Never seen a press exactly as you described. The hand presses I'm most familiar with are the BR types, Sinclair, Neil Jones'... that use Wilson type dies.
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Old May 10, 2000, 04:14 PM   #3
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I think that what you saw was an old Lyman Hand press. They were about the size of a good sized set of Lineman's Sidecutters, and could do it all as far as reloading the older cartridges.

They were made for most of the older black powder Rifle and Pistol cartridges (44-40, 32-20, 40-60, 45-70, 38-55, etc.) and although I haven't a foggy guess as to when they stopped production of them, I would imagine that there were some made for the more modern calibers.

I was at a gun show recently (in Yuma, AZ), and at one tables there was a whole slew of these reloaders. There were even ones that I'd never seen before. These included the basic tool WITH a bullet mold integeral with the handles! Talk about more bang for the buck! The dealer wanted well over $100 for those, and from the looks, they were just collectors - not users.
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