As you may be able to tell from the listing, I'm a little torqued.
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September 4, 2007, 09:28 PM
New one to me. Linkage looks similar to a Holywood, the shovel handle reminds me of a RPB or an old Rock Crusher.
September 4, 2007, 09:43 PM
Looks like a Texan to me - my references are in dead storage far away. There is a thread at antiquereloadingtools.org Is this a Texan Turret press? Any in... with a picture of similar press (really the same so far as I can tell) linked on photobucket and some discussion. That site has been reorganized and things moved with lots of broken links as well as correct ones.
The other has no marking at all but a serial number..... but from it's design and components it looks like another 'Texan' to me. It is a turret press with 7 stations and one ram. It weighs about 30 pounds and is a no-kidding piece of reloading equipment.
Can anyone share any information on these old presses? Thanks!
Reading through a 1972 year Handloaders Digest (ya, I know, I have some strange things laying around) I found photos of several Texan presses. One is the three position Texan, which I now know is a 301-H3 press.
Alongside it was a Texan shotgun shell press that looked like I had seen it before. Turns out it's my 7 hole turret press! They also made it to handle metalic cartridges as well. It's a Texan Model 101 T-11.
The photo cleared up some other questions for me, like what was this primer 'thing' I found in one of the boxes. It's a primer feed tool for the Texan Turret press. I also have four large brass primer feed tubes that fit this auto prime feed unit.
This press sold for $99.50 in 1972 with the primer auto feed. The H3 three position press sold for $69.95 for the stripped tool.
but if you go looking it can be found from the newer front page tree structure.
September 4, 2007, 11:16 PM
Well, I'm a trifle miffed - Last I looked, the price on the thing was up around $100 before they canceled the auction.
lee n. field
September 8, 2007, 01:04 PM
I've got a Handloader's Digest from 1962 ("first annual edition").
There is a press pictured in there that is closely similar but not identical to it. The base looks slightly different, and there appears to be some kind of priming attachment. A "Loadmaster Model T" by Sovereign Instruments Company of Dallas, Texas.
"Texan ends tedious die changing in metallic cartridge reloading! Blah, blah blah!" $69.75 suggested retail in 1962 dollars.