Lee die marked 38/357/11 or l1?


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jal5
January 17, 2009, 09:00 PM
New guy here from cold & snowy E. Ohio.
I just bought this used die, sizer/deprime carbide type with that marking. what would the 11 or l1 at the end signify? I don't have the set, it was with a bunch of other stuff. I wrote Lee an email today but thought maybe someone would know here. Thanks.

Joe

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MMCSRET
January 17, 2009, 09:25 PM
That is a date of manufacture code.

The Bushmaster
January 17, 2009, 09:42 PM
Hummm...That's interesting. I have two .38/.357 Resizing/decapping dies and they are marked L7 and E5. The L7 was purchased in 1988 and the E5 was purchased in 2006

Walkalong
January 17, 2009, 11:02 PM
My Lee .38/.357 sizer is marked with a B8, purchased around 20 to 22 years ago.

MMCSRET
January 17, 2009, 11:07 PM
A is January, B is Feb and so on, the digit is the year.. They may have some letters that were skipped over, such as E can resemble F if not properly struck so they may only use the E and then skip to G. This type of dating system is common, with many minor variations.

jal5
January 18, 2009, 12:14 AM
Thanks Guys, good to know.

Joe

MAXM
January 19, 2009, 07:55 AM
Jal5,
please keep us informed about the Lee reply.
Thanks :)!

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