Old Press - Any Info?


December 7, 2010, 01:44 PM
My local gun shop has a used old single stage press for sale for $35. It was made by a company called Herzberger or Hertberger or something similar. I can't find any info on the interwebs about the manufacturer or whether or not it is compatible with modern dies and shell holders. Do you guys know anything about it?

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December 7, 2010, 01:58 PM
You sure that doesn't say "HERTERS"?

Massive presses, not too badly constructed but do require special shell holders...........lotta folks swear by 'em & I'd suggest you google by name.

December 7, 2010, 03:22 PM
Ha! HERTERS it is, thanks!

December 7, 2010, 03:32 PM
Can't get shell holders for them anymore.

Well, you can, but they will cost about as much apiece as the press.

RCBS & 4D does make an adapter to use standard shell holders in the Herters ram, but it adds length to the ram, reducing press window clearance, and in general is not worth messing with unless you just have too.


December 7, 2010, 06:25 PM
Good old stout press. I bought mine in 1957 for $13. Still use it. I got an adapter for shell holders so I can use standard shell holders. It only shortens the stroke by about 1/8 inch. Still plenty of room for most rifle rounds. I would happily give $35 for it if I needed one. Some shell holders show up on eBay now and then. Herter's presses too. You won't buy one for $35 there though. I am guessing there are some shell holders to go with it?

Jesse Heywood
December 7, 2010, 06:25 PM
$35 is quite a bit for a lightweight boat anchor.

December 7, 2010, 10:27 PM
It's a good, strong, single station press. I see the Herters shell holders on Ebay all the time.

December 8, 2010, 05:46 AM
don,t let the fact that you must get a adaptor stop you from getting the press, i bought two of the herter turret 6 hole presses and a hollywood universal 12 hole press for peanuts at a yard sale and for the cost of the three adaptors(12.00 each) i got three ex loading presses. the hollywood universal is realy nice, i keep it set up to load my six favorite calibures. eastbank.

December 8, 2010, 01:06 PM
Exactly. We're not discussing dogs, knee joints, or cars here, so Old does not equal Used Up.

Some of these old presses are actually stronger and more durable than ones produced today.

December 8, 2010, 11:08 PM
so Old does not equal Used Up.

Jeez, I hope that's true!

December 9, 2010, 09:35 AM

If you want to know something about Herters, email the gentelman above, if you need parts he is a good resourse man

I will assume the press is a Super 3, My choice for a press for under $35.00 dollars over a new press that coast $.35.00 would be the Herter, I have the two ram, 6 position, Super 3, 'O' and 'U'. The latest addition is the NEW (er) Super 3, it was carried to the Dallas Market Hall Gun Show for a number of times and for sale for $75.00 dollars, it came with accessories, some related other not but it came with 5 shell holders, the gentelman that was selling it decided we had enough in common it would be in his interest to give me the press with accessories with the understanding there are times he needs help and or advise, so instead of him taking the press home, I took it home,

As to helping him? He is a genious with guns and reloading, another member of this form visited him, when he left he said "I thought I was a reloader, then I met him".

F. Guffey

December 9, 2010, 10:27 AM
Petro, try Castboolits.com. I've seen a lot of discussion on Herters gear on there. Never owned one of their presses but I always thought they were a good deal.....plenty, plenty stout! Have owned a couple of items they sold, a press mounted lube sizer and scale......bought 'em both new in the '60's & they still work just fine.

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