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Indentify this press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by slicksleeve, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    Can someone please tell me what brand of press this is? It has a three hole setup, made to lower the dies toward the shell casing. The shell holders have a long stem that mounts into the thick steel base with a set screw. They are not like the Lee or RCBS ones I have that fit my Lee press. I also have never seen any for sale anywhere, and that is what is keeping me from using this press. It bolts to the table with four bolts that come from underneath. It also has a plastic primer feed mounted to the right hand side. It has no words on it except for the numbers "330" stamped on the very top. Where could I buy shell holders? Sorry for the poor pictures and there only being one, but that's all my cell phone and computer would allow for. Any help is greatly appreciated. Joe.

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  2. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Well-Known Member

    It may be an ancient Herter, but other than that I haven't a clue.
  3. David Wile

    David Wile Well-Known Member

    Hey Slick,

    You got me on that one. I remember several different Herter's presses as well as other presses that looked like Herter's presses, but I do not remember any press like that one. I'll take a wild guess for an old Hollywood press. Surely, someone here will know what it is.

    Best wishes,
    Dave Wile
  4. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    Thanks to both of you. I can say that this thing is very well made. Standard Lee, Hornady, and RCBS dies will all screw in it, but there is no room for the lockrings to screw onto them. By the way, I've never heard of either of those brands, gonna do some googlin'.
  5. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Well-Known Member

    Unless your an older guy you wouldn't have heard of them. They went away a long time ago. But I still have a Herter I use occasionally. That one will still work 300 years from now. :D
  6. David Wile

    David Wile Well-Known Member

    Hey Qajaq59,

    I have an old Welles press that is a first cousin to the Herter's massive "C" frame press, and you are certainly correct that it will still work 300 years from now. I must admit though, I don't really use it since I have two RCBS Juniors, an RCBS RockChucker, and a Hornady LNL AP. I just seem to keep it around for a conversation piece. I hope to see you next month somewhere down along Rt 27.

    Best wishes,
    Dave Wile
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nice nickle Trooper Mk III next to it, whatever it is. :)
  8. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    At first I thought it might be an old Pacific press as they were fond of the dual side post configurations. I don't think it is though due to the color and what looks like a support rod in the back. They never had one like that.

    I don't think it's a Hollywood as they had a massive center post, not the side posts.

    That's a stumper for sure.
  9. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Well-Known Member

    I'll line up the fish for ya. lol

    We need someone even older then me for this one. And I'm 70.
  10. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    Well, as far as color goes, it was completely rusted when I gave the $30 for it. I cleaned it up, I cant remember what the base color was anymore. I'll look closely and get back to you on that one after I get home. Thanks for the comment on the Colt Walkalong. I wish I could say it is mine. I have it to do some work on, the trigger is broken.
  11. Rugg_Ed

    Rugg_Ed Well-Known Member

    Looks sort of like a vary old Bear, Later know as bear / pacific then just pacific that was way back.
    look for some (off blue) or gray.color I think Herters were gray not sure. Nice desk top how ever!!
  12. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    Bair - could be, but like the Pacifics, I think their handles were offset to the side, not centered.

    Of course it could be a one-of-a-kind home made press someone machined in their shop.

    What is the metal used? Aluminum, steel?
  13. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    Oh, most certianly steel.
  14. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    It's definitely not an old Bair(Bear) press since I'm familiar with that old line. My first thought when I saw it was that it may be a custom made or proto type press. I am curious to who manufactured it also.
  15. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    I haven't a clue who made that. It comes from the late 40's-50s era, well before Bair. The basic "H" principle is one used by the old CH company (it's not "C&H") that was still being sold in the mid 60s.

    There were several machine shop operators that got into a reloading tool side line in those days, usually because the owners were shooters/reloaders themselves.

    Buying proper shell holders would be total luck. You may find something on ebay but that's not likely.

    I think your best bet would be to take it and a standard shell holder to a small machine shop and see what they would charge you to make it accept new ones.
  16. robphillips

    robphillips Active Member

    CH was about to be my guess also. I have one just like it.
  17. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

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  18. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    See post #1, added pictures of the shellholder, and some of the parts dissassembled. The paint is black under the base. All the rest I stripped off with a wire brush wheel back when cleaned it up. The fellow I bought it from couldn't remember what brand it was, he thought maybe it was a Forster. He just stated very plainly that "It ain't no d***Lee!" P.S. I got a little carried away with the pictures and threw in one of some revolvers.
  19. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    That's another clue that it might be a Herter's. They used a black crinkle paint on many of their presses, scales, etc. But, they also usually made their steel bases with the name "Herter's Inc. Since 1893" in raised letters cast in them. So that's one clue for and one clue against.
  20. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Mal and to all who have responded. It seems we may not put it down to any one thing in particular, but I have really enjoyed this thread and all the input from you gents. Good thing I have a Lee Turret press to keep me shooting.

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