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Herters Presses

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Threedog, Mar 29, 2010.

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  1. Threedog

    Threedog Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    I have 2 old Herters presses that I got from my grandpa when he passed away. They seem real solid but I have never used them. Are they good presses or should I just keep them for "back up"?
  2. ranger335v

    ranger335v Member

    Dec 3, 2006
    Why would you want a press for "back up" if you couldn't use it for the prime work?

    Herter's presses were fine. And remain so today, if you can find shell holders for 'em.
  3. villemur

    villemur Member

    Nov 17, 2009
    New Hampshire
    I've got an old Herter's two position press that I still use a lot - it's built like a tank. I had to buy adapters to use standard shellholders with it. If they work well and are in good condition you should use them.

    RCBS makes a shellholder adapter that you can buy from Midway.
  4. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Carolina Low Country
    My U3 will be loading when my kids are grandparents. Lately I use it for 45-70, keep it set up & ready to go off the bench & just pop it on when I need it. I have a Rock Chucker & Dillon 550 for most stuff, but I will not get rid of the old soldier. It was my first press in the 60's and it's still bullet proof. I got one of the shell plate adapters to use standard shell holders, but I have most of the Herter's shellholders as well. Take them apart, clean them up, oil them, and start loading. George Leonard Herter will be smiling down on you... :D
  5. ancientriflesmith

    ancientriflesmith Member

    Apr 2, 2010
    New....old guy on campus!
    Herter's made excellent reloading gear. I am still using a Model 3 press bought about 1957. My brother and I bought a complete reloading setup from them and everything is still in great shape. Brother passed away awhile ago and I ended up with most of his Herter's dies, bullet molds, bullets and yes! even primers and powder from the 60s and 70s. For you youngens the complete reloading setup cost us a whopping 72.00. Press, case length gauge, powder measure and scale, 7x57 and 7.65 x 53 dies, etc. Around 1962 we both bought Herter's 44 magnum single six revolvers cost 42.00 each plus Railroad Express Freight. At that time we learned the guns were made by J.P. Sauer and Son in Germany. I still shoot mine regularly with full house loads and its tight as a ........take you pick.... but its match accurate and the action smoother than any other revolver I own.
    Just thought you might like to hear from an old Herter's customer. We lived in the hills of Arkansas and ordered everything from Herters' as it was 100 miles to any store that sold reloading gear.
    Hope this isn't so long its boring.
    ancient rifle smith
    Retired Navy Metalsmith Vet. RVN 1968-1971
    Completed Gunsmith apprenticeship in 1960. Still build custom rifles for self and family
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