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Phelps Reloading Press-Anyone heard of??

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RUT, Sep 10, 2003.

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  1. RUT

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    Phelps Reloading Press-Anyone head of??

    I picked up this funky "progressive" loading press today made by the Phelps Mfg. Co. of E. Orange, NJ. It would appear to be from the 50's, and is built like a tank! It was obviously made for commercial or PD use, as I'm sure it cost an arm and a leg in its day. Has anyone ever heard of this thing? My plan is to clean it up and perhaps make a lamp out of it or so. :)

    Thanks--RUT
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    It is pretty much a copy of the Star which may or may not still be in production, reports vary.

    Make a lamp out of it?

    LOAD AMMO!
     
  3. RUT

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    >>Make a lamp out of it?

    LOAD AMMO!<<

    I do, but not on that old fossil!! Thanks for the info.........
     
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    Phelps Reloading Press-Anyone head of??

    Being from NJ I know a little about the Phelps press. In fact, back in the late '60's, I used to shoot b'eye with John Phelps at a local club and some matches.

    I loaded thousands of .38 Spl. rounds on a Phelps press with no problems. I also used a Star press that I had prior to the Phelps. Many of the parts interchanged.

    John worked for Star and when their patent lapsed or something of that nature, John marketed a press of his own. That's why the Star Progressive and the Phelps are so close.
     
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    J.P. "FITZ" can certainly tell you all about Phelps. Phelps was a imitator of the Star Presses of San Diego, who from 1933 till the '60s made the best progressive presses made. Quantrill
     
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    Thanks for the info. guys. I hadn't heard of it before, but it was too good to pass up. basically, I bought it as an "artifact" for a mere $20.00, and will probably just keep it to look at or perhaps make a lamp out of!! :)

    Thanks--RUT
     
  7. Paul "Fitz" Jones

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    Lamp Material

    I would appreciate a before and after picture of it as a lamp.

    John Paul Jones
    Retired Star Distributor
    Star Reloader Reconditioning Center
    coffeyn1@castles.com
     
  8. RUT

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    >>I would appreciate a before and after picture of it as a lamp.<<

    Ok, will do!!:)
     
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    Paul......he he he:)

    Sam
     
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