|No. 3 Second Version 1889-1940 (Bullet Sizer on Handle)
Seen in 22 - 50 calibers
|38 L. I. L. (Long Inside Lubricated)
|This is from the April 1993 American Rifleman "Second Shots" under the heading of "100 Years Ago"
and came with the set.
|Caliber .303 Savage. Rare adjustable die version made for Savage Arms.
|28-30 Stevens as seen on eBay.
|25-21 & 25 as seen on eBay. Usually seen only in the small die version. This one is standard.
|These dies will fit the current Lyman 310 handles.
The present owner believes this to be a No. 8 with the mould ground off, as so often shows up.
But . . . the No. 8, as far as is known, was never issued with an adjustable die.
On the other hand, the few No. 3s seen in this caliber have the standard "blunt" bullet-sizing plunger,
with the tapered point version seen only in the No. 8.
Note the very early die ID number: "40-70", with the "40" being Ideal's reference number for the caliber
and "70" being the bullet design.
Photos courtesy D. Elliott
|I believe this recent photo proves to me, anyway, that the tool is a No. 3 with the tapered point bullet-sizing stem.
|Interesting markings on this one - another "First time I've seen one like this".
Die marked "30-30 SAVAGE", so it is assumed to be a factory item
in the typical Ideal "make it do" fashion.
|Late issue 44-40 (ca 1940s) with no bullet sizing station.
This one is doubly interesting in that it was modified twice. The first time was a very nice fill-in-the-hole job
where the plunger for a sizing station would have gone (circled in red.).
Evidently originally slated as a No. 10, Step Two was the omission of the sliding latch, (to hold the
rimless case for priming - right photo) which would have been held in place by a screw in the tapped
hole to the right of the priming station. Another "Make it do" example.
|A scarce caliber, a worked-over tool and die
|40-70 SS (Sharps Straight)
The tool started out in life as a No.10 Swinging Hook version with the tell-tale hole for
the pivot pin near the hinge, probably for the 257 Roberts as the case diameters are
almost identical and the bullet sizing station mikes .257.
And finally, a die marked "162" (375 H&H Magnum) re-bored to seat a round-nose
bullet - probably a paper-patched bullet as the die doesn't appear to have a crimping
shoulder. That would also explain why Ideal didn't bore out the sizing station to 40 caliber.