|NO. 3 - Prototypes (These are rare puppies)
|38-55 wirh recapper on nose as well as the upper handle, as seen on eBay.
|The "P" denotes the die being for a paper-patched bullet.
Note the unusual open end. Unknown if this is standard for all paper-patch dies as this is the first one seen.
There was some discussion as to whether these tools were really prototypes of the No. 3 and not the No. 6. I
used to think the latter, but on further reflection, believe Doug Elliot's thesis that they are No. 3s is correct.
The three I have seen have no patent dates, which even the earliest production tools had, and if they were just
early No. 6s, more of them should have been found.
|Another very clean example, this one a 32-40 with a die for seating paper-patched bullets,
yet has a sizing station for grooved cast bullets.
Photos courtesy of E. Curtiss.
|Note the "38" by the sizing station.
First one I've seen with these markings.
This appears to be a factory modification of a single adjustable die to a double
adjustable. Another first.
The die is marked "38" and the bullet-seating stem "R", for a round-nose Marlin
|This version, a 38-55 M[arlin], has a sizing station with the pushrod missing.