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22 September 2010, 04:59
Alan W
1.5 x 12 press
Gents:
We have been making custom dies for a number of years and are venturing into 50 cal for BR folks.
Make up is based around your brass, ID, OD ground off of arbors, Head Space acjustable, custome shell holders, blah 'blah.

Please point me to a source for a press w/ 1.5- 12 thread so I can trial run/ set up in the shop.

Thanks

Alan
23 September 2010, 00:39
Macifej
Only thing off the rack is Corbin. Rethreading an Ammomaster etc likely won't yield the precise alignmet BR requires.

http://www.corbins.com/pr-csp2.htm
23 September 2010, 03:32
Idaho Sharpshooter
If God smiles on you, you might locate an RCBS A4 somewhere. I have one, and it is the best HD press I have ever seen.

good luck

Rich
23 September 2010, 07:51
dpcd
I use a Lee press and the threads are 1.25 by 14 I believe. It works very well and was cheap.
23 September 2010, 08:09
Idaho Sharpshooter
What thread is the big Redding?

Rich
23 September 2010, 08:36
Macifej
quote:
Originally posted by Idaho Sharpshooter:
What thread is the big Redding?

Rich


Small and not enough opening.
24 September 2010, 02:55
Alan W
\Thanks for all the replies.
Not sure where I'm headed on this. Funny thing is, I have an A-4 but it must be an early version. It is threaded 1.375 - 12. Plenty of opening so maybe I'll just open it up to 1.5.

Alan
19 January 2011, 03:34
Omnivorous_Bob
quote:
Only thing off the rack is Corbin. Rethreading an Ammomaster etc likely won't yield the precise alignmet BR requires.


I use 1.5x12 dies in my stock Ammomaster II all of the time.

Bob


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19 January 2011, 07:45
Macifej
quote:
Originally posted by Omnivorous_Bob:
quote:
Only thing off the rack is Corbin. Rethreading an Ammomaster etc likely won't yield the precise alignmet BR requires.


I use 1.5x12 dies in my stock Ammomaster II all of the time.

Bob


My bad, I was thinking 2"-12. I have a Hornady BMG press opened up to 2" from 1.5".
19 January 2011, 08:49
Omnivorous_Bob
Macifej, I'd ask what you need 2" dies for, but I don't really want to know. My shoulder hurts just thinking about it!

Bob


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"If we're not supposed to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?"
19 January 2011, 10:34
Macifej
quote:
Originally posted by Omnivorous_Bob:
Macifej, I'd ask what you need 2" dies for, but I don't really want to know. My shoulder hurts just thinking about it!

Bob


For these Mr. Bobniverous! I'm with you, I just makes em, I leave the shootin' to much bigger guys.

Big Grin


20 January 2011, 02:30
CowboyCS
quote:
Originally posted by Macifej:
quote:
Originally posted by Omnivorous_Bob:
Macifej, I'd ask what you need 2" dies for, but I don't really want to know. My shoulder hurts just thinking about it!

Bob


For these Mr. Bobniverous! I'm with you, I just makes em, I leave the shootin' to much bigger guys.

Big Grin


I've shot both of those, and you don't need a press to reload the big ones(I made the hand reloading dies for the 2 Bore) and the little ones(45-70gov't) fit in my standard RCBS just fine.

Colin
20 January 2011, 08:38
Macifej
quote:
I've shot both of those


One of two guys walking the Earth!

Big Grin
25 January 2011, 05:29
bigdoggy700
Cowboy S. makes a neat little hand set to reload those 2 bore shells with 3500 grain round balls. He will include one with the purchase of a 2 bore gun made by him. He does excellent work too.!!
25 January 2011, 19:13
Idaho Sharpshooter
BD,

where you been man?

Rich
28 January 2011, 12:06
Edmond
I have used the Hornady Lock-N-Load 50 BMG, I love the quick change of tools. I used RCBS tools for the .50, one case tri die and a chamfering tool are included in the set.


29 January 2011, 09:31
bigdoggy700
Idaho, hi Rich, My twin brother passed away in October and I have been helping my sister in law with things. He lived 3 blocks from me and we did everything together for about the last 30 years. It has taken awhile to get back in the groove of things. Some how I always get back into guns to get things back to normal. Also had a son get married in November so I have been a little busy. Doing a little better now. thanks
01 February 2011, 02:10
Idaho Sharpshooter
BD,

see you in July. The Cubs are in town the end of the month.

Rich
16 July 2011, 21:00
Kevin Rohrer
Dillon also makes a dedicated .50BMG press costing a cool $1000.


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20 December 2013, 06:17
CHIPB
What about this big CH4D?
http://www.ch4d.com/equipment/presses/RC000
28 December 2013, 00:10
McKay
I find my AmmoMaster II a little lacking leverage occasionally when sizing military 50cal brass. Just ordered a Corbin Mega-Mite after using a friends. Whole new ball game. Have heard mixed reviews on the Walnut Hill Press and not great reviews on the CH4D.


Mac

28 December 2013, 04:07
CHIPB
Mac: I am wondering…on the Corbin press…is there a long backorder time frame? I've heard as much as 18 months. Thanks. Chip.
29 December 2013, 21:21
McKay
quote:
Originally posted by CHIPB:
Mac: I am wondering…on the Corbin press…is there a long backorder time frame? I've heard as much as 18 months. Thanks. Chip.


I think there is longer lead times on the $10,000 presses they make but as far as these cheaper presses they make they are about a month lead time I believe. Mine should be shipping this week.


Mac

30 December 2013, 09:14
Divernhunter
Hornady makes a 50bmg press for the 1.5" dies. You can put in an adapter for regular 7/8" dies.
I load all my 50bmg ammo with the Hornady 50BMG press.
30 December 2013, 13:16
Edmond
I used the Hornady 50 BMG press for years, it is excellent.
Especially that I adapted my RCBS Big Max handle to it (the one with rolling wooden handle) I used it as well to form cases.
09 February 2014, 07:08
Kevin Rohrer
Dillon makes a press for the big boy calibers like .50BMG.

The larger Hollywoods will handle them.

CH makes a couple presses that will, too.


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09 February 2014, 09:45
big will
Do they still make the large Hollywood press?I heard another
company brought them.
15 February 2014, 07:02
Kevin Rohrer
A one man company bought out Hollywood a long time ago and makes the Senior Turret sporadically. He is now quite old and experienced a fire that has further slowed production. It's anyone's guess if new presses are being made or not, but they appear quite often on Ebay.


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23 February 2014, 23:44
Alberta Canuck
Keep your eyes open at gun shows & auction sites. Many of the older RCBS, Redding, and other presses always came originally drilled for those big dies, and use a hex-head, screw-in bushing which is in turn drilled and tapped to allow the use of the 7/8 x14 dies. Even Herter's made some that way.

They were originally intended to accommodate both the .577 & 600 N.E. cartridges as well as the .50 BMG.

Anyway, they are a little short for really easy put-your-mind-on-automatic use, but will do the job just fine. There were quite a number of RCBS presses built that way...the "A", "A-2", "A-3", and "A-4" are some of them, but there were plenty of others. As they are very heavy, a lot of "regular" reloaders tend to buy something lighter and cheaper, there is very little market for the used big ones. Real Bargains can be had.


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02 March 2014, 11:24
Divernhunter
I have the Hornady 50bmg press kit with dies and the powder measure. I am happy with both.
The press is the 1.5" size.
30 March 2014, 08:30
Anjin
quote:
Originally posted by Alberta Canuck:
Keep your eyes open at gun shows & auction sites. Many of the older RCBS, Redding, and other presses always came originally drilled for those big dies, and use a hex-head, screw-in bushing which is in turn drilled and tapped to allow the use of the 7/8 x14 dies. Even Herter's made some that way.

They were originally intended to accommodate both the .577 & 600 N.E. cartridges as well as the .50 BMG.

Anyway, they are a little short for really easy put-your-mind-on-automatic use, but will do the job just fine. There were quite a number of RCBS presses built that way...the "A", "A-2", "A-3", and "A-4" are some of them, but there were plenty of others. As they are very heavy, a lot of "regular" reloaders tend to buy something lighter and cheaper, there is very little market for the used big ones. Real Bargains can be had.



The Big Max A4 does work for big cartridges where relatively few others do. I know that I got one in the 1980s for my H&H 500/450 3-1/4" reloading, because those would not fit in my RCBS Rockchucker. The Big Max worked fine.

I got my dies directly from Jim Bell along with some of his brass and the rifle, and they are RCBS, so I cannot add any insights into other sized dies.


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02 March 2017, 07:37
WoodHunter
I have a press for sale in the classifieds. 1.5x12 threads.
06 June 2017, 06:06
cal pappas
The Ammomaster is cheap and functional but shows how RCBS has moved away from quality over the decades. With different bushings, I use the 1.5 diameter for my 4-bore, the 1.25 for my 8-bore, 1" for .600, and the 7/8" for everything else.
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04 September 2017, 23:38
Kevin Rohrer
I "think" some of the bigger Hollywoods are 1.5x12, but am not sure.


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09 October 2017, 19:34
WoodHunter
I will take some photos of the brute I have and post here.

It will be available soon as I continue the shop cleanup and divest myself of the items I will no longer use.

Match reamers and dies also available.

And lots of brass and powder.

Too difficult to ship, if a guy is willing to drive to the Seattle area I may be talked into a deal.
01 November 2017, 15:30
WILDCAT 762
Hi,
i´m making my own. C-Frame with changeable Insets from 7/8x14 to 1 1/2x12.

Best
Wildcat762