Anyone use Lyman 310 dies...

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Gunguy, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Gunguy

    Gunguy Guest

    Couldn't help myself, got 'em on ebay in .44 special caliber so you know they are ancient.

    Finally figured out what everything is and how they work, but the seating die doesn't seen to have a crimp that I can actually see.

    Guess I'm use to roll crimping with modern dies and this don't get done with 310 dies.

    The squeeze handle is fun when things get slow around here.

    This 310 six die set came with grip handle, .44 spl. cake cutter, a full length brass case sizer, and even a lead bullet sizer die...that don't do gascheck bullets.

    But have another ebay prize coming in the mail soon...a Lyman Tru-line Jr. iddy biddy press.

    Will have to order an adapter J shellholder from Lyman so it can take modern shellholders...unless someone out there has an old .44 special one that will fit this press.

    Please tell me your experiences with the 310 dies, wether tong tool or Tru-line Jr. press.

    Gunguy



    PS: I'm in the market for a set of 310 dies for .45 Colt caliber.

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  2. armedandsafe

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    I've used the 310 since the early 60s. I carried one and a set of dies and components when treking in Alaska. I've used them for pistol and (small) rifle cartridges.

    I've used them at the range when developing new loads, too. I've seen them used at the range by hard-core bench-rest shooters, who will shoot all day on 5 rounds of brass.

    Many of the dies will not place a hard crimp on the neck, as they depend on the tension of the neck to hold the bullet. I've loaded many thousand .45ACP, 38Spl, .357, 9mm and 32-20 on mine with few to no problems. They don't full-length resize, so I bought the full-length resizer for the 32-20 in standard size, as the chamber on my Martini is enough different from the revolver to require this.

    I love the tool.

    Pops
  3. Gunguy

    Gunguy Guest

    Thanks, Pops for the reply.

    I know I've got good tools here, I understand they still make this press in Austrailia under some other name to this day.

    I will try and get by without the usual roll crimp and hope the seating die's neck tension will get the job done.

    This Lyman Tru-line Jr. press just showed up by Fedex, and is getting a paint job right now...the wife is raising hell with me for doing it indoors...but its cold outside.

    It came with a No. 26 shellholder guess it fits the 222 and 223 cartridge...maybe the 30 carbine too.

    Still need a universal J adapter shellholder, or a .44 special shellholder.

    Jim :)
  4. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I haven't looked at the Lyman catalog for a couple of years, but the 310 was still there last time I looked. I have seen the dies at shows, new from the factory.

    Hmmmmm, Have to do some digging, I guess.

    Pops
  5. Ross95966

    Ross95966 New Member

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    Gunguy,
    My tong tool crimps .44 Special just fine. I bought it in about '58 when I got my new SAA Colt.
    You seem to have the improved True Line Jr. linkage with the Y yoke.
    My favorite feature of the 310 dies is the primer seating chamber.
    Do you have steel or alloy handles?
    Reading posts I note that few wish to slow down much while producing ammo. I suppose that is why Lyman for awhile let the 310 nap. I have a number of mostly unused progressive presses. But why should I let the machines have all the fun?
    Cheers from RINO-infested California,
    Ross
  6. Gunguy

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    Hi Ross, always glad to meet fellow 310 addict.

    The tong tool is probably the lite metal ones, not heavy enouh to be steel.

    Finally fixed my shellholder problem, C&H makes an adapter extender shellholder, I merely turned it down on the shank to the bottom so it would fit into the Tru-line Jr. press shellholder station.

    It was a little tricky to bore out the primer hole through to the shellholder but it works fine...after I made a new primer punch rod to reach through it.

    And yes the press has the Y-yoke hinge thingy...see attachment.

    Wouldn't happen to have an extra 310 die lock ring would you?

    Jim

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  7. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    Dang it! Ther ya go again. Making me droooool al over my keyboard. :D

    Pops
  8. Gunguy

    Gunguy Guest

    Here's another angle shot of it.

    GG

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  9. Ross95966

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    Gunguy,
    Sure do. email me your snail mail address and I'll pop one in the post.
    Cheers from Darkest California,
    Ross
  10. Gunguy

    Gunguy Guest

    Ross, please check your private messages on your email alert...sent you the info you requested...and many thanks.

    Gunguy :)
  11. Gunguy

    Gunguy Guest

    This is the 310 adapter thread to fit on the No.55 Lyman powder mesure to be inserted on the TLJ press. A gent down in the southland named Brian came through for me. As you can see it don't have no lock ring.

    Can't get parts like this anymore from Lyman.

    Gunguy

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  12. Gunguy

    Gunguy Guest

    Another angle shot showing a lot of orange.

    Notice the shellholder fabrication mount to hold a .44 special shellholder...or any other caliber.

    Also the primer punch shows its extra length to be able to extend through the taller shellholder.

    Someone has got to get me to a shrink, I just bought another Lyman TLJ press. But the lady threw in some extras, J-die Universal shellholder, extended primer punch, set of 30-30 caliber 310 dies...all for $31...I love ebay. I think they love me to for spending a lot of bucks there.

    GG

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  13. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

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    GG, you put another press on that bench and I hope you have it lag bolted into the wall! With the Dillon on the other side, you gonna be in a heap o trouble son, ifn it ever falls! I'd hear the thud clean down here! Now what ya wantin fer that there lyman sizer? :D :D :D :D

    It would look good next to mt Saeco!
  14. Gunguy

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    Uh, I do have a weight problem in that room...and that other desk load don't help as all of it being above the garage.

    Blue an orange on one side and gray, brown, black, and ugh green on the other side.

    Don't ask whats in the green milk carry carton under the desk.

    Rick, that Lyman lube/sizer was awfully hard to come by bidding on ebay was a battle trying to win it...I got beat out 3 times before I nailed this one by resorting to sniping.

    If you want...you could try and find one on ebay but its a bid war to get one.

    Now, if you want a little lyman press like the Tru-line Jr. I can fix ya up.

    GG

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  15. armedandsafe

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    Hmmmm. If Plano isn't interested, I might be. I have dies and a TLJ would be a nice addition to the mix. I'd take it cheap, just to keep you from danger, doncha know. :D

    Pops
  16. Gunguy

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    Whoa there Pops, I guess I should have emailed Rick on that offer as I had a good reason offering it to him...I owe him big time from past favors he'd done for me.

    Now, on ebay tonight, probably gone by now...there was a TLJ fixer upper needed some TLC (needed paint job is all) but the starter bid was $10 and no one had bid on it...$10 would have nailed that for you.

    Got a hunch the seller will offer the same item again very soon.

    I find them on ebay but sometimes they need a little cosmetic change, all the orange stuff you see in my photos got cleaned and repainted to look good as new.

    Gunguy
  17. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

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    Thanks for the offer, GG I'll send ya an email. I have the following already, a MEC 600 for shotshells, a Dillon XL650 for rifle/pistol and then a RCBS Rockchucker for what ails me. Then add in my lube sizer gear. I know how much care you have put into those machines. I'll email ya

    By the way, you don't owe me anything. You helped me get rid of my excess. Thanks.

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  18. armedandsafe

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    Thanks GG. I've been busy chasing ebay for my mll and lathe. I guess now should put some work into looking for a tlj. :D

    Pops
  19. Gunguy

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    Hey, a mill and lathe...good deal. Are you an experienced metal shaper?

    I've had my little mini-lathe for about 5 years and just barely able to do simple things with it which frustrate me greatly. I don't have anyone up here in these boondock woods to teach me. What little I've gleaned has come from books and just fiddling with it.

    I really need some more lathe accessories but seem to be spending all my extra dough on guns or reloading stuff.

    I would like to be able to do some boring, maybe be able to make some dies.

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    I tried sending you an ebay page item on a TLR press that just went on a nine day auction. But it wouldn't hook up with your website addy.

    No bid on it yet, and the starting bid is $18.95 for a really nice one. These little presses top out around thirty to thirty eight dollars...not including shipping.

    The exception to that figure is the ratty ones that are pretty beat up, rusted, or missing parts. That other one last night could have been had for $10 first bid, however, it didn't have the Y-yoke on the linkage...just a straight bar for linkage...though I don't know if it really makes a difference in its operation.

    Good luck and let us know how you make out on the lathe and the press.

    GG :)
  20. armedandsafe

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    Yep, I'm pretty excited about it. If you go over to the tech forum, you'll see a picture of it.

    I am in no way an experienced metal shaper. I had access to a full-blown machine shop when I had that little garden farm in Anza, CA. The bridgeport was larger than my house is now and the lathe was a 17 footer. Sure looked funny to see my 45cal pieces stuck in the jaws. Looked like a hippo eating a peanut. :D

    I don't kow why you weren't able to get hooked up to my email address. If you were typing in the address, don't forget the underlines between the 3 words. You can also get to me as rifler39 over on yhoo. I'll go take a look as soon as the one I'm bidding on now finishes. about 3 minutes.

    Pops
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