Thanks Muddober (Hollywood Senior Press)

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Freebore, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free
    Thanks Muddober (Hollywood Senior Press Rebuild)

    Just completed (rebuilding) is a Hollywood Senior press that was donated by Muddober. This press was disassembled and bead-blasted down to the bare castings. The castings were re-coated using a blue/black/gray texture coating and two coatings of clearcoat, The linkage, arm, and miscellaneous parts were also polished and re-blued.

    Currently the press is setup for 1-1/2X12 dies (1-1/2-12 to 7/8-14 adapter bushing on order). I also replaced the shell holder ram (since this photo) with a universal ram that now accepts current snap-in shell holders. Priming is currently for large primers, but my Texan 301 H3 priming arms work on this press as well. The linkage can also be adjusted (second set of holes) to increase leverage for swaging, etc.

    From what I can find, this model was made during the sixties after a 1961 revision of the Senior model, the base and (machined) column are actually a single iron casting, with the die and shell plates made from aluminum.

    All tolerances are very close and machining is excellent. A very smooth clean operating heavy duty single stage press, I have to admit, I like it a lot better than my Rockchucker IV

    Thanks again to Muddober

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  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Amazing job ! Looks like it's begging to be feed ! Love the finish on it too.

  3. muddober

    muddober Active Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    Carson City Nevada
    Freebore: You actually cleaned that press up and did all that work in less time than it took to ship it to you. I am really glad you are enjoying it and it looks great.

    Thanks for sharing the photos and compliment.

  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Thats fricken awesome... You have a way with antique equipment my friend. I wouldnt mind having one like that;)
  5. BigJakeJ1s

    BigJakeJ1s Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    Not really sure, but that press seems to have two sets of holes in the linkage, one set for more leverage, and the other for longer stroke. I would think that if the outer hole in the bottom link is used, the inner hole in the upper link should be used with it, to maintain the same location of the top of the stroke for the shell holder.

    Or did I miss something?

  6. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Potosi, Mo
    Nice looking work there, makes me wonder what you could do with my ol' lady:D:D
  7. That is a sweet looking press! Really great job on restoring too. Thanks for sharing!
  8. FTK87

    FTK87 New Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Chouteau, Oklahoma
    I must say you do very nice work!
  9. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    You did a great job on that and fast, too. It seems like only a few days ago I saw the thread where muddober was going to send it to you. What a difference!
  10. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free

    You're absolutely correct, the second set of holes increases leverage considerably while maintaining the same distance for the priming operation. Leverage as shown is more than adequate for most any reloading stages, I believe the second set of holes would really be used for bullet swaging.
  11. woodyplacks

    woodyplacks New Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    Yes, that really looks great! I would like mine to look like that, so, what is the name of the color and brand name of the spray paint? I`m hoping that you`re willing to share. Thanks, Art.:)
  12. hunter29180

    hunter29180 Well-Known Member

    ok another new term!! Bullet Swaging???? please enlighten a confused fella!! PLEASE??
  13. permafrost

    permafrost Active Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    Your attention to detail is superb! Looks better than original. Thanks for sharing.
  14. woodyplacks

    woodyplacks New Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    Greetings Hunter, Bullet swaging means to force lead into a bullet die to produce a bullet of a certain size and uniformity. It takes a strong press with tight linkage to produce an accurate bullet, because of the amount of force involved. `Hope this helps.......Art.
  15. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    INDEED! Swaging bullets is some forceful business as youre cramming a big chunk of lead in a smaller hole. These old 'tanks' are prefect for such tasks because they are extremely overbuilt and you have alot of leverage. I wouldnt be suprised if some of these old presses could be used as an arbor press effectively..
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