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Ideal Loading tool question
Nov 8th, 2019 at 11:10am
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I think some of you know a great deal about these tools and I want to pick your brain.

If this in fact really is a #8 tool- what makes it a #8?

Thanks in advance.
-CW
PS That resent Tom Rowe two book set on old loading tool sure would be nice to have.   


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Reply #1 - Nov 8th, 2019 at 12:53pm
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It could be because it casts a hollow base bullet. I had one once in .32 Long Rifle that was set up to do the same thing, in the same way.
  
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Reply #2 - Nov 8th, 2019 at 1:26pm
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No. 8 tools were made specifically to cast a hollow-base inside lubricated bullet for cartridges that had been "upgraded" from outside lubricated bullets, such as the .32 Long, .38 Long, .41 Long, and .450 British.  If you were still using outside lubricated bullets, you could reload your cartridges with an appropriate No. 1 tool.

The tool on eBay, by the way, is uncommon in that it still has its bullet base plug.

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Reply #3 - Nov 9th, 2019 at 7:11am
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Chamberlain and Quigley’s Reloading Tools of the Past isn’t as detailed or as spectacularly well photographed as the Rowe & Curtis books, but it has all the basic data you need on tools of that era, smaller, handier, and much cheaper.  A good investment for the auction browser who wonders what is what.
  
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Reply #4 - Nov 9th, 2019 at 9:25am
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Bent-Ramrod is so right that while I think the book(let) has been out of print for some time, I recommend taking the time to find a nice copy.

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Reply #5 - Nov 9th, 2019 at 12:37pm
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Cornell does a reprint of the book for $24.95. Some folks are selling a used copy of the reprint for more than a few originals bring . $40 plus for an original. Must be a good reprint.
  
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Reply #6 - Nov 10th, 2019 at 12:16pm
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Bent_Ramrod wrote on Nov 9th, 2019 at 7:11am:
Chamberlain and Quigley’s Reloading Tools of the Past isn’t as detailed or as spectacularly well photographed as the Rowe & Curtis books, but it has all the basic data you need on tools of that era, smaller, handier, and much cheaper.  A good investment for the auction browser who wonders what is what.


Agreed! I have had my dog-eared copy for longer than I can remember when it was acquired.  Which is not saying much, I remember less and less Roll Eyes

I posted here because it never hurts to ask questions and solicit additional information.

And I do want my very own copy of Rowe's books on the subject. Maybe Santa will come through.

Carry on. -CW
  
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Re: Ideal Loading tool question
Reply #7 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 1:28pm
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FWIW, here's an interesting website that has good information about the history of the old Ideal reloading tools: (You need to Login or Register to view media files and links)

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Re: Ideal Loading tool question
Reply #8 - Nov 11th, 2019 at 2:54pm
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Tom still has originals of Dick and his book that he sells. I got a friend a copy just recently. I can pass on Tom's email if anyone is interested in a book directly from Tom, but wont post his email here.
  

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Thanks, neat site!
  
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Reply #10 - Nov 12th, 2019 at 10:23am
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Wow! That really is a good reference on Ideal tools. Thanks for posting it. I had no idea it was there.
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