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another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« on: March 06, 2011, 08:04:55 pm »
Today I made a lengthy road-trip to visit fellow forum member Mike V and acquire my second Star. Recently, I had agreed to purchase his Progressive press in order to better support my DR (Distinguished Revolver) efforts. Mike is a wonderfully nice gentleman and his press was beautifully preserved.

While I was organizing some spare parts that came with this press, I took the opportunity to review a number of spare parts and odds & ends from my first Universal purchase.

Included in those parts is what I believe to be a .38 caliber post-hole taper crimp die (for tool heads with the 3/8" smooth hole). But aside from "Patent Pending" on the face of the circular-shaped  knurled nut, I cannot discern any identifying information. Can anyone point me to some examples of these for comparison purposes? (I will work on posting pictures...)

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011, 10:59:43 am »
Greetings Kirk,

What examples are you looking for?

Cheers,

Dave

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011, 11:17:30 am »
Before I can get my own pictures up, I was hoping to see pictures of other crimp dies designed for the smooth tool head hole. I was hoping to compare those pictures with my own and to identify mine. And ultimately, this research will prepare me to sell it to someone else who may need/want it.

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011, 12:00:44 pm »
Greetings Kirk,

Here is a Gil Hebard advertisement from 1972 and an image of a replica die I machined a while back.

Cheers,

Dave

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 12:41:56 pm »
Kirk,
Here is a .45 T.C. die.
Hope it helps.
Semper Fi
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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 01:00:30 pm »
Mike hit the jackpot! Mine looks just about identical, including that circular-shaped knurled lock-nut. (Mike, do you know what the brand/origin of your die is?)

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 01:09:21 pm »
Dave
Nice looking die.

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011, 02:27:48 pm »
Kirk,
There is only 'Pat. Pending' on the large round nut.  I picked it up on line.
I really like Dave's better and for what its worth I would send the head to
Dave to be drilled and tapped(which I have done), his work is outstanding.
MikeA.

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011, 02:45:36 pm »
Agreed, Mike. Dave has already drilled and tapped my a tool head for me, and it holds one of his custom taper crimp dies as well. (Great work, Dave.) Thanks for your help to I.D. this die, Mike, but its manufacturer will continue to be a mystery.

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Origin of Taper Crimp
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 05:25:39 pm »
Greetings,

I have lost the American Rifleman article that was written by John Giles, of Odessa, Florida. Within it, he claims to have invented the taper crimp die and licensed someone, who I obviously cannot recall, to fabricate them.

If I ever locate the magazine, I will copy and post the article.

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Dave

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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2011, 09:28:15 pm »
Ok, finally some pix.

First, the newly acquired Progressive, together with its newly-added Hulme case feeder.
https://picasaweb.google.com/kirk10x/StarReloading#5581528522584778546


Next, the post-hole taper crimp die -- if that's what it is... Note the micrometer reading. It's not .38 Special, not is it .45ACP.
https://picasaweb.google.com/kirk10x/StarReloading#5581528388218634082
https://picasaweb.google.com/kirk10x/StarReloading#5581528416563557698
https://picasaweb.google.com/kirk10x/StarReloading#5581528462491378770

-Kirk

ps -- images didn't show up, so you get hyperlinks instead.
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Re: another new addition + old-style taper crimp die questions
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2011, 12:09:50 pm »
Greetings,

I would venture a guess that the die is 38 Special. Your caliipers may be picking up the taper.

Cheers,

Dave