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Hollywood Reloading Press

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by warpspeed, Sep 22, 2011.

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  1. warpspeed

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    I've been going through some stuff of my dads and came across a Hollywood 12 ga reloading press. Thing is built like a tank.

    I've tried the whole Google search thing and found some of the history but I was wondering if this is worth anything.
     
  2. Barry C. Roach

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    There's one in the ATA Hall of Fame in Vandalia. Maybe they have some info on it. I used to load on one my uncle Frank had (probably 50 years ago) but it's long gone now. Someone on this site will know all about them.
     
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    Can you post a picture of it? I read some place in a catalog that these were the top of the line press in their day and it indicated that it could load an amazing number of shells in an hour. Can't remember but it was in the 1000's. Don't know if it was a misprint or what but I would like to see what it looks like.

    Thanks,

    Brownk80
     
  4. grunt

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    The add said it was strong enough to load a 20mm shell. The main shaft was almost 3" in dia. Ive have a friend that has one in his shop,
     
  5. ctreay

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    I have one and still use it to reload my metallic shells. There are two types, the Hollywood Senior,(think rockchucker), and the Hollywood Senior Turret type, (semi-progressive).
    In 1979 when I got mine the senior was $175.00, the senior turret was $225.00. I have the Turret model, the bare press weighs 57lbs. The book says you can reload 200 shotshells per hr or up to 400 rifle or pistol rounds. The turret has eight positions for dies and/or powder and shot measures. It will accept up to and includeing 20MM Anti Aircraft rounds. One hell of a press.

    I don't have much luck with pictures but if you PM me your address I will mail you a xerox of the pamphlet that came with mine. Put hollywood in the subject line.

    ctreay
     
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    Not mine but here is a pic of a Hollywood Turret Press:
    grntitan_2009_2503124.jpg
     
  7. ctreay

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    Yes that is like mine. It shows the swageing rod in place. That is set up to swage bullets from lead wire in a special die. You want to have it bolted to a darnd good bench for that operation.

    ctreay
     
  8. kd185

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    heres mine set up for my bmg match rifle
     
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    and heres my other one im setting up for swagging
     
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    warpspeed are you interested in selling it
    let me know i may know a buyer depending on what you have and its condition
     
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    UP /
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  13. warpspeed

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    I will try and get a few pictures up tomorrow.
     
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    At onetime maybe 20 years ago, they were located on the grounds of the Burbank Airport. I am sure that they had a machine with a much larger turret than any of these shown, maybe 8 or 10 stations. Later I was told that they were just building them to load 50 caliber metallic. One of my customers has one of their big shot shell reloaders, I will try to track him down.
    Dicksie Spolar
     
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    Well, here it is. What a beast!

    My dad has stored it outside so it has some surface rust but no pitting.

    The black wrinkle finish is peeling too.

    It has what appears to be 12 & 20 ga dies.
     
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    A picture of the top.
     
  17. ctreay

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    That is a beast, I count 11, maybe 12 holes in the turret. Mine has eight. This may be one of the ones Dicksie mentioned. Could be pretty rare.

    ctreay
     
  18. kd185

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    thats the hollywood universal turret
    should have 12 locations pn the turret
    some of the universals ive seen have 7/8' at all 12 locations and some have 1 1/2" holes every other hole
    and should have an aluminum frame
    the senior and the senior turret are all iron
     
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    Are these strong enough to reload my trap loads? LOL Ken U
     
  20. warpspeed

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    Well I found the instruction sheet & price list / product catalog.

    Very interesting for a non-progressive reloader.
     
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