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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2015 edited
     
    I collect Hollywood Gun Shop reloading equipment, presses primarily although I have other equipment most notably a chronograph (tube type electronics). The Hollywood Gun Shop closed in the early 60's. For around fifteen years I've been on the look out for two particular models of presses and never found either that was available. Now there is one of each on Ebay with both having next Thursday as the closing date. They are rare models and the bidding on one has already passed $2,500. Isn't that special?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2015
     
    I guess beating up on Arkansas St. and Idaho didn't prepare USC for playing a real team.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2015
     
    USC PROBABLY PARTIED TOO MUCH NIGHT BEFORE?
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    I went to Von's Market yesterday. I have to go twice a week to replenish my supply of Tortoise food. I had a really entertaining conversation with the young lady that boxed the groceries. She gave me a small announcement meant to get you to 'take a survey' for Von's and she had already written her name on it. I cleverly deduced she was fishing for a complement via the survey so I complied. Towards the end of the survey it asked what age group I was in. Because my (and your) age group was the oldest listed it hit me that we are all senior citizens. This is the least I have ever had to do to get promoted to the highest rank!

    Ron Trompeter sent me an email in which he described how he won some tickets for a I think Stock Car race in Vegas next month. He said he had about six tickets extra so if any one is interested just send him an email (rontrompeter@yahoo.com).
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2015 edited
     
    Attached is a picture of a Hollywood Automatic reloading press. This is an example of the kinds of presses I collect and this model is fairly rare. UPS delivered it last night so late I didn't open the box until this morning. This was an advanced piece of equipment in 1965. Almost all current day progressive presses are descended from this design. This particular press is set up for metallic shells and I have one for shot shells on the way. I'm negotiating for one last model called the Super Turret. When I get a Super Turret I think I'll have an example of every model and variation the Hollywood Gun Shop made. There are other models but they were not made by the Gun Shop and are modified versions of what the Gun Shop produced so I kind of see them as fakes. It will have taken 15 years to collect this equipment.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2015
     
    With a press like that, how long would it take to load a box of 20 metallic shells?
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    This press was rated at 1800 rounds an hour back in '65. Of course that's absurd. I have several modern progressives that will load anything from 50 BMG to the smallest handgun calibers. I'd estimate that a reasonable rate would be 200 - 300 rounds an hour maybe 400 - 500 if you have both an automatic case feeder and bullet feeder. For 20 rounds it would be 5 minutes or less but you'd spend more time for set up and clean up. Attached is a picture of the 50 cal press.
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    I received the second box of parts, weighing around 50 lbs, that make up the shot gun version of the press I spoke of about 6 days ago. When I get it mostly assembled I'll post a picture. I'm not sure if I have a complete set of dies for 12 gauge. The guy I got it from said it weighs 130 lbs. That could be. Fortunately a female friend of mine came by when I was trying to get the thing out of the box it was shipped in. I don't think I would have been able to get it out of the box without her help. Interestingly she knew what it was and described one like the metallic press that her father had when she was a kid. Her father would involve her in his reloading hobby which might be a bit unusual for the 50's and early 60's but it probably explains why I like her even more than her bra size.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2015
     
    Do you have to pick up all that weight and bolt the whole thing to a bench? It must be hard to work with.
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    If it were completely assembled I wouldn't be able to pick it up. Since it's not completely assembled due to meeting UPS weight limits I was able to lift it up to the dining room table to unpack it but needed help to get it out of the box. Then I somehow managed to carry the thing to my reloading bench and set it on there. The bench top is about sternum height so starting at dining room table height made it possible. Today I'm going Anaheim and pick up some steel shelving to put these things on instead of all over my reloading bench. I think I won't finish assembling it until it's on the steel shelving because of the weight and my inability to lift much these days. I think the thing is cast with melenite (?) which is something between cast iron and steel commonly in use 50 - 70 years ago. Attached is a picture of half my reloading bench. The right half looks about the same to say nothing about under the bench top.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2015
     
    Pat-
    Are you using all of the re-loading presses, etc.? Or are you a collector too?
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    I have around 50 presses and a bit more than half are Hollywood's. I primarily collect the Hollywood presses. They were a great design 40+ years ago but modern equipment is more practical. I have both single stage and progressive presses that I use to reload. For instance, it takes two presses to load for my 50 cal rifle because 50 BMG is illegal in Kalifornia. This means I'm reloading 50 DTC which is 50 BMG with the case shortened by .125 (think 44Spl vs 44Mag). To do the case forming it's best to use a single stage rather than the progressive and I install the primers separately for everything even though all the presses have a provision for primers. Most everything else doesn't require more than one press to reload. My favorite press is the first one I ever bought new, a Bonanza Co-Axial, that I paid $40 for in '79. I see Co -Ax's for sale these days at $300 and more for a used press. Mostly I like the clever designs that a lot of these devices present while being practical for use too. Never forget 'He who dies with the most toys wins'.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2015
     
    Pat do you load shot-shells ? I used to re-load some, have not for 30 yrs. I re-loaded shot-shells, 308's and 30-30 mainly. I still hunt some, upland bird this year. You have quite a collection. I sure remember the Hollywood's.
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    Willie - I've never loaded shot-shells even though bird hunting was my favorite before I quit hunting. I quit because of all the other so-called hunters. I can't tell you how many close calls I had. Not loading shot is a bit odd because I've got a Pacific 366 (now Hornady) progressive 12 gauge with 16 Gauge conversion that I bought new. This newest Hollywood has 16 gauge dies in it. Before my house was robbed I had a Stevens 16 gauge side by side that was my favorite by a large margin. Now you can't find a true 16 as everything seems to be a 12 with 16 barrels. I've loaded 44 mag more than anything else by a large margin and next would be '06. I have six Garands. Three are the original '06 chambering and three are 308 so I think 308 will move up to third place but 223 is in there too. I'm assembling the steel shelves today so when I get it loaded with Hollywoods I'll post a picture.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2015
     
    Yikes! 103 in Irvine yesterday and 100 already today. I'm too old to withstand heat. I think I'll take a nap.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2015
     
    Santa Ana winds?
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2015
     
    Not really, just friggin hot! High pressure with off shore breeze. 13mph south west. 100 now.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2015
     
    Went to fleet week in San Francisco Bay at Sausalito, temperature was in low 80's pretty nice. Thousands of sail boats out on bay. Thinking about doing sail on kayak should be fun....ocean is warming up? good for kayak surfing. going camping at ocean next week. blue skies on Pluto and Green skys on earth is weird.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2015
     
    GBB's
    Thought you might get a laugh from this, sort of?
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2015
     
    Gbb's-
    Yesterday we had a bear inside of the Bozeman High School. I do not remember any thing like that at Westchester? Seems the bear was a cub and got into a door at the school. Outside its mother bear was going ballistic trying to get at the 1 year old cub. Thank God she did not get into the school full of Kids.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2015
     
    Saw it on the news. Real cut little guy.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2015
     
    GBB's
    Is there really girl mud wrestling around I-5 and the Tejon Pass?
    • CommentAuthoral2
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2015
     
    I will have to drive up to Tejon Pass to see the girl mud wrestlers. Very sad watching the Dodgers and USC this week. Thank goodness it cooled down a little the past few days. We set some records at the airport.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2015
     
    Me too glad for the cool down. Need rain. The mud is just getting started if the rains ever do come.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2015
     
    Well, the hunt is over and once again we were shut out. The deer season started on the 10th and elk on the 15th. Naturally on the 10th, we saw a nice heard of elk. We were powerless to do anything so we just watched them for 2 hours. We came back on the 12th and saw the same herd again. We were really pumped up. When we came back on opening day (15th) they had vanished. Same thing on the 16th. There were other hunters in the area, and we didn't hear a single shot. So, they must have travelled a long way. Anyway we got good exercise and had fun.

    Tomorrow E.T. and I head south for Vegas.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2015
     
    Willie-
    We see same thing here. Pre-season Elk and lots of deer. Opening day, no where to be found. I am convinced they all get free plan Tickets to Florida, Bermuda to bask in the sun while we sweat and huff and puff looking for them. Went bird hunting and actually got a few.

    Do you know of a lake called Enos, Lake? Maybe a good backpack trip next season? Viewed a good fly fishing video made at Enos Lake.

    Hope all is well. Enjoy trip south.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2015
     
    There is no trail to Enos Lake. It is extremely hard to get to. I think I know one person who has been there. Definitely not a day hike. Not a trip for 70 year olds. I'll show you on a map next time we meet.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2015
     
    Willie-
    I have map of Enos Lake. They say there is a trail in video? It is a 12 miler. I may be near 70 but I am still 18 on the try side.
    • CommentAuthoral2
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2015
     
    The Mets manager should have gone to his closer to start the bottom of the ninth. I told Betty when they brought the starting pitcher in after 110 pitches. Then after he walked the leadoff batter and he still left him in they deserved to lose. Dodgers all the way next year. Wille how was your move to Las Vegas?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2015
     
    The move to Vegas went fine. It was 40 degrees when I left McCall, and 80 when I arrived here. I will try to get over to have dinner with you sometime. I hate to see baseball season end.
    • CommentAuthoral2
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2015
     
    Willie glad move went well. Come over to dinner any time. We have a spare bedroom for you. The only time we will be out o town is Nov 20th thru the 25th. We will spend a night i Atascadrero, 2 nights with Steve in Santa Rosa, then 2 nts in San Francisco. We will be home for Thanksgiving. One last thing, halloween in Westchester was crazy. A very close estimate would be we had close to 400 kids come by. We thought we had enough candy but we had to close the door about 8:45 and there were still a lot of kids out there.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2015
     
    Greg, I left phone message and not heard back from you. everything alright?
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2015
     
    Steve-
    All is well went away for a few days fishing in the "..... Cold. I am done till any warmer weather. Is my tolerance to the cold linked to getting younger? Will call.
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2015 edited
     
    Attached is a picture of my steel Hollywood Gun Shop reloading press collection. There are a half dozen aluminum presses, powder and shot measures on a shelf behind the camera. The odd box on the second shelf is a chronograph from the early sixties - all vaccumn tube tech.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2015
     
    Pat-
    Great collection! Looks like you will need another display rack soon?
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    Actually I already need more shelf space. Attached is a picture of just the right half of the top of the shelves on my reloading bench. It looks like that all the way across plus the steel shelves in the previous picture. A little while ago a guy was bragging about what a great collection of these that he had. One of the best collections in the country he said. When he sent me a picture of his collection he had four presses if I remember correctly. I've got 26 and I'm looking for two more specific models and I think I'll be done.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2015
     
    Pat-
    What a relief. You've got some more shelf space. With all that weight on the wooden shelf, what happens in earthquake tremors?
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    I've got the shelves bolted to the top of the reloading bench which is pretty stable by itself2. All that stuff up there is aluminum so it's not as heavy as you'd think. I am going to have to adjust the load on the steel shelves to get the weight lower and I think put some 'outriggers' at the bottom to control sway in the event of a shaker.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2015
     
    I think you need to design for earthquake, needs to be resting on floor or else it will start moving............
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    Steve - I have a few changes for earthquake prep in mind. Since I put the shelves together and put the presses on the shelves for a trial fit I have had my back go out while bending over to feed a tortoise due too crushed disks. Now I wear a back brace, they are very fashionable I'm told, and spent some time in the hospital trying to clear up an infection (celluliteous) in my right leg that I'm still dealing with at home. Kind of has a tendency to hobble you some especially if you need to bend over, lift anything of consequence or drive a car. The orthopedic doctor even told me not to do any house cleaning until he says OK. Last quake my laser printer flew across the room and some other stuff fell over and blocked the bedroom door. Because everything was dark it took about 30 minutes to get the door open. Now I have an earthquake hat (knit cap) with a built in light having three power levels that points wherever you look when you're wearing it and no junk that can fall and block the door.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2015
     
    I also just bought one of those knit hats with LED head lamp in the front and blinking red lights in the back just in case of emergency.
    Had great time visiting the wineries with Al & Betty.. fantastic day, with starlings in tens of thousands traveling from Napa where they had a feast and sonoma had been harvested so just the kulls and raisens left. Saw old vines over 1 hundred years old still producing......
    It is nice to hire a driver to travel the wineries....
    Happy Thanksgiving to all who read this. Huckstep is out there listening in...Hope he is doing well. Ronnie T. still has humor......They are just not talking about it.......
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2015
     
    Hats like that work great around here for biking in cold weather. Did you go to Coppola's Winery? I buy his wines here. All have a great Turkey Day! Where are Willie's posts on GBB site, never here from "Huck" and rarely from Ronnie?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2015
     
    I'm still here. I had dinner with Al in LA the other night. On Wednesday I'm leaving on a road trip. I may be off the board for about a week. Just for the record, I have about 780 posts on this site which is 100 more than anyone else.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2015
     
    Willie-
    Have great trip and Turkey Day.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2015 edited
     
    Down to 32 at night here, 60 during day
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2015
     
    Willie-
    -10 below tonight here. Don't ya miss those toasty winter temps in McCall?
    • CommentAuthorBill Fagan
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2015
     
    Happy Thanksgiving to all you guys, just got home from seeing Mike and Pat in Simi Valley.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2015
     
    Good to hear from you Bill.
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    For 15 years I've been collecting Hollywood Reloading presses. During all those years I kept my eye out for one particular model of which only about 100 were made. In all those years I never ran across one that was available until last September. From September until now I ran across three that were available of which I got one and could have another but I'm debating with myself over whether I should get it too or not. Also during this time I found two versions of particular models that I hadn't even seen a picture of one and only once a picture of the other model. I guess I was on a roll.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2015
     
    Nice to hear from you Bill. How are Mike and Pat doing?