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Old 04-04-2018, 04:09 PM
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Meet a guy at the gun range last week that had a set of dies he wanted to sell. He wanted $20 for the 3 die set, he had no idea what they were. I looked at the box, faded yellow with red lettering cardboard box and had a good idea they were Lachmillers, .357 magnum. Haven't seen anything from them in probably 30 years or so. They looked unused. They did come home with me and loaded up a bunch of .357's. Quality dies. My guess most folks never heard of them.
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I still load on my father's Lachmiller loading press and some of the die I use are also Lachmiller dies. I think he bought this back in the 50's. It also came with 12 gauge dies that we used to load the old paper shell with. This was also with paper wads (preplastic wads). I think I've dated myself.
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"Lachmiller dies."

So who is this Lachmiller, and when did he die???

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So who is this Lachmiller, and when did he die???

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My thoughts exactly.

And that's why I peeked in this thread.
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My thoughts exactly.

And that's why I peeked in this thread.
Me too - exactly.
I was wondering is he a member of the forum, or a gun writer, or a U-Tube poster, or what...?
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There is definitely some youngsters talking about reloading.
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I never owned a set of Lachmiller dies, but they had a good reputation as did other Lachmiller products.

This may not have happened, but anyone know if RCBS took over the Lachmiller line in the early or mid-'70s? RCBS bullet moulds (even those produced today) look like the old Lachmiller moulds.
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Wasn't it cool that people were reloading enough to keep so many manufacturers busy.
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Looking at the Lachmiller powder measure mounted on my loading bench as I write this. Purchased it in 1974. Tens of thousands of rounds loaded with it and still in perfect working condition.

Lachmiller Engineering Company, 11273 Goss St., Sunvalley, Calif. 91352, according to the product label.
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I have a set of .303 British dies. Very good quality. The address on mine say Glendale California. They were sold to me as NOS about 20-25 years ago. I do think that RCBS bought out Lachmiller and continued their bullet molds but discontinued their dies. I think maybe late ‘60s or early ‘70s.

I started handloading after I got out of the Army in ‘76 and I think they were out of business then.
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There is definitely some youngsters talking about reloading.
That's a good thing.
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