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1969 Old Model SBH and Lee Loader

Description: This was my Dads SBH and Lee Loader. He used this loader and a .30-06 model for his 03-A3 to do all of his reloading. He bought both the SBH and the Lee Loader in 1969. I don't know what he paid for the SBH but the loader has a price of $8.87 on it. I started on a Lee Loader that came with a 45 Colt Blackhawk I picked up years ago. Didn't care for hitting rounds with a hammer so I got a press before long. I have to admire how simple he kept things though.
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Bud Rummel

Registered: June 2011
Location: Delaware/Zimbabwe
Posts: 349
Fri August 26, 2016 13:39 Rating: 10.00 

I brought my first SBH in 1969 though the NRA. They had a Retial of $122.50, I think at the time and I got mine for $98.50. I had it up till Feb 10, 1980, at which time it was stolen from me. I shot a lot of my first, Whitetial, Muledeer, back bear, elk, to name a couple, taken with a handgun, with it.
Hope you are enjoying your dad's SBH!!! They are great.
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Registered: January 2004
Location: SW Montana
Posts: 4,461
Fri August 26, 2016 14:51

Sorry to hear yours was stolen. It sounds like you had some great hunts with it. This gun started my interest in SA handguns at a very young age. I can't begin to guess how many miles my dad packed it on backpacking trips we took in NW Montana. We did a 50 mile backpacking trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the early '80s and it was on his belt the whole time.

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Registered: April 2005
Location: MS
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Sun August 28, 2016 05:05 Rating: 10.00 

Great gun, Phil! Ruger don't make 'em quite like that anymore. Those old models are very well built and shoot great to boot.

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Registered: October 2009
Posts: 75
Fri October 28, 2016 22:42 Rating: 10.00 

nice! I still use those old lee loaders from time to time when Im swapping through different powders/bullet combos to get a good load. I did pick up a lee hand primer and a dipper set years ago though.
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Registered: January 2004
Location: New Jersey
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Sat October 29, 2016 06:02 Rating: 10.00 

I`am sure I have my Lee loader in 45 auto/AR that I used to load for a S&W 1955 a while ago....

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