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Old 01-29-2013, 07:09 PM
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I have a Lachmiller reloading press. My grandfather had it since long before I was born, and I inherited it about a year ago. It is the same equipment I learned to reload on, and in fact, is the only equipment I've ever actually used.

I recently had to get a Rock Chucker only because the .458 Lott won't fit in the old tried and true. But, the Lachmiller will continue to be my go-to press except for certain things like the big boy mentioned above. Not because it's any better than other single stage presses... My reasons for being so tied to this press are almost purely sentimental.

I have been interested in finding out more about the history of the company but, frequent Googling on the subject hasn't turned up much. I did find some references to a legal dispute between an individual named Lachmiller v. Lachmiller Engineering Company but, all I can find concerning that is a legal document written in lawyer-ese and I can't make heads or tails of it. Something about forfeiture of a bond or some such thing. That may have even been why the company went under but, I don't know. I have read conflicting reports of when the company actually went out of business... I read someplace that they went under in '59... Another said '64.

I've also been perusing the auction sites for old Lachmiller equipment but, have found almost nothing... A few dies that I'd never use. An old shotshell press that I'm not interested in either. I'd like to find some of this old stuff for sale. I think it'd be neat to have a complete Lachmiller kit. I assume they made case trimmers and scales and stuff as well, although I've never seen them. I do have a Lachmiller table mounted primer press.

So, probably a long shot but, does anyone here even know about these guys? Maybe some of you old-timers can remember something about this apparently once-great company? I'd really love to find some history on this cool old stuff.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:27 AM
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Dang! I think I'm an old timer now.
When I began reloading in 1964,one of the manufacturers of reloading tools common at the time was Lachmiller, so, I'd guess the later date you have is the correct one. I can't claim to know a single thing about the company.
Their tools were well built, usually crackle finish and blue in color. I have a priming tool they made that I still use - probably the same one you have.
Somehow, I had the idea that RCBS bought them, but I can't recall where that came from- could be total fiction.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:13 PM
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One problem with the Lackmiller priming tool was limited to Lachmiller or Lyman shell holders.

Lachmiller made Adapter Kits for their priming tool to handle the various shell holder Kit #1 Lachmiller/Lyman, Kit #2 RCBS and Kit #3 Pacific.

You could buy the Priming Tool only for $8.95 and each Adapter Kit was $5.95. Kit included 1 large flat primer rod,1 small flat primer rod,1 small oval primer rod,1 large oval primer rod,1 adapter to hold shell holder and other required parts. Copied that from the instruction.

I still use mine keep it set up for small rifle primers.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:25 AM
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Lackmiller Tools were well made But now have been delegated to the Antique level. If you have a set up that great. You can go to Antique Reloader Tool Association . I sure someone there should Know
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