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I don't know what it is but, I wouldn't want to get anything sensitive caught in there....:D
 

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My first thought was an early bullet puller, but the more I look at it, the less likely that seems. Interesting piece of gear though.
 

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I'll take a guess... and I DO mean a guess.

For holding hot lead molds?
 

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The picture is a little small, and I can't see a huge amount of detail...however, I think my best guess would be that the cartridge is slid over the inside tapered mandreld, lined up to the correct arch on the "hammer side" (the larger portion of the tool with the arched grooves in it). The tool is then compressed either with the intent of expanding the neck of the cartridge, or of enforcing the concentricity of the neck (such as to remove the crimps which were put into old shell casings to hold in the old lead slugs).

That's my guess...anyone have anything other than a guess?

--Wintermute
 

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I think it's a castrating tool. :barf:
 

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It's not a reloading tool, it's a bending pliers.
Jewelers and watchmakers use these to bend and form wire and flat clock springs.

I've seen larger versions used in shops for sheet and tin work forming.
 

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Looks like a jewelers tool to me, Pliers to hold a ring etc..
chris
 

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Nutcracker? LOL
 

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My homey bladeandbarrel stole my idea, so I'll pick something else.

It's a tolerance de-stacker!
 

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Oh...I thought is was a hemorrhoid reinserter
 

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It's not a reloading tool, it's a bending pliers.
Jewelers and watchmakers use these to bend and form wire and flat clock springs.

I've seen larger versions used in shops for sheet and tin work forming.
Thanks for solving the mystery, dfariswheel. I never would have guessed that!
 
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