Lyman Takes Over Mark 7 Automated Presses – Builds First New Dies in 40 Years! – SHOT Show 2020

This past year Lyman Products acquired Mark 7 reloading, and it is a huge jump for one of the most recognized names in shooting sports.

Mark 7 started out making automation systems for Dillon presses. We covered them in our SHOT Show vids back in 2012ish. As the company grew, and more and more small ammunition manufacturing shops adopted their hardware, the Dillons started breaking down. They are great presses, but they weren’t built to be motorized.

Enter Mark 7’s own line of presses. These guys are very plugged into their customers, and in developing their new press, they designed a bunch of new features.

The presses have up to 10 stations, so that allows you to never combine two steps in one station.

They also developed a way to kick loaded rounds at any station, so if you are reloading straight walled pistol cases, you can run two full racks per stroke, kicking two loaded rounds at every stroke.

That gives you up to 7,000 rounds per hour!

The Lyman acquisition was a really great fit for everyone, because making a whole bunch of big heavy metal things is what Lyman does. All of these products are made in their Connecticut manufacturing facility.

The pricing in the video is not entirely correct. The base press with a lever is about $3,000. The motorized system is $1,999, and with all of the sensors and screen control, and dies and drops and trimmer, it can reach $10,000 for one complete head. But you can also run just the hand powered press with your existing dies, powder drops, trimmers, etc. There are no proprietary approaches, like the old Dillon 550s had.

Check out the video below also on Lyman’s new Pro series dies. This is bigger news than the press, because these would be Lyman’s first new dies in 40 years. They are going to be rolling head to head with Redding on micrometer seaters, and they have some specialty dies that are made for automated reloading.

At the end there is also a new sight tool from Lyman, and ghost ring shotgun sights from another of their companies, and a torque wrench that’s a pretty nifty find.

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