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Paul B.
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Posted: December 12 2016 at 11:52am | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

The last two days I've been doing afternoon runs of Lyman #356402 for
my 9MM. I estimate somewhere between 400 to 500 bullets from those
short runs. Arthritis in my left wrist does allow me to do all day runs
anymore with a 4 cavity mold. I just run until it starts to hurt some and
call it a day. Fixing to make about 2,000 of them. (I got that much brass.)
My 9MM really likes that bullet and I sometimes use it in .38 Spl. at Plus
P levels.
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Posted: December 12 2016 at 12:10pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I feel your pain in a way. Most of my moulds are very old Ideal single cavity design and when younger was nothing to sit at the casting area for hours at a time rotating out moulds as they just got too hot. Now I sit (indoors too) and my casting session will be around an hour and a half. A hundred a piece from two single cavity moulds is a big session now.

Paul, I hope the hands and wrists hold up for the big count!

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Posted: December 13 2016 at 5:03pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Ranger, I hope my whole damned decrepit body holds up. Did a big
run of Lyman #429241 this afternoon. Three full hours. Wrist and back
are making like the snowflakes, protesting like hell. What's gonna be
more fun is sitting down and lubing and sizing all those bullets. Nice
thing though is the weather has been pleasant upper 60's to the mid
70's so far. Just checked, it 73* at 4:46 PM. Kind of makes up for the
terribly hot summers. I do all my load work in a shed that I put an A/C
unit in. Since we put A/C in the house. e;eccentric bills are up there
and if I use that unit in the shed and do a couple of day long sessions,
I'm looking at 4 to 5 Benjamins a month. OUCH! I have done stuff
in the shed when it was 115*. Not fun.
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All my rifle bullet molds are one and two cavity types so yeah, it's slow.
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Posted: December 13 2016 at 5:25pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Paul, I don't know where you are but here in Nebraska today it got all the way up to 25 degrees. In my unheated garage I have a tough time keeping the mould at proper temp below freezing. Maybe we could meet in the middle and both get some casting done.
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Posted: December 13 2016 at 6:04pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I know some of you like iron molds, I did too at one time, but I'll say those Lee six cavity molds produce a pile of bullets fast and don't wear out your forearms like four cavity iron molds do.

For anything I cast in bulk, I try to get at least four cavity aluminum anymore.

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Posted: December 14 2016 at 7:51am | IP Logged Quote joed

My favorite mold for the 9 mm has always been the Lyman 3564637, a 147 gr
offering.   I've always felt the 115 gr bullets are to light for 9mm and it should
shoot something in the 130 gr to 150 gr weight.

The 147 gr is the most accurate bullet I've ever shot from a 9mm.

You've made me wonder about my Lyman 4 cavity molds now.   I'm getting up
in years and those heavy molds have never bothered me.   But, I'm sure they
will at some point.   You got me thinking that day is approaching.

I used to enjoy casting in the winter months.   Winters are so long here that I
have made enough bullets to last me for years.

Good to see others enjoy casting in colder weather.



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Posted: December 14 2016 at 9:00am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I don't know how you do it Paul. Three hours is a long session for this old man. I cast for half that time yesterday and hadda stop. Buddy, you're gonna laugh. Though I cast inside sitting on a stool, my knees began to ache something fierce. Guess it was the sitting in one place too long. (Knees are shot anyway but still. ...) Only got a hundred each from my double cavity Ideal 358429/358250 and called it a day. Actually I've learned that restricting myself to shorter sessions of an hour or so is more productive in better looking bullets. Having the ability to overlook shear volume of bullets and concentrate on my casting form so to speak I end up with a better formed batch of rounds.

Rich, I hear ya. But even if I could use Lee moulds they don't have the ancient bullet designs that my old Ideal moulds provided. So to keep my blood pressure down and my bullet casting going, I'd better stick with my old iron.

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Posted: December 14 2016 at 9:00am | IP Logged Quote Ronnieboy

deer season is almost over so it will be time to cast soon. I use a wood stove in my piddling spot to keep warm and cook my beans while I mold. I usually do 357's and 45's I already have enough 30 cal for my 06's and 30.30 from 205's down to 135's. good hobby, keeps me busy looking for more lead.     glad your back Paul, you can do it.   "smile"

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Posted: December 14 2016 at 5:14pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Rex wrote:
Paul, I don't know where you are but here in Nebraska
today it got all the way up to 25 degrees. In my unheated garage I
have a tough time keeping the mould at proper temp below freezing.
Maybe we could meet in the middle and both get some casting done.


Tucson AZ. Come on over. It was 79* at the house this afternoon. I was
gonna lube and size bullets but stuff got in the way. Supposed to be 83
tomorrow.

I try to run bullets in Fairly large lots, lube and size them and store
them away until I plan to do a run of reloads. Last batch of .38 Spls.
war an 1,800 round run. Took me four days as I recall working 8 hours
a day.
Load was the Lyman #358495 148 gr. wadcutter over 3.1 gr. of W231.
I compared them with some Winchester .38 Spl. target match ammo
and my loads outshot them by a large margin. Guns used were a 6"
and 8 3/8" S&W K38s at 25 yards. I also ran some in an S&W M60.
Very pleasant load to shoot.
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Posted: December 14 2016 at 7:31pm | IP Logged Quote joed

Paul, you have my admiration with those temps.   Presently 19 degrees with
wind chill of -3 in Grafton, OH.    I must have 10 squirrels living in the trees on
my property, I've seen none today.   Maybe they're headed to FL.

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Posted: December 20 2016 at 9:49am | IP Logged Quote Handgunr

Paul....

Got the same Lyman 402 mold but in a double cavity.
Obviously takes twice as long, but it's a bit easier to
handle for those longer periods I guess......a trade
off. I still like the 4 cavity molds when I can get
them, or afford them.
I just got done casting up a bunch of other calibers,
but when switching over to load 9mm, I found I was
almost out of them......time to make the donuts lol

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