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Posted: November 12 2017 at 1:26pm | IP Logged Quote Atavist

Just curious what everyone casts... what molds do you use? for what? any problems with certain ones?

Just went to buy some .277 bullets for my wife's 270 and the prices really have me considering getting into casting and powder coating my own projectiles.
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Posted: November 12 2017 at 1:49pm | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

I cast bullets from 30-45 caliber for a variety of handguns and rifles.
Saeco and RCBS are my favored production moulds, Buffalo Arms and Brooks
are the best when it comes to custom/semicustom moulds.


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When I get set up, I WANT TO cast 200gr. LSWCS and RNFPs for .45 ACP, I think I have molds for 160 RNFPs in .358"and another for 9mm, the weight of which I do not recall. All my molds are LEE. I'm not plan to buy any of the more expensive molds until I'm better at what I'm doing. If I ruin a LEE mold, I won't be happy. If I ruin a really expensive mold, I'll be beside myself.

I'm still accumulating tools for the process, and cleaning out a spot in the garage is an on-going battle. My "would-be casting spot" keeps getting encroached upon by GF & her mother. I live with THREE females in this house, and the one with whom I can reason on a regular basis has four legs and a WET NOSE!
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Posted: November 12 2017 at 5:31pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Got two boxes filled with moulds. Lost count somewhere
around 40 or so. Everything from 30 cal to 68 cal RB.
About half are old Ideal moulds dating back to 1904 and
most from pre WWII. Rest is a mixture of Lyman, RCBS, and
Lee.

Used to have tons of problems with Lee moulds until I
found the "secret method" that goes with them. But still
prefer old irons.

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I cast or .22 Hornet and .458 Win Mag and a whole bunch of things in between. Have not yet cast for the .270, but have been shooting up a coffee can of cast I got somewhere that were free and are already sized and checked.

I haven't cast for the 6mms yet, though I have the mold, checks and sizer. Lots of .30s, a few .32s, a few .35s, .375s in the .38-55. All the common hand gun cartridges except the .40/10mm. Also .50 and .54 muzzle loaders. It gets in your blood if you let it.

Older Lymans are great. RCBS are outstanding. I have learned to use Lee molds pretty well (harder to use, the six cavities are best). Lately, I have become a huge fan of NOE molds. They only cost a little more than iron molds and are basically semi custom. All mine cast like a dream.

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.357, 32, 458, ,452, .430, .375, .355, and some I don't even know why I have modes for.....

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STCM(SW) wrote:
.357, 32, 458, ,452, .430, .375, .355, and some I don't even know why I have modes for.....


I'm glad I'm not the only one. I have dies and molds out in the shop that I have no use for, some had good reasons for acquisition at the time, but some I have to scratch my head about. I need to start selling a lot of it off.

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I only cast for my 38/357 with a variety of moulds. Ideal with a few Lyman.
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I have tried to cast for most of my guns, some succeeded
some didn't. Of course my handguns use a lot of cast bullets
(38/357. 9mm, 44 Spec. and Magnum and 45 ACP). My
favorite for 9mm, 38 and 357 is Lee's 125 gr. RNFP, I just
size it according to the gun it will be used in. Most of my
molds are Lee (11) but I have a very good Lachmiller that
drops a 160 gr. SWC, much like the original Keith design. I
also have 3 Lyman molds that will produce very good bullets
if I do my part (38 DEWC, a 429421, and a 44 cal ball). I
have noticed though that most molds have a personality of
their own. I've found some molds like a hot melt and higher
mold temp., some like bottom pour, some like ladle pour and
one liked "pressure pour". I've not cared much for my rifle
casting (30-06, 7.62x39, 303 British, and 7.62x54), and still
mostly use jacketed bullets in them..

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Posted: November 13 2017 at 3:10pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

The general wisdom is that the bigger bores are easier to get good performance out of. The .30s are about as low as I'd go for deer hunting with cast, but they work fine. I have had surprisingly good luck with cast in the .22 Hornet.

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