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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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Posted: November 12 2017 at 6:54pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

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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Posted: November 13 2017 at 6:49am | IP Logged Quote Rex

I only cast for my 38/357 with a variety of moulds. Ideal with a few Lyman.
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Posted: November 13 2017 at 1:56pm | IP Logged Quote mikld

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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Posted: November 26 2017 at 10:19am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Lyman 225438gc 44gr. single cavity
Lyman 266469gc 140gr. single
Lyman 311359gc 115gr. double
Lyman 31141 gc 173gr. single
Lyman 311332gc 180gr. double
Ideal 358432   160gr. single
Lyman 358477   150gr. double
Lyman 358156gc 155gr. double
Lyman 358429   165gr. solid and 155gr. HP double cavity
Lyman 429215gc 215gr. double
Lyman 429421   245gr. double
Ideal 452460   200gr. double
Lyman 454424   255gr. single
RCBS 45-270 SAA 270gr. double
Lee   454 dia. 250gr. FN six cavity
Cramer #5B 454 dia 230gr. RN and #5D 452 dia 205gr. SWC double cavity

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Posted: December 08 2017 at 1:22pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

I cast for all of my handguns and my .30 cal rifles as well. I have a bunch of bullets that I don't even have any firearms for, at least just yet....

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30 & 45 rifle. .380, 9MM, 38/357, 44, 45 ACP/Colt, 500
S&W, & one 50 cal. rifle.

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Posted: December 17 2017 at 11:11pm | IP Logged Quote Slick

I started reloading in 1981, but didn't get into casting until early in 2016. Since I'm a beginner, I've been loading 12ga slugs mostly, like the Lyman 525 "pellet", the Lee 7/8 oz drive key and .690 Pumpkin balls and buckshot of various sizes.

I wound up with a huge box of moulds from an estate and am going to start loading .357 , .430 , .452, and .458 later on this spring if I have time. Will most likely sell off all the rest of the odd-ball moulds as I'm not looking to get into any new calibers.

Fortunately, I've got a fellow that re-processes lead and I'm getting supplied for very little cost. I've been able to sell 12ga slugs as they seem to be real popular here.

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Posted: December 19 2017 at 8:43pm | IP Logged Quote res45

Offhand I think I have around 16 Lee molds, two old Lyman/Ideal, one Accurate custom mold and three NOE custom molds.

Handgun Molds

38/357
Lee TL358-158SWC
Lee TL358-158-RN
Lee C358-158SWC

NOE Lyman 358156 Clone
360-160-SWC 2 cavity RG2 2 GC with HP or FN pins

Lyman/Idea
2 cavity 357443
2 cavity 358477


9 x 18 Mak.
Lee DC 365-95-1R

7.62 x 25 Brothers CZ-52
Lee DC 311-93-1R

45 ACP
Lee DC H&G 68 200 SWC
Lee DC TL452-230-2R
NOE TL452-230-RF RG2 cavity BB with HP, FN or cup point pins

Friends 45 LC
Lee DC 452-252-SWC

9mm
NOE 358-124-TC 4 cavity 2 GC 2 PB


Rifle Molds

Subsonic plinking bullet used in all my 30 cal. rifles sized .311" or .314"
Lee DC TL314-90-SWC

30-30 / 300 Sav.
Lee DC C309-150-F
Lee DC C309-170-F

7.62 x 39 & 54R
Lee DC CTL312-160-2R good sized to .311" for 300 Savage.
Lee DC C312-185-1R
NOE 314-155-FN 2 cavity GC

7.62 x 54R only
Accurate 2 cavity 215 gr. .315" FN GC











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