View Full Version : What brands of casting equipment do you own?

06-19-2009, 01:02 PM
This is a poll for informational purposes to help bring in more sponsorship for our forum. Your participation is greatly appreciated.



06-19-2009, 01:08 PM
Other- -H&G moulds

06-19-2009, 01:27 PM
All the above.

dang,, now who looks like the addict?

06-19-2009, 01:38 PM
Addicts? US? Perish the thought.

"Other" = Mountain Molds, unless "Custom" covers it.

06-19-2009, 01:39 PM
"Other" for me is a Waage electric melting pot.

06-19-2009, 04:36 PM
the only one I didn't check was Star/magma. No ballisticast either fwiw.

06-19-2009, 04:43 PM
Other; Hoch mold

06-19-2009, 04:49 PM
Other,a Rowell #5 and #2 bottom pour dippers/ladles...

06-19-2009, 05:42 PM

Borton Darr
Bill Ferguson
Bull shop Sprue plate lube
Cabine Tree
White Label lubes
Paul Jones Moulds
Mountain moulds
Jeff Tanner moulds
Night Owl "to be delivered"
Pat Marlin

06-19-2009, 05:48 PM
Other; includes an old Winchester single cavity 255 gr. mould for the 38/55

06-19-2009, 06:04 PM
Other, Star, CBE & Hoch

06-19-2009, 06:39 PM
other, CBE.

06-19-2009, 06:42 PM
Other, H&G, Bullshop Ballisticast, White Label (Lars).

06-19-2009, 07:50 PM
Other - I make my own molds and some tools. Should this have been custom?

06-19-2009, 08:01 PM
Well, Hoch, H & G, Yankee moulds, custom sizing dies from Buffalo Arms, Winchester moulds, Remington moulds, Rowell ladle. Dave:drinks:

mold maker
06-19-2009, 08:34 PM
Hensley Gibbs (molds)
Waage (pot)
Rowell (3 Ladles)
Bull Shop (plate lube)
Buckshot (size die)
Pat Martin (flux, and GC maker soon)
Ideal (sizer, powder measure & 4 molds)
Bullisticast (Lube)
Imperial (English pot & molds)(sizing wax)
Wellington (Ladle)
WalMart (dippers, strainers, sifters,etc)
Northern Tool (Turkey Fryer, welders gloves,safety equip.)
Coleman (2&3 burner stove)
I've had it bad since the early 60s. It's addictive.

Bent Ramrod
06-19-2009, 09:14 PM
Winchester, Ideal, Belding and Mull, Cramer.

I figured Darr, Hoch and Paul Jones would be "custom."

John Boy
06-19-2009, 09:49 PM
Other ... Among the many other not already mentioned: Tel -Tru bimetal and Chicago Tool Digital thermometers and ... a chinese Wok ladle for pouring melt into the ingots[smilie=w:! ...Woohoo? Don't know, but it works great!:-D

06-20-2009, 12:54 AM
Everything in the poll plus;

H&G, Rowell (2), Ideal, several custom altered moulds, Hoch, three or four brands thermometers, several home made tools, Star dies made by SAECO,

jeez, I'd have to go look through stuff, never thought about it before, must be a bunch of other stuff.

Slow Elk 45/70
06-20-2009, 01:05 AM
Others: Rotometals , Rowell, Bull shop, Ideal to mention a few.....[smilie=1:

06-20-2009, 01:49 AM
Whatever works. That is, if the guy selling it doesn't make me feel like he's trying to retire off the proceeds of that sale. ($150.00 for a Saeco Lead Hardness Tester? Get outta here.)

06-20-2009, 03:19 AM
..............Other: H&G moulds, RCE Ent swage dies and press (not casting, but it IS for lead :-))


06-20-2009, 05:57 AM

H&G adn Rapine molds

Custom welded smelting pot (by me)

Angle iron ingot molds, and who can forget the Echo soupladle with riveted handlefor filling same?


06-20-2009, 10:20 AM
Cramer, H&G, Potter.

06-20-2009, 11:27 AM
H&G, Cramer, Mountain Molds, some really nice old, unmarked molds.

06-20-2009, 11:51 AM
H&G moulds

06-21-2009, 08:41 AM
Other--- H&G

06-22-2009, 10:35 AM
Other- H&G, MiHec , Mountain mold, Old West molds. Old names now of the market like Ohaus.

06-23-2009, 07:11 PM
As to others, I've got a Modern-Bond mold, a Herters mold, and a couple of strays that have no manufacturer's identification at all. I'll class the old Ideals in with the Lymans...

06-23-2009, 10:12 PM


Thin Man
06-24-2009, 10:18 AM
H&G, Herter's, Ideal, Lachmiller, Modern-Bond and Ohaus.

Thin Man

06-24-2009, 06:42 PM
Lee, Lyman, H&G

Marine Sgt 2111
06-25-2009, 12:23 AM
Lee, Lyman, Lachmiller(sp), star, saeco, RCBS, Ballisticast, Magma, Ideal, Ohaus and Custom.

06-27-2009, 12:50 PM
Modern Bond 3 /win/rem/colt/sharps.plus lee/ lyman.
is ohaus RCBS. Redding is Saeco:coffee:[smilie=1:

06-29-2009, 03:39 PM
H&G mould

06-30-2009, 05:05 AM
All Lee, single and double cavity molds, and Lee Production IV bottom pour Furnace.

06-30-2009, 11:54 PM
mostly lee but I pick up all sorts of stuff as I find it

6.5 mike
07-02-2009, 09:50 PM
Mines simple, lee molds, sizers, & pot. Wanted to try the simple stuff first & I've had good luck with it.

07-09-2009, 11:04 AM
Lots of other company accessories.


07-12-2009, 05:31 PM
About anything I get cheap , hey I am poor now :violin:

07-27-2009, 03:07 AM

ponsness warren 800c 12 gauge loader

07-27-2009, 02:22 PM
LachMiller, Ohaus

Lee S. Forsberg
08-07-2009, 04:14 AM
Clymer, H&G, Rowell, cabine tree, Lachmiller,

.30/30 Guy
08-16-2009, 11:12 PM


08-17-2009, 01:54 AM
Besides the Lyman, RCBS, Lee I voted for...
Forgot my Saeco pig mold
some Redding dies and a C&H die set thrown in; but most of my dies are RCBS.
ancient Pacific press with a bit of custom work done to it (shellholder adapter)
Much of my stuff is pretty "old school". That's OK, so am I. :)

08-17-2009, 06:42 AM
Other = Rowell ladles and ingot moulds, Hensley & gibbs moulds, hurricain products propane 65,000 btu burner for smelting

Uncle R.
08-17-2009, 05:16 PM
Other = H&G

08-17-2009, 09:24 PM


Lead Fred
08-17-2009, 10:50 PM
Cept for my Lee mould/sizer , and Lyman themometer, none of the rest of my stuff has a brand name on it. Well the Coleman stove, but I dont think that counts.

08-20-2009, 05:17 PM
You should have had dillon on the list.

Southern Son
08-26-2009, 09:46 PM
I reckon the Steve Brrookes and the CBE molds are custom, but I don't feel right about putting my slap-to-gether LPG camping burner and my lead pots made of old LPG gas cylinders into the Custom heading, so they will be the Other heading.

08-28-2009, 04:52 PM
molds h&g, hoch

09-20-2009, 11:14 PM
I voted but didn't include H&G, Ohaus, Thompson/Center

09-29-2009, 12:23 PM
H&G, Brooks, Pioneer, ballisticast, Egan, Buffalo Arms, Paul Jones. and every thing else listed. Started this to save money 38 years ago. Would hate to start over at current prices.


09-29-2009, 12:44 PM
Kind of new and have all Lee molds and sizer and a Lee furnace.

09-29-2009, 08:48 PM
:coffeecom My other is a Redding Model 3 powder measure (they're exceptionally nice too).

09-30-2009, 01:22 AM
All of the above!

10-01-2009, 07:34 PM
My others are Lachmiller and Ideal. I was surprised Lee is top of the list. As much as I cuss them out they defintley fill a need the others don't provide. I'm looking forward to adding one of Miha's moulds soon. Saeco is my favorite mould but so far I only have two.

Heavy lead
10-01-2009, 09:15 PM
Lee pots, have no trouble with the 20# er. A few select Lee moulds, a couple RCBS favorites, only one Lyman left, two Miha moulds, two on the way, many more to come. One NOE mould, one on the way, many more to come. BABore will be getting a couple orders soon I predict too. IMO, these three offer much better quality than the "big three" with not much more money. Used to like and own one NEI, but no more. Life's too short.

10-02-2009, 05:08 PM
Old West Moulds,
Mountain Moulds,
Pro-melt (preRCBS),
MP (Mihec)
Buckshot Hardness Tester


10-02-2009, 05:08 PM
Home made ladles (out of a Soda fountain bulb)
A 1950 ladle from a plumber mate
Hand held burner(Flame thrower,50.000btu)
A gas ring connected straight to the LPG bottle,no regulator,smelting)
Simplex reloading presses & dies(Aussie made)
Waage Electric pot
A lot of CBE moulds
Mountain moulds
Rowell #2 ladle
White Label Lubes
Cabin Tree Lead Tester
Buckshot (sizing dies)
NOE moulds(to come)
Mihec moulds(to come)
Ingot moulds (Cast Boolit ones to come)
Home made Ingot mould.

Jeez,I have some stuff and more is coming,no wonder I'm in need of a bigger shed.

Marlin Hunter
10-02-2009, 05:44 PM
and a few Lee

10-03-2009, 05:17 PM
Let see.
Lee a few molds
Lyman twentysome molds 450 lubesizer
RCBS 3 or 4 molds and lead pot
saeco 3 or 4 molds
LBT 1 mold
NEI mold
Custom 6 or 7 GB molds
Few blackpowder Thompson
Homemade stuff Smelting pot, Ladle, and the beginings of homemade molds
Clausing Colchester lathe, and some Aluminum to play with
Thats some of it, who knows how much more out in the garage. If I don' know then when my wife asks HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE? I can say "I'm not sure"

Crash Corrigan
10-05-2009, 06:25 AM
Lotsa Lee molds and accessories. RCBS scale and some molds. Lyman molds. Seaco Lubricizer and only one mold. However it does cast the best boolits of all the molds I have. Some Redding dies but mostly Lee and a handful of Dillon dies as they are so easy to work with in my Dillon 550 B press. A pair of Lee 4-20 smelting/molding pots, a large iron cast dutch oven for smelting, a turkey fryer, a RCBS trim center, Lyman trimmer, RCBS thermometer.

I have a few NOI molds on order. I usually buy what ever gives me the most bang for a buck and I am not afraid to try something new if it looks good. :hijack:

The new 327 Federal Magnum cartridge kinda interested me. A friend bought a Charter arms revolter for it and did not like it so he sold it to me. I do like this weapon. Shoots very accurately and is easy to pack with a shorter barrel. It seems to be well designed and made and has not given me any problems at all. A lot of people are quick to criticize Charter and maybe for good reason as they have gone through a few ownerships changes. However this 3" Patriot in 327 is a really nice revolter.

I have a chinese made copy of the Winchester Model 97 shotgun and it suits me just fine. I do not think it is a Norinco but it is a heavy and well made pump shotgun that gets the job done and doesn't recoil too bad. With 00 Buckshot I get a nice pattern and I would not hesitate to use it up to 50 yds away. I know I certainly would not want to be on the receiving end of that round.

I am nuts over the Garand I bought and I find the darnded thing to be reliable and accurate and a hoot to shoot. I am messing with paper patching for that gun and a SMLE.

I enjoy pretty much everything connecting with shooting and the decent people I find that seem to enjoy that same sport. I have found the people on this forum to be particularly honest and straight up and a pleasure to deal with. This is contrary to what I found with the usual run of the american population in general.

10-05-2009, 07:11 AM
I have mostly Lee.

twenty-two Lee molds,
three Lee 5 pound electric melters
three Lee dippers

My reloading equipment is also mostly Lee

Lee shot shell press
one old style Challenger press
two breach lock Challenger presses
one Lee Classic Cast .50 BMG press
fifteen sets of Lee rifle and pistol dies
three Lee powder dispensers
two Lee powder scales
one Lee hand held priming tool
one Lee case trimmer
two sets Lee cartridge holder shoes for the presses and priming tool

I have two Lyman moulds and two Saeco moulds because Lee didn't make those four sizes at the time. I have four rifle and pistol dies made by Hornaday and RCBS

I also have probably ten moulds I made myself in sizes nobody makes commercially.

My favorite powder scale is an old Hornady Pacific, it is far easier to use than Lee's current powder scale with the steel ball. The vernier markings I can't see without a flashlight and magnifying glass, and the counterpoises move or get bumped while removing the powder pan. The Lee scale needs to be MUCH larger to improve its function and to be able to weigh bullets. It won't weigh out 200+ grain powder charges for the .50 BMG.

My favorite case trimmer is a hand turned lathe made by RCBS.

I bought Lee equipment because it works extremely well (except for the powder scale - it REALLY needs improvement) and I couldn't afford all that I have if I had to buy other brands. I don't have any accuracy issues with ammo reloaded with Lee equipment using boolits from Lee moulds.


10-05-2009, 10:17 AM
Lyman NEI, Mountain and NOI

10-11-2009, 10:05 PM
The turkey fry burner.
Old thick aluminum pot, that the handle burnt off.
Handmade aluminum laddle/dipper/skimmer.
Handmade, welded 2in angle iron, 9in long, ingot mold (produces 5-6lb ingot)

Lee molds
Lee press'
Lee dies

10-12-2009, 02:37 PM
What ever I can find that's cheapest but not total trash ;)

11-08-2009, 03:42 AM
Other= H&G / Belding & Mull, old but still work great, homemade from my old uncle severral 30 cal & 312

11-08-2009, 10:52 AM
Everything in the poll +
Lars White Label Lubes for all smokeless use (Carnauba Red)
Emmert's Home Mix Black Powder & Schuetzen lube
Borton custom mould for schuetzen rifle
Jerry Barnett mould for schuetzen rifle
Charlie Dell Pope style lube pump
Rowell ladles
Bullshop Sprue Plate Lube
Manicurists fan to cool molds while in operation
Bass Pro Shop Turkey/Fish fryer for smelting
Harbor Freight (cast iron dutch oven for smelting)
Custom angle iron ingot moulds (3.5-5 lbs each ingot)
Tru-Tel thermometer
Group buy moulds :


Big Dave
11-30-2009, 09:06 PM
Belding and Mull
Yard and Garage Sale
whatever I can find cheap that works.

12-01-2009, 01:32 AM
Other H&G, my own custom molds, Policlips for a little while longer, till it is shipped!

12-01-2009, 05:17 PM
I have 18 H&G moulds, 6 RCBS and Lyman and ONE Lee mould, the 358156 pb group buy mould (bought here)
2500lbs of ww's in the basement
600lbs ingots
250 lbs of linotyoe
Hurricane 65k btu burner
great little Hurricane heater that sits on top of the gas cylinder - perfect for winter
100lb cast iron pot
Rowell ladle and skimmer
hand made ingot moulds (bought here)
I shoot submachine guns in pistol calibers so I go through a lot of cast bullets!
380, 9mm, 45 plus 38,357 and 44 revolvers. 1 308 rifle.
I'm all set for a while!

12-01-2009, 07:06 PM
ive got some of the new molds by Mihec looks like there gonna have to be my faves, i still cant get over the awesome machinework.

12-01-2009, 09:56 PM
I have lee, rcbs, lyman and molds that have been group buys here and some others I can't think of at the moment. I have around 40 molds and getting more.
I buy what works in my firearms and make doesn't mean a lot to me if it is a caliber I have and a weight I want then I get it, that is if I have the money that is.

Ozark Shiner
01-01-2010, 09:30 PM
Got a little bit of everything. Haven't found a favorite anything yet. Guess I'll just have to keep casting boolits till I figure it out.

Big Country
01-09-2010, 05:48 PM
Lee, Lyman, RCBS and LBT molds
Lee 4-20
Unknown Plumbers Pot
Several homemade items

01-09-2010, 08:20 PM
all lee,can't afford the high dollar stuff.

10 ga
01-09-2010, 11:58 PM
BRP mould and Bullshop Bullplate and NASA found on the sponsors forum.
Several unidentified "Fish cooker" burners, spoons, ladels, muffin pans, etc... and other gear from yard/garage sales.
Cast Boolit ingot mould
"Blue Rhino" and Revere propane
"Ed's Red" for cleaning and rust prevention
and a lot of other incidental stuff like burn ointment, sunglasses, welders gloves, and after it's all over and it's 5 o'clock somewhere!
Beer, 1st choice is Rogue Red Rye! but whatever you bring is good too.
Best, 10 ga

Phat Man Mike
01-10-2010, 11:32 AM
I've got some BullShop lube, cheap muffin tin, gloves , first aide kit and then all my other stuff is LEE. I'm on a strict budget and can't afford and hi end stuff yet! :mrgreen:

01-10-2010, 07:30 PM
lee, rcbs, lyman

01-10-2010, 08:18 PM
Lee pot, custom moulds.

01-11-2010, 02:34 PM
Any casting or reloading equipment is "GOOD" equipment when it allows you to manufacture your own ammo.............

Lively Boy
01-24-2010, 04:10 PM
Howdy new here but figured I could post on this on all LEE new bottom pour an only 2 LEE molds

01-24-2010, 09:44 PM
Other = Forster, American Luger (dies) Pacific Dies Frankfort Bullet puller, and some harbor freight digital scales and calipers

01-25-2010, 01:42 PM
Howdy new here....

Welcome to the forums!!

01-26-2010, 03:54 AM
Hey, Lively Boy, ditto on the welcome to the board. Take a look around, there is something here for everybody.

At 7200 feet in Wyoming, you must be in a low spot!


01-27-2010, 08:34 PM
lively boy
Of course you can jump in and start talking. that is what this site is about learning and sharing knowledge.
Welcome to the fire and forum

02-10-2010, 04:36 AM
Lee, Lyman, Lachmiller, Saeco, RCBS, Dillon.

02-12-2010, 11:58 AM
Many of the ones Dromia listed.

02-12-2010, 10:54 PM
All the above plus a polyclips casting machine.

02-13-2010, 12:35 AM
My son got me started in casting my own stuff and started be out using Lee . It seem to do a okay job for me. Still have alot to learn.

02-15-2010, 09:01 AM
just getting started about 6yrs ago but already need to move so I can get a bigger work shop .45,.357,.44,6mm,.224,.30 + leadpot+about300lbs lead various alloys been reloadin since 1978

02-17-2010, 06:40 PM
Lyman molds, and sizer. Lee pot.

07-13-2010, 01:54 AM
I am using a Lee Production Pot to melt metal. This pot is over 30 years old and has never failed. Most important to regularly empty the lead and clean the interior and bottom pour valve.

My molds are Lyman, RCBS, Lee, and whatever I find cheap at a gun show. In February, I had three Lee molds attended to by Lee Customer Serve. They would not charge me, and explained the problem in great detail. They sent me new molds. Lee is one reason I use a decapper die, this tool is tough, and if it breaks, Lee fixes without charge.

I'm most happy with Lee but I use all brands.