View Full Version : some help with top punches?

05-26-2010, 08:21 PM
Have been lurking for some time here, reading and learning. I have been accumulating moulds for some years and stashing them away against the time when I would be retired and have the time and room to set up a casting room. Too busy during my law enforcement career to cast much, although I am not a rank beginner, having cast quite a number of 38 and 44 cast bullets before my career advanced and required many hours on and off duty. Most of the moulds I own I have never used, but now that my new reloading room/building is nearing completion I have gotten out and cataloged the moulds I have purchased over the yeas from E-bay, gun shows and occasionally used at gun shops. I need to complete my list with appropriate top punch numbers so I can begin to accumulate those I need. I wonder if you kind folks might contribute your immense store of knowledge to help complete my list. Hopefully I can import it here from Microsoft word...the TP numbers are listed for those I was able to find on the net.

Mfg Mfg # Top Punch #
Lee S/C C457-500-F
Lyman D/C 313445 Lyman #445
LBT D/C 432-340 WLN
RCBS D/C 32-115-FN
MM D/C 453-400
MM D/C 453-300
RCBS 45-500-FN RCBS #500
RCBS D/C 45-300-FN RCBS #600
RCBS Sil D/C 308-165-Sil RCBS #541
Lyman 4-C 358665 Lyman #495
Lyman D/C 313226 Lyman #226
Lyman D/C 358627 Lyman #429
Lyman D/C 452460 Lyman #460
Lyman D/C 358429 Lyman #429
Ideal S/C 3118 Lyman #8
Lyman D/C 311291 Lyman #465
Ideal S/C 225438 Lyman #438
Lyman S/C 360344
Lyman S/C 429421 Lyman #421
Lyman S/C 429215 Lyman #421
Lee #90300 (what the devil is this? looks like a 32 cal rn)
Ideal S/C 311316 Lyman #8
Lyman D/C 358495 Lyman #429
Ideal S/C H/P 358439
Lyman S/C 462560 Lyman #424
Lyman D/C 313492 Lyman #445
Lee D/C C-309-113 Lyman #8

sorry, formatting did not copy columns properly

05-26-2010, 09:00 PM

I found these in 1973 Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook
Mould tp #
313445 445
313226 226
311316 8
462560 424
313492 445

You might want to do a search for top punchs. I believe I have seen a mould/ top punch cross reference on here somewhere.


05-26-2010, 09:12 PM
Thanks, Swamp,
I did find a chart for Lyman moulds on castpics, but it only listed the more popular current moulds, far from complete.

05-26-2010, 09:30 PM
I think one of the members may make blank top punches that you can fill with epoxy and use a bullet to make the cavity.

05-26-2010, 10:07 PM

I have an old single cavity Ideal 313445. I use a cutoff 1/4" bolt for the top punch; it works well with a flat nosed boolit.


05-26-2010, 10:09 PM
Ole, go back to Castpics and look up "Mold References" on the left menu. Lyman and Ideal molds are listed with a picture of each design. The top punch is listed under the picture. Top punches for Lee molds are listed under "Top Punch References". It will give a Lyman or RCBS top punch that will fit the Lee molds. As far as the Mountain Molds or LBT, you'll probably have to create one with epoxy...Ray

05-31-2010, 10:46 PM
thanks to those who responded. Can anyone tell me what the Lee #90300 is? Picked it up at a flee mkt. for two bucks. Looks like possibly a 32 acp mould?

Hang Fire
05-31-2010, 11:22 PM
I know one can go to Lyman's web site and for any molds currently in production, they will list (or used to) the top punches available for each mold.

I always rummage around (with a little pocket caliper) on the back shelves/bins etc of gun shops for used top punches. Then if I need a custom top punch, I just use the old trick of mixing up some JB Weld, wait for it to start setup and fill the clean dry TP cavity. Then with a boolit in sizer die, lightly seat the top punch onto boolit with a weight tied off on the handle to keep in place and wait for JB Weld to harden. Remove excess JB Weld and have correct top punch for boolit.

paul edward
06-01-2010, 03:38 PM
If you have access to a small lathe or a decent drill press, you can make top punches out of half inch brass rod. For the tip cavity, do as Hang Fire suggested and use epoxy.