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    Lee/Midway TL309-230-5R

    It looks like there is another option for those 300 Blackout/Whisper subsonic loads but I'm sure most of us can imagine many more uses. I was hoping for a standard lube groove and I'm not sure if it is a plane base or gas check boolit.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/938...5-ogive-radius
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    wow this is great!!! alot of people have been waiting for a bullet mold like this, extra heavy 30. cals. i would kinda hope for .311 so i could size it down a little more but they generally drop .310 - .311 to bad its not gaschecked
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    I took the Lee #: 90801 Provided by MidWay in their sales description and went to Lee's Web site hoping to see a photo of the bullet , that number shows to be a mold blank ? ?

    http://leeprecision.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1

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    I would bet that number shows up because it is considered a special order mold, and isn't going to be a catalog item for Lee. Kinda like the special order molds Midsouth has, the bator and others.
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    OK, Billy that makes sense ..........I'd love to see a photo of the mold.
    Can anyone show us a photo of the mold / bullet ?

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    Give me till this afternoon. Luckily, I live close to Midway, so I went ahead and ordered one and will be picking it up later today.
    Lyman 22596,225107,225353,225438,225415,225450,225646, 225462,228367,244203,245496,245497,245498,245499 RCBS 22-55-SP,22-55-FP,243-95-SP,243-100-FP, NEI 100244GC-#14, 55 224 GC-#4,225 45-#3 PB, NOE 22-055 SP,MX2-243,Saeco 221 & 243, RD TLC225-50-RF,Lee 22 Bator 6c & 2c HP. Love casting small boolits, let me know if you have one that I don't that you would part with!

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    I decided that at $24 I couldn't live without one, ordered it today.

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    ME too.
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    Looks like they are trying to make it a boattail. Looks like it will stick down in the case a good ways. On the plus side, with the base the way it is, it could probably be opened up just a little and made into a gas check shank, then lubed normally.

    That's just how it looks from first impression though, the pot is warming and measurements will be coming as soon as I can get some decent boolits from it. Mold is cleaned and warming up now.
    Lyman 22596,225107,225353,225438,225415,225450,225646, 225462,228367,244203,245496,245497,245498,245499 RCBS 22-55-SP,22-55-FP,243-95-SP,243-100-FP, NEI 100244GC-#14, 55 224 GC-#4,225 45-#3 PB, NOE 22-055 SP,MX2-243,Saeco 221 & 243, RD TLC225-50-RF,Lee 22 Bator 6c & 2c HP. Love casting small boolits, let me know if you have one that I don't that you would part with!

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    how does a gas check fit on that i know its not made for it but will it work

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCall View Post
    Looks like they are trying to make it a boattail. Looks like it will stick down in the case a good ways. On the plus side, with the base the way it is, it could probably be opened up just a little and made into a gas check shank, then lubed normally.

    That's just how it looks from first impression though, the pot is warming and measurements will be coming as soon as I can get some decent boolits from it. Mold is cleaned and warming up now.
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    OK, here is a sample pic. Not a very good one, but it should give you an idea. I was having trouble with fill out at first, so I went to the ladle. AS usual with these long boolits, I just had some trouble with the bottom pour, but things went much better with the ladle. Fillout was good, boolits wanted to stick a little at first, but after a little while they started to fall with just a tap on the hinge.

    Took a sample of 10 boolits, all weighed between 232 grains and 232.7 grains. This is with ACWW with a little tin, what I had in the pot. Bands measured .3096-.3102, noses measured .3009 to .3017, seemed to be a bit less concentric than the bands. The long tapered boat tail looks a bit funky, but checks do fit snug, and crimped on tight when ran through a .311 die. I would have tried .310, but I don't have one.

    Any way, that's my first experience with this mold. I don't have a 300 whisper yet, trying to get one built next year in a bolt gun. I will be trying them as a plain base in my 06 though. Have been shooting a 308403 copy, but will be trying more this summer. HTH, Billy

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    Thanks for all your efforts Billy ! !

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    That was fast, thanks for posting the pics and info.

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    +3 on big thanks for getting some visuals going.

    That ought to be perfect without the GC and just tumble-lubed for the subsonic Whisper concept.

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    Never heard of good results with a boat tailed cast boolit, will be fun playing with it though.

    Mine should be here Monday, I'll get some cast up, then load up different amounts of H4895 then fire for function and chronograph. H4895 seems to work great with my 245C's from Accurate Molds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonie View Post
    Never heard of good results with a boat tailed cast boolit, will be fun playing with it though.

    Mine should be here Monday, I'll get some cast up, then load up different amounts of H4895 then fire for function and chronograph. H4895 seems to work great with my 245C's from Accurate Molds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehouseproduct View Post
    What gun do you use it in?
    AR15 in 300AAC Blackout.

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    Great looking bullet casting.

    So are these made for tumble lube or using my lyman 450

    Also, did you 'leement' (prep the mold)?

    thanks

    Geoff in Oregon

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    Wink

    Might make an interesting core for pp'ing in a 30-06, hummmm.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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