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View Poll Results: What were the first mold(s) you used and how did you acquire it/them?

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  • Lee molds, purchased.

    138 46.78%
  • Lee molds, given, borrowed.

    12 4.07%
  • Other brand mold, purchased.

    113 38.31%
  • Other brand mold, given, borrowed.

    32 10.85%
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Thread: Quick poll on first molds.

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    Quick poll on first molds.

    Just a quick poll to satisfy my curious mind. If you chose other brand a quick note on which brands please.
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    Currently casting for .223, .308, .30-06, .30-40 Krag, 9mm, .38/.357, 10mm, 44 Mag and 45 ACP.

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    A friend let me borrow a 38 W.C.F. to see what I thought of casting , he thought it was a 38 mold . You gotta start somewhere .

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    When I started casting I don't know that Lee was making molds yet. In the shooting magazines the only names I read about were RCBS and Lyman.

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    Lee of course...the economical way into casting. Actually the 6 bangers, after a little clean-up to fit and finish...are fast 'pile-O-boolit' makers.
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    lee 6 cavity for pistol. good thing i didnt buy a good quality one, being as i managed to drop it in my full 5 gallon bucket of water for quenching.

    it survived though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I was kindly given a Lee 44-240 mold and a lee 10# bottom pour furnace, and I've never been the same...

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    My first one was a 2 cavity Lyman 311041. It will also be my only mold from Lyman.
    Had to beagle it to get 2 usable bullets from it.

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    Mine was a Lyman 200gr(maybe 195) SWC for 45 ACP in the late 60s. Still have it & have used it in the last 6 months or so.

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    I am not certain Lee was producing molds when I started casting in the very early 70s. I know they became available shortly after that.
    My first mold was a second hand Lyman single cavity mold for 38/357. Not certain which particular model. I traded molds a lot back then.

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    Lyman 429421 and 452460 molds about 40 years ago, still have them and use them, in my .44s and .45 auto. Now I have them all RCBS, NOE, ACCURATE, LBT, Eagan, Saeco, etc.

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    Lyman 357446. Lee and RCBS weren't making moulds back then.

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    I was given a SAECO 4 cavity 38 wc in 1979. Still use it

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    Purchased a Lyman 200gr-swc and a 450 sizing press

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    Lyman 31141.....when that was the only brand ​('60's) available in Canada where I then was.
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    First purchased a couple of Lee's, then given some more Lee's and Lyman's, have since bought several Miha's molds.
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    I started out with 3 rcbs 2 cavities I ordered at the same time as all my other supplies.
    My feedback page if you feel inclined to add:
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...raight-Shooter

    Thanks Yall!

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    I'm assuming the question is which brand did you buy first. Not everyone can see polls. My first was a Lee. It was a joyous day when I finally got rid of the last one I had. They did their duty of getting me started. Had I bought custom from the start I would have been a lot less aggravated.

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    Was given a Lyman 358091 as a gift from my uncle so I could keep my Ruger GP100 fed. That was 17 years ago when I first started down the path of lead addiction.

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    Started in 81 with a lee and a lyman back then lee handles were removeable.
    Sometimes it takes a second box of boolits to clear my head.
    Feed back thread http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...?261449-jeepyj

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