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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.

    144 47.21%
  • Lee molds, given, borrowed.

    12 3.93%
  • Other brand mold, purchased.

    116 38.03%
  • Other brand mold, given, borrowed.

    33 10.82%
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  1. #81
    Boolit Master
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    As with many others my first was a Lee. Back in the early 70's I had just gotten into muzzleloaders and bought a .440 mold for my 45 cal. cheap, really cheap, longrifle. Still have and use the mold but the rifle has been gone for decades. Round ball molds are the only Lee molds I use. All the rest are Lyman, RCBS, or Accurate with one NEI for my 45-90. Must be over 50 molds in the shop.
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    Bought the Lee 7mm 130 grain soupcan mold first. Decided to start casting when I couldn't find the 7mm sierra pro hunter I had been using in my 7mm-08 and 7-30 waters because of the Sandy Hooke debacle. Have sense got molds for most of my hand gun calibers and the 45-70. Bought a RCBS 45-70 mold because Lee didn't make a gas checked 45-70 mold.

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    The first mould I ever bought was a Lyman. I don't recall Lee even being in business then. I tried a couple Lee moulds after reading all the hype about the new inexpensive aluminum moulds. I wasn't impressed. Years later I've came to learn that the 6 cavity Lee's can be a decent mould after some tweaking. Anymore I go with Accurate or NOE moulds.
    Chuck

  4. #84
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    I started out in the 1980's with SAECO molds. Still using them.
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    My first mold was a new RCBS 35-200 for my Marlin 336 35 remington.
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    My first was a Lee 58cal minnie ball mold with the pin in the bottom. A very strange looking thing that was a real pain in the butt, but I still have many boxes of boolits I made from it.

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    I went with an RCBS. RCBS makes nice stuff and all the molds I have made by them work great.

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    My interest was Bullseye pistol. My first molds were saeco. A 4 cavity 452- 200 SWC and a 2 cavity 452-185 SWC.

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    The first molds purchased in the casting hobby were for guns that you just can't go out and buy a Sierra Game King for:

    A Dyson .451 hexagonal hollow-base Whitworth mold for my dad, and an RCBS .455 Webley hollow-base for me.

    It figures that we'd start with things that are notoriously difficult for beginners to cast with, but if not for the oddball guns, we'd have probably never started casting at all.
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    First for me was a Lee 312180R. I didn't know about alloy or lube at that time leaded like 7734! Drilled it out and tried pouring lead in a 5/16" copper tubing jacket worked kinda (not). That was in the mid 70's. How times has changed.
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    Got a box full of Lee 2 cavity molds. Had to learn the hard way ( no internet or someone to teach me), reading what I could and trial and error ( lots of error). Now a few Lee six bangers for pistols but gaining a lot of NOE and Arsenal molds. Have a few RCBS 2 cavity but don't use them much.

  12. #92
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    Lee, all the way. 1 rcbs that I didn't sell or trade and 0 Lyman left. No custom dies to date.

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    I was given a Lyman 358156 2 cavity by my Dad who also let me borrow/use his before that. Still have it and cast with it occasionally.

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    Lee DC TL358 158 SWC and I still have it around someplace as well as the one after it.... Lee let me buy at least some mold for everything I wanted to reload for without breaking the bank or overwhelming dear wife's patience. The NOE and Lyman molds were slower to find their way here, like them too but takes longer to work them into the budget.

    Developed a real fondness for NOE multiple cavity molds. Especially in the slightly different diameters or weights that are sometimes just the ticket.
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    Just ordered my 1st two Lee's 6 cav: 356 120 tc and 452 200 swc.
    Midway had them on sale, guess I'm joining the club.

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    Welcome to the addiction, atanger

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    Lee .315 rb & .50 rb. 1st mould for non-ml was a group buy .20 for a 5mm Craig I didn't have. I did pick up a Rem 591. Now have lots of Lee moulds!


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    Quote Originally Posted by gpidaho View Post
    I got my first moulds in 1958 or so. They weren't bullet moulds they cast little toy soldiers. How's that for a toy for an eight year old. Wouldn't folks have cow now days. lol Gp
    I picked up a toy soldier making set at a thrift shop. All there- $35


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    Back in '73 I think it was, I joined the N-SSA and started casting Minnie bullets for a Zoli-Zooie I was shooting. The mold was a Lyman 575213NS ordered from DGW along with a Lyman 20# cast iron pot I would put on a Coleman stove and cast away. I still have it, but much prefer the 575213OS.

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    Late seventies, Lyman single cavity round ball .454. Still going today.
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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