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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.

    205 47.45%
  • Lee molds, given, borrowed.

    17 3.94%
  • Other brand mold, purchased.

    166 38.43%
  • Other brand mold, given, borrowed.

    44 10.19%
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  1. #161
    Boolit Buddy kaiser's Avatar
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    I bought my first mold, a Lyman, after I purchased my first black power rifle (a T/C Seneca). That purchase 40 years ago introduced me to casting, a hobby which took me 20 years to renew do to location. Now, I have as many molds of different brands as I have reloading dies (many!).

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    started my casting endeavors not long ago...bought a 356637 lyman because i like heavier boolits in my glocks...

    bought that mould without even knowing what ''slugging a barrel''' meant lol. now i know, and if i had to do it again, would have ordered from accurate molds with the correct specs . if ever my boolits gives me the accuracy i'm expecting, it will be all about the '' luck''' factor because i did NOT slugged my barrels when i placed my order for my lyman mould ...

    in the wait for my lyman piece, i'm working with a lee 356 120 which doesn't provide that much accuracy shot from my glocks . hope for better results from my lyman.

  3. #163
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    I started with Lyman molds for my 44 Mag and 357 Mag back in the early 80s to feed my silhouette revolvers. I purchased my molds new.

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    in 71 I was 21 got my first pistol a ruger blakhawk in .357. then my first mold a lyman 358429 single cavity. made a lot of skeeter .38 loads back then. still have both pistol and mold.

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    I started with a Lyman 445599 Minié ball mould back in the early 70s, then picked up a Lyman 452374 (.452 225gr RN) and RCBS 45-255-KT. I've acquired Lyman, Lee and Accurate moulds since, mostly for .45-70. Ed

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    My first mould was a 2 cavity Accurate custom; a 700gr 50cal tumble lube for a wildcat of mine. 2nd was a 2 cavity 550Gr Mihec 50cal HP which I haven't used yet, 3rd was a $10 2 cavity Lyman 356402. That's all I got for now.

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    Lyman 357 mould 2 cavity. I had headed to a retired professional shooters house to buy a press and he kicked me out for no reason as soon as I hit the door. I drove two hours so I kinda just sat in his driveway. A few moments later his wife came out and said come on in honey. He gripped about do you youngster ever care about how a bullet is made. I said yes. 6 hours later I left with a chevy 1500 limping home. Moulds lead pots presses bullets books and so on. At the time I only had been reloading for a year. George if by some chance you are on this forum buddy I can not thank you enough for getting me into casting.Well thats my story.

    Oh and I paid 500 bucks and had so much in my truck my wife had to hold one of the presses on her lap as the bed had no room in it.

    Ready for this. I didnt own a 357 at the time.

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    One of the best reasons to buy a gun is that you got "such a deal" on components. My first 9mm came to me after an elderly friend gifted me with a shot bag half full of 9 mm surplus ammo.
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    I just started casting in the last few months. I have learned a lot from you guys. The mold I bought was for a 45-70 405gr WFNGC from Accurate Molds.

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    About ten years ago I had a rifle that I couldn't get to shoot commercially available projectiles satisfactorily and I was getting tired of buying bullet$ that didn't work. One day a big brown truck brought me a really BIG brown box with a Lee furnace, Lyman sizer & dies, two Lyman moulds and all the other stuff that I thought I needed to get started casting. To be quite honest I never got that rifle to shoot to my satisfaction but boolits from my first session were better than I had bought.
    I guess you could say that rifle and those Lyman moulds started a long, expensive journey for me but it's been a lot of fun.
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  11. #171
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    I always seem to start of with lee's just to see if i like it then get nice molds, currently using noe

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    I started with Lee molds.
    I prefer Lyman now but I still use several Lee molds with good results.
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  13. #173
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    Cool Lee Molds when I first started casting

    I started casting with Lee Molds and soon went to Lyman, Noe, Rcbs, Rapine ect.. I have not had good luck with Lee molds, I have had very good luck with Lee dies. The Lee collet neck sizers and factory crimp dies are great. YMMV

  14. #174
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    Started casting just a few months ago after building a 300BO and realizing that 30 round mags and $0.30+ per bullet wasn't gonna work for me. Bought the Lee TL309-230-5R on midway and shortly after the NOE 311-230-FN. Already looking for more.

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    George brought me a N.O.E. mold 311-180-FN (311041). I'm making boolits for a Mossy 464 30-30.
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    Started with lee molds casting .357 & .41 bullets and moved on to Lyman and RCBS molds. After I discovered this site, I got hooked on Mihecs molds. Dang I need a second job!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DW475 View Post
    Started with lee molds casting .357 & .41 bullets and moved on to Lyman and RCBS molds. After I discovered this site, I got hooked on Mihecs molds. Dang I need a second job!!
    Tell me about it! My first several were Lee’s...


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    I cast Lyman's 429421 up until NOE's first group buy of their 429421. It seems having a boolit a couple thousandths over bore stops leading and increases velocity. Who Knew?

    Since then MP-Molds, more NOE and Ballisti-Cast. I've never seen a Lee first hand. I've had several of Miha's 6 cavity molds which although similar probably don't have the "feel" of a Lee.
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    I started with Lyman moulds at the outset in 1981, and RCBS within a couple years' time. Lee moulds came kinda late to the party at my place, early 1990s IIRC. Small-shop makers have dominated my mould-buying since c. 2002, almost all aluminum blocks by NOE, Accurate, and Mountain Molds. I have yet to cast with a brass mould block. These small-shop products have TOTALLY changed the game as far as bullet casting is concerned, IMHO. We are in the Golden Age of bullet casting, for certain. I have about 80 moulds on hand presently.
    I don't paint bullets. I like Black Rifle Coffee. Sacred cows are always fair game. California is to the United States what Syria is to Russia and North Korea is to China/South Korea/Japan--a Hermit Kingdom detached from the real world and led by delusional maniacs, an economic and social basket case sustained by "foreign" aid so as to not lose military bases.

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    I've been reloading for years but casting for only one or two. To start with I got 6 banger Lee molds from Midway in all the pistol calibers I own, but found the type of bullets I eventually wanted to use were not offered. I ended up with Accurate and then MP molds with which I do all my casting, including most of the trial and error learning. Most of the Lees have never been used except for the handles, which fit the other two brands. My goal is to eventually replace all the Lees.
    Last edited by kevin c; 06-08-2018 at 04:22 AM.

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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"
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