“The everyday man who holsters a handgun for come-what-may eventualities cannot improve on a .44 Special revolver.” Skeeter Skelton
"Well, if he told his wife the gun only cost $139.00...that's not really a lie--a necessary untruth maybe, but not a lie."
In theory, there's no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.
Since mold makers sell molds specifically targeting "lubes" it makes sense for them now to make molds targeting "powder coating." Smart vendors will offer such. I've suggested this to Lee. Since my Lee 124 boolits are working with very soft lead, I'm ok for now, but having more surface area available to bite the rifling might be a good thing. Curious if anyone here has noticed improvement after grinding off the "micro grooves."
I just ordered this mold, it's back in stock!
I powder coat all my bullets and have the NOE 9mm Hi-Tek design, but don't really feel compelled to search out any more PC designed / groovesless molds. There are lots of traditional design out there that work already. If anything I'd prefer slightly smaller versions of some of the traditional designs so that when I powder powder coat the final diameter ends up at .358/.359 which would make sizeing slightly easier or optional if in a hurry.
I don't think more bearing surface just for the sake of more bearing is necessarily a good thing.
I have a straight sided mold and I will say the boolits do rain from it easier than most of my others.
I Love my flat side boolit molds!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been playing around with making my own straight sided molds. Started with 60 grn plinkers in 30 and then made several for my 327 (55, 90 & 110 grn). They really do cast much easier (drop right out) with very low reject rates. I use the shorties (60 gr 30 and 55 gr 32) for offhand practice at 30 ft. Off bags, the 30s will stay in one ragged hole at 30 ft from my 10" TC Herrett barrel. Between the two guns, I have sent many hundreds of the shorties down range with BLL for lube with no lead buildup at all.
These are by far the easiest high volume boolits I make.
For heavier 327 loads (still just target shooting, but I need some bang - flash - smack as practice for shooting my 357 max offhand), my ASBB HF Red coating allows me to load as hard as I want with no leading.
I also played around with some 0.224 stuff but could not get it to work in my old 10" 222 barrel.
|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|