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Thread: How long do lee ignots molds last? Mine just broke....

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    The half doz Lee ingot molds I use are from 5-10 years old and the handles are still intact despite lots of use. If there was a flaw in the handle area I can see it being the weak link, but otherwise, ham handed treatment is likely the reason.
    Unless there are burrs that need correction, there is no need to beat the mold to drop the ingots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retread View Post
    I have two that I bought about 15 years ago. Still going strong. I do not handle them roughly. When hot they are at their weakest and slamming them down to dump ingots is a no-no. Handle them with care and they should last for years.
    I do the same , I let them cool for a while and gently dump them, for the most part the will release from the mold with out getting ruff with them.
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    It's an aluminum cupcake mold for me. Cheap to buy and no complaints, although an ingot from a proper ingot mold sure looks classy.

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    I use an old cast iron corn bread stick baking pan. Openings are 3 1/2" long, 1" wide and just over half round in cross section. It casts 18 per pan. Check out antique stores.

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    I just obtained a new RCBS cast iron ingot mold.It is not as well cast as an old Lyman mold and the ingots hang up in it a bit.Appears to be caused by the way RCBS is cast into the cavities.It seems to be getting better with use.It is still to be preferred over the aluminum molds.

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    My Lyman and LEE ingot molds are both 20 years old, and still working well.

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    I was using two Lee ingot molds,an aluminum Lyman,a one each of the Lyman and RCBS molds today cleaning up some linotype that went thru the Nisqually River flood years ago.The little Lee molds are obviously easiest to use due to their size.Probably the best choice of the group if I was just starting would be the current production Lyman.They're made of thicker metal than the Lee.

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    1000 to 1500 ingots. I would be happy with what that production. By the way, now you have a Lyman or RCBS ingot mold just use some pliers. That must have been one long afternoon.

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    OP answered his own question. Answer is 2 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenT7021 View Post
    I just obtained a new RCBS cast iron ingot mold.It is not as well cast as an old Lyman mold and the ingots hang up in it a bit.Appears to be caused by the way RCBS is cast into the cavities.It seems to be getting better with use.It is still to be preferred over the aluminum molds.
    Set the mold out and let it rust. The rusted surface will act like a "release agent"...

    When I was deep sea fishing (rock cod fishing to 300' or so) I used 3 lb "cannon ball" sinkers. I also used this mold for "ingots" after melting a bunch of scrap lead. No problem with rolling around, just put them in a box....
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    Duke, quick question. just replaced my lee 356tl 124 mold. my old mold warped and the new mold is a different design. old mold dropped 358 and then I sized 356, good fill out, but feathers. new mold drops 352 and not round. contacted lee and was sent a new mold. same problem??? phoned lee, talked to a tec. that was arrogant enough to tell me it is all my fault. pot is 725, mold is about 450 boolits are shiny. too small and not round both new molds. old mold drops good size boolits. using coww 2 cavity mold, smoked. been casting over 20 yrs Bill in FL
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    Put some vise grips on the stub, and carry on.
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    My Lee ingot molds are from the '90s and still going strong. Use a little finesse in handling and they will outlast you.
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    Have two. Been using both for 9 years, no problems.

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    Had an RCBS break the little lip off on my first smelting session with it. Been using a couple Lee's for a long time 15+ with no issues. They are cast so maybe it had a void.

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