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    Boolit Master

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    One with only a couple of lube grooves which are tapered and a medium nose length as well as a not so large metplate.
    They will just jump out of a mould.
    Loverins with lots of narrow grooves can be a pain at times till you hit the sweet spot.

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    For me the #1 Preference is Steel/Iron, #2 is Brass, #3 is Aluminum. All work fine and have their temp/cadence preferences, but overall my RCBS and Lyman molds are the easiest to use and cast the best boolits. My multi-cavity molds are all aluminum just because of the weight factor.

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    I have iron and aluminum molds.The iron molds are a mix of Ideal,Lyman,RCBS,SAECO,and Lachmiller.Some the Lymans are four cavity.If I'm casting linotype I normally only use three cavities since the sprue is easier to cut with three cavities.I store the molds with the last bullets cast left in the mold since Western Wa can be a bit wet.My aluminum molds are all older Lees and I avoid using them unless it's a limited production mold in a odd caliber.The last brass mold I used came with a replica cap & ball revolver.They were of questionable quality.I have zero problems with iron molds and tend to stay with that material when buying molds.I recently pulled out a mold I last used around 25 years ago and left bullets in the cavities.No rust in the cavities and got good bullets immediately.

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    Brass is heavy but I've found if I limit brass to two cavities, they're fine. If I want a four cavity, I get aluminum. The vintage moulds are iron or steel.

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    I have to an't mit I like my aluminum mold over my steel/iron molds.I can cast for longer periods with my aluminum molds There's no reason an aluminum molds shouldn't hold up as well as steel if treated with reasonable care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocSavage View Post
    I have to an't mit I like my aluminum mold over my steel/iron molds.I can cast for longer periods with my aluminum molds There's no reason an aluminum molds shouldn't hold up as well as steel if treated with reasonable care.
    l agree 100%. If you don't know how to care for them, you can get great advice on this board. Harles

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    cast iron
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    Quality Aluminum molds if kept lubed properly and not hammered to death will last many years.. Probably have 25+ NOE Molds nearly all HP Aluminum and they do well after broken in
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    I'm pretty new to casting only been doing it for a bout three years now . For me hands done the steel or iron molds cast the easiest . I just cant seem to get the cadence down on the aluminum molds. Have not tried brass yet . Give me a warm pot and an RCBS or Lyman mold and I will cast my old butt off .

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    Just bought a Iron from SS the other day. Can't wait to give it a try!

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    I've never used anything except iron, except once. I've been very pleased with iron. Years ago, like 40 years ago, I had a Lee 2 cavity. Being nice, I'll just say it was problematic and did not earn a permanent place on my casting bench. I'm considering a custom Accurate or NOE but I'm still struggling with the memory of that first aluminum Lee mold. I know, an Accurate or NOE mold is a whole different animal!

    Yes, iron is heavy. Especially when you get into 4 or more cavities. But when you get it up to temperature it is easy to maintain and they are pretty tough.

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