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Thread: Lee molds are up to par

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    Boolit Man
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    Lee molds are up to par

    My Lee molds are working great. Here some for the 480 Ruger and 357.

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    Boolit Man Wheelguns 1961's Avatar
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    I have some Lee 6-cavity molds, and they work good. Good bullets. No complaints. In fact I have the same tl358-158, is that what yours is?

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    I’ve got a Lee .309 170rf and a .457 405rf that cast absolutely horrible the first time. The vast majority of the boolits were rejects.
    Didn’t do a thing to them and just cast about 100 boolits of each and they were beautiful from the get go.
    I heated them up the same, didn’t scrub them out, nothing. Just poured awesome boolits.
    Can’t wait for them to harden and shoot some.
    The .457 is going on a cow elk hunt with me. My contender handgun in 45-70 seems to like them.

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    Majority of my molds are Lee as well. I love them. I hear some horror stories now and again, but for 20 a pop i will gamble and i haven't lost yet on. I have about 10+ Lee molds and i have a few More on my radar.
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    Boolit Man
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelguns 1961 View Post
    I have some Lee 6-cavity molds, and they work good. Good bullets. No complaints. In fact I have the same tl358-158, is that what yours is?
    Yep sure is.

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    O really like Lee molds. Have had a few i had to play with a little bit most work great from the start and for 20 bucks you can't go wrong. My only complaint is that I wish there selection was better. Have had to go with other companies to get the mold i wanted.

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    I have over 20 molds...only 3 or 4 are iron. The rest are Lee. I've never had a bad one either. They throw questionable bullets for the first 5-10 fills...but after that...they throw pretty consistently. The only complaint as already mentioned by RED BEAR is that they have a limited bullet selection.

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    Have a few favorite Lee's but prefer old Lymans and certain RCBS. But yes,they're definitely worth the 20$.

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    The newer molds, say from the last 10-15 years, are a LOT better than the early ones from 30-35 years ago. They were junk as far as I'm concerned. I have always used Lee round ball molds with no complaints. About a year ago I wanted to try a heavyweight 8mm bullet but didn't want to spend a "C" note to learn it might not work. Bought a Lee...I think it's about a 240 gr. bullet(?)....for a bit over $20.00. It cast very good bullets but unfortunately the weight and length didn't work in that particular rifle. Better than being out a hundred bucks and, if I ever have need of a heavyweight, 8mm bullet I have a mold.
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    Lee six-cavity molds are excellent. The sprue plates though, are not of the same high quality. To make a Lee six-cavity mold really come alive, swap in a sprue plate made by Red River Rick.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/memb...Red-River-Rick

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    Boolit Man Wheelguns 1961's Avatar
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    You can definetly overheat a lee sprue plate. When I preheat my lee molds, I do it sprue plate up, and at a lower heat setting on my hot plate. Still after one or two pours, I am making perfect bullets.

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    The bigger problem with Lee sprue plates is sometimes they break. It doesn't happen often, but Rick's plates are a sure cure.

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    Boolit Man Wheelguns 1961's Avatar
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    I have never broken one, however I have warped one. Either way I am sure that the sprue plate is a worthy upgrade.

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    I have to admit the mould design and functionality have gotten better but my experience is the bullet size is still a **** shoot roll the dice you may get one that drops to spec you might not . Still rolling the dice in that regards . Least it's not a expensive dice game with Lee
    If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck!

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    My ONLY gripe about Lee is the bevel based pistol bullets. I've got a 1/2 dozen of their 2 cavities and a 405HB and would much rather have a Lee that dropped a bullet to proper size than an undersized Lyman (of which I have three).

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