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Thread: Mould mallets... What do you use and why?

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    Boolit Master mattw's Avatar
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    Mould mallets... What do you use and why?

    I have been using this little jewel for years, it is lite, well balanced and the yellow end is just hard enough to work and does not damage the mould. I am about to wear out another end and thus I am looking at options. I have used small lead hammers, love them but they do not balance well at all. I have played with small dead blows and was not crazy about them. I have to have assistance opening a mould as I have avascular necrosis in both hands and need the extra umph to open the moulds, I also need to limit twisting in my wrists and palm of my hands. I cast mostly with 2 cavity Lyman, Saeco and RCBS moulds and have a small smattering of NOE 4C aluminum and Saeco 4C iron moulds as well.

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    I use a length of shovel handle I trimmed down. Works fine

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    I use a rawhide mallet.

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    I use a piece of pine furring. It's very soft and light, almost like a piece of balsa wood. I only use it to tap on the mold handle nut - never the mold, so I'm pretty sure there's no way to damage a mold using it this way.
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    +1 on the rawhide mallet, I have 3 different weights, usually, only need the 2 oz. one

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    I use a broken off hickory hatchet handle. It is durable and does not damage anything

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    I use a tire thumper That the truckers use to check air pressure via sound
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    Made my own mold for a small lead mallet head that I attached to a piece of pine with a long heavy duty screw. Cheap and when it wears out I melt it down and cast another one.

    Not great on balance but I’d rather let the mallet weight carry the force than be the one to exert the force myself (suffer from occasional carpal tunnel so this saves my hand from having to clamp down to heavily). Similar balance to my heavy ball peen hammer but smaller and lighter.

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    Just a piece of hickory.

    Eastwood once said nothing like a good piece of Hickory. He was tight.

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    I use a piece of closet rod. I think it’s pine. When my we built our clothing boutique I had some extra left over. Works great. It’s light, soft and cheap. It takes the abuse, not the mould.

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    I use a length of cherry wood 12" long and 1 3/4 diameter. I started using it for a lee loader but found the weight helps with sprue cutting and bullet release.

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    I use sledge hammer handle bout $15 at the big box store and just cut off a lenght works great and as it gets used just cut off another piece. If you prefer a little more weight you can drill hole and pour lead in the end. All i have ever used.

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    I use a Hensley & Gibbs moulded lead handle, purchased from a fellow on this site way back when . (I understand, too, at one time there was one of these now-rare moulds freely circulated on this site from member to member to member as needed, but (???) it disappeared ?) Anyhoos, mine is on it's proverbial last leg, so to speak, so a couple of years ago I bought a similar from a seller on eBay. In both, a very soft alloy -- pure lead? -- is employed. Prior, I used hammer handles.

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    A wooden hammer handle for two or four cavity molds, a gloved hand for single cavity molds.
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    I've used a hickory hammer handle, a Lee mold mallet, and finally a rawhide mallet.

    IMHO it's REALLY hard to beat the rawhide mallet.
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    weighted carvers mallet from lee valley tools zero vibration to wrist its soft face does no damage to sprue plate either

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    been using it for a few years. Before used an old hammer handle.
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    A hickory replacement handle intended for a claw hammer , 50+ years ago I needed something to open a Lyman mould with...it was on my Daddy's work bench , since he hadn't used it I borrowed it .
    I picked it up and went to whacking sprue plates with the fat end ...worked great and have been using it ever since.
    Still using one, don't remember if it's the original...but probably is...
    Why ? It was available, it was free , it worked and Dad didn't mind that I "borrowed " it .

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    A scrap piece of Southern pine 2X4 ripped in half and cut to length. I have been using them for 60 years.
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    I have several wood mallets that work well. The best has been a Sears Craftsman mallet like yours. The weight of the metal with the non marring head has been my favorite for years.

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