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    Best Lyman .357 mold?

    Guys, What do you think is the best Lyman mold for the .38 and .357?
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    #358156
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    +1 and its bothers the 358429HP/358439HP

    and your not wrong if there's a 358156 in the stable

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    38-358477, 357 358429. I believe the 429 is trumped by NOE or LBT's 180 fn and bettered by NOE's 160 fn.
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    I'd like to try some 180 grain wide flat nose bullets, but for now I'm happy with my RCBS 38-150-SWC. If I had to pick a Lyman I spose it'd be the 358477, which the RCBS is nearly identical.
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    My first was the 358477. Bought it 43 yrs ago, and is a great mold for 357 mag and 38 spl. Need to go hotter, it’s a 358156 GC.

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    358429 without a doubt!

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    OK guys.... Thanks for the advice. Now, where can I find one of those?
    E-Bay is tapped out,And I will not buy a new Lyman mold.
    Anyone have an extra one laying around they would sell?
    Denny

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadhead View Post
    OK guys.... Thanks for the advice. Now, where can I find one of those?
    E-Bay is tapped out,And I will not buy a new Lyman mold.
    Anyone have an extra one laying around they would sell?
    Denny
    https://www.mp-molds.com/bullet-cast...pa_caliber=360

    Try Here, in stock superb quality and extremely fast shipping ....

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    I have and have used the Lyman #358429, #358439, and the #358156 for years. They all work well in both cartridges, but I've seen at least slightly better overall accuracy in both cartridges using the 160 grain H&G #51, the original .357 Magnum bullet.

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    Leadhead,

    I just seen a few molds down below for sale in the Swappin' and Sellin ' area

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    Thanks Johnny, Just PM a guy about a mold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marlin39a View Post
    My first was the 358477. Bought it 43 yrs ago, and is a great mold for 357 mag and 38 spl. Need to go hotter, it’s a 358156 GC.
    My sentiments precisely. I have all three, plus the substandard 357-446, and the 358-477 is the best of the PB Lyman molds IME.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leadhead View Post
    OK guys.... Thanks for the advice. Now, where can I find one of those?
    E-Bay is tapped out,And I will not buy a new Lyman mold.
    Anyone have an extra one laying around they would sell?
    Denny
    http://arsenalmolds.com/index.php?ro...&product_id=65

    http://arsenalmolds.com/index.php?ro...product_id=141
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    Are we talking rifle or revolver here?

    What do you want to do with these boolits -- punch holes, ring steel, kill Bambi?

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    Save your money and buy an Accurate Mold clone
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    OK, I just bought two RCBS molds.... 38-158 SWC and 38-162 SWC.
    Anybody have any comments of which one is any better than the other.
    The 38-158 SWC does not have a gas check. Can't seem to find a pic
    of it.
    Denny

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    My son and I have been casting and shooting a lot of the 358665 out of pistol and rifle with very good results.

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    Yea, that looks like a good mold, but I had my heart set on a SWC.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check