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    This is a Lee 6 cavity mould


    I apologize for the very poor picture quality, but of main interest is the alignment pins. If you'll note, the pins are steel and they go into steel bushings which are pressed into the mould blocks. No "Steel on aluminum" as in Lee's other mould blocks.


    Lee block, sprueplate and sprueplate lever and cam. In order to ease the initial cutting of the 6 sprues, Lee has placed a cam on the end of the handle. The face of the cam bears on the side of the block. This arrangement greatly amplifies the force the sprueplate exerts to start the cut. A neat idea.

    Over time, and especially with hard alloys, the cam WILL begin to erode or cause a depression in the aluminum (the old steel on aluminum thing again). You can stop this by drilling and taping the block for a simple steel setscrew for the cam to push against. Or drill and press in a steel pin.


    End view of the mould blocks. Another poor photo, sorry. Blocks are substantial. Closest on the left block is the sprueplate holddown bolt. A headed bushing is sprung via a wave washer. The sprueplate slides under it and is held in place ( a prime lube point to be watched. It's another steel on aluminum deal.

    The prime reason for going with the Lee 6 cavity mould, besides price is:


    PRODUCTION!

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    Production!

    You got that right, Buckshot.

    That set screw under the cam is a good idea, I think I'll do that.


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    The set screw works like a dream. See my post under 314-120.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nighthunter
    The set screw works like a dream.
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    Ditto! Thanks Buckshot

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    vetterli 10.4x38 bullet

    HI. i a link to your post on this forum from the swiss guns forum. i have been waiting on a lee single cavity custom mold order for about a year now. have groups from your forum ordered for this caliber ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by somoss
    HI. i a link to your post on this forum from the swiss guns forum. i have been waiting on a lee single cavity custom mold order for about a year now. have groups from your forum ordered for this caliber ?
    Can't give you an answer to the above question, but I wanted to be the first to welcome you to the forum. Glad to have you here! I would assume you are talking about the K-31, correct?

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    acually its for a vetterli 10/4x38

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    ................A second welcome to the board. So far as a custom mould run for that cartridge goes, no one here has ever done one before. I don't think there are too many of them owned by board members. At least no one has had much to say about it if they do have one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckshot
    ................A second welcome to the board. So far as a custom mould run for that cartridge goes, no one here has ever done one before. I don't think there are too many of them owned by board members. At least no one has had much to say about it if they do have one

    ..................Buckshot
    Actually, we have done several custom runs that fit the 10.4x38 nicely, but none that actually look like the the swiss military boolit. Several board members have converted the rimfire bolt to centerfire and shoot with reformed 348 cases.

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    i converted mine and used commercial 44 bullets but as you know they just are not long enough to use properly in the converted 348's. i will keep an eye out for the next group order for the mould.

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    The prime reason for going with the Lee 6 cavity mould, besides price is:


    PRODUCTION! 8)

    ...............Buckshot
    Ditto, and since you have such a nice pile there Buckshot I wanted to add mine.


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    I'm not sure another 41 Swiss group buy will happen on the Swissrifles.com site as the Vetterli forum is going to shut down soon unless someone takes it over. Shame too, as there is MUCH info there on the Vetterli rifles and carbines. It may be possible to get a group buy started on a different Swiss rifle forum?? Emery
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    any suggestions as to screw size for the steel pivot ?

    Planning to do several, and need to make a trip to Homey Depot when I get home for screws/tap.
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    ...............Just do what Steveb did for his mould. Use a #8 drywall screw. Cut off all but maybe 3 threads under the head. The screws are HARD, so no dikes . Grind and snap'em off. Select a drill bit just a tad smaller then the thread OD. Drill to depth and then countersink with a drill bit to match the OD of the screw head. so it's about flush.

    No major accuracy issues involved here. If the screwhead is a bit cattywhumpus it's no big. Try for perfection, but don't hurt yourself

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    cattywhumpus

    I don't know if I'll ever get used to all that scientific technical jargon.

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    Thanks for the suggestion Buckshot.

    I already made an unedumucated guess and went with 6-32 x3/8" FH machine screw. I haven't drilled anything yet, since I'm still stranded in BFE, but I will definitely give the drywall screw a look see before I start drilling.

    I like the idea of not having to tap a hole that small and I'm pretty sure the drywall screw would bite into the soft aluminum to hold well.

    I'm already figuring on removing the sprue plate bolt and going all the way thru with it instead of doing the set screw thing. Then I'll use a new bolt with a double nut and a lock washer. It won't sit level but I don't usually sit the moulds down when I use them anyway.

    Not sure if I will put the nuts on top of the sprue plate and use a round head for the bottom of the mould, or put the nuts on the bottom.

    Thanks again for the info, if I'm lucky, I can get this done without cracking my GB moulds

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