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Thread: Suggestions for 380 auto mold (powder coat design)

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    Suggestions for 380 auto mold (powder coat design)

    I have looked around . I don't see much out there!

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    I have used the Lee 358-105 SWC design for many years and that profile has never disappointed me.

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    Thanks Thin, I will check it out.

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    LEE -358-105 SWC has worked for me in all my 380.

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    While not a pc design, the Lee 356 95 RF works very well in my LCPs. Its a tumble lube design that will hold just enough conventional lube and takes PC and TL very well.

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    Mine is a NOE 358-100 that I powder coat. I like it as it has a cup HP that is a little lighter.
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    Not PC but I too have had excellent/extraordinary results using the Lee 358-105 SWC since the mold came out long ago. Accuracy in these little pistols is hard to believe.

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    Thanks all, I would like to stay around 95 -100 gr. Now if I could just find a mold. I would like a 6 cavity.

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    I have good result with the Lee 356-102 1R and the 356-95 FP in my Glock 42.

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    The NOE/Ranch Dog TL358-100 is a great bullet that I've run successfully through four .380's of various eras.

    The Lee 356-95 is pretty much same, as is the Accurate 35-098R, which can be ordered specific to your bore dimensions.

    Accurate also makes essentially the same bullet in a slick-side for powder coating - that's the 35-095R.
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    I have a lube groove for sale from my 'new to me' Lyman 358-242 a 92 gr 2-banger. Its a nice and classic mold. I wanted a 6 cavity too but the guy only has 1s and 2s. I had handles, waiting, from somewhere too.

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    Look at this. Looks a nice mold and would produce a nice booolit.

    https://www.mp-molds.com/product/mp-358-93-hp-pb/

    I have an old Lyman 358242, 2 Cav, PB, RN. My LCP loves it--I shoot as cast with Lee Alox. Drops out at 96 gr.
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    This one's a bit heavy but it's just another option. RCBS 124 GR.







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    The Lee 358-105-SWC is not only a good mould for the 380 auto but I use it for lighter , less punishing loads, in 9mm Luger for shooting in an old WWII Walther P-38 ... I enjoy shooting it but don't want to batter the old war horse with heavy loads ...
    That boolit is excellant for both 380 auto and light 9mm Luger and works well in 38 special and I'm sure a bunch of other uses .
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    I have the Lyman 358242 & LEE tl358-95rf

    I like the lil lee bullet better but if you have any issues feeding the RN are better bet.

    I shoot them in a G42 & Ruger MAX perfectly.

    I just posted a video casting both these molds.

    https://youtu.be/G7DOTD5mMNU

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    Thanks everbody, CWlongshot I will check out your video.

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    +1 on a 6-cav. Ranch Dog TL358-100-RF (if you can find one):

    If it was easy, anybody could do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Land Owner View Post
    +1 on a 6-cav. Ranch Dog TL358-100-RF (if you can find one):

    Almost IDENTICAL to the tl358-95rf I posted above and a DAMN FINE oreforming and looking bullet!!!

    Morning Rich!

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    Ended up going with this, Lee 6-Cavity Bullet Mold 356-95-RF (356 Diameter) 95 Grain Flat Nose

    mainly because it was in stock at Midway.

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    Its a GOODUN!!!

    I have a 2 cav. Id like a 6cav for sure!

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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