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    Got a new to me used mold with handles and a question

    I just got a used 2 cavity Lyman 358242U 125 gr. with both halves marked 32. The current Lyman site does not list the mold but does list 356242. I shoot 357 bullet in my 9mm's so I am happy with the bigger diameter but can anyone tell me more about this mold?

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    In my old Lyman book it is listed as available in two weights. 92 gr. and 121 gr. Uses #311 top punch.
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    That 32 might be an inspector's mark,
    or just how they are sure to keep matching halves together during manufacturing.
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    Tim, #358242U means the mould is undersized. I hope this answers your question.

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    I believe the "32" is the cherry number.

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    32 would be block halves identifiers for that run. U should make it undersized but that might put you right on 357/358 too as they ran larger often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtknowles View Post
    I just got a used 2 cavity Lyman 358242U 125 gr. with both halves marked 32. The current Lyman site does not list the mold but does list 356242. I shoot 357 bullet in my 9mm's so I am happy with the bigger diameter but can anyone tell me more about this mold?

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    “U”after the mould # indicates under size. This table may help you identify in the future.
    http://three-peaks.net/Lyman_and_Ideal_Bullet_Molds.pdf

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    Thanks everyone.
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    #358242 was the standard bullet for .38 Super with. 4.5 grains of Bullseye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outpost75 View Post
    #358242 was the standard bullet for .38 Super with. 4.5 grains of Bullseye.
    Good to know. Thanks
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    So were the undersized made that way on purpose, or were they marked that way after being controlled for size? Maybe the cherry was getting worn out.

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