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Thread: Does this new LEE Mold look OK to you !?!

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    Does this new LEE Mold look OK to you !?!

    I think I'm gonna reach out to LEE Monday morning

    Lee 6-Cavity Bullet Mold 452-255-RF








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    OK, I guess, if I want bullets that look like this...

    Last edited by derek45; 09-26-2022 at 10:25 PM.
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    No sir, not ok at all. I’m with you, send it back.

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    I'm wondering - how'd they do that? Weird.
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    How do they shoot and what is the as cast diameter? One of my RCBS molds is very roughly machined, but shoots better than most. Your mold is quite interesting, but after sizing and going through the forcing cone will look a lot different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bannister View Post
    How do they shoot and what is the as cast diameter? One of my RCBS molds is very roughly machined, but shoots better than most. Your mold is quite interesting, but after sizing and going through the forcing cone will look a lot different.
    I'm not even gonna clean nor smoke it.

    It's going back.

    Time to see what kind of customer service LEE has. ( I expect they will make it right )

    the 452-252-SWC 2 cavity I picked up at the same time, looks very nice.
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    i hope your experience is better then my recent one -- i will never buy another Lee product !
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    Quality control must be working from home! LOL,
    Give me something to believe in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeJames View Post
    I'm wondering - how'd they do that? Weird.
    I would say the cutting cherry was chattering a bit.
    Must have been made on a Friday.

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    Does that go with the Asprely aimless pistol?
    Send it back!

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    Maybe the flutes will help airflow like the dimples on a golf ball? I would try casting a few before I sent it back.
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    I wonder if this might be just the ticket for Powder Coating .

    Those striations on the boolit body may help powder , or whatever type coating is used , stick to the surface ... I know when I paint something ... the paint sticks better if I sand the surface to roughen up the old surface and give the new paint a place to grab on better .

    You might think about this mould before you send it back ... it may be a keeper .
    One of those accidential discoveries that turns out to be a real good idea.

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    GWPERCLE beat me to it! I think the striations are unintentional, but perhaps serendipitous. Try casting a few and shooting them before doing much else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schutzen-jager View Post
    i hope your experience is better then my recent one -- i will never buy another Lee product !
    My last one sucked too. Asked to send a melting pot back then said it was modified so no warranty. All I wanted was a heat shield so out a pot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Paso View Post
    Maybe the flutes will help airflow like the dimples on a golf ball? I would try casting a few before I sent it back.
    I'm with you on this. Cast a few first and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polymath View Post
    I would say the cutting cherry was chattering a bit.
    Must have been made on a Friday.
    New tools tend to chatter to some degree before they break in. Toolmakers often will lightly stone a sharp edge to assist with break in.

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    Tool chatter isnt usually that consistent. Looks more like an issue with the servos or ways. May have been a circle pocket type program with to much "step over" in it. May have been to high a feed rate for the cutter, or a missing finish pass. Tool chatter would show on the flat nose also

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    I'd think the chatter marks would create a physical lock for any cast bullet made in that mold. Depending on where the ones at the part line fall, I'd think the bullet would stick in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 725 View Post
    ...., I'd think the bullet would stick in there.
    that's why I sending it to LEE

    . . . . not gonna mess around with....a mess
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    I would cast a few and see how they shoot? you have pictures before you cast? they may be more accurate than any other ??

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    I opened a ticket on LEE’s webpage, included these photos

    called them this morning

    she said that was “ normal “ for larger caliber molds.

    i asked why all my other 452 and 429 are completely smooth inside

    she said a tech support guy would email me

    so far….I am not impressed with Quality nor customer service
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