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Using 2 identical molds to increase output

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tackstrp, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. tackstrp

    tackstrp Well-Known Member

    I am collecting, purchasing duplicate molds for the 38/357 and 9 mm. Hope I am not throwing my money away. The Lee six cavity molds I find pump out a lot of bullets. Hopefully two each of the same mold will be faster. Sold my Lyman molds, never again. Will stick with White lable Xlox . Still have my Lyman 450 sizer. just in case I ever need to lube and size, the old fashion way.

    Sure the purist at heart will never change and disagree with me. I am to old to spend the extra time making bullets for the 1000 yard sniper shot with a snub nose 38/357 or short barrel Glock.

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    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    I like your line of thought, I subscribed to it whole heartedly when i was still working for a living. Now I'm retired comfortably and have time to savor my enjoyment of casting and reloading. I have started using my old obsolete single and double cavity molds, designs that are no longer available unless special ordered. I still use my Lee molds because some of them are really good performers. After I retired I even took down my progressive press that I used for hand gun and went back to my single stage presses. I find that I enjoy reloading and hand loading much more than I do "mass production". I seldom shoot more than 1200 rounds of handgun a month and only a couple hundred rounds of rifle, so slow and comfortable makes all of it more enjoyable for me.
    Good shooting!!!!
  3. Save your money, thats an old fashion method to keep blocks fom overheating during casting sessions. Aluminum blocks heat up quick and cool down quick. One good blower fan will provide all the cooling you need to cast at a regular pace untill you empty the pot. it will also thru practice provide you with more consistent results overall. If you are really up to it I used to use a heated water pan to control the temp of the blocks especially 8 and ten cavity cast iron blocks when I was doing all my casting by hand.
  4. Russt

    Russt Well-Known Member

    I've tried to run 2 molds at the same time. A Lee 6 cavity 38-158 tumble lube and a double cavity 309-150. I found there were too many things going on. I'm not a very cordinated kind of guy and trying to keep up the lead supply, keep the mold hot, turn the little screw on the Lee drip-O-matic, it just was a lot easier to cast a couple hundred of one, dump the rejects and sprue back into the pot and start the other caliber.
  5. tackstrp

    tackstrp Well-Known Member

    interesting comments
  6. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Hope you have a 20lb pot.

    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    I can run two DC molds alternating as long as they are the same material; aluminum/aluminum or steel/steel. I use different temperatures for the different materials, also I try to use molds for bullets of similar size together for the same reason.
  8. lgbloader

    lgbloader Well-Known Member

    The only time I run two molds is when I am using two cavity molds. I make my 250 gr .379 and will run a 150 or 170 .309 along with it. water quench in the same bucket and seperate when I am doing quality control.

    Using a 6 cavity mold is fast enough for me. I'm not trying to make a buck, I'm only trying to chill, relax and make us some boolits without breaking too much of a sweat, you know what I mean...

    Sounds like a good idea and you should have a bunch of boolits in no time.

  9. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Well-Known Member

    I will run 3 and sometims 4 molds at a time and dont have a bit of problem with it. If i can only get a bullet design in a 2 cav mold i will allways buy two of them.

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