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Lee Molds...is anyone as impressed by them as I am?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Targa, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. Targa

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    I was casting out of my new .309 150grain RF Lee mold today and I was thinking, man I can’t believe how nice these molds are for 20+ dollars. I have 10 Lee molds, a couple of those are six bangers but they all just impress the heck out of me. The quality of the molds isn’t on par with my Arsenal or H&G molds but man there is no competition at that price point.

    I would recommend them to anyone.
     
  2. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Show us your cast bullets!
     
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  3. Targa

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    Ahhh yes, give me a minute to put down the beer, get off my lazy rear and grab a few pics.
     
  4. brewer12345

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    I'd say that the 6 bangers are far better made than the 2 bangers. The 2 bangers are serviceable, but basic. The 6 bangers are in another class. I am over 5k keepers on a 45 cal 6 banger and the thing just rains bullets.
     
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  5. Alex Clayton

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    I have not cast for a good while but when I tried my hand at it almost all my stuff was Lee. As with almost all my loading stuff it just worked so I could never see any point in paying a lot more. I did use a Lyman sizer/ luber as it was built really nice. Also used a Lyman dipper as I liked the design better. All my molds were Lee and I never managed to wear one out. The Pot I had used for many years and gave or sold it when I quit casting. It was still working like new.
     
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  6. Ru4real

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    Lots of people knock Lee because they think their experience is the only experience. I like Lee products!

    I must disclose that I drive a GMC truck and not the “best” Mercedes G class or Range Rover, so maybe my opinion doesn’t count as much.
     
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  7. troy fairweather

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    There molds have been getting better, a few years back they hit a low point but are much better now. The last one I got is great, I have not even have to tap it to drop the bullets free. That's a 200 gr fn 44mold.
     
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  8. Barbaroja

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    I have six or seven of them now. I keep buying them “ Until I find something better” but haven’t ever gotten around to buying anything else. I do prefer the traditional lube grooves over the tumble lube designs. Just started with powder coating so it doesn’t matter as much now.

    where did you get your .309 150gn from? I’ve been looking all over and it’s out of stock everywhere I’ve seen.
     
  9. Targa

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    Left column 405 grain .475 RF, 200 grain .44 RF, 255 grain .452 RF
    Right column 150 grain .309 RF, 400 grain 476 RF, 240 grain .44 RN (this is my favorite)
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  10. Targa

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    9531567B-FB1C-4492-89D1-1CB95AFFF39A.jpeg Top mold is a 300 grain .452 RF gas check. Bottom is a 158 grain .358 RF
     
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  11. Targa

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    Everyday I would just keep checking the usual places, Midway, Natchez, Brownells....heck Amazon etc etc....last week Ebay finally had one in stock.
     
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  12. Targa

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    I agree, the 6 bangers seem to have higher quality.
     
  13. Bush Pilot

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    Those are some pretty bullets.
     
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  14. Targa

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    Thank you, the lighting is kind of bad which makes them look a little better than they actually are...:D
     
  15. cfullgraf

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    I have several Lee bullet molds and like them. But I have some cast iron and brass molds from other folks that I like as well.
     
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  16. .38 Special

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    I generally have not been pleased with Lee stuff, but their molds really do offer good quality, especially for the price. I do own better molds, but none that cost less than $90 or so.

    I agree that the six pot molds are generally better, but I do have a pair of two pot 440 grain WFN style molds for the .500 which cast very well, and the gun loves them.

    I also have a pair of six pot molds for that .44 RN bullet. It is one of my favorites in the .44 Special, and two of those big gang molds working in rotation can easily keep my revolvers fed.
     
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  17. JPIMBO

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    Don’t need a beer to appreciate your molds sir. All with their own nice handles that didn’t cost a thing.
     
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  18. kelbro

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    Lee molds always performed well for me. If you are used to iron molds, you will need to develop a new rhythm with aluminum for consistently good bullets.
     
  19. kerreckt

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    Lee moulds are excellent products. Especially when you consider the price. They will drop a bullet as nice as any. I own a bunch of them as well as Lyman RCBS and some old Cramers. Great value!
     
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  20. theotherwaldo

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    I've accumulated about three dozen of them.
    Been using them since the early 1970s.
    I've never had a bad one.
     
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  21. CRracer712

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    I'm up to 6 Lee 2 cavity molds now. As with reloading, if it wasn't for lee's affordability, I wouldn't be reloading, or casting now.
     
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  22. tightgroup tiger

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    I've often wanted to try one of Lee's 6 cavity molds but was afraid to. Now that you all are saying the six cavity molds are better than their two cavity mold are I am going to buy one for .32 caliber, and if it works out then .357 and 41 will be next. I haven't made the jump yet to Hi-tech coating but it's coming to. I don't like the smoke from Alox so that will be my next venture.
    Just have to get some free time to do it.
    I suppose molds are all sold out the same as everything else in our hobby is. Won't be surprised if they are.

    I have several of Lee's two cavity molds and have always had good luck with them.
     
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  23. Iwsbull

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    Very happy with the one Lee mold that I have a 476-400, just broke it in yesterday and was dropping hailstones in no time.
     
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  24. EMC45

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    Those bullets look great. I too have a bunch of Lee molds. When I had my FFL and got dealer discount I bought a pile of them. I also have SAECO, Ideal, Lyman and RCBS iron molds too. The Lee and them can't be compared, they are different animals.

    I like the Lee molds a whole lot. I have killed deer and a ton of paper with bullets cast from Lee molds. I have shot 10s of thousands of them and they all work great.
     
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  25. 41 Mag

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    I started casting with the Lee 452-300 in a 6C version for my 454. I've had a few bad sessions in a decade but nothing that couldn't be worked thru.

    I probably have a couple dozen or so of them now and use them for bulk target/practice or hunting.

    I have added in several HG, Accurate, NOE, and MP thru the years for specific purposes or handgun calibers but I usually always have a Lee out when I set up for a pour.
     
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