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Lee 500 grain .458 mold
Old 12-01-2011, 05:18 PM
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Default Lee 500 grain .458 mold

A coworker (who is too lazy to cast his own) "gave" me a double cavity Lee 500 grain .458 mold he got for $20 off ebay or some such place. (hereafter know at "Pot Drainer") Now I'm a big fan of Lee stuff, EXCEPT their bullet molds. This is the third one I've been around and after a good hour and over 200 bullets I'm convinced again that I don't have the "touch" or technique needed to operate Lee molds.

It didn't take long to get the mold "up to temp", but every bullet (even say after #50) came out with a double wrinkle that ran the entire length of the bullet. Much too deep to size out and one that would let gases cut the bullet. I tried raising and lowering the temperature of the lead, but all that did was change the appearance (shiny to frosted) of the bullet and make the wait time to cut the sprue longer. I even tried using only one cavity at a time. I was going to post a picture but I threw all of them back in the pot.

"Vern" wants to use this bullet in his Uberti copy of a Browning highwall in 45-70. He's shot up several hundred of my 405 grain 458124's and the rifle shoots them better than he can hold the rifle. He's even gone as far as to copy my recipe (25 grains 0f 2400)

I know that "millions" of folks can cast with Lee molds but I still think Lyman molds are the way to go. If I keep trying to cast the Pot Drainer I'll end up with less hair than Dr. Phil.

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