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Old October 18, 2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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Just got a new one

I just got my new mold from Tom and Accurate molds and it is nice. I got a 460 405B for my 45-70. It is a 3 cavity brass mold. It not only looks nice but it makes some nice bullets.
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Old October 18, 2011, 08:13 PM   #2
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I hope your going to post pictures and not just teasing us?
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Old October 18, 2011, 08:49 PM   #3
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Blah blah blah blah.....I see a bunch of words, BUT I DON'T SEE ANY PICTURES!!!!!! LOL! just kiddin'

Show me some bullets!
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Old October 19, 2011, 04:54 AM   #4
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New mould ???

Without pics it did`nt happen numbskull


LOL

Almost forgot ,here`s my nused Lyman Mag20



It`s sittin on go for when that 245498 mould lands !!!

Have`nt spilt blood this season YET !!!
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Old October 19, 2011, 06:30 PM   #5
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So here is a pick. I also have a question for you all. If you look you can see where there is some lead on the face of the mold. What am I doing that couses this and how do I get rid of it?
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Old October 20, 2011, 05:52 AM   #6
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Do you ladle cast ?????

Looks as if your getting some splash droplets on the mould face somehow ???

Would`nt understand how though as the only time you`d have it that close would be to pour & it would surely be closed tite

Maybe on the next session evaluate your hand movements closely .

I just purchased a 245489 that has the same dot looking lead on it ????

I`m gonna take a razor blade & under 5x magnification pick it off & clean the vent lines .
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Old October 20, 2011, 08:31 AM   #7
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Great looking mold... I love brass molds. I only have one, so far, for my Whelen, but good grief, they are pretty... and cast good bullets.

I've had that happen to my molds, also. I don't have a clue where it comes from, because, as mentioned the only time you could get splatters on it was when it was open.

I use either a dental pick or the tip of a scalpel/exacto blade, and HIGH magnification to gently pick spots off the face, and chase the vent lines if needed. If you leave the spatters there, it will only get worse (somehow )
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Old October 20, 2011, 08:39 AM   #8
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What are the advantages of brass over your standard steel and aluminum molds?
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Old October 20, 2011, 08:40 AM   #9
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Another source suggested using a bullet as an eraser and trying to take it off so I will be trying that and I will report back
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Old October 20, 2011, 10:40 AM   #10
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Brass and aluminum are MUCH easier to machine that steel. They are also much lighter than steel and heat up much faster. I have cast with all 3 and prefer the brass and aluminum because they are lighter. Steel 4 cav molds are HEAVY!

But, between aluminum and brass I can't really tell a difference. Maybe the brass retains heat a bit better than the aluminums...?????

Steel molds stay hot better/longer than both brass and aluminum.
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Old October 20, 2011, 04:14 PM   #11
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...and brass is prettier.

Brass just "seems" to be machineable to a smoother finish... It might not be, in fact, but it just looks better. High quality aluminum molds look good, too, but brass is, well... prettier.

plus, it looks like aluminum sheds heat about twice as fast as brass.
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Old October 20, 2011, 08:13 PM   #12
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Well, I can see why it's the best of both worlds then...especially if it retains heat better than aluminum...
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Old October 20, 2011, 08:30 PM   #13
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Aluminum is used in heat sinks due to its ability to absorb and dissipate heat quickly.

Brass heats up quicker that steel, but not quite as quick as aluminum. It retains heat better than aluminum, but not as well as steel. It is heavier than aluminum, but lighter than steel.

Steel is heavy, heats up slow, but retains it the longest. It will also have the longest life if maintained properly
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Old October 20, 2011, 09:10 PM   #14
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Gee Shane judging by your current location you should know a little bit about heat retention.
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Old October 20, 2011, 11:07 PM   #15
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I have gotten those little lead droplets inside my molds in the past. The reason, while heating up the mold casting the first few bullets and not finding them to my liking I would just tap them out of the mold back into the pot . Splash! A few very small spots of lead inside my mold halves.

Sometimes things that happen are so obvious that it takes a bit to figure them out. So it was with me. I don’t do that any more. I used a razor blade to remove them.
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Old October 21, 2011, 09:48 AM   #16
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That's probably it... good response.
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Old November 11, 2011, 09:49 PM   #17
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Just got a new one

You guys sure have some pretty moulds. I've only got Lee moulds and they're, of course, made from aluminum. Didn't know anyone made a brass mould. Where does one obtain a brass mould and are they more expensive that Lee moulds? Any info would be helpful, since I'm new to casting. GP100man you must be a former Marine. Why else would someone put a pic of Gunny Ermy on a post. I'm a former Marine Sgt. and a Vietnam vet.
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Old November 12, 2011, 12:22 AM   #18
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To those who posted that Brass is lighter than Steel:

http://www.simetric.co.uk/si_metals.htm

Brass is heavier than iron or steel. Unless of course I am not reading it right.
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Old November 12, 2011, 02:20 PM   #19
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WRusty... Thanks for your service. Same goes to all vets... especially all you Viet Nam vets. That's the war I just barely missed out on. Abolished the draft about the time I turned 18, thank God.
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Old November 13, 2011, 12:01 AM   #20
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dahermit To those who posted that Brass is lighter than Steel:

http://www.simetric.co.uk/si_metals.htm

Brass is heavier than iron or steel. Unless of course I am not reading it right.
Numbers don't lie I guess, but my brass mold feels lighter than the steel one.
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Old November 13, 2011, 11:29 AM   #21
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Those brass moulds are so purty you just enjoy picking them up, I guess. Been able to get by on Lee and Lyman dies so far but I can imagine it will be a happy day on my spot on the prairie when my first brass mould shows up.
Hmmmmm....A .460 405 boolit could be the solution to a couple of rifle issues I'm having. Thanks, Grubbylabs!
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Old November 19, 2011, 10:01 AM   #22
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I started out with the lee molds and I still cast a few bullets with them, but I have discovered Tom at Accurate molds and he makes an outstanding mold. He will walk you through your purchase and is great to work with. I actually just bought another 4 cavity brass mold for my 45 auto. I don't recall what I paid for the .460 mold but I paid about 160 for my 4 cavity.
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Old November 19, 2011, 09:13 PM   #23
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I'm guessing you're going to tumble lube?
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Old November 19, 2011, 10:43 PM   #24
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Yes I tumble lube all my bullets
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Old November 20, 2011, 01:15 AM   #25
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If you don't mind me asking did you consider the Ranch Dog mould? I wish he made a 405 but he likes pushing hard boolits pretty fast and his designs seem to do best under those conditions.
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