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Reply #30 - Mar 26th, 2019 at 12:18pm
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I prefer Brass and I make my blocks 11/4 wide X 1 in depth X 1 1/14 high. The balance makes them very comfortable to use, they heat up fast and they hold the heat well. There is just enough room for the bullet cavity to be centered between the alignment pins.

Below is a Barry Darr Insert Mould workmanship is flawless and the best I have seen. Inserts are 25, 28, 32 and if memory serves me right 40 or possibly 35 his favorite being 35-40.

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Reply #31 - Mar 26th, 2019 at 12:38pm
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And those I make for myself this one showing the use of four alignment pins. 11/4 wide X 1 in depth X 1 1/14 high

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Reply #32 - Mar 26th, 2019 at 4:10pm
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Dales' loaner mould is the first Pope "universal" I've ever seen actually being used.  I am deeply envious!

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Reply #33 - Mar 26th, 2019 at 4:29pm
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The Pope mold is easy to use , the auto sprue cut off and bullet ejection are great advancements to bad they are not made by anyone today.
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Reply #34 - Mar 26th, 2019 at 4:32pm
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Dales wrote on Mar 26th, 2019 at 4:29pm:
The Pope mold is easy to use , the auto spue cut off and bullet ejection are great advancements to bad they are not made by anyone today.
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Some features of that Pope mold look similar to Browning's loading tool he sold to Marlin. But the Browning/Marlin 1881 tool did more than just cast bullets.
I've never seen that particular Pope tool for sale. Seen them in displays, but that's all.
  

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Reply #35 - Apr 2nd, 2019 at 10:35pm
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I notice JLouis makes single cavity moulds which I like, be it brass or iron. My neighbor, who is a very knowledge bullet caster with years of experience, ordered a two cavity brass mold for a 30 caliber rifle. The bullets always shrunk noticeably on one side. That was the side nearest the other cavity. The bullets ended up off balance and wouldn't shoot worth a hoot. It was a well made mould that he fooled around with for weeks before he just gave up. He changed alloys, changed temperature, changed flux, and anything else he could think of. We concluded it must have had something to do with the cooling rate of the alloy as it related to the brass in the mould. I have brass single cavity moulds from the same maker that cast beautiful bullets so the problems of the double cavity remains a bit of a mystery.

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Reply #36 - Apr 2nd, 2019 at 11:04pm
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JS, Did he try both cavities casting only one at a time?
  

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Reply #37 - Apr 3rd, 2019 at 11:03pm
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He tried that and everything else he could think of. He cast just the front cavity and just the rear one. The bullets still came out shrunken in the middle directly opposite of the opposing cavity. His iron two cavity molds don't yield the same results. He cast some bullets in a couple of his iron molds to see if he had similar problems which he didn't. To quote Jerry Garcia, "What a long strange trip it's been."

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Reply #38 - Apr 4th, 2019 at 3:45am
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Interesting. I have a 2 cavity .33 brass mold, but I haven't tried it yet.  Wish me luck!  Cheesy
  

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Reply #39 - Apr 4th, 2019 at 7:37pm
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Schuetzenmiester wrote on Apr 4th, 2019 at 3:45am:
Interesting. I have a 2 cavity .33 brass mold, but I haven't tried it yet.  Wish me luck!  Cheesy


It will be interesting to hear of your results. Let us know after you've cast a few.

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Reply #40 - Apr 4th, 2019 at 9:26pm
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Has anyone noticed the "one side shrinking" on
multiple cavity Aluminum molds?
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Reply #41 - Apr 5th, 2019 at 1:56am
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I had a issue with one of my NOE, brass, DC molds. It took a while to over come it but, it's good now. But, as I remember, it was just overall fill out (like a cold mold) and not on one side. I also didn't cast just one cavity.

I believe that it was a result of casting in the mold (was in a hurry to check the bullets), before cleaning it, as recommended in the NOE instructions.

I scrubbed it with Boraxo and dish soap, using a heavy nylon brush (not tooth brush) 5 or 6 times and run heat cycles, using both, alloy and a hot plate. It finally came around.

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Reply #42 - Apr 5th, 2019 at 2:34am
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JS47 wrote on Apr 4th, 2019 at 7:37pm:
Schuetzenmiester wrote on Apr 4th, 2019 at 3:45am:
Interesting. I have a 2 cavity .33 brass mold, but I haven't tried it yet.  Wish me luck!  Cheesy


It will be interesting to hear of your results. Let us know after you've cast a few.

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I will try to get in gear and try it in the next couple weeks.  Got my curiosity up now  Undecided  It is a NOE mold. Who was your neighbor's mold maker?
  

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Reply #43 - Apr 5th, 2019 at 10:28am
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.33 two cavity aluminum NOE mold and cannot tell the difference with a micrometer or weighing.
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Reply #44 - Apr 5th, 2019 at 8:49pm
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Schuetzenmiester wrote on Apr 5th, 2019 at 2:34am:
JS47 wrote on Apr 4th, 2019 at 7:37pm:
Schuetzenmiester wrote on Apr 4th, 2019 at 3:45am:
Interesting. I have a 2 cavity .33 brass mold, but I haven't tried it yet.  Wish me luck!  Cheesy


It will be interesting to hear of your results. Let us know after you've cast a few.

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I will try to get in gear and try it in the next couple weeks.  Got my curiosity up now  Undecided  It is a NOE mold. Who was your neighbor's mold maker?


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