I had a request from a member to reprint the article on mold makers I recently wrote for the FS.
The Mold / Mould Marketplace Today
There are many mold makers no longer in business such as Belding & Mull, Cramer, Eagan, Herters, Hensley & Gibbs, Peerless, Modern Bond, Yankee, Ohaus, Lachmiller, Ardito and just recently, NEI are just a few.
But today we still have a long list of makers who produce an astonishing array of bullet designs of well-made molds. Most commonly they are made of high quality iron alloys, aluminum & brass. Some makers offer only molds of one material, others of all three. One thing you can count on is that they will all stand behind their products. But before you buy, research the design & dimensions if available. None of them offer refunds if the bullet is not accurate, that is on you to choose wisely. However, defects and dimensions not to spec will almost always garner a quick repair or replacement. Probably the best tip I can give you about buying bullet molds is to call on the experience of your fellow CBA members. They are a wealth of knowledge available through the Fouling Shot, CBA forum, by email or phone. I have never talked to a member not willing to share his or her knowledge and experience with various molds.
However, the purpose of this article is to give you a general overview of the makers. It is not intended as review of their complete line of molds or quality. I apologize in advance for any maker that I have left of this list.
Accurate Molds www.accuratemolds.com
Offers CNC lathe bored molds in aluminum, brass & iron. Extensive line of both rifle & handgun existing designs or submit a custom design of your own.
Arsenal Molds www.arsenalmolds.com / 801-361-3152
Makes an extensive line of both rifle & handgun molds in aluminum and brass.
Brooks True-Bore Bullet Moulds www.brooksmoulds.com
Offers nose & base pour black powder cartridge designs.
CBE Moulds http://www.castbulletengineering.com.au/
As a CBA supporter, David Commens/owner produces very high quality 1,2 & 3 cavity brass molds.
Hoch Custom Bullet Moulds www.hochmoulds.com / 575-627-1933
Toolroom quality, nose-pour moulds, both standard & custom iron molds made to order. Rifle & handgun, straight or tapered designs available.
Hollow Point Bullet Mold Service www.hollowpointmold.com
Although Erik at HPBMS does not make molds, he does render a value service. He offers custom hollow point conversions of one or multiple cavities of Lyman, Ideal, RCBS, Saeco and other steel, brass, cast iron or aluminum bullet molds.
LBT (Lead Bullet Technology) www.lbtmolds.com / 208-267-3588
For more than 34 years, LBT has been making custom lathe bored molds. Rifle & handgun aluminum molds.
Lee Precision www.leeprecision.com / 262-673-3075
Lee makes a wide variety of aluminum rifle and handgun bullet molds. In expensive, but of good quality, most casters cut their teeth on Lee molds.
Lyman www.lymanproducts.com / 800-225-9626
America’s oldest mold maker. Lyman makes a line of iron rifle and handgun molds. Lyman is a CBA donor/member.
Mountain Molds www.mountainmolds.com
CBA donor/member Dan Lynch, owns and operates this maker who specializes in molds for smokeless revolvers, lever actions and high velocity rifle. CNC lathe bored aluminum or brass blocks.
MP Molds www.mp-molds.com
MP molds is the family owned business of Miha Prevec of Slovina and a CBA donor/member. Don’t let the location scare you away. Miha makes beautiful brass & aluminum molds for rifles and handguns. These works of art are affordable and shipping is very quick. Most orders are received within 10 days.
NOE Moulds www.noebulletmolds.com / 801-377-7289
Al Nelson, owner & operator is also a CBA donor/member. NOE produces a large line of rifle & handgun molds, including copies of discontinued Lyman & Ardito designs in brass & aluminum. They also offer many designs featuring captive pin, tilting pin hollowpoint moulds.
Old West Bullet Moulds www.oldwestbulletmoulds.com / 970-200-7219
OWBM offers many heel base, hollow base and rimfire designs for obsolete calibers in brass blocks. They also offer many smokeless & black powder brass molds for rifles & handguns.
RCBS www.rcbs.com / 800-379-1732
RCBS offers an extensive line of iron molds in many rifle & handgun designs, from silhouette to cowboy style cast bullets and much more.
Saeco Precision Bullet Moulds (Redding Reloading) www.redding-reloading.com / 607-753-3331
All Saeco molds are machined from solid cast iron blocks one cavity at a time. Using the same cherrie for each cavity on digital equipment guarantees that each cavity duplicates the previous one. Molds are offered in both rifle & handgun designs.
In addition to molds, many of them produce fine casting products such as sizing dies and other casting accessories.
As you can see, we have a lot of choices. I personally own at least one mold from all but two of these makers. Am I happy with all of them, yes. Some are better than others, however I think you can get good service from all of them. None of them are abuse resistant, but with proper care they will last a lifetime. All will be passed down from me to my son and/or grandsons and there is no reason they too will get a lifetime of use from them.
David Reiss - NRA Life Member & PSC Range Member Retired Police Firearms Instructor/Armorer
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