26 November 2019
One of the things that I really don't like about Lyman molds is that you never know what you are going to get. When I order a mold, I want to get what I order. The bullet design is IMPORTANT! Take one example: The original H&G #68 was a 200 gr SWC that would feed in nearly every 1911 produced at the time. Yes, they would feed in most unaltered original GI 1911's. That is a terribly important detail. Arbitrarily changing design can produce something that really doesn't work. There are many "copies" of the #68 like the LEE SWC kind of looked like a #68 but didn't share the functionability (if there is such a word). My 1911's had custom chambers that WOULD function with the Lee but most early 1911's would not. Now, this is not a slam on LEE, as they did not call their mold a #68.
Elmer Keith quit working with Lyman, back in the day, because they wouldn't keep their mold designs "pure".
On the other hand, if the particular Lyman mold happens to be the right design, then they are good molds and you will find Lyman's in my mold collection.
Still, when I order a mold, I expect it to be what I ordered. That's why most of my molds in recent years are made by MP and NOE, etc. You get what you order...