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Offline curly

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Lyman .390 ball mould?
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:05:28 AM »
I've been looking for a Lyman .390 Round ball mould and haven't been able to find one any where. Does Lyman even make a .390 for a .40 cal?
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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2013, 04:44:33 AM »
Don't think so...they make a .395 though.  Mine casts balls perfectly round (except for the sprue) that are .398" - perfect!!
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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2013, 05:06:11 AM »
I have to agree with Taylor. I have 2 green mountain and 1 Douglas .40 caliber rifles and the Lyman .395's work great.
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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2013, 05:09:50 AM »
I vote for .395 too.
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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2013, 05:14:10 AM »
I vote .395 for a .40 cal. My .40 shoots really well,  AJ.
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Offline Rich

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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2013, 09:55:56 AM »
I have one made by Lee.

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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2013, 01:49:05 PM »
Thanks guys........ .395 it is ;D
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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 07:54:03 PM »
the 40 cal is probably the most accurate caliber for competition. the 45 cal is next. the.395 ball was born for that cal.....sonny

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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2013, 10:49:41 PM »
My .40 mold is a Lee .390.  I'd prefer buying some .395s before investing in another mold.
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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2013, 05:08:46 PM »
I vote .395 for a .40 cal. My .40 shoots really well,  AJ.

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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2013, 12:39:00 AM »
.395's were realy hard to load in my .40,got me a .390 bag mold from Larry Calahan.

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Re: Lyman .390 ball mould?
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2013, 02:48:07 AM »
I shot my .40 today on the trail, David and we were discussing the problems some shooters have with snug combinations. With a .019" (mic) pocket drill patch and a .398" pure lead ball in my .398 bore'd .40, I loaded several without using the short starter and they were as easy as can be.  They went down to the powder easily as well. Yes- I had to choke up on the rod and actually push the patched ball down into the muzzle. I was using almost straight WWWF for lube - just a hint of Neetsfoot oil in it.  I then switched to a .0235" red/white/blue/blue mattress ticking patch, same bore sized ball and again, no problems however I did use the starter for those.
Some thing is wrong if you find them difficult to load - possible reasons for difficulty loading snug combinations:
1/. rough bore - perhaps non-flush cleaning didn't get all the fouling and it rotted some?
2/. sharp crown that is pushing a ridge of lead and not drawing & moulding the lead and patch into an easy fit?
3/. loose ball and patch combo building fouling in the bore?
4/. too little 'effort' expended in loading - it doens take some, but not much?
5/. failure to use the assistance of a starter to help get the ball started - if needed?

This crown, allows easy loading of combinations many think are too snug, yet it loads easily, once started, can be pushed home with only 2 fingers on the rod - yes, those fingers must squeeze the rod. - some.
This crown is less than 3/16" deep, is VERY smooth and allows easy swaging, drawing, moulding, whatever you want to call it, of the ball and patch into the bore. It is not a coned muzzle, which can be up to 1 1/2" to 2" deep.
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