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Post by Wmvdg123 on 10/15/2018, 11:01 pm

Thinking about casting my own bullets. What is the most accurate 115 grain mold available for casting?

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Post by Wobbley on 10/15/2018, 11:38 pm

Ummm.....there isn’t one....not that I’ve found.  Most of the better lead bullets seem to be in the 120-130 range.
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Post by LenV on 10/15/2018, 11:48 pm

I don't cast but I buy a lot. The best 115 gr cast I've bought were from Penn. They use a H&G 68.

http://www.pennbullets.com/9mm/9mm-caliber.html

http://www.accuratemolds.com/bullet_detail.php?bullet=35-115B-D.png
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Post by 1911a1 on 10/16/2018, 1:05 am

My barrel is a 1:18 twist, what 120-130 gr mold do you like wobbley? 
Thanks LenV, you have a wealth of knowledge.

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Post by dronning on 10/16/2018, 1:45 am

LenV wrote:I don't cast but I buy a lot. The best 115 gr cast I've bought were from Penn. They use a H&G 68.

http://www.pennbullets.com/9mm/9mm-caliber.html

http://www.accuratemolds.com/bullet_detail.php?bullet=35-115B-D.png
+1 on the Penn, shot them in my 1-32 twist 9mm with good results, got the load info. over on TargetTalk from Isabell1130, 4.1 of VVN340.  She also shoots a 1-32 KKM barrel with a frame mounted dot.
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Post by Wobbley on 10/16/2018, 8:43 am

1911a1 wrote:My barrel is a 1:18 twist, what 120-130 gr mold do you like wobbley? 
Thanks LenV, you have a wealth of knowledge.
TBH, I quit using cast bullets in 9mm.  I have one mold left and that one is a Lyman 356402 121 TC bullet.  Only because I have a Luger pistol and it preferred that.

The vast majority of my 9mm shooting is casual or combat shooting/training and for that I use plated.
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Post by HenryA on 10/16/2018, 7:09 pm

I have an extra Mihec mold in the H&G 275 design. That is the 9mm equivalent to the .45 #68. 6 cavity aluminum. The one I am using casts great bullets. I would let my extra go for a reasonable price. Send me a message through the forum if you are interested.

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Post by Wmvdg123 on 10/17/2018, 4:29 pm

I may want to get that HenryA, I ordered some penn bullets that are the #68 mold and will see how they shoot out of my gun.

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Post by Wobbley on 10/17/2018, 7:17 pm

Zane has a mold for sale a 130gr SWC for 38 super.  Some guys find these heavier bully’s work for them in 9.

http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t10728-fs-magma-molds-38-38s-9mm
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Post by shaky452 on 10/17/2018, 8:15 pm

I've been trying the Penn 115 gr. as a replacement for the 126 gr. Dardas in light loads for my .38 Super. I fired 20 shots using 3.0 gr. of Bullseye over sandbags at  25 yards. Eighteen shots made a hole that was 1 5/8", but two flyers opened the group up to 2 1/4". I'm sure younger eyes or a RR would have done better. BTW, this gun has a Kart barrel in it which I believe is 1 in 16". If the Penn bullet is the H&G 68, I would definitely consider this style mold if I were going to cast bullets.

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Post by LenV on 10/17/2018, 8:18 pm

HenryA wrote:I have an extra Mihec mold in the H&G 275 design. That is the 9mm equivalent to the .45 #68. 6 cavity aluminum. The one I am using casts great bullets. I would let my extra go for a reasonable price. Send me a message through the forum if you are interested.
I have heard a lot of good things about the H&G 275. I think they are a 125gr mold. I wouldn't have any problem trying some if someone was casting them for sale. I just bought some 130gr from Magnus I will be shooting this weekend in Sherwood. Looking for a short line load. It is 115gr XTP,HAP or Zero for the long line for me.

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Post by LenV on 10/17/2018, 8:21 pm

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Post by Wmvdg123 on 10/18/2018, 2:11 pm

Is there a mold that is similar to the 115 grain xtp or hap? It looks like there are some hollow point molds available. It seems that might be a very accurate mold.

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Post by KB2MBC on 10/19/2018, 5:11 am

LenV wrote:I don't cast but I buy a lot. The best 115 gr cast I've bought were from Penn. They use a H&G 68.

Hi Len

What OAL do you use with this bullet?

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Post by LenV on 10/19/2018, 12:44 pm

I will give you a multiple choice answer. I must have loaded the first batch at 1.035 but nothing here measured over 1.034. A lot of 1.0335. I also have a 3.8gr Bullseye load that works in my RO the way the Unique load does in my 952. I don't try to explain the difference. I will show the results and you can scratch your head trying to figure what is happening. At least I have a load for both pistols on the short line. Hope I never get them mixed...



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Post by LenV on 10/20/2018, 12:41 am

The targets in the above post were fired at 25 yds from a rest. This picture was taken sometime in 2016 during practice. I could wish I kept better notes but got the important stuff.

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