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Thread: Lyman vs. RCBS Hodgdon-Style Mold

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    Lyman vs. RCBS Hodgdon-Style Mold

    Hi all,

    Since starting Skirmishing this year, I have been working with a teammate to cast my bullets. He uses an RCBS .580 hodgdon-style bullet which we have found shoots exceptionally well in my Zouave when sized to .578. About a month ago I ordered one of these molds from Midway USA, and it is still backordered. I was really hoping to be casting my own bullets by fall nationals, and noticed that Dixie has a Lyman .578 hodgdon style mold in stock right now. While I know the RCBS bullets will work very well in my musket, I would be willing to give the Lyman mold a try. Has anyone ever compared these bullets side by side?

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    Consider this?


    If you are going to the Regional Shoot this weekend at Fort Ross, you should talk to Moose and Moosette of the 56th PVI. He makes a very nice mold. If I was in the middle of my skirmishing career, I would certainly give Moose Mold a try. With several more years left to skirmish, I am going to limp along to the end with the molds that I have. If it works out with Moose Molds, see if you can cancel your order with Midway.

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    John Bly is offline
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    I shoot bullets from a Lyman Blue- Gray mold. Side by side they are hard to tell apart. The biggest thing is the base plug which must be manually removed in the Lyman mold and is mounted on a sliding plate on the bottom of the RCBS mold. I have to run the lead HOT to get good skirt fill out on my bullets. I modified mine slightly by reducing the depth of the main grease groove and extending the skirt to be just a little longer but it will be fine the way it is made.
    Last edited by John Bly; 2 Days Ago at 08:52 PM.

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    george7542 is online now
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    Something to consider noe molds makes the Hodgdon mold in 2 and 4 cavity I believe. I do not have any experience with this mold but a few people on here have them maybe they can chime in.

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    PoorJack is offline
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    I don't have any experience with the Lyman, but I do have the RCBS. It has a captive bottom pin and I swapped it out for the larger pin from John at NE Traders. How does it shoot? Out of my 62 Springfield, meh, ok but not earth shattering. Out of my 1st gen PH and my Whitacre barrelled musketoon, ooooh yes! Both guns shoot one ragged hole at 50yds with this bullet, and at 100yds, both have shot 1.5moa off a rest at 100yds.

    When casting with the RCBS, I have to run the pot at max temp to get a consistent fill out and a fairly low reject rate, but I've found that to be pretty much true with all hollow base molds I have.
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