Just wondering if anybody casts for 45ACP and what mould you use?
Not casting for 45 but I am casting for 44 mag. Using Arsenal 5 cavity aluminium mold, great molds, well machined and tolerances are perfect.
I’m powder coating my bullets and for this, using taper crimp, not roll crimp. So my challenge, is finding a simple .452 RNFB or RNBB mold without lube and without crimp groves. Surprisingly hard.
Something like this:
If you email Arsenal, they will make almost anything you want or modify existing designs. I have had 3 custom molds made by them for no extra cost, had a 90 grain .32 cal mold with no lube grooves and bevel base for use in 7.62 x 25 and it is perfect for CZ52 when coated with Hi-Tek.
Was going to say, oooo a TT, but then I read CZ and meh I wouldn’t mind Soviet WW2 issued one. Apparently improvement over Hi-Power in some way, according to Hickok45
Emailed Arsenal, no response.
Why is it so hard to find a bloody straight wall 45ACP mold!
They may be on lock down or something silly. They normally reply very quickly and are really helpful, try sending another email.
I have a swage die setup for .452 bullets. Smooth sided, RN and Hensley & Gibbs SWC, designed to feed in the 1911. They shoot well, but are not quite as hard as cast.
yeah, smooth sided .452 moulds seem to be nonexistent for hobbyist. There are certainly commercial moulds, because this is what I buy… But nobody makes them for, ‘home use’ for the lack of a better term. Haven’t had a reply from anyone overseas and CBE confirmed that they don’t make smooth side moulds either. Kind of sucky, but it is what it is I guess.
I sell a few, if your interested in trying some, unlubed or lubed with 45 45 10