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CVA Enthusiast

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In short I can not find a .490 round ball mold (at a decent price) I have ordered a .500 I realize the difference I also know I can use a thinner patch What I do not know is if 15th patch size would be adequate or should I go thinner? Yes for those wondering I am getting into casting round balls. For 3-4 months now I have been e-baying for molds and well I am not going to spend $50-$75 plus $8-$20 for shipping for a USED mold that ran $21 12 months ago brand new
 

mark1945

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All my molds are Lee and have been using them for years not near that costly and they work just fine.
 

Grimord

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I think you are going to find it very difficult to load a .500 ball with a patch in a .50 caliber gun without using a short starter and a heavy duty range rod. If it does load, you might find it is very accurate, alot will depend on the type of rifling in the bore.
 

FrontierGander

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Lee mold, plenty of .490 molds on ebay and other places like track of the wolf.

.500 won't do you any good, especially with a patch.
 

Winter Hawk

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Lee will (or used to, anyway) sell their molds factory direct.


Good Lord, the manufacturer is out of stock! What is the world coming to? I was going to pick up a .50 brass brush at Walmart the other day, and their black powder section was EMPTY! It gasts my flabber, for sure!
 

FrontierGander

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McClura

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CVA Enthusiast, let me check my stash of molds. I know I have a couple of .490's some where. All of my .50's use either .495 or .500. One of my barrels was made by a friend and when he called me he said it was a ut-oh :oops: barrel. It mic'd .505 after he cleaned up the riflings. He had a mold made for me by Rapine when he shipped the barrel. I have been shooting it since 1981 and it is still competition accurate.
I will know sometime today. Stay tuned. :)
Mike
 

ElkFever

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I have NIB Lee Dbl Cavity 490/176g w/handles & Lee NIB Dbl Cavity .50cal REAL bullet 250g w/handles. I intended to pour my own but I don't have the rest of required equipment. As little as I shoot, I just buy them by the box at Cabela's or Sportsman's.
Will sell, contact me.
 

Badger154

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Lee will (or used to, anyway) sell their molds factory direct.


Good Lord, the manufacturer is out of stock! What is the world coming to? I was going to pick up a .50 brass brush at Walmart the other day, and their black powder section was EMPTY! It gasts my flabber, for sure!
LOL At least your Wal Mart has a black powder section. They don't even know what it is here in Orangeburg, SC.
 

Hylander

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Especially here in Rochester NY!
So I live in California and ordered a LEE .490 RB mold last week from the Gun Works in Oregon.
It arrived in Sacramento 2 days ago which is about 30 minutes from my house.
Then USPS sent it to Buffalo NY. :mad: which sent it to Rochester NY. o_O
Now it is back out shipping to who knows where? maybe your house 🤣
 

newtire

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Talk about the long way home! I have had UPS move my package around like that a little but not that far away. I thought it was to stretch the delivery time out because I chose the cheaper delivery option.
 

Roy Alcorn

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I've used Lee molds for years ,never had a problem.. not to far from you , I live in Forestville N.Y.,,,,45 min east of Buffalo.......
 

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