I hope it all works for him. I remember telling a fellow in the cast bullet biz a couple years ago that there was lots of money to be made making LBT moulds if a fellow could get set up to crank them out on a CNC. Dan has better prices than Ballisticast and many months faster turnaround than Applegate; will be looking closely at quality when it gets here.
Went and picked mine up at the mailbox place today. Ordered a steel .475 GC LFN mould to cast a 380 gr or so bullet (forget the number his site lists). Mould cavities look to be nicely machined, as I would expect from CNC equipment. The exterior is not quite as nicely done as I see on Ballisticast moulds: only the top surface where the sprue plate rides is machined to match the two halves; the screws for handle attachment are only supported on the lower end, they do not go into the top side at all and are clearly handmade. For the price on a made-to-customer-spec mould I'll live with it; no heavier than these moulds are it should hold up ok. The locating pins are brass; the two halves go together with just a hint of play, which I suspect would tighten some when the mould is heated. The proof is in the casting, will be able to tell you more when I get my pot fired up in another couple weekends.
Okay got the pot fired up today and cast some bullets with it. The bullets seem to drop out in spec. I asked for .476", they are coming out .477" which is quite close enough for me. The one fly in the ointment has to do with the lack of a set screw to hold the sprue plate screw in place. He puts a spring washer under the head of said screw; even with lube applied that screw wants to turn with the sprue plate, making it about impossible to get consistent sprue plate tension. I have emailed Dan about this; hopefully he corrects this in his future production. Otherwise I would be sticking to Ballisticast for all the "standard" stuff in the future.
Got an email back from Dan about the sprue plate screw issue. He says mine was shipped with high-temp loc-tite holding the screw in place; unfortunately it is only rated for 400 deg. He says he has since switched to a better threadlocker and is sending me some of that. Hopefully that cures it.
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