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I can't keep the pin in place that hold mould to handle.
After a few raps with a wodden mallet to disclodge a bullet from the mould. I tried hiting on the top of the handle
and also on the bottom of the handle, either way the pin falls out thereby ending the casting session.
Any help on how to keep the loose pin in place.
 

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The easy way is to take the pin out, lay it on a flat metal surface, and wack the rear 1/3 of it with a flat faced hammer....just enough to 'oval" the back 1/2 of the pin a bit...then set it back in place. Should wedge the bottm 1/3.

The "right" way is to make a set of larger pins...but the chances of a guy having a lathe laying around are a bit slim.
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May want to look that mold over. I'm hard headed, and will wrok a mold over until it drops bullets with the barest of taps (and some only need a tap every 3 or 4 casts). there is a burr or some bugger in that mold (probably along an edge) that is hanging those bullets up...beating on it isn't a fix.

Take a HARD look at the bullets that come out of his mold...pay attention to the seam line or any other birght mark on the bullet that indicates something grabbing.
 

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Hi Ribbonstone Forest here I just read a thread of yours about bullets hanging up in the mold I have a 45 mold that had one cavity that allways hung up thanks to you it doesnt anymore thanks for curing agriviting problem for me Forest Punch:cool: :cool:
 

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Welcome.

Can't win them all, have had molds that defeated my best efforts...best guess is that the mold blocks ween't even and the cherry bit into one side a bit more than the other...but most of the time the bullet will show where the molds needs a bit of work to get it to drop free.

If you get the mold to the stage that it drops bullets with little beating on it, it will tend to cast a long time with few problems. Most of the problems people have with molds is from some abuse...we get frustrated and start wacking on the hings. ****...I once broke a set of Lyman handles from beating on them too hard.

the only otehr designe feature to watch for is the classic deep/square lube grooves...hold a lot of lube, but those right angles are problems waiting to happen.
 

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problems with a lee mould

I called Lee
They said the fix is to crater the hole of the aluminum block so it will close slightly and prevent the lose pin from falling out.
Also, the fix for stuck bullets is to trim the bur on the edges of the mould where the two halves meet.
 

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I'd be careful with the edge trim, but that's how to fix one that has a burr along the edge. Get under a strong light, use magnifaction if need be, and use a SHARP exacto knife. IF you go too far, will create more problems than you solve. The pin fix will work, but again don't go too far with the block-smacking.
 
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