30xcb molds in stock at NOE

Reloader762

Active Member
I've been waiting a long time to get one of those, I ordered mine this morning along with a nose punch for the RCBS just in case I want to use traditional lube on occasion. Here is a 10% discount code you can use at checkout flt001
 

Reloader762

Active Member
What mold did you end up with? I have a five cavity GC.
I got the 3 cavity GC mold, it will produce enough bullets in a couple hours worth of casting to last me awhile. What alloy are you casting those bullets with and what dia. do they drop out of the mold at for you?
 
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waco

Springfield, Oregon
I am trying to push these pretty hard in my .308
I am getting around 2moa accuracy out to 500 yards at 2600+fps
 

Reloader762

Active Member
90/6/4
Pb/Sb/Sn water dropped for a bhn of around 18
They drop right at .312"
I hope mine drops at .312" as well, I might, can get them up to .313" with PC and give the bullets a try in my SKS an Mosin rifles. But I'm mainly interested in using them in my 30-06 and 300 Sav.
 

fiver

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I got one of the first 2-3 off the machine and specifically asked for it to not be cut to cast any larger than that with the enriched alloy, I wouldn't have bought it if it cast over 311.
 

L Ross

Active Member
I got a 5 cavity a year or two ago and they drop at .312". I have to say though, I will never get a 5 cavity again. I have to pay close attention to the rate of pour as it varies from one end of the mould to the other, from incomplete fill out to whiskers. I should have just got a 2 or 3 cavity.
 

Ian

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One thing I can say about MP Molds is their multi-cavity jobbers are dead-on consistent for size and weight---IF I can manage to get the whole string poured quickly enough. Generally this requires a 2# Rowel ladle and a lot of care not to flood the sprue hole while the cavity is filling. I'm getting to where I'd rather just spend the hours to work with a 2-cavity and bottom-pour furnace though, it takes longer and is more wear and tear on my hands and arms but is a LOT less stressful while doing it.
 

Kevin Stenberg

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Unfortunately i just depleted my fun money fund on another Sav. 11 left hand 223. My first one with the accuetrigger.
 

Reloader762

Active Member
Mold came in today, ready to cast some bullets this weekend, get the m coated and sized and in a couple weeks shoot some test loads in the 30-06. Everything looks good to go as is but I still have to give it a good cleaning and run it through a couple heat and cool down cycles.
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fiver

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the heat cool clean cycles really improves the bullets.
I'm half about to buy one of those ultrasonic cleaners just to clean NOE molds.
only problem is I don't plan on buying too many more of them.
 

L Ross

Active Member
the heat cool clean cycles really improves the bullets.
I'm half about to buy one of those ultrasonic cleaners just to clean NOE molds.
only problem is I don't plan on buying too many more of them.
So fiver, what does the heat cool cycle do and when you say, "improves", in what way? Wrinkles, whiskers, ease of release? My biggest gripe is having to pour at different flow rates for different cavities in my 5 cavity XCB mould. The bullets themselves show great promise.
 

Ian

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The venting isn't great and NOE moulds (like most others not made of iron alloy) benefit from a 10x loupe and a carbide scribe to open the vent lines on one side of each cavity where the cutting or boring tool exits. The other trick if you want to avoid a few heating cycles is to simmer the mould blocks in a saucepan with some liquid dish detergent for a half hour. The blocks will come out seriously discolored but that patina is very much non-stick and really helps the casting. Another thing to do is take a fine file and break the sharp edges at the top of the blocks where they meet to make an extra vent line so the bullet bases are sharp. Filling at a rate of about 1 to 1.5 seconds per cavity and tilting the mould slightly seems to help as well. I run a lot of Lee six-cavity moulds with a modified bottom-pour pot and have really good luck with them. NOE? They have quirks.
 

fiver

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the NOE's have a kind of quirk to them.
I don't know if it's their cutting fluid or alloy or a combination of the two.
but they take several cycles of not just heat [like the instructions recommend] but actual use and cleaning before they finally settle in and run like you hear everybody talk about them working.
when they finally break out you will suddenly see a better more crisp bullet and the mold will just function smoother overall.
it's hard to explain but once you see it happen you'll understand.

quite often you go from struggling with the mold,,, to it suddenly making bullets like it is an old Cramer right in the middle of about your 5th or 6th casting session.
by then you've made about 1500 so-so bullets and thrown back another 500 rejects, then bammo you look like you know what your doing.
 

Ian

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Not everybody. There's this one dissident down in Texas who finds almost all of them out of round, way off on dimensions, and the alignment pins to be only good for binding the blocks up when attempts are made to open the mould. He's got one good one that he kept, and made a sizing die to fix the part where it wasn't cut to the drawing. It only casts half a thousandth out of round and with some tedious diamond filing the alignment pins don't bind.
 
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JonB

Central Minnesota
I just wash 'em with soap and do what Ian says, " Another thing to do is take a fine file and break the sharp edges at the top of the blocks where they meet to make an extra vent line so the bullet bases are sharp." and then just start casting. I don't do the heat cycles anymore.

Sometimes they start casting good, if not, I quit and cast something else. Then I'll run that mold through a few heat cycles. and try casting with it another day. But to be honest, I haven't bought from NOE in the last two years, Arsenal has got me to buy a couple molds, otherwise it's only been vintage gunshow finds.