Arsenal Molds Experience

oscarflytyer

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#1
Arsenal Molds Experience - Good/Bad/Ugly... Looking at a 5 cav aluminum .32 caliber 98 Gr. SWC RCBS CLONE BULLET to the feed the (soon) to be 4 32 revolvers (2x 32 L an 32 WCFs). $16 less than NOE, which almost covers the handles. Arsenal vs NOE?
 

Brad

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#2
My understanding is that Arsenal was the original manufacturer for NOE until Al got his own shop set up.
I haven’t seen any bad reviews on them.

That bullet from an NOE mould shoots very well for me in my Ruger 32 H&R.
 

oscarflytyer

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#3
Thanx Brad. Just picked up a S&W HE 5" 32 WCF. added to the 4" Colt PPS 32 WCF and S&W Reg Police 32 L. Prob going to spring for a mint Colt PPS 4" in 32 L as well. Figure this is the one best mold/bullet for all. And a 5 cav will DEF help the feeding issues!
 

462

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#6
My son-in-law bought one. Without the makers' logos doubt I could tell the difference between Arsenal and NOE. Selection is limited, but pricing is certainly attractive. If they had a design I needed, I wouldn't hesitate to buy.
 

gman

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#7
Like Brad my Ruger loves that bullet and it’s from NOE’s mold. I do have an Arsenal mold and it cast very well. I’ve had zero issues with it.
 
#8
The RCBS-32-98-SWC works in any 32 caliber handgun that will fit and feed it. You might find that your 32/20 fixed-sight revolvers will hit closer to where the sights look with 115-120 grain bullets, but they won't be far off shooting the 100 grainers.
 
#10
I have one, the 9mm 124 TC in a 5 cavity. I like it, but like all other aluminum moulds... I wish it was steel. It casts well, but I have to run it frosty. It is not the best a letting go of bullets, couple of light wacks on the handle bolt is required to get them all out.
 
#11
I bought an aluminum Arsenal Mould last winter, looking for a light(er) 44 RFN with a wider meplat than what I saw at NOE. Or maybe what I wanted wasn't in stock at NOE, anyway, I was looking for something like the LEE 200 grain RFN but wasn't in the mood to gamble on whether it would be big enough. I'm shooting a couple 44 Specials with .433"+ throats.

No waiting - it was made and ready to go. Excellent mould all the way 'round. The price made me suspicious - $78 for a 4C, but it's a solid, no-fuss mould which casts easily and big enough around with any alloy of questionable lineage I've poured into it. This is one of the least particular moulds I have owned and is very forgiving of alloy or mould temp, which I don't understand but I don't question either.

I didn't get all the oil off with real brake cleaner before the first casting session and had to try that again, but a good scrub in the sink with Dawn and a boiling water rinse did the trick. I think his site says they're ready to cast with, or "no cleaning needed" but what effort it took wasn't enough to warrant an actual complaint.

I'd buy another without hesitation.
 
#13
If I could borrow the thread for a moment; this mold caught my attention
http://arsenalmolds.com/products?product_id=193

The description says it is a boat tail- design, but the illustration seems to show a gas check design (which is what I would be interested in). Have sent mail by the contact form, ny response yet (they’re probably busy, I don’t blame them :)).
Could anyone enlighten me here; could I just specify in my order I want a conventional gas check design?
 
#15
I usually buy NOE when Al has what I want in stock but after waiting about a year the mold I wanted pretty much went out of production for the new and improved versions of the Ranch Dog .311" 170 gr. FN bullet, I like the old version better. I picked up a 4 cavity at Arsenal with two plain base and two gas check cavities http://arsenalmolds.com/bullet-molds?product_id=84

I've had no problems with the mold and it cast great bullet and you can beat the price even after shipping for a 4 cavity. Here are some of the plain base bullets I cast and powder coated for my 30-30 and 30-06 plinker loads. I will buy again.
 
#16
I agree with all of these favorable comments about Arsenal molds. You can design your own mold there also, I believe. Haven’t done that yet, but will soon. Quality is the same as NOE or Accurate as far as I can tell. Harles
 
#18
I have 3 arsenals, quality is same as NOE. Now has 20% off thru today but I don't see that bullet on NOE. c51c9f55 is the code but sale ends today and had to be in stock.
Gee, thanks a lot, redrider.

I literally JUST finished unsubscribing to to several vendors' promotional e-mails before logging on here.

The temptation was getting to me and I was trying to not know about things like this.

However, 20% off an Arsenal mould, on top of already really good prices - should make for a Merry Christmas for someone!:D
 
#19
I have 3 arsenals, quality is same as NOE. Now has 20% off thru today but I don't see that bullet on NOE. c51c9f55 is the code but sale ends today and had to be in stock.
Gee, thanks a lot, redrider.

I literally JUST finished unsubscribing to to several vendors' promotional e-mails before logging on here.

The temptation was getting to me and I was trying to not know about things like this.

However, 20% off an Arsenal mould, on top of already really good prices - should make for a Merry Christmas for someone!:D
The 20% was on NOE molds, spell check changed NOE to now! I haven't ever seen a discount code for arsenal.