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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:04 pm 
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I have been working with NOE on a series of moulds for pellets, and they have just released the first batch.... Here is a photo.... The pellets have a fairly large meplat, designed to hit hard....

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Al sent me a dozen to have a look at and measure, and I am very pleased with the results.... They cast VERY nicely in pure lead.... They use their RG style pin arrangement, and they supply three lengths of pins so that you can cast 3 different weights, about 2 gr. apart in the case of these .25 cal pellets.... The ones Al sent me were the lightest, with the deepest base cavity.... The moulds are nose pour, and I weighed the pellets and they varied between 32.0 - 32.5 gr. averaging 32.2 gr (they were designed at 33 gr.).... For comparision I weighed the same number of JSB King Heavy Mk.IIs, and they also varied 1/2 gr., between 34.1 - 34.6 gr., averaging 34.3 gr.... I fired a few through the Chrony using my Hatsan, tethered at 200 bar.... The JSBs averaged 930 fps, and the NOEs averaged 955 fps, just about right for the weight difference.... The pellets measure 0.250" at the head and 0.258" at the skirt, which is the same as the JSB Mk IIs.... The mid length pin pellets should weigh about the same as the King Heavies, and the short pin should produce pellets about a couple of grains heavier....

Al has been working on these moulds for a long time, getting them to pour and drop properly, and be dimensionally correct, and I must say they are GORGEOUS.... Moulds are available in two or four cavity, and are now available in the NOE Store.... http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/index.php? ... 74_376_483 .... The skirt diameter is shown on the drawing, but Al omitted the head diameter, which is 0.250".... I will advise him so that he can clarify that on the drawing.... You guys have been asking for a mould to cast your own pellets.... NOE listened, and they plan to make .30 cal, .357, and .45 cal moulds as well.... scaled up from this .25 cal....

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:13 am 
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That's pretty cool, Bob. One thing to keep in mind, especially with aluminum mould blocks and steel pins, is to keep the steel pin quite hot, as it will make casting errors (wrinkles and voids) if it cools, while you drop the pellets from the mould must work quickly. Then when you reinsert the HB stem, it will draw heat from the mould and then pellet quality might go South quickly. When using a HP or HB mould, one must develop a rhythm that works for him - or her.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:59 pm 
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The NOE "RG" style moulds have the pins pivoted on a plate, and they seem to keep the pins nice and hot, and these should be even better, because the OD of the pin is the same as the OD of the pellet skirt.... Lots of thermal mass in the pins.... Al said they cast beautifully, even in pure lead, and from the samples he sent, I would have to agree....

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:09 am 
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Nice. I intend to eventually get a few molds from them. I've been busy buying Lee and Lyman molds to cast bullets for my .357 and .50 cal airguns. Having a blast casting for my PCP rifles so far.

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Any for .22 cal? I know that is pretty small but I have a ton of pure lead and .22 pellets are hard to find where I live.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:38 pm 
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Nope, I think .25 cal is as small as NOE can go....

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