These are a lot of fun! I wanted to get back into casting and so i spent the $24 for the mold and i got it in saturday.
They cast clean and drop from the mold very easily. Im really happy with them in the 1:48 Hawken and the 1:32 Mountain Stalker, both shooting 100gr Pyrodex RS. I haven't worked past 50 yards with either rifle yet but may do so tomorrow for the heck of it. Get a little trigger time in before hunting season opens on the 10th.
The CVA Hawken posing with the 320 REALs.
50/50 Mix of Beeswax and Lee Alox lube melted and mixed together. Awesome lube that keeps fouling soft and doesn't melt in your hand leaving it all greasy.
50 yards. The bigger group was with 90gr Pyro RS and the 2 shots touching was with 100gr and a Wad. Neither rifle is fussy over wads but i will test at longer ranges as thats normally where the problems start showing up LOL.
They seem to be a good bullet though. If i draw a Colorado bull tag next year i MAY end up using the Hawken with this combo. I love to try new things and if it anchors an elk, good deal!
I've used them and didn't like them. Either a little to rough to start down the muzzle, or results were not as good as I would expect, although I have seen a few good groups shot by others with them.
I use a mix of equal parts bees wax and micro-crystalline wax (red cheese wax from Gouda cheese) for most of my black powder bullets including the BPCR loads. Alox just seems a bit too stiff, but I'll give it a try.
it has been a long time since I checked the shape of my REAL molds, but I think mine have much flatter noses. A flatter nose adds to air resistance and instability. I suppose Lee may have altered the design since 30 years ago when my molds were made. In fact, this morning I was removing some items from my work shop and found an old Lee mold brochure. I'll try to post part of it tonight.
Here is a copy of the Lee Brochure from about 1980. The one pictured has about the same height nose as the OP's bullets. I have the one in 45 caliber and it has much less "nose" on the bullet. Now I have to get a picture of my REALs in 45.