First off, Yes, hand poured balls are every bit, if not more accurate than factory made balls. Most factory made balls are cold swaged, not hot poured, so there is normally no sprue found on factory produced balls. Factory balls are up around $15.00 to $20.00 for 100 rounds these days. I'm pretty sure you can pour your own for much less than that if you scrounge your lead.
Are Lee molds worth it? Heck yeah. I've got a single cavity in .50 cal for my son's gun, and a double cavity in .530 for mine. I tend to shoot alot more than he does. Worth it, oh yes. I've had my molds for probably 20+ years now. Still going strong.
If you want a traditional "Bag Mold", contact Larry Callahan, at bagmolds.com. He makes traditional type molds in all calibers. They're a little costly ( I paid $55.00 for mine), but are very well made and will .last a lifetime. Just be advised bag molds are not going to be producing you alot of ammo quick. They're for when you're sitting around the campfire at night and you need something to do. You can produce a few balls for the next day's hunt with one. You'll need a small ladle and some lead as well but they're alot of fun to play with.
If you need pure lead, go to rotometals.com. you can buy it in any shape or quantity you want and the prices are good. Buy a 50lb pig(a term for an ingot of lead) and they forgo shipping. A pig of lead will allow you to make alot of ammo.
Last edited by Blue Bird; 08-25-2017 at 09:09 AM.