Lyman and Ideal Mold Descriptions

9 Aug 2015 - I know Lyman has released some new molds. On a lot of these, I have no earthly idea of their genesis. Where background exists, I have it. Index of diameters is slowly being made, with differences in diameter grouped by caliber (22 caliber, 225, 226, 228). The bullets are there, no matter if the index does not show the diameter....

My original concept was to send the whole thing in a single document, and have it on Cast Pics or as a sticky. Well, stuff happens.

   The following is a collage of the 1897, 1900, and 1929 Ideal Catalogs, the Lyman ‘1958 Handbook of Cast Bullets, Edward S. Farrow’s American Small Arms (1904), the “Lyman and Ideal Bullet Mold Table”, on http://www.three-peaks.net/bullet_molds.htm, “Ideal/Lyman Cherry Numbers and Weights off of the CastPics site on http://www.castpics.net/ (PDF’d by George Carlson), and some input from fellow Cast Bullets forum members.

Instead of reprinting the Ideal System of Numbering Bullets, let us simplify things. The first three numbers of any Ideal or Lyman mold are the “Size To” diameter. This number does not have to actually match the “As Cast” diameter, and probably won’t, since as cast diameter depends on the lead alloy, cherry tolerances, and other mysterious forces. If you want a guaranteed diameter, you will have to get a new mold made, and use the same alloy every time.

 

Four and Five digit versus six digit mold numbers -  Old molds (example 3118) was updated to become “xxx008” (example 311008).

 

Changes in “Size To” diameters – Many molds changed the size-to (example 285 changed to 287). In most cases, the cherry has (mostly) remained unchanged. So a 285405 is pretty darned close to a 287405. If you can't find a diameter, look at the closest diameter (up and down) for the same cherry number. Usually, the mold numbers are two or three thousandth difference - a 308 becomes a 311, or a 360 becomes a 358....

 

Plain Base and Gas Check – Many molds changed from Plain base (PB) to Gas Check (GC). The cherry remains (mostly) the same

 

Nominal Weights – Over time cherry profiles have changed, sometimes moving bands around, changing band width, and other tweaks. When one source reports a correct weight as of a certain date, it may not be correct for another mold. In general, the weights should be pretty close.

 

“As Cast” Diameter – Shoot the dice with me. There is no guarantee that any specific mold will cast to a specific diameter (refer to “Size To”). It has been observed that even modern molds have failed to cast to a sufficient diameter (think of .375 molds for the .38-55).

 

Methods for Adjusting “As Cast” Diameters – Search Cast Bullets for “Beagling” and / or “lapping”. At times, playing with the alloy, temperature, venting, or cadence may make a difference.

 

Reassigned Cherry Numbers – Cherry numbers have on occasion been reused. If you really care enough, I recommend getting a copy of “Ideal/Lyman Cherry Numbers and Weights” from CastPics.

 

NOTE: Any loads mentioned are taken from period documents, and are not in any way tested. Please refer to modern loading manuals for safe loads. [ed]

v/r, ohland.
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22 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.225
.226
.228

24 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.236
.244
.245

25 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.252
.257

26 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.266
.268
.269

27 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.280

28 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.285
.287
.291 (.280 Ross)

32 Caliber Inside Lubed mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds (.32 Short, Long, and Extra Long)
.299

.308 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
 
.310 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.311 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
 
.313 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.319 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.321 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.323 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.338 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.350 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
 
.356 (9mm) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.38 (.357 / .358) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.360 / .362 (.38-44 S&W Caliber) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.375 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.386 (.41 Colt) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.400, .403 and .406 (.38-40 and 40 cal) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.400 / .401
.403
.406
 
.410 to .421 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.410
.412
.413
.415
.419
.420 / .421

.44 (.424, .427, .429) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.44 (.424 / .44-40) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.44 (.429 / .44 S&W) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.43 (.439, .446) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.439
.446 (.44-60, .44-77, and .44-90 Sharp's and Rem.)

45 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds
.450
.451 (.45 Calibre Sharp)
.45 (452)
.45 (454)
.456 and .457 (.45 Calibre Winchester)

.490 and up mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

Lyman Muzzleloading molds, circa 1994
 
Lyman Composite Bullet Kit (358624, 429625, 452636)

List of Lyman / Ideal Undersize "U" Molds


.22 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

22 Caliber .225 Diameter

22536 (also 22636) A fine variety of bullets, weights varying from 40 to 98 grains, with deep grooves, which are not so apt to lead the barrel. The shape of the point is standard. All of the bullets may be seated with regular tools that are correct for any .22 central fire cartridges. Can be sized to .226" or .228". Seat with as many bands out of case as permissible so bullet will fit well into throat of rifling. Designed by C. H. Herrick. (PB, FN, 40, 46, 54, 60, 69, 75, 84, 90, 98 - TP is 415) [image says ".22 S. S. Flat Point" ed.]






22537 (also 22637) A fine series of sharp pointed bullets, weights from 32 to 91 grains. They are clean and accurate shooters- and do not tear game. Size and seat as with 22636. Designed by C. H. Herrick. (PB, SP, 32, 39, 47, 53, 61, 68, 76, 83, 91 - TP is 450) [image says ".22 S. S. Sharp Point" ed.]




22596 (PB, RN, 50 - TP is ?)




225107 (GC, FN, 37 - TP is ?)



225209 (also 226209) This bullet has an extremely short and round point, and is designed for very light weight groove bullet. It is correct for the .22 calibre Center Fire Rifles. (PB, RN, 18, 25, 33, 38, 44, 52 - TP is 438)



225230 Round nose plain base bullet. Excellent for light loads on pests. (PB, RN, 47 - TP is 438)




225322 A well designed plain base flat nose bullet. Front band and grooves a dirt scraper. Should be excellent on pests and squirrels. (PB, FN, 55 - TP is 415)



225353 Designed for .22 rim fire. Casts .223. (PB, FN, 43 - TP is 415)

225358 Designed for 22 calibers with wide bands for greater bearing. (PB, FN, 41 - TP is 415)

225372 A pointed bullet measuring .218 on the front band and .223 on rear band with wide lubricating groove. (PB, SP, 41 - TP is 450)

225415 Standard bullet for Neidner Baby Hi-Power, weight about 48 grs. Size to .225. Use hard alloy 1 to 10. Suggested charge 4.5 grains of Du Pont No. 80 powder. (PB/GC, FN, 48 - TP is 415)



225438 Designed by H. Guy Loverin especially for .22 Hornet. Closely follows the form of the .22 LR bullet. (GC, RN, 44 - TP is 438)




225450 (also 224450) Pointed gas check bullet proved popular with .22 calibers, also a good varmint when hollow pointed. (GC, SP, 48 TP is 450)





225462 Designed by H. Guy Loverin for the .222 Remington. Also very good for the .220 Swift. (GC, RN, 57 - TP is 438)




225487 Design similar to pointed 225450 only plain base. Good for light loads on pests. (PB, SP, 43 - TP is 450)



225646 Good for practice in 223 when cast hard. Lube grooves on nose for higher velocity. Nose must be lubed by hand. (GC, RN, 55 - TP is 646)


22 Caliber .226 Diameter
.226 is the proper diameter of bullets for the .22-15-60 Stevens straight. These bullets may be used in any of the cartridges or arms using bullets of the .228 diameter as specified below, for these bullets are cast full and are to be sized.


22636 (also 22536) A fine variety of bullets, weights varying from 40 to 98 grains, with deep grooves, which are not so apt to lead the barrel. The shape of the point is standard. All of the bullets may be seated with regular tools that are correct for any .22 central fire cartridges. Can be sized to .226" or .228". Seat with as many bands out of case as permissible so bullet will fit well into throat of rifling. Designed by C. H. Herrick. (PB, FN, 40, 46, 54, 60, 69, 75, 84, 90, 98 - TP is 415) [image says ".22 S. S. Flat Point" ed.]






22637. A fine series of sharp pointed bullets, weights from 32 to 91 grains. They are clean and accurate shooters- and do not tear game. Size and seat as with 22636. Designed by C. H. Herrick. (PB, SP, 32, 39, 47, 53, 61, 68, 76, 83, 91 - TP is 450) [image says ".22 S. S. Sharp Point" ed.]



22638. Express bullets. It is astonishing how much more deadly a bullet is with a hollow point. We have fine reports of the work done with these bullets, one statement that a .22-15-60 Stevens straight rifle, with an express bullet of about 60 grains, is as good a killer as a .32-20. Select the weights from bullet No. 22636. Depth of hole may be varied according to length of bullet ordered. This bullet is fine for woodchucks and such game. Size and seat as with 22636. (PB, FN, HP, 40, 46, 54, 60, 69, 75, 84, 90, 98 - TP is 415)




226208 This bullet has an extremely short and flat point, and is designed for very light weight groove bullet. It is correct for the .22 calibre Center Fire Rifles. (PB, FN, 19, 26, 34, 41, 47, 53 - TP is 438)




226209 This bullet has an extremely short and round point, and is designed for very light weight groove bullet. It is correct for the .22 calibre Center Fire Rifles. (PB, RN, 18, 25, 33, 38, 44, 52 - TP is 438)




226322 For .22-15-60. (PB, FN, 55 - TP is 415)


22 Caliber .228 Diameter
.228 is the standard diameter of bullets for rifles using the following cartridges: .22-10-45; .22 Extra Long C. F. ; .22-13-45 W. ; .22-20 Hornet, etc.

22834. These bullets have the same shaped point as the factory .22-45 bullets. They have deep square cut grooves which will hold more lubrication than those of the factory bullets, thus preventing the leading of the barrel, which is so annoying and detrimental to accuracy in small bore rifles. They may be seated with the regular reloading tools for any of the above cartridges. (PB, FN, 48, 55, 63 - TP is 415)




22835. This series of bullets has proved to be very popular. The sharp point is preferred by many, as it does not tear small game. These bullets also have deep, square cut grooves. No. 3 Special tool will be made for any of the .22 Central Fire cartridges and these bullets. (PB, SP, 29, 36, 44, 51, 59, 67, 74, 81 - TP is 450)




228151. This is the standard factory bullet for .22-10-45, .22 Extra Long C.F., and .22-13-45 Winchester. Size to .228, and seat as with 22636. This bullet is called "22-45". The grooves are shallow and rounding, and it does not hold much lubrication. (PB, FN, 45 - TP is 415)



228367 Standard gas check bullet for .22 Savage H. P. cartridge. Gives plenty of range, accuracy, and killing power for all small and medium game, and does not wear out barrels. Use Ideal Bullet Metal No. 2 or 1 part Tin to 10 of Lead, and size to .228". Seat with only the two base bands in neck of case. Bullet weighs about 60 grains with gas check. (GC, SP, 59 - TP is 450)



228367-53 Same as 228367 except bevel base is cut off making bullet weight about 53 grains. Fine with light charges of powder for small game such as squirrels and grouse. (PB, FN, 53 - TP is 450)



228367-Tip Standard bullet for use in making .22 caliber soft point bullets. Tip is cast of soft lead, then inserted in bottom of either the 228367 or 228367-53 moulds, then bullet metal of desired consistency is poured into mould. The result is a perfect soft point bullet having a base or body of any desired degree of hardness.


228391 Designed to size .228 for the Savage High Power. (PB, FN, ? - TP is 415)

24 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

24 Caliber .236 Diameter
.236 was at one time supposed to be the proper diameter of bullets for the new U. S. Navy Rifles, but now the rifle and cartridge is called the 6 m/m. U. S. Navy, and the proper diameter of the bullets for that rifle now is .244. Ideal 1897 Catalog " A correspondent once wrote to us, that the high velocity and cupro-nickel jacketed bullets kept wearing the barrels, so that they soon required a bullet .242, and for fear they soon might become the same size as the .30 calibre U.S. Army, they ordered the nickel left out of the composition, and now use only the cupro (soft copper) in the jacket, which may prevent them from wearing out the barrel quite as soon, and may permit of a fixed size for the diameter of the bullets. (This may have been intended for a joke.)

Remington-Lee 1899 Magazine Rifle - 6m/m Lee Manual


23639 Experimental for .236 U. S. Navy (PB, FN, 45, 65, 75 – TP 415)






23640 Experimental for .236 U. S. Navy (PB, SP, 50, 56, 63, 70, 82, 94 – TP 450)






236199 Experimental for .236 U. S. Navy. (PB, SP, 31, 38, 45, 53, 60, 68, 83, 90, 98 – TP 450)



24 caliber .244 Diameter



244203 These are the only cast bullets that are correct for the 6 m/m U.S. Navy Rifle; 65 grains is for short range; 95 grains for medium. (PB, RN, 65, 95 – TP 203)



.244253 Looks similar to 236199, probably multiple weights. (PB, RN, 65 - TP 450)

244305 Ball (?)


24 Caliber .245 Diameter


245496 Designed after H. Guy Loverin design. Very popular for both the 243 and 244 calibers. (GC, RN, 85 - TP 203)






245497 Made as an experimental design for the 243 and 244 (GC, RN, 93 - TP 203)





245498 (GC, FN, 99 - TP 498) .22-10-45: Hello, madsenshooter. You are spot on in that the 245499..and particularly the 245498 are well suited to the 7 1/2" twist of the .236 (6mm) Lee-Navy rifle.



245499 Made as an experimental design for the 243 and 244. Thus far has proved very poor as it is too heavy. (GC, RN, 110? - TP 203) madsenshooter: it also ought to make a good bullet for the 6mm Navy as it has a fast twist that would stabilize it.

25 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

25 Caliber .252 Diameter


252435 For the .25 ACP. Plain base bullet. Casts .253 dia. (PB, RN, 51 - TP is 203)


25 Caliber .257 Diameter
.257 is the proper diameter for bullets of all the .25 caliber central fire arms now made. For the various .25 caliber rifles, however, there is a variety of ammunition of different lengths and shapes, which is causing much confusion among dealers and customers. Note particularly that there are two different .25-20 cartridges. Both of them are bottle neck, but of different shape, and the cartridges are of different lengths over all, so that reloading tools correct for one will not load the other.



25716. This is the .25-36 Marlin series. The points are of the Standard Shape. The regular reloading tools for 25-36 M. seats them and the metal jacketed bullets. This is a fine lot of bullets for both long and short range. (PB, FN, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 140 Also Perfection – TP is 420)






25717. This is the .25-35 Winchester series. Loading tool that is correct for the regular .25-35 Winchester metal patched bullets will seat any of these, one groove will project beyond the muzzle of shell so that bullets will have a longer bearing to hold on to the quick twist rifling. For short range bullets, note the 78 grains weight and bullet No. 25721, both seat with the regular tool. (PB, FN, 66, 78, 91, 108, 117, 125, 157, Also Perfection - TP is 420)





25718. This is the .25 caliber Long Sharp Pointed; it is only intended for long heavy weights. The sharp point prevents the tearing of game. The regular crimp shoulder has been omitted on this ball by request, as some shooters prefer the groove filled with lubrication first to strike the barrel, rather than dry lead. We have good reports from this ball. (PB, SP, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 – TP is 498)




25719. These are the .25 caliber short, sharp pointed bullets of which there has been so much written. For short range and small game there are none better. Even at 52 grains you have a perfectly balanced bullet with two grooves for lubrication. From all this series we have the finest reports. Special chambers are required to seat all sharp pointed bullets. (PB, SP, 52, 62, 73, 84, 95, 106, 116, 127 – TP is 418)



25720. This is the regular old standard .25-20 Stevens series. Any of these weights are correct for the .25-20 Stevens and Winchester single shot, .25-20 Marlin and Winchester repeating rifles, .25-25 and .25-21 Stevens Straight. They may be seated in any chamber that is correct for any of the above cartridges. The light weights are also fine for short range. Being short pointed they make well balanced short range bullets for any of the heavier .25 caliber rifles. 77 and 86 grain bullets were regular list. (PB, FN, 46, 56, 67, 77, 86, 96 Also Perfection – TP is 420)



25721 (also 257021) This is the .25-35 Winchester 87 grain, short range bullet. It may be seated in any regular reloading tool that is correct for the standard cartridge with metal jacketed bullet. (Read also about No. 25717) (PB, FN, 87 – TP is 420)





25727. Express bullets. Can make them of weights other than the one specified. If desired for the .25-20, .25-35, .25-36 or others, state number of bullet and weight wanted when ordering. (PB, FN, 75 HP – TP is ?)





25728. Round bullet. Used by some for light indoor work or very short range. They shoot nicely with a very small charge; if too much powder is used, they will be apt to jump the rifling. (26 – TP is ?)




25729. This is the .25-36 Marlin short range. It will seat all right in the regular tool made for the standard .25-36 Marlin metal jacketed bullet. Please note that it has good length of bearing. (PB, FN, 90 – TP is ?)





25730. This is made as the Standard .25-36 Marlin for full charge of black or low pressure powders. Seats correctly in same chamber that seats the metal patched bullet. (PB, FN, 110 – TP is ?)





25731. This bullet, for patching with paper, is cast in the Cylindrical mould. Moulds for casting bullets of the proper size for patching up to the .25 caliber are made with the Leopold, round or flat point. These bullets are being used with the quick twist rifles and high pressure powders. (PB, ? – TP is ?)




257205. This is a .25 calibre bullet designed by Perry D. Frazer. The point is of the standard shape, and may be seated with chambers that are correct for the .25-20 repeating and single shot rifles, also .25-21 and .25-25 Stevens. The broad base band is preferred by many. (PB, FN, 80 – TP is 420) Perry D. Frazer wrote Elementary Gunsmithing:  A Manual of Instruction for Amateurs in the Alteration and Repair of Firearms in 1938.




257231. This is like the No. 308206 Kephart. The front groove is for catching dirt or holding lubrication. These different weights will be found good for all of the various .25 calibers. (PB, FN, 66, 88, 111 Also Perfection – TP is 420)


 ldeal Series of .25-Caliber Bullets No. 257,23. The Iron Age, 23 Jan 1902, pg 62.

The Ideal Mfg. Company, New Haven, Conn., are offering molds for a new series of .25-caliber bullets, shown herewith. The shape of the extreme point of the bullets is referred to as being such as to permit their being seated in the shells with the regular tools for the 25-20 single shot and repeating rifles; also for the 25-21 and 25-25 Stevens. The bullet of 66 grains weight, it is said, will be found a very good one for short range, and the 88 grains weight is alluded to as being correct for full charge for the above mentioned rifles. For the 25-35 Winchester and 25-36 Marlin high pressure quick twist rifles the three different weights, it is remarked, will be found very satisfactory; the 111 grains weight for 200 yards, 88 grains weight for 150 yards and the 66 grains weight for 100 yards or less. The bullets are formed on the lines of the .30-callber Kephart. The base bands are wide and strong, so that they will not jump the quick twist. The forward portion is made small enough, it is pointed out, to obviate the possibility of the lead striking the barrel, while the front groove is for holding lubrication. The edge of the forward band is left sharp to act as a dirt scraper and catcher. It is stated that the lubrication will be the first to touch the barrel, and thus obviate leading. It is shown that with these bullets a greater number of shots may be made without cleaning than otherwise. Single molds will be made for any of the weights specified; single weights to cut off the point, and molds for casting all three weights.




257266  Same as above bullet but with Express cavity to make it expand to large diameter upon striking game. Fine for woodchucks. In ordering bullet mould state for what weight bullet (PB, HP, 61, 83, 100 - TP is ?)




257283 Designed especially for smokeless powders in 25 caliber repeating rifles. Should be crimped in beveled groove. The best plain base lead bullet for repeating rifles. Crimping groove to prevent tubular magazine forcing bullet into case when powder charge does not fill case. If used single loading will be slightly more accurate if seated in case only to middle band. Good in all .25 caliber rifles with medium charges of bulk smokeless powder.  (PB, FN, 85 – TP is 420)





257285 A flat point bullet with dirt scraper band and groove for 25 calibers. (PB, FN, 87 – TP is 420)





257306 Designed for high velocity in the .25-35 and .25-36 rifles. Also good for other 25 calibers. (GC, FN, 115 – TP is 420)






257312 Designed for high velocity in the .25-20 single shot and repeaters. Also good for other 25 calibers. (GC, FN, 89 – TP is 420)






257325 Designed for high velocity in the .25-35 Remington Automatic. (GC, RN, 113 – TP is 325)





257361 Designed by Ed P. Bernard of Yokohama, Japan for .25-20 S.S. or repeater if loaded as single shot with 4 grains of Unique. (PB, SP, 81 – TP is 418)






257381 ? Misprint of 257361?






257382 Excellent plain base flat point bullet for 25 calibers. (PB, FN, 88 – TP is 420)




257388 A fine spitzer pointed gas-check bullet for the .250-3000 Savage High Power rifle. We have had excellent reports from this bullet. Seat as far out of case as possible and still have cartridge work through magazine.Also good for other 25 calibers (GC, SP, 80 – TP is 418)





257418 Standard Spitzer gas-check bullet for the .257 Roberts. Since originally designed the lubricating grooves have been widened and the bullet has proven  successful in the .257 Roberts and other .25 caliber rifles with quick twist. Holt gas check .250 Savage bullet. Designed by Mr. Holt of Canada and very accurate. Should be cast with 1 to 10 alloy with somewhat lower charges than specified for the regular 80 grain Bullet 257388. (GC, SP, 98 – TP is 418)




257420 Designed primarily for Australian jack-rabbit shooting. (GC, FN, 65 – TP is 420)





257454 A fine H. Guy Louverin design for the .257 and other 25 caliber cartridges. (GC, RN, 92 – TP is 463)





257463 A very fine lightweight bullet. An H. Guy Louverin design. (GC, RN, 75 – TP is 463)




257464 An excellent bullet of H. Guy Louverin design. Very accurate at target up to 500 yards and a good game bullet. (GC, RN, 89 – TP is 463)



26 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

26 Caliber .266 Diameter

263314 Round nose bullet designed for the 6.5 calibers. Can be furnished in two weights. (PB, RN, 90 - TP is 325)




266305 A lightweight gas check bullet designed for the 6.5 caliber. (GC, RN, 101 - TP is 305)





266324 Originally designed for the 6.5 Mann. A very good bullet at moderate velocities for target or game in all 6.5 calibers. (PB, RN, 119 - TP is 455)








266386 Plain base bullet designed for the .256 Newton [huh?]. Can be used for 6.5 calibers. (PB, SP, 105 - 386)





266455 Designed by H. Guy Louverin for American or Jap 6.5 cartridges. (GC, RN, 127 - TP is 455)






266469 A heavy bullet of H. Guy Louverin design. Good for slow twist rifles up to 600 yards. (GC, RN, 141 - 455, TP is 463)





266673 Heavy weight bullet design for the 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser. Excellent silhouette bullet. (GC, FN, 150 - TP is 641)





26 Caliber .268 Diameter


268645 - Bore riding Silhouette lube groove on bore riding section of nose (GC, FN, TP is 463) [ed. possibly good for oversize 6.5mm Japanese?]

26 Caliber .269 Diameter


269386 Standard bullet for the .256 Newton cartridge. Weight, 105 grs. Can be used in rifle chambered for 6.5m/m cartridge. [ed, .256 is actually the bore diameter, not groove.]






27 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

27 Caliber .280 Diameter
.277 is the proper diameter of bullets for the 270 and 6.8mm SPC.



280411 Fine sharp pointed bullet for .270 Winchester for small game such as grouse and squirrel. (PB, SP, 138 – TP is 411)






280412 A fine bullet for target shooting up to 200 yards and for larger game. (GC, RN, 136 – TP is 468)





280468 Designed by H. Guy Louverin. Excellent results with target work up to 600 yards and fine on larger game. Furnished in 115 gr. ("L" 6 bands) or 105 gr. wt. ("S" 5 bands). NOTE: 105 gr. 5 bands, and the gas check will fit inside the 6.8mm neck [ed.] (GC, RN, 105, 115 – TP is 468)





280473 Spitzer gas-check bullet, designed after the 311413 bullet. (GC, SP, 125 – TP is 473)






280642 Heavy 270 Winchester bullet with lube grooves on the nose for higher velocities. Nose must be lubed by hand. (GC, FN, 150 - TP is 641)




28 Caliber mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

28 Caliber .285 Diameter
.285 is the proper diameter of bullets for the Stevens and Pope .28 calibre rifles, also for the Remington and Spanish Mauser 7 m/m., and other arms of the same calibre.

NOTE: The “size to” diameters were changed from 285 to 287, cherries (probably) stayed the same. Also, the weights may vary due to individual cherry configurations [ed.]



285202 These bullets are of the Kephart design and are correct in size for the 7 m/m. Spanish and Remington Mauser. Use 4 grains Unique with 84 grain bullet or 7 grains Unique with 120 grain bullet. (PB, RN, 84, 120 – TP is 346)




285221 This series of bullets was designed by Chas. H. Herrick for the .28-30-120 Stevens Rifle; the 120 grains weight is the factory bullet. Use 5 grains Unique with 120 grain bullet. (PB, FN, 90, 105, 120, 135, 150, 165, 180, also Perfection – TP is 420)






285222 This series of bullets was also designed by C. H. Herrick for the Stevens .28 calibre rifle; they are intended to kill small game without mangling it. (PB, SP, 91, 106, 121, 136, 151, 166, 181 – TP is 377)





285227 is a round ball which is O.K. for very light charges for 7 m/m. and .28 calibre Pope and Stevens. (87 – TP is ?)





285228 This is a game killer and is very accurate. The 112 grs. is our standard length. For other lengths, see No. 285221. (PB, FN, HP, 112 – TP is ?)



285364 (is this a typo? 285346?) Designed for 7 mm. Spanish Mauser Mid-Range. (GC, SP, 135 – TP is 346)

285365 (PB, SP, 108 - TP is ?)




285373 A fine plain base bullet design for the 7 m/m. (PB, FN, 122 – TP is 377)




285377 Fine Spitzer point bullet for 7 m/m. A load giving about 1800 f.p.s. with the bullet seated so over-all length will not be more than 3.000”. (GC, SP, 148 – TP is 377)





285448 Designed by H. Guy Louverin and very accurate in the 7 mm. (GC, RN, 118 – TP is 346)




28 Caliber .287 Diameter



287129 (also 285129) Round nosed gas check bullet for the .280 Remington. Size to .287. (GC, RN, 124 – TP is 346)





287202 See 285202





287221 (also 285221) This series of bullets was designed by Chas. H. Herrick for the .28-30-120 Stevens Rifle; the 120 grains weight is the factory bullet. Use 5 grains Unique with 120 grain bullet. (PB, FN, 90, 105, 120, 135, 150, 165, 180, also Perfection – TP is 420)



287222 See 285222



287308 Round nosed gas check bullet for the .280 Remington. Size to .285. (GC, RN, 164 – TP is 468)






287346 See 285346





287373 (also 285373) A fine plain base bullet design for the 7 m/m. (PB, FN, 122 – TP is 377)





287377 (also 285377) Fine Spitzer point bullet for 7 m/m. A load giving about 1800 f.p.s. with the bullet seated so over-all length will not be more than 3.000”. (GC, SP, 148 – TP is 377)






287405 Round nose Louverin design for the 7 mm. (GC, RN, 150 – TP is 346)







287442 Fine-pointed bullet for 7 m/m, when used on small game. (GC, SP, 139 – TP is 377)





287448 (also 285448) Designed by H. Guy Louverin and very accurate in the 7 mm. (GC, RN, 118 – TP is 346)





287641 Designed for 7mm silhouette cartridges. Heavy weight to knock down rams consistently. (GC, SP, 160 - TP is 359)



28 Caliber .291 Diameter



291379 Standard Bullet. Spitzer point gas check bullet for .280 Ross rifle. (GC, SP, 137 - TP is ?)






32 Caliber (IL) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

32 Caliber .
299 Diameter (.32 Short, Long, and Extra Long)

   .299 is the diameter of the bullet, or the base part of it that fits the shells, known as .32 Short, .32 Long, .32 Extra Long, outside lubrication. There are two distinct diameters. The base part is to fit the shell, and the larger or forward part, the barrel, so a round or straight bearing bullet that is correct in size for the shell is too small for the barrel. The larger diameter that fits the barrel is .313 (same as .32 S. & W.).


299152. This is the regular bullet for the .32 Short, Rim or Central Fire shells. Use only No. 4 tool. Powder charge 8 grains FFFg  black. (Heel, RN, 80 - TP is 465)




299153. This is the standard bullet for .32 Long U. M. C, or .32 Long Colt Winchester Central Fire shells. No. 4 tool only. Powder charge: 11 grains FFFg black powder, or 2 grains weight, Hercules Bullseye powder. (Heel, RN, 90 - TP is 465)





299154. This is the regular bullet for .32 Extra Long, for Rim or Central Fire shells. (Heel, RN, 105 - TP is 465)





299155. This is the .32 Long Rifle, adapted to the Marlin Rifle, model 1892, and various pistols. The bullet is known as .32 Long, inside lubrication. It fits the same shells and is adapted to the same arms as the .32 Short, Long, and Extra Long. The hollow base expands at discharge to fit the barrel. (HB, FN, 80 - TP is 465





300136 Designed for 7.35 [Swiss? ed.] sized to .301 and uses 7 mm. gas check. (GC, RN, ? – TP is 465)




NOTE: Harrison designed two bullets, called "NRA Paper Patched". These look a bit odd, resembling a Louverin (they have multiple grooves) but made for a paper patch. NRA Cast Bullets, E.H. Harrison, Paper Patching Makes a Difference, pages 72-76




301618 (GC, SP, 160 - TP is ?) Lyman CBH, 3rd Ed, pg 185 Best results were with a .301 diameter boolit, paper patch .0035 thick. Use the Lyman 31R M-die. Same nose profile as 311332 and 311334.





301620 (GC, SP, 200 - TP is ?) Lyman CBH, 3rd Ed, pg 187

Best results were with a .301 diameter boolit, paper patch .0035 thick. Use the Lyman 31R M-die. Same nose profile as 311332 and 311334.




.308 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.308 is the recognized diameter of bullets for the .30-40 U. S. Govt., .30-30 Winchester, .30-30 Marlin, .30 Savage, .30 Blake, .32-40 Remington, etc. The original size of the .30-40 Govt., and .30 Savage was the same as the English rifles, which are bored to .303 gauge and use a bullet .311 in diameter; the U. S. Govt, changed the bore to .300 (.30 caliber) and use a bullet .308, which has become the standard for the American .30 calibers, though we believe the Winchester people are now making bullets .305 in diameter for their .30-30 Winchester. We would remark that the .308 bullets will do good work in any of the .303 caliber English rifles. We would further remark that any of the standard bullets .311, factory made, or specials, may be sized down to .308 in diameter and make good bullets for the .30 caliber. See bullet 3084.



3081. When cast is .311 in diameter, which is correct for the .303 (English), It may be sized to .308. The 200 or 225 grains weight, some think, are fine bullets for the .30 U.S. Govt. Designed by Wm. M Cooper. 200 grs. used by Dr. Hudson of N.Y. City in the .30-40 U.S. (PB, FN, 200, 225, 250 - TP is 8)




3082. When cast is intended to crimp into the top groove, at "O", same as in the standard metal jacketed bullet, the forward part of shoulder resting on the end of the shell to prevent ball receding. Chamber that is correct for the metal patched bullet .30-30 Winchester will also seat these bullets. Perfection will cast this ball with a small flat point, otherwise exactly the same. (PB, RN, 150, 165, 179, 185, 211 Also Perfection - TP is 465)




3083. When cast is .311, to be sized to .308. It is similar to No. 3082, except in weights and having flat point. These bullets will seat correctly in chambers that are for the .30-30 Marlin metal patched bullet, but will not seat in tool for the .30-30 Winchester. (PB, FN, 158, 174, 188, 204, 219 Also Perfection - TP is 8)





3084. When cast is slightly above .308; when loaded in the regular .30-30 W. chamber, shell crimps over all the bands. Single mould will form a bullet with point rounded like 3082. The 152 grs. we call the standard .30 W. ; 200 grs. is the regular .30 Govt. When it is seated in shell two grooves project (see bullets Nos. 25717 and 3081). 3084 bullets seat properly in the .30 Savage tools. (PB, FN, 120, 137, 152, 168, 184, 200 Also Perfection - TP is 8)




3085. When cast is slightly above .308. These bullets have flat points in all cases, whether made in single or Perfection mould. They are intended particularly for the .30 Marlin, and conform to the shape of the metal patched bullet on the point, and the chamber that is correct for one is correct for all. The 147 grs. bullet is the standard. (PB, FN, 129, 147, 163, 180, 197, 213 Also perfection - TP is ?)




3086. When cast is .311. This bullet was designed by Mr. Beardsley, of the Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. Fine reports have been received from this full length bullet, when sized to .308, using full charge of black or lower pressure smokeless powder in the various .30 caliber rifles. The lighter weights are reported fine for short range for all the rifles using bullets .311 or .308 in diameter. (PB, FN, 74, 87, 101, 150 Also perfection - TP is 8)



3087 This bullet is for the old standard .32-25 Stevens and Maynard Rifles. (PB, FN, 153 - TP is 8)


3089. This is the .30-30 Winchester short range bullet. It may be seated correctly with any loading tool that is correct for the regular .30-30 Winchester cartridge. It has but one groove for lubrication and has a deep, hollow base. (HB, FN, 100 - TP is ?)





30810. This bullet is cast .311, and is designed for the .30 Savage short range (miniature bullet). It may be seated in the .30 Savage shell with the regular reloading tools, but will require special chamber to be properly seated in any of the other .30 calibers. (PB, RN, 100 - TP is 465)



30812. When cast is .311 (correct size for .32-20, etc.). Here is a fine series of short range bullets that are well balanced, presenting a good length of bearing and number of grooves for sufficient lubrication. All of the short, sharp pointed bullets of different calibers have justly earned their reputation for accuracy and far small game killing. They do not mangle or tear. It has been proved, also, that bullets of this shape, when longer or heavier than bullets of other shapes, will fly more accurately and keep point on for a greater distance. We would remark also that bullets having a good length of bearing, with lubrication properly distributed, will hold the rifling better and are not so apt to jump the twist and lead the barrel, since they have a greater length of grip. (PB, SP, 95, 113, 130, 148, 165, 182, 201 - TP is 278)

30813 Round ball. (46)


30815. These bullets are for the .32-40 Remington. We would remark that all of the .32-40 Remington bullets, whether grooved or patched, are proper size for the .30 caliber. (PB, FN, 125, 150, 175 - TP is ?)






30822. This bullet is exactly the same as 3089, with the exception that the point is round and the base is flat. It also may be seated with any regular reloading tool that is correct for the standard .30-30 Winchester. (PB, RN, 108 TP is 468)




30823. This is the .30-30 Marlin short range. It has flat point and flat base, and is seated correctly with any reloading tool that is correct for the standard .30-30 Marlin cartridge. (PB, RN, 125 - TP is 8)




30824. This bullet is the same as 30823 with the exception that it has a deep, hollow base. It may be seated with the regular .30 Marlin reloading tool. (HB, RN, 109 - TP is ?)



30825 (PB, RN, 240 - TP is 465)

30826. Round ball for indoor work or very short range. Light charges of powder should be used, too much powder causing them to jump the rifling. (45)





30841. This is a bullet from the Cylindrical mould, which is made for smooth bullets for paper patching. Moulds cast point, round, flat or Leopold.






308156. This is the regular .32-40 Remington bullet. (PB, FN, 150 - TP is ?)




308157 (?, FN, 165 - TP is 8)



308206 This style of bullet was designed by Horace Kephart. These bullets are correct for .30-40 U.S. Govt., and the 125 grains is a fine short range, up to 200 yards, for .30 Marlin, Savage, and Winchester. It was and still is a most successful bullet. Seat in case so that mouth of case comes just to bottom of the upper band. (PB, RN, 125, 170 - TP is 465)





308223 This bullet was designed by Dr. Hudson of New York City and used by him at Sea Girt in his wonderful shooting. (PB, RN, 150, 175, 206 TP is 445) [also shown as 311223 ed.]




308224 Standard bullet for the 7.65 m/m rifle cartridge. (PB, RN, 195 - TP is 465) [also shown as 311224 ed.]


308234 Designed by E.P. Armstrong. This series has very short flat points. The first groove is sharp as a dirt scraper. The lighter weights are fine for short range. (When cast measures .311) (PB, FN, 72, 93, 113, 136 - TP is 8)



308240 (?, RN, 92 TP is 465)

308241 Standard bullet. Perhaps the most suitable all around short range bullet for use in all .30 caliber rifles. Does most excellent work in all rifles with groove diameters from .308" to .311". Should be sized to .311", or up to .3095" for rifles having very tight chambers. Seat so mouth of case comes just to bottom of bevel groove below the upper dirt scraping band. Or for tubular magazine rifles, crimp mouth of case in the bevel groove. This bullet does very accurate and reliable work, and is good up to 200 yards. We recommend it as the best all-around bullet for .30 caliber short range or small game shooting. (PB, RN, 125, 154 - TP is 465)


308244 Standard bullet for .30 Luger and .32 (7.65 m/m) Mauser Automatic Pistols. Should be cast 1 to 15 Tin and Lead. Powder charge 3 1/2 grains Hercules Bullseye. No. 10 tool only furnished. May also be used in various .30 caliber rifles for short range. (PB, RN, 89 - TP is ?)



308245 Designed especially for U.S. Marine Corps for 25 yard gallery practice with the Krag rifle. Size to .311". Powder charge 3 1/2 grains weight Hercules Bullseye. Seat bullet so neck of case covers two lubricant grooves. This bullet is highly satisfactory for gallery and short range work in any .30 caliber rifle, particularly Springfield, Krag, and Russian arms. (PB, RN, 87, TP is 465)

308252 Standard bullet for .32 Colt's and .32 Savage Automatic Pistols. Cast of Ideal Bullet Metal No. 2 or 1 part Tin to 10 of Lead. Weight of bullet about 77 grains. Proper powder charge is 2.2 grains weight Hercules Bullseye powder. No. 10 tool only furnished for loading. The users of .30 caliber rifles will find this bullet with a charge of 2 grains weight of Hercules Bullseye powder one of the finest for 25 yard indoor shooting or small game. It is very accurate and is one of the most economical loads for 1 pound of this powder will load 3,500 cartridges. (PB, RN, 77 - TP is 465)

308274 (also 311274) Designed by SGT George H. Doyle of the 77th REGT NGNY. Compared to the 308279 Hudson, the Doyle bullet has no enlarged band, dirt scraper, or front lubrication. SGT Doyle said "that, if carelessly seated in the shell too deep, the enlarged band will cause trouble by expanding the muzzle of the shell, so that the cartridge will not enter freely in the chamber."



308277 ? 197 grains, .30 Govt '06 [ed. what is this? 308278?)





308278 Standard bullet for .30-40 Krag rifle. Also can be used in Springfield rifles. Seat so mouth of case covers second groove from base. Larger charge than 14 grains will cause fusion. This is the bullet recommended by Dr. Hudson for target work up to 200 yards. Fine for rapid fire. (PB, 197 - TP is ?) This bullet is similar to the 308279 Hudson bullet without the enlarged. front band. The forward portion measures .300 of an inch in diameter, which just fills the bore. It has front lubrication and dirt scraper.

308279 Designed by Dr. W. G. Hudson. 'Hudson bullet has enlarged straight front band with dirt scraper and front lubrication. The 200-grain weight is for mid range :in~.l I59-grain weight is for the sub-skirmish.

308280 Standard bullet for .30-06 Government cartridge. Our standard bullet for this cartridge weighing 196 grains, using No. 2 Ideal Bullet Metal. This and all other Ideal bullets numbered 308 - are cast large enough from Ideal Moulds to permit sizing to .311". This allows reloader wide range for sizing the bullets to fit his particular gun. A closely chambered gun should have bullets sized to .3095". Other guns will give best results with bullet sized to full .311". Seat this bullet in shell without crimp so as to cover the two base bands only. The first band and portion ahead of front groove are same diameter to ride on top of the lands, the two base bands only taking the rifling. (PB, 196 - TP is ?) Designed by J. H. Keough of Wakefield, Mass. Keough bullet similar to Hudson. with the enlarged gas-check band cut on a bevel. The diameter of the forward portion is larger than on the 308279 Hudson. '



308284 This bullet is intended for use in Krag rifles, and has done most successful work up to 600 yards. It was extremely popular on all National Guard ranges prior to the adoption of the Springfield, and was used for qualification and training purpose to reduce the cost of ammunition and decrease recoil in training recruits. The proper charge for the Krag is 21 grains weight Hercules Lightning powder. Seat in case so as to just cover second lubricating groove from base. This bullet will shoot far more accurately in the Krag than any factory ammunition available. (GC, 207 - TP is ?)



308291 Standard bullet for .30-30, .303 Savage, and .30 Rem. Auto. rifles. Powder charge 20 to 21 grains of Hercules Lightning powder, giving 1900 to 2000 f.s. muzzle velocity, and accuracy better than most factory cartridges. Size bullet to .311". Cast of Ideal alloy or 1 to 10 Tin and Lead. Seat bullets so mouth of case just comes to the band below the bevel groove, or for tubular magazine rifles slightly crimp mouth of case in the bevel groove. An exceedingly satisfactory bullet which shoots with great accuracy and does not wear out your barrel. Tip molds for a two part bullet available. (GC, 165 - TP is ?)





308329 For .30 Springfield. Spitzer point gas check bullet. A charge of 17 grains Du Pont No. 80 gives about 1400 ft. seconds and 23 grains of Lightning powder gives about 1700 ft. seconds with this bullet, with good accuracy. (GC, 185 - TP is ?)





308334 Gas check bullet for .30 Springfield. A most successful bullet. Shoots with splendid accuracy up to 600 yards, and does not wear out the barrel. Most suitable for military shooting and recruit qualification. Makes a great saving on the ammunition bill. Also fine for ducks at long range because the recommended powder charge gives a very flat trajectory, and sharp point does not tear or mangle. Powder charge 23 grains weight Hercules Lightning. Seat bullet so mouth of case comes midway up second band from base. (GC, 194 - TP is ?)





308340 ? 188 grains







308375 ?  GC, SP 168gr





308403 Bullet designed by Mr. Harry Pope for extreme accuracy in competitive shooting in the .30 Springfield rifle. Should be used as cast and not resized. Diameter of first four bands from point .301", fifth band .303", sixth band .305", last band .315". Bullet seated in case with fingers so mouth of case extends only half way up base band. Powder charge 12 to 15 grains Du Pont No. 80 powder. This bullet gives better accuracy up to 200 yards than any combination we know of in the Springfield, but owing to the bullet being seated so lightly in the case, it is not suitable for handling except on the target range. (PB, 167 - TP is ?)



.310 (310) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

31032. This is a bullet for the .32 Swiss Ordnance. It is not used larger, but is reported very excellent for large game [small game? This is a pistol bullet... ed.].




.311 (.30) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

NOTE: Many .311 molds started out as .308 molds. So all of the .30 caliber information in the Lyman '58 HCB is on the .311, but the origin of the mold was with a .308 mold. We must understand the past to comprehend the present. [ed.]


3111 Designed for .303 British, also good in 200 and 225 grains for the .30 caliber cartridges. See 3081




3112 Designed for .30-30. Can be furnished in a number of specified weights. See 3082

3113 Designed for .30 marlin. Can be furnished in a number of specified weights. See 3083

3114 Designed for .30 Winchester. Can be furnished in a number of specified weights. See 3084

3116 Designed by Mr. Beardsley of the Bridgeport Implement Co. Lighter weights are also good for 30 caliber cartridges. See 3086



3117 This bullet is for the old standard .32-35 Stevens and Maynard rifles. See 3087






3118 Designed for the .32-20 rifles and pistols. 30 caliber rifle users find this bullet fine for indoors at 25 yards or small game with 2 grains of Bullseye. (PB, FN, 115 - TP is 8)




31110 Designed for .303 Savage, short range. For this, and .30-40, use 5 grains of Unique. (PB, RN, 100 - TP is ?) See 30810.






31111 Regular standard U.M.C. bullet for .32-20 Marlin and Colts. (PB, FN, 100 - TP is 8)



31112 A well balanced bullet giving good bearing and sufficient lubrication. With the 130 grain weight use 7 grains of Unique in the .30-30 or .30-40 Krag rifles. See 30812

31113 Round Ball for light charge, short range, or small game in .30 caliber rifles or .32-20. Cast balls about 1 to 10 Tin and Lead. Place ball on mouth of case and tap slightly to make it stick. Put a little lubricant on top of ball. Powder charge about 3 grains weight Hercules Bullseye powder. In some rifles muzzle of rifle must be elevated before shooting to settle powder around primer. Good for up to 25 yards.




31114 A good short range bullet with wide grease grooves and choice of weights, good for most 30 caliber and 32 caliber cartridges. (PB, FN, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200, 225 - TP is 8)



31122 Same design as the 31123 only lighter in weight. (PB, RN, ? - TP is 468)



31123 Long throated bullet with very little bearing and one grease groove. (PB, FN, 125 - TP is 8)






31125 This bullet is made especially for .303 British rifles. It is the same length and shape as the jacketed bullet in .303 Eley cartridge. (PB, RN, 240 - TP is 465)





31133 Same design as 3118 only with hollow point which increases killing power of the .32-20 rifles. (PB, HP, 100 - TP is 8)





31141 / 311041 173 gr. FN GC





31142 Illustration of bullet from cylindrical mould. They are cast smooth for patching. Mould will be made for casting round, flat, or Leopold point as requested. Same will cast bullets of various weights. OK for .303 Savage and .303 British.






311157 This has the same shape as the .32-40 Marlin. (PB, FN, 165 - TP is 8)
frnkeore wrote: The 311375 is a shorten version of the 311334.





311206 This is the 308206 Kephart bullet. (PB, RN, 125, 170 TP is 465)








311207 These bullets are of the Kephart design. A full description will be found on page 39. See also No. 10 tool, page 80. They are correct in size for the .303 Savage, .303 British and 7.65m/m.







311223 An early design for the .30-40, nose diameter .290, bands .310. (PB, RN, 205 - TP is 445)







311224 Same as the 311223 with nose diameter .300. (PB, RN, 195 - TP is 465)






311227 Designed for the .32 Auto. (?, RN, 90 - TP is 465)






311234 Can be deep seated with ample lubrication for light loads in 30 calibers. (PB, FN, 120 - TP is 8)





311240 A well designed bullet for light squirrel loads in the 30 caliber cartridges. (PB, RN, 92 - TP is 465)





311241 A very accurate and reliable bullet for all 30 calibers up to 200 yards. (PB, RN, 125, 155 - TP is 465)




311243 154 gr. RN

311244 runfiverun writes: my later lyman thingy shows a 311224 which is a 195 gr plain base with a round nose with 5 drive bands.
I dunno if it's a carry over or a re-run number.

311245 This bullet was designed especially for the U.S. Marine Corps for 25 yard short range work with the .30-40 Krag. Proper charge for 3.5 grains Bullseye or 4 grains Unique. (PB, RN, 87 - TP is 465)



311252 Designed for the .32 Colt or .32 Savage pistols. 30 caliber rifle users find this bullet fine for indoors at 25 yards or small game with 2 grains of Bullseye. (PB, RN, 77 - TP is 465)


311255 Similar to 311241 except this bullet has a dirt catcher band and groove. Good for the .30-30 and other 30 calibers. (PB, RN, 115 - TP is 465)



311256 An early design for the .30-40 with the front band measuring .316 to take up the space between the case and the bore and to seal off the gasses. (PB, RN, 220 - TP is 465)



311257 Lightweight plain base bullet for the 30 calibers. (PB, RN, 110 - TP is 465)







311259 Another early design (refer to 311256), nose .300 dia, 1st band .327, balance .310 dia. (PB, RN, 150, 175, 200 - TP is 467)




311264 Designed with dirt catcher band and groove, with crimping groove just behind this (PB, FN, ? - TP is 8)



311265 (PB, RN, 125, 154 - TP is ?)




311268 Another early design (refer to 311256), nose .300 dia, 1st band .319 dia, balance .311 dia. (PB, RN, 175 - TP is 467)




311274 Good 30 caliber, plain base bullet with wide bands and ample lubricating grooves. (PB, RN, 195 - TP is 346)




311276 An early German design Schutzen bullet. (refer to 311256), nose .302, 1st band .317, base band .308 (PB, RN, ? - TP is 467)

311277 Another early German design bullet. (refer to 311256), nose .302, 1st band .317, base band .308 (PB, RN, ? - TP is 467)


311278 Designed for the .30-40 Krag for use at 100 and 200 yards. Recommended by Dr. Hudson. (PB, SP, 197 - TP is 278)

runfiverun writes: the 278 is a 197 gr plain base with 3 large drive bands and a cone shaped nose with a small meplat. oddly it's super similar to 311280 which looks like it has slightly longer drive bands which makes the nose [bore ride? section a titch shorter] they are listed 1 grain of weight apart and take the same nose punch #278.


311279 (also 308279) Plain base bullet designed for .30-40 Krag but gives excellent results for medium loads in other 30 calibers. (PB, SP, ? - TP is 278). Designed by Dr. W. G. Hudson.




311280 An early design for the .30-06. (PB, SP), 196 - TP is 278)







311281 Designed for the .30-06. Long nose of .300 dia. makes very practical plain base bullet for 30 calibers. (PB, FN, 175 - TP is 8)







311282 A well designed bullet for the .303 British or .30-40 Krag or other 30 calibers for medium range loads. (PB, RN, 217 - TP is 467)







311284 Designed for .30-40 Krag, but excellent for all 30 calibers. Very accurate up to 600 yards. (GC, SP, 214 - TP is 467)




311287 Plain base with front band and groove for dirt catcher. A well desined bullet for the 30 calibers. (PB, RN, 176 - TP is 467)



311288 A fine plain base bullet for .30-30 and other 30 calibers. (PB, RN, 175 - TP is 467) [illus marked "7th N.Y. 30-40" ed.]







311290 Fine gas check bullet for the 30 calibers. (GC, SP, 210 - TP is 467)





311291 Designed for .30-30, .303 Savage and .30 Remington cartridges, but popular for all 30 caliber rifles. (GC, RN, 170 - TP is 465)

"The 311291 is much shorter than the 311299 and has a true round nose profile to allow use in lever guns etc. It is also a bore rider design many folks seem to find it more accurate than the 311041 in the 30-30. Rockydog"






311299 Gas check bullet for .303 British and Ross rifles. Powder charge 21 grains Hercules Lightning powder. Excellent for ranges up to 600 yards. Seat so case just covers lubricating grooves. (GC, RN, 202 - TP is 467)




311304 A good plain base bullet for the 30 caliber to be used on varmint. (PB, RN, ? - TP is 8)


311316 Gas check bullet for high velocity in .32-20 rifles. Gives much higher velocity in such rifles than can be obtained with plain base bullets. Can be seated with same tools as 3118. Also good for light plinking loads in 30 calibers. With .32-20 rifle suggest 5.5 grains Unique. (GC, FN, 112 - TP is 8)






311329 Designed for the .30-06. Good for target work from 200 to 500 yards. (GC, SP, 185 - TP is 329)






311331 Designed for the .30-06. They shoot well even in worn barrels sized to .311. Good for 200 to 500 yards. (GC, RN, 218 - TP is 466)






311332 Excellent for the .30-06 and similar to the 311413 with a long bearing surface on nose which measures .300 diameter. (GC, SP, 180 - TP is 413)






311333 An excellent gas check bullet for the .30-06 and other 30 calibers. (GC, RN, 197 - TP is 278)






311334 Designed for .30-40 Krag or .30-06. Splendid accuracy up to and including 600 yards. Most suitable for military shooting and recruit qualification. (GC, SP, 190 - TP is 413)






311335 Similar to 311299 with the nose .300 and wider base bands. (GC, SP, 206 - TP is 467)





311340 A good gas check bullet for the .30-06 and other 30 calibers. (GC, RN, 188 - TP is 329)

runfiverun writes: the 340 shows 188 gr with a spire point type nose 3 drive bands with the front one being the largest. and one tiny one at the rear that looks like it might take a gas check? [shrug] or maybe [more likely] the next drive band up acts as a stop for the case mouth leaving the boolit breach seated.





311351 Has deep grease groove just before gas check. (GC, RN, 158 - TP is 329)





311359 A gas-check bullet which is fine for small game shooting in .32-20 rifles, when the cartridge is used single loading, not through the magazine. High velocity but a sharp point which does not mangle or tear small game. Same powder charge as for 311316. Canalso be used in all .30 caliber rifles. (GC, SP 115 - TP is 467)

"The 311359 bullet is a super round in the 7.62x39 especially in the Ruger mini 30. There may be a few 3rd world SKS and AK47 rifles that have too large a bore to utilize it without Beagling. Powder coating it might make up the difference. It does feed extremely well in semi autos and is the ideal weight for that application. Rockydog"




311365 Designed by F.W. Kachelries for the .30-06. (GC, RN, 198 - TP is 329)





311375 Same as 311413 only with nose shape of 311284. (GC, SP, 168 - TP is 413)

runfiverun writes: your description of the 375 sounds like what I'm looking at a 168 gr gas checked boolit with a spire point nose
and 2 larger drive bands.






311397 A long-throated pointed gas check bullet for the .30-06 and other 30 calibers. (GC, RN, 195 - 312)







311403 (also 308403)  Designed by Harry Pope for extreme accuracy with the .30-06. Should be shot as cast. Bullet seated with fingers so mouth of case extends only half way up base band. (PB, FN, 167 - TP is 8)



311407 (also 308407) A flat nose bullet with Loverin type grooves. (GC, FN, 180 - TP is 445)
Muir wrote: POST
Lyman once made a bullet called the #308407 that was a tapered bullet with an oversized (.317" ) base. The idea is to size the bullet base until it slip fits in a fired case. A light target charge of powder is put in the reprimed, but yet unsized, case and the bullet set into the case mouth with your finger tips. Chambering the bullet seated the bullet into the lands. This is a target load but will shoot sub MOA from about any good 30 caliber. The late Frank d'Haas (gun writer and gunsmith) said he would win turkey shoots with this load.




311410 Designed for light loads in 30 calibers. (PB, SP, 130 - TP is 467)




311413 The Squibb gas check bullet for the Springfield and other .30-06 rifles. Perhaps the most accurate gas check bullet yet produced. Excellent for target practice up to 600 yards. Has also been largely used for small game shooting in the Northwest, particularly for ducks at long range. Makes a most excellent load where one wishes to save the wear on his barrel from the full charged factory cartridge. Powder charge 16 grains Du Pont No. 80 powder, or 23 grains Hercules Lightning powder. Also very good for other 30 calibers. (GC, SP, 169 - TP is 413)






311414 Standard bullet for the Savage .300 cal. rifle. Gas check bullet designed like factory bullet to fit the throat of Savage .300 (GC, SP, 150 - TP is 329)




311419 32-20 gas check bullet. Designed primarily for Australian requirements for jack-rabbit shooting, etc. Resembles closely the new factory high-speed bullets in accuracy and weight. An excellent small squirrel bullet for the 30 calibers. (GC, FN, 88 - TP is 8)




311437 Similar to 311413 but with long gas check band for 30 calibers. (GC, SP, 169? - TP is 413)




311440 Excellent blunt nose gas check bullet for 30 calibers. (GC, FN, 147 - TP is 470)







311441 Good lightweight bullet designed for 32 and 30 calibers. (GC, FN, 117 -TP is 8)




311445 ? 95 gr. SWC




311465 A very popular design by H. Guy Loverin for short range work. (GC, RN, 122 - TP is 465)






311466 Designed by H. Guy Loverin. Reported very accurate up to 600 yards. A very good game bullet even for the .30-30. (GC, RN, 152 - TP is 467)







311467 Excellent results even up to 1000 yards with this bullet. Designed by H. Guy Loverin. (GC, RN, 177 - TP is 467)







311576 123 gr. RN GC






311644  Recent design for the 308 with a tapered lead to fit the rifling. Capable of shooting under 1" at 100 yards. Good bullet for 03A3’s. Nose grooves must be hand lubed (GC, SP, 177 - TP is 644)






311672 Good 30 cal silhouette bullet at higher velocity. (GC, FN, 160 - TP is 644)







311679 A new 30 caliber 195 grain gas check mould designed by John Ardito. Features a bore riding nose which tapers up to meet the driving bands. (GC, SP, 195 - TP is 359)




.313 (.32 Caliber S&W) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.313 is the proper diameter for bullets for the following: .32-30 Remington; .32 S. & W. Short; .32 S. & W. Long; .32 Harrington & Richardson; .32 Merwin & Hulbert ; .32 Colt's New Police, etc.



31355 This is the regular .32 S. & W. Short. (PB, RN, 85 - TP is 465)





31356 This is the regular .32-30 Remington. (PB, FN, 125 - TP is 8)




31357 This is the .32 Colt's New Police, and .32 S. & W. Long. Powder charge 2.5 grains weight Hercules Bullseye powder, or 12 grains FFFg black powder. (PB, FN, 100 - TP is 8)


31358 Round ball for light charge or short range practice. Too much powder will cause them to jump the rifling. The proper charge will do good work. (47)



313226 Designed for the .32 S&W Long. The case crimps in the bevel groove, which prevents the bullet from receding. Grooved cases are not required. The band in front of the case makes additional length of bearing. Powder charge 2.5 grains weight Hercules Bullseye. (PB, RN, 93 - TP is 226)



313249 Designed for the .32 S&W. Seat same as 313226. Powder charge 2 grains weight Hercules Bullseye powder. (PB, RN, 84 - TP is 226)


313260 Plain base bullet for .32-40 and also 30 calibers. (PB, FN, 173 - TP is 445)

313307 Long nose plain base for 30 calibers. (PB, RN, 220 - TP is 226)



313445 Wad cutter bullet designed for the .32 S&W Long. (PB, SWC, 95 - TP is 445)



313492 Wad cutter bullet designed for the .32 S&W Long with crimping groove. (PB, WC, 93 - TP is 495)

313493 Flat nose bullet designed for .32 S&W Long or other 32 calibers with crimping groove and wide grease band. (PB, FN, 104 FN - TP is 8)

313631 100 gr. SWC GC



315158 This is a special bullet used by some shooters; in the .32-40, .319 rifles it requires a thin paper patch. It is also the correct diameter for the Mannlicher rifle, 8 m/m. (PB, SP(?), 195 - TP is 226) Also 316158.





.319 (.32-40 M) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.319 is the proper diameter of bullets for all arms using the well-known and peculiar cartridge .32-40 Marlin, which was first originated by the Marlin Fire Arms Co. and adopted by the Winchester, Remington, Colt's, Stevens, and others. 'There are also other cartridges known as .32-40 Remington (.308) and .32-40 Ballard (.311), but they require different diameter of bullets. The cartridge using the .319 bullet should always be designated as .32-40 M. and W., whatever rifle is made to use them. This will obviate many mistakes.




31944. This is the regular standard .32-40-165 bullet, and has an excellent reputation. (PB, FN, 165 - TP is ?)






31945. Express bullet. This is the same shape as the standard, so it will seat properly with the regular reloading tool. It increases the killing power of the rifle greatly for deer, bear, etc. (PB, FN, HP, 150 - TP is ?)








31946. This bullet has one very wide groove for lubrication with two strong bands. It is claimed that this bullet shoots well, does not strip or jump the rifling at higher velocities, consequently does not lead the barrel. The shape is standard and correct for the regular reloading tools. (PB, FN, 165 - TP is ?)





31947. Here is a fine series of bullets. They are standard shape at the point. Short or long range. All seated with the regular tools. (PB, FN, 105, 120, 135, 150, 165, 180, 195, 210 Also Perfection - TP is 295)






31948. These bullets weigh 80, 120 and 155 grains. Reports of them are excellent, particularly of the two lighter ones for short range. Double adjustable chamber required to seat these and round ball. (PB, RN, 80, 120, 155 - TP is 470)





31949. Here is a popular series of bullets from very light weight to very heavy, having sharp points. They are reported accurate fliers. Light weights are extra fine for small game; they do not tear or mangle. These bullets require special chambers to seat them. (PB, SP, 82, 99, 117, 134, 152, 171, 188, 208 - TP is 467)




31950. This is the factory .32-40-98 M. short range. Tool for regular cartridge will not seat it. No. 3 special tool only, made for it. (PB, FN, 98 - TP is 295) [might also be 105 gr. ed.]




31951. Round ball for extra short range, very light charge of powder. Too much powder will cause them to jump the rifling. (49)






31952. This series of bullets is known as the .32-40 short point. They have become very popular. For different purposes all of the weights have friends. No. 3 special tool only made to load them.
(PB, FN, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200, 225 Also perfection - TP is 295)




31953. This bullet was made for Col. Pickett, the well-known grizzly bear killer. It is for patching with paper. The mould has extra long bearing for core-peg. (PB, PP, HP, 205 - TP is ?)






31954. This bullet, from Cylindrical adjustable mould, is cast smooth for paper patching. Mould will cast bullets of varying lengths, with flat, round, or Leopold point.






319162. This is a bullet that has won a place in the hearts of the users of the 32-40 rifles, using shell full of FFg powder and seating bullet in the barrel. (PB, FN, 185 - TP is 295)





319201 These bullets are intended especially for fine target shooting. The points are one band shorter than the standard and are usually set in the barrel with bullet seater. They will, however, seat in the regular chambers of the .32-40 tools, crimping in the forward groove; best results, however, are obtained when shells are uncrimped. No. 3 tool is recommended. (PB, FN, 86, 101, 116, 131, 146, 184 Also Perfection - TP is 295)





319247 This is the standard bullet designed for the .32-40. Should be crimped in forward groove. (PB, FN, 165 - TP is 295)





319261 This is the same as 319247 only designed in hollow point to give greater killing power. (PB, FN, HP, 150 - TP is 295)






319273 Designed by Dr. W. C. Hudson to be seated in barrel just ahead of the shell on the .32-40. The breech of the barrel must be specially reamed to take this bullet. Bottom two bands are .323 dia, top three bands are .316 dia. (PB, FN, 185 - TP is 295)





319289 The three front bands fit the base of the .32-40 snugly. This bullet is designed for shooters who have rechambered their gun for 319273. (PB, FN, 185 - TP is 295)






319295 Designed for .32-40 high power rifles. Excellent for hunting with greater velocities than most other bullets. Tip molds for the 319295 were available. (GC, FN, 174 - TP is 295)






319323 Designed for 200 yard shooting in the .32-40 by W. H. French. (PB, SP, 181 - TP is 467)





319350 Plain base bullet designed for .32 Special. (PB, FN, 195 - TP is 295)





 .321 (.32 and 8 m/m) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds



321115 (PB, FN, 125, 150, 175, TP is ?)





321232 Standard bullet for the .32 Winchester Special and Marlin .32 H. P. The first groove is a dirt catcher, or for lubrication. For tubular magazine rifles case should be crimped in second groove to prevent bullet receding. This bullet is also the best bullet for single shot .32-40 rifles where bullets are to be shot from case. It is fine for such .32-40's as are worn a trifle large. Load with several bands projecting from case and size to .321". Use 13 to 15 grains Du Pont No. 80 powder. (GC, FN, 170 TP is 295)





321265 Express bullet for same use and with same charge as 321232. In .32 Winchester Special rifles this bullet is fine for deer, and the load will not wear the barrel. Also in .32-40 single shot black powder rifles it is a splendid bullet for woodchucks. (PB, FN, HP, 153 - TP is 295)




321297 Splendid gas check bullet for .32 Winchester Special and .32-40 single shot rifles. With two moulds hunters can make their own hard or soft point bullets. The proper powder charge is 21.5 grains weight of Hercules Lightning powder. Extremely accurate, and does not wear out the barrel. In .32 Winchester Special tubular magazine rifles muzzle of case should be slightly crimped into front groove to prevent bullet receding into case. This bullet also for use with 8 m/m Lebel French army rifle. Use charge of 22 grains of Lightning. Size to .321. Gives velocity of about 1500 ft. seconds. Tip molds for two-part bullet were available. (GC, FN, 181 - TP is 295)



321298 Standard bullet for .32 Winchester Self-Loading rifles. Cast 1 part Tin to 15 of Lead. Crimp muzzle of case slightly into bevel groove. Use No. 10 tool with double adjustable chamber. (PB, FN, 151 - TP is 295)




321317 Standard bullet for rifles using the .32 Rem. Auto. Rimless cartridge. Powder charge 21 to 23 grains Hercules Lightning. Crimp in bevel groove, and size to .321". (GC, RN, 161 - TP is 470)






321427 Designed to fill the demand for a light gas check bullet for the .32-40 and .32 Spec. Cartridges. (GC, RN, 134 - TP is 427)




.323 (.32 and 8 m/m) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.323 is the proper diameter of bullets for all arms using the following cartridges: .32 Ideal ; .32-44 S. & W., .32 S. & W. rifle, etc.



32359. This is a bullet that has met with favor by those who have rifles using the .32 Ideal cartridge. (PB, FN, 115 - TP is 295)







32360. This series of bullets is intended for rifles using the .32 Ideal cartridges, for light and heavy weights. Shape of point is standard and they will seat all right with the regular tools for .32 Ideal cartridges. (PB, FN, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200, 225 - TP is 295)




32361. This is the regular bullet for .32 S. & W. rifle, making a very nice short range bullet for rifles using the .32 Ideal cartridge. (PB, FN, 98 - TP is 366)




32362. This is the regular bullet for .32-44 S. & W. target revolver. It also makes a fine short range bullet that will fit the .32 Ideal shells. (PB, RN, 83 - TP is 470)




32363. Round ball for .32-44 S. & W. Gallery, may be used for very short range in rifles using .32 Ideal cartridges. (50)







323236 A good plain base bullet for .32 Special or 8 mm. (PB, RN, 188 - TP is 366)







323357 Plain base bullet with flat nose for the 8 mm. A good hunting bullet. (PB, FN, 183 - TP is 295)







323366 A spitzer gas check bullet designed for the 8 mm. (GC, SP, 182 - TP is 366)







323378 Blunt nose gas check bullet designed for the 8 mm. GC, RN, 243 - TP is 470)






323470 A very popular design by H. Guy Loverin. (GC, RN, 165 - TP is 470)







323471 A heavy bullet for the 8 mm, plenty of bearing and lubrication. H. Guy Loverin design. (GC, RN, 215 - TP is 366)







323481 A Squib gas check bullet for the 8 mm. (GC, SP, 185 - TP is 471)





.338 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds



338237 Standard bullet for rifles taking the .33 Winchester cartridge. A fine short range bullet for such rifles, made on the Kephart design. (PB, FN, 145, 195 gr. - TP is ?




338301 Front bands cast .330 and two rear bands cast .336 diameter. 200 gr. FN - TP is 320.



338320 Gas check bullet for rifles taking the .33 Winchester cartridge. Powder charge 29 grains Hercules Lightning powder. Fine accuracy and excellent for such game as deer and woodchucks. Crimp case lightly in front bevel groove. These bullets will not wear out your barrel. 201 gr. FN GC - TP is 320.





338337  Designed for the .33 Winchester. 224 gr. FN - TP is 447.






33889 247 gr. FN GC





.350 (350) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds



350293 Standard bullet for .35 caliber Winchester Self-Loading Rifles. Case should be crimped in bevel groove. (PB, 165 - TP is 293)






350319 / 351319 Gas check bullet for .351 Winchester Self-Loading Rifle. Case should be crimped in bevel groove. (GC, RN, 177 - TP is 447)





350447 Standard gas check bullet for the .348 Winchester. (GC, FN, 183 - TP is 447)







350457 A fine lightweight and comfortable bullet to use in the .348 Winchester. (GC, FN, 250 - TP is 447)






350482 Heavy gas check bullet for the .348 Winchester. (GC, RN, 251 - TP is 320)



350928 Round ball (62)

.356 (9mm) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds


356402 TC, 121 – TP is 402



356404    95 gr. FN



356472 Designed by Mr. Robert Snowball, Canada, for the 9 mm. Luger. (PB, WC, 140 – 429)




356632    100 gr. FN




356634    130 gr. FN



356637    125 gr. BB TC HP



.38 (.357 and .358) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.358 is the proper diameter of bullets for all arms using the .38 Smith & Wesson cartridges; it is also the correct size to fit the shells for the old .38 Short, .38 Long, and .38 Extra Long. They will not, however, fit the barrels that are bored for the outside lubricated bullets.



357443 Designed for the .357 Mag. and .38 Spec. with special crimping groove in top band. (PB, SWC, 158 - TP is 395)




357446 The most popular bullet for the .357 Mag. Can also be used in the .38 Spec. (PB, SWC, 162 - TP is 429)





357453 A long nose semi wad cutter for the .357 magnum. (PB, SWC, 151 - TP is 429)





357511 Designed by Jim Harvey. (GC, SWC Core, 107 - TP is ?)





357512 Designed by Jim Harvey. (GC, SWC Core, 130 - TP is ?)



357514 156 gr. ??? Z



3589 (GC, FN, 282 - TP is ?)








35842 (PB, SP, 195 - TP is ?)





35863 (PB, WC, 148 - TP is ?)





35864. This is the regular .38 S. & W. bullet. (PB, RN, 145 - TP is 311)




35865. This is the same shape as the regular .38 Long Colt's inside lubricated bullet. (See No. 35870.) It has not the cavity at the base, and we do not recommend it for those arms, because it will not expand and take the rifling, although it fits the shell correctly, and seats with same tool. (PB, RN, 155 - TP is ?)



35866. Round ball for short range indoor or gallery practice for the .38 Smith & Wesson. Fits all the shells for the .38 Short, .38 Long and .38 Extra Long. Round ball for .35 caliber rifles, and also for short range in .38 Smith & Wesson. For use in rifles follow the same principle of loading and same powder charge as for 31113. For revolvers use 5 grains FFFg black powder. (71)



35870. Standard bullet. Regular bullet for the .38 Long Colt's cartridge, the cartridge used in the old model .38 double action Colt Military revolvers. The hollow base causes the bullet to expand to fill the grooves. Powder charge 17 grains FFg black, or 3 grains weight Hercules Bullseye powder. (HB, RN, 150 - TP is 311)




35871 Designed for regular .38-44 S. & W. Target revolver. (PB, RN, 146 - TP is 311)




35872 Special light weight bullet for the .38-44 S. & W. Target revolver. (PB, RN, 115 - TP is 430)




35873 Same as 36072 except with a flat point and hollow base for expanding. Good for .38 Colt Navy. (HB, FN, 105 - TP is 430)





35875 This bullet is correct for the old style .38 Stevens and Maynard. (PB, FN, 160, 200 - TP is 425)






35887 (PB, WC, 140 - TP is ?)





35891 (PB, WC, 148 - TP is ?)




35893 (GC, SP, 125 - TP is ?)






35897 (GC, RN, 232 - TP is ?)





358101 (PB, WC, 75 - TP is ?)




358156 Ray Thompson’s design. Two crimp grooves, 1st for 357 Mag, 2nd for 38 Special (GC, SWC, 155 - TP is 429)




358158 (Heel, RN, 125 - TP is ?)


358159. This is the standard .38 Short Outside Lubricated bullet. The heel or base of bullets of this style fits the shell; the largest diameter that fits the barrel is .375, same as .38-55 M. (Heel, RN, 150 - TP is 311)




358160. This is the regular factory bullet for the .38 Long outside lubrication.
For the new .38 Long inside lubrication see bullet No. 35870. (Heel, RN, 150 - TP is 311)



358161. This is the standard .38 Extra Long bullet. There has been much trouble about this cartridge. The old Ballard rifles were all bored and rifled for the O. L. bullet, which is .375, but all of the factory ammunition has a straight, one-sized ball .358 in diameter that fits the shell only. For such the Ideal Tool No. 1 is made, which is correct for the Wesson rifles, but not for the Ballards, as the ball will drop through the barrel. For the Ballards we would recommend bullet No. 35870, which may be seated in the regular No. 1 tool. (PB, RN, 145 - TP is 311)



358210  Regular bullet for the .38 S&W military revolver. (PB, RN, 167 - TP is 311)





358212 Another round nosed bullet for the .38 Special or .38 Auto. (PB, RN, 146 - TP is 311)




358238 Standard bullet. A fine bullet on the Kephart design for short range, up to 200 yards, in .35 Winchester, .35 Newton, .35 Whelen, and .35 Magnum cartridges. Size cases to hold bullet friction tight without crimp, mouth of case to come just to bottom of front band. (PB, RN, 163, 220 - TP is 311)





358242 Standard bullet for .38 Colt's Automatic Pistol. Cast of 1 part Tin to 15 Lead. Powder charge 4 grains weight Hercules Bullseye powder. No. 10 tool only furnished. Very satisfactory load and much cheaper than factory ammunition. (PB, RN, 121 - TP is 311)




358246 Standard bullet for .38 Smith & Wesson bullet. Case to crimp in top groove preventing bullet from receding. The extra band in front gives a longer bearing for the rifling. Powder charge 12 grains FFFg black, or 2 grains weight Hercules Bullseye powder. (PB, RN 147 - TP is 311)





358250 Excellent for the .38 Spec. Many prefer this to 358311 because of the better distribution of lubricant. (PB, RN, 156 - TP is 311)





358269 A round nose bullet for the .38 Auto, also a good light bullet for the .38 Special. (PB, RN, 129 - TP is 311)






358271 Designed by B. F. Wilder, recommended by A.L.A. Himmelwright, Past President of W.S. Revolver Assoc. (PB, SWC, 150 - TP is 429)





358302 (PB, WC(?), 112 - TP is 302)




358311 Standard bullet for revolvers using .38S. & W. Special and .38 Colt Special Cartridge. These two wide bands are strong and hold the rifling well. Case should be slightly crimped in bevel groove. (PB, RN, 158 - TP is 311)




358313 (PB, FN, 170 - TP is ?)





358315  Standard bullet for .35 caliber Remington rifles. High velocity and very fine accuracy, with less wear on the barrel. For autoloading and tubular magazine rifles crimp lightly in bevel groove. These bullets may also be used in other .35 caliber and 9 m/m rifles. (GC, RN, 200 - TP is 311)





358318 For .35 caliber Winchester Model 95 rifle. Excellent accuracy, with light recoil, and no wear on the barrel. Good killing power on almost all big game. Can also be used in .35 Whelen and .35 magnum rifles. For .35 Magnum use 2 grains more powder than given for .35 Winchester. (GC, RN, 245 - TP is 311)





358339 Good light weight blunt nose design for the .38 Spec. or .357 Mag. (PB, RN, 136 - TP is 430)




358344 Square nose bullet for .38 Special designed by C. C. Crossman. Cuts a full size clean hole, giving shooter full count. (PB, WC, 150 - TP is 344)




358345 Designed by J. B. Crabtree for a clean cutting bullet in the .38 Special. (PB, SWC, 115 - TP is 429)




358356 A short, blunt nose bullet for the .38 Special. (PB, RN, 108 - TP is 430)





358363 A light short range bullet for the .38 Special to be used with 2 grains of Bullseye. (HB, RN, 70 - TP is 395)





358385 A round nose design with crimping groove for the .38 Auto. (PB, RN, 150 - TP is 311)





358394 A good short, hollow base bullet for cellar loads with the .38 Special. (HB, RN, 87 - TP is 430)





358395 Designed by the late Ed McGivern of Lewiston, Montana. Seated deeply in case and crimped on forward band makes excellent mid-range bullet. (HB, WC, 148 - TP is 395)



358396 A round nose bullet for the .38 Special. (PB, RN, ? - TP is 311)


358416 Colt special type used to same sizing diameter and with same charges as 358311. The flat point is desired by many humane societies for purposes of animal destruction. A very accurate and satisfactory bullet. (PB, FN, 158 - TP is 411)




358425 This bullet is highly recommended by Sergeant J. H. Young of the Portland Police Department, one of the best police shots in the United States. Sergeant Young states that for indoor shooting with a charge of about 2 1/2 grains of Bullseye this is not surpassed in accuracy by any other wad cutter bullet of corresponding light weight. Designed originally by F. L. Sanders of Gladstone, Oregon. (PB, WC, 121 - TP is 402)



358429 Designed by Elmer Keith for .38 Special and .357 Mag. (PB, SWC, 168 - TP is 429)




358430 Designed by John Leonard of Avon, Conn. Very accurate in the .38 Spec. (PB, RN, 150, 200 - TP is 430)



358431 Same as 358429 except it has a hollow base. Designed by Elmer Keith for .38 Spec. and .357 Mag. (HB, SWC, 160 - TP is 429)






358432  Wad cutter designed by H. A. Nott, cuts very clean holes and is most popular for .357 Mag. and .38 Spec. cartridges. (PB, SWC, 160 - TP is 429)





358439 Designed by Elmer Keith, very accurate and good game bullet. (PB, HP, SWC, 154 - TP is 429)





358477 Semi-wad cutter bullet designed for the .357 or .38 Special. (PB, SWC, 150 - TP is 429)





358480 A popular lightweight semi-wad-cutter which cuts clean holes. (PB, SWC, 133 - TP is 429)



358495 Seated deeply in case and crimped on forward band makes excellent mid-range bullet. Same bullet as 358395 except solid base instead of hollow base. (PB, WC, 141 - TP is 429)





358500 Prot-X-Bore bullet with zinc washer. (Zinc washer, SWC, 149 - TP is ?)



358501 124 gr. ??? Z


358502 Prot-X-Bore bullet with zinc washer. (Zinc washer, WC, 125 - TP is ?) [Dark Canyon says 119. ed.]






358503 Prot-X-Bore bullet with zinc washer. (Zinc washer, SWC, 149 - TP is ?) [Dark Canyon says 125. ed.]




358504 135 gr. ??? Z

358624 170gr. SWC Composite



358627 (GC, SWC, 215 - TP is 429)





358665 (PB, FN, 158 - TP is 495)




.360 / .362 (.38-44 S&W Caliber) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

360. This is the proper size of bullets for the .38-44 S. & W. revolver. Bullets of this size may also be used in arms using bullets of the .358 standard.



36071. This is the regular .38-44 S. & W. Target bullet. See 35871






36072. This is a special light weight bullet. We have good reports of it for light charges in the .38-44 S. & W. target revolvers and others. See 35872




36073. This is the same bullet as 36072, with the exception of the flat point and hollow base, which is preferred by many, and which also helps the bullet to expand. These bullets have been favorably reported, when used in the .38 Colt's Navy. See 35873




36074. Round ball, for .38-44 S. & W. Gallery and other arms using this size. (72)






360212 See 358212




360271 See 358271



360271-S 360271 to be sized to .358?







360302 See 358302





360344 See 358344



360344-S Same as 360344, except cast small enough to size .358.





360345 See 358345



360345-s





360363-s See 358363





36275. This bullet is correct for some of the old style .38 Stevens and Maynard. There are quite a number of old rifles using bullets of this size. (PB, FN, 160, 210 - TP is ?)





.375 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.375" is supposed to be the standard for all .38-55, .38-56, .38-70, and .38-72 rifles. As a matter of fact almost all of these rifles have a groove diameter of about .379" and as a rule, particularly for use with smokeless powder, these bullets should be sized to that diameter, being cast large enough for this purpose. The .375 Magnum rifle, however, has a groove diameter true .375", and bullets intended for use in that rifle should be sized .375". It should be noted that the .38-55 cartridge is really misnamed. Originally the cartridge would hold 55 grains of black powder, when made with very thin head case, but afterwards the case was thickened, and these cartridges have a black powder capacity of only 48 grains when a 255 grain bullet is seated to standard depth.

.375 is the correct diameter of bullets for all arms using the very popular cartridge .38-55 Marlin. This cartridge was first originated by the Marlin Fire Arms Co. and has been adopted by nearly all other makers of rifles. .375 is also correct for the following cartridges: .38-56, 38-70, .38-72, .38-90. The shape of bullets for all of these cartridges is the same as the .38-55-255 (except the .38-72, which has round point), and will interchange and seat properly with the regular tools.




370163 (also 375163) Is a special bullet used by some in arms for the .38-55 by patching to the .375 diameter.


.373 (.38-45, .38-50 REM and .38-45 BULLARD)
.373 is the proper diameter of bullets for the above rifles, though the .375 bullets are used in them extensively.



373164 Is the 38-45-190 Bullard. Bullard rifles not made now.






373165 Is the standard bullet for the .38-40 and .38-50 Rem.







37576. This is the standard .38-55-255 bullet. It will seat correctly in tools for above cartridges. One band off is the regular .38-90-217 Winchester. (PB, FN, 217, 255 – TP ?).






37577. Express bullets. They add greatly to the killing powers. The .38-55 rifle with express bullets are sure killers of deer and elk. These bullets are of the standard shape and will seat correctly in the regular tools. (PB, FN, 235 HP – TP ?)





37578. This bullet has one wide, deep groove for lubrication and two strong bands. It is claimed to be an accurate flier, also that it will not strip and lead the barrel if shot at a higher velocity. It has a round point similar to No. 37581. (PB, RN, 260, - TP 167)





37579. This series of bullets has many friends. They have wide, deep groove, point is short, making nice, light weight bullets. (PB, FN, 135, 170, 205, 245, 285, 325, also Perfection – TP 449)





37580. Excellent reports come from this bullet as a very accurate one. It was designed by a sea captain, and has been used successfully in shooting large fish. (PB, SP, 125, 167, 214, 250 – TP 80)






37581. This bullet is similar to the standard .38-255, except that the point is round, same shape as No. 37578. (PB, RN, 253 – TP 167)






37582. This is a fine short range bullet, and requires a special chamber to seat it. (PB, FN, 170 – TP 449)





37583. Regular .38-55 short range bullet. Powder charge 20 grains Fg black powder or 7 grains weight Du Pont No. 80, or 5 grains Hercules Unique. (PB, FN, 145 – TP 449)



37583S. For use in 36 Colt cap and ball revolvers. Use 20 grains of FFg powder.



37584. This is a popular series of bullets for both short and long range. The shape of point is standard. They seat all right in the regular tools. (PB, FN, 156, 176, 187, 218, 238, 259, 280, 301, 322, Peerless – TP 449)




37585. This is a fine series of sharp pointed, heavy and light weight bullets for .38 caliber rifles, and also the .375 Magnum. They are very accurate when seated with several grooves outside the case so that they extend up into the rifling. With the lighter ones, squirrel and other small game may be killed without mangling. Perfection moulds are not made for sharp pointed bullets. Powder charges should be 8 to 13 grains Du Pont No. 80, or 4.5 to 7.5 grains weight of Hercules Unique, depending upon weight of bullet. (PB, SP, 116, 141, 166, 192, 216, 242, 262 – TP 376)





37586. This bullet was designed by the Zettler boys, of the Zettler Rifle Club, New York City. It has many friends. It is not the same diameter the whole length; the three base bands are .005 of an inch above the standard size, so they cannot be seated in the regular shell without being sized. (PB, FN, 265 – TP 449)


37587. Round ball, for light charge of powder, for small game, short range or indoor practice. Too much powder will cause them to jump the rifling; with proper quantity they shoot very nicely. (80)



37588. This is the famous Rabbeth bullet. It is a record maker and is used with Chase patch. Cylindrical mould only. (PB, FN, PP, 330 – TP ?)






37589. This is an illustration of bullet from Cylindrical adjustable mould. Bullet is cast smooth for paper patching. Mould will cast bullets of varying lengths, with flat, round, or Leopold point (PB, RN, PP, ? - TP ?).



375110 Paul A. Matthews design for .375 H&H, shallow grease groove

375117  Paul A. Matthews design for .375 H&H, shallow grease groove

375118  Spitzer, Paul A. Matthews design for .375 H&H, shallow grease groove. poor performer.

375163 (sometimes listed as #370163) Shown as "38 Carver 330" (PB, SP, PP, 330 - TP is ?) Boolit Bub: Oh it is #370163, they just switched the recommended sizes around over time. Cherry #163 was never assigned to anything else.



375164. Designed for the .38-45 Ballard. (PB, FN, 190 – TP 449)







375165. Designed for the .38-40 and .38-50 Remington. (PB, FN, 250 – TP 449)






375166. This is the factory .38-330 grooved bullet. It is used with a shell full of powder for target work. (PB, FN, 295, 330 – TP 449)




375167. Standard bullet for the .38-72-275 Winchester Model 95 rifle. Cast 1 to 16 Tin and Lead, and size to .379”. A fine bullet for target or any American big game. The .38-72-275 was a most excellent black powder cartridge, but it never had a chance for it was introduced just before modern high power rifles came in vogue. Powder charge 72 grains Fg black powder or 20 grains weight Du Pont No. 80. The point being round, it requires chamber to fit it. (PB, RN, 275, - TP 167)



375200. This bullet was designed by riflemen who attend the well known “Walnut Hill Rifle Range” near Boston. It is intended especially for fine target shooting. The points are one band shorter than the standard, and are usually set in barrel with bullet seater. They will, however, seat in the regular chambers of the .38-55 tools, crimping in the forward groove; best results, however, are obtained when shells are uncrimped. No. 3 tool is recommended. (PB, FN, nose or base pour, 132, 153, 177, 195, 215, 237, 256, 300, or Perfection - TP is 449)




375211. The 179 grains weight is one of the finest short range bullets made for the .38-55 rifle, and the 265 grains weight is fine for full charge. It is a killer. The strong bands hold well to the rifling. The regular tools seat them. Designed by Kissler. (PB, FN, 179, 265 - TP is 449)





375248. Standard bullet for .38-55, .38-56, and .38-70 Winchester. For tubular magazine rifles case should be crimped in forward groove. Good for other 38 calibers. (PB, FN, 255 – TP 449)





375262. Express bullet similar to 375248. The hollow point increases its killing power making it an excellent deer bullet. Use same powder charges and same style of loading as 375248. (PB, HP, ? - TP is ?)






375272. This is the famous Schuetzen bullet designed by Dr. W. G. Hudson, which gives such remarkable accuracy in .38-55 rifles which have been specially throated for it, the bullet being loaded into the bore ahead of the case. 5 bands, front three bands .372, bottom two bands .382 (PB, FN, 310 – TP 449)



375296. For .38-55 High Power rifles having nickel or smokeless steel barrels. To be cast of Ideal Alloy, or 1 part Tin to 10 of Lead, and sized to .379”. Hunters with two moulds can make their own hard or soft point bullets. (Illustration shows separate tip mould). Crimp case in forward groove for use in tubular magazine rifles. Very accurate up to 500 yards, and an excellent killer on large game. This bullet will not wear out the barrel. Excellent game bullet for other 38 calibers such as .375 H. & H. (GC, FN, 265 – TP 449)


375300. Three front bands cast .368, two base bands cast .378 (PB, FN, 270 – TP 449)

375313. Plain base lightweight bullet for .38-40. (PB, FN, 190 – TP 449)

375321. This bullet casts .382 and can be sized for use in any 38 calibers. (PB, SP, 260 – TP 321)



375355. Plain base bullet designed for the .38-55 and .38-56. (PB, FN, 235 – TP 449)





375376. Front bands cast .374, two rear bands cast .381 diameter. (PB, SP, 230 – TP 376)



375449. Designed for .375 H. & H. Mag. Very accurate for target and larger game. (GC, FN, 264 – TP 449)






378674 New heavy 38-55 bullet for B.P.C.S. or long range Buffalo shooting, especially in single shot rifles 38-55, .377 to .379 dia. (PB, RN, 335 - TP is 663)


379670 Discontinued, same profile as 378674 335 gr. RN


.386 (.41 Colt) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.386 is the proper diameter of heel of outside lubricated bullet to fit the .41 Colt shells. .406 is the size of the large diameter that fits the barrel.



386176. This is the old style .41 short Colt's O. L. bullet. No. 1 tool only. Not sized and seated on heel of bullet only. (Heel, 163 - TP is 167)





386177. This is the old O. L. .41 Colt's long. No. 1 tool only for loading this. Not sized and seated on heel of bullet only. (Heel, GC, 196 - TP is 167)





386178. This is the new .41 Colt's long inside lubricated (to be lubricated, sized, and seated as other bullets). The shells are longer than the old style and the bullet has a hollow base to expand at discharge to fit the barrel. (HB, 200, TP - 178)




389417 A fine round nose bullet which casts .390 diameter (PB, 167 - TP is 167?)

How I got started with the 41 Long Colt [not me!]

HarryO -
Everything you ever wanted to know about the 41 Long Colt


.400, .403 and .406 (.38-40 and 40 cal) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.40 caliber, .400 and .401 Diameter
.400 is the proper diameter of bullets for all arms using the .38-40 cartridges- Winchester, Marlin, and Colt's rifles and revolvers.

40043 / 40143 This is the regular standard .38-40 bullet. It is also a fine bullet for .40 Cal. short range, as the moulds cast it .003 large. See 40395 for a light sharp point. (PB, 180 - TP is 43)





40188 A very successful bullet designed by Douglas Sorenson for the .38-40 (PB, 170 - TP is 88)





40090. Express bullet. Those who have .38-40 rifles can increase their killing power 50 per cent, by using express bullets. The shape is standard, so they may be loaded with the regular reloading tools. (PB, 168 - TP is ?)





40091. Round ball. Is used with light charge for short range or small game. Too much powder will cause them to jump the rifling. Proper charge will do good light shooting. (95)



401258 Blunt nose bullet for the .38-40 (PB, ? - TP is 43)



401452 Designed by Boser for the .38-40. (PB, 196 - TP is 452)





401638 Available in HP or solid (BB, 155/HP, 175/solid - TP is ?)




401654 (BB, 150 - TP is ?)


.40 Caliber, .403 Diameter
.403 is the standard size of bullets for nearly all .40 caliber rifles—Sharp's, Ballard's, Remington's, Winchester's, Marlin's, Colt's, Stevens', and others. The following- cartridges have bullets all of the same shaped points: .40-60-210, .40-65-260, .40-82-260, .40-110-260. The shells for these cartridges are different, by Marlin and others. These bullets may be interchanged, and, though of different weights, will all seat properly in the regular reloading tools for these cartridges. The .40-60 Marlin and Colt's bullet or shell is not of the same shape as the .40-60 Winchester. They require different tools. The .40 Ballard size is .413.


40392 This fine series of bullets with points of standard shape; correct for the regular reloading tools that are for the following cartridges: .40-60 Winchester .40-65, .40-70, .40-82,Winchester, Marlin, etc. This 330 grains bullet was first made by our Mr. Barlow and was later adopted by the Winchester for their .40-70-330. [standard weight is 330 gr. ed] (PB, 155, 190, 225, 250, 295, 330, Also Perfection - TP is 43)





40393 This series of express bullets is of the standard form and may be loaded with the regular tools enumerated under 40392. Every person owning one of these rifles should have an express mould, as they greatly increase the killing power for large game. (PB, 205, 240, 275, 310 - TP is 43)





40394. This series of bullets was designed especially for the .40-70 and .40-90 Sharp's Straight, Ballard, and Remington. Sportsmen having these rifles report them fine. They are much less trouble than patched bullets. No. 3 Special tool only made for them. (PB, 188, 216, 244, 272, 300, 327, 327, 355, 383, Also Perfection - TP is 43?)




40395. These are good light weight, grooved, short range, .40 caliber bullets. They require special chamber to seat them. Another good .40 caliber short range bullet is No. 40043. (PB, 145, 195 - TP is 95)





40396. This is a series of bullets liked by many. The point is shorter than standard. There are some good light and heavy weights. (PB, 137, 170, 203, 237, 270, 303, 337, 370 Also in Perfection - TP is 43?)





40397. Round ball. This is for extra short range or small game. Shoots well with proper charge. Too much powder will cause them to jump the rifling. (96)





403147. This is an illustration of a bullet from the Cylindrical adjustable mould. The bullet is cast smooth for paper patching. Mould will cast bullets of varying lengths, with flat, round, or Leopold point.






403149. This is the original .40-330 grooved bullet, used in the .40-70 and .40-90 Sharp's, Remington, and Ballard, straight and bottle necked shells. (PB, 330 - TP is 88)






403150 This is the regular factory bullet for the .40-72-330 Winchester. It is the only .40 caliber (garbled) bullet having round point which is preferred by (garbled).






403168. This is the standard factory bullet, .40-60 Winchester. It weighs 210 grains, while the .40-60 Marlin weighs 260 grains. Loading tool correct for one is not right for the other. (PB, 210 - TP is 43)




403169. This is the standard Winchester bullet for the following cartridges: .40-65-260, .40-70-330, .40-82-260, .40-110-260, all Winchesters, though used but the bullets are the same. (PB, 260 - TP is 43)




403170. This is the .40-60 Marlin, 260 grains, factory bullet. It is frequently confused with the .40-260 Winchester. Note the difference in the shape of point. This bullet will not seat properly in tool that is correct for the .40-260 Winchester. (PB, 260 - TP is ?)





403171. This is the only .40-370 grooved bullet made. All other .40 caliber, weighing 370 grains, are for patching with paper. (PB, 370 - TP is 88)







403172. This is the old .40-285 Sharp's, Ballard, and Remington; an old-time popular bullet. (PB, 285 - TP is 88)







403173. This is a special .40-305, used extensively for Sharp's, Ballard, and Remington rifles. (PB, 305 - TP is 43)




.40 Caliber, .406 Diameter




406342 For .40-72 (PB, SP, 230 - TP is ?)






406150 This is the regular factory bullet for the .40-72-330 Winchester. Note that the diameter is .003 larger than all other .40 caliber Winchesters. It is the only .40 calibre bullet having a round point, which is preferred by many. It is also fine for the various .40 caliber single shot rifles which have groove diameters larger than standard. (PB, 330, TP is 43)




.410 to .421 mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

 .41 Caliber, .410 Diameter


41026    199 gr. WC





41027    217 gr. HBWC






41028    212 gr. FN





41032   (PB, 200, 205, 212, 215, 220, 225 SWC)





410214 Blunt nose bullet which casts .412 diameter. (PB, FN, 101, 141, 181 – TP is 43)





410219 Plain base which casts to .412 diameter. (PB, FN, 375 (405?) – TP is 43)







410426 Standard bullet designed for the .401 Winchester. (PB, RN, 250 – TP is 263)







 410459 PB, SWC, 220 - TP is ?





410610    215 gr. SWC GC




410655  Heavy 40 cal bullet designed for Black Powder Cartridge Silhouette  (PB, FN, 400 - TP is 449)






410660  Pointed 40 cal silhouette bullet with a good ballistic coefficient. Excellent accuracy in 40-65.   (PB, SP, 385  - TP is 658)



410662    415 gr. SP DGW



410663  Designed by Ron Snover. This B.P.C.S. bullet has the highest ballistic coefficient of all 40 cal bullets and higher than most 45-70 bullets.  (PB, SP, 400 - TP is 663)





410678  A new Paul Matthews design. This tapered 40 cal bullet is ideal for black powder silhouette shooting. It allows for heavier powder charges because it can be seated out of the case farther than other designs.  (PB, SP, 395 - TP is 678)



41 Caliber, .412 Diameter



412174 Designed for the Ballard .40-70 or .40-75. (PB, FN, 260 – TP is 43)






412263 Standard bullet for the .405 Winchester and .400 Whelen rifles. It has the popular Kephart dirt catcher groove. The case may be crimped into the groove just below the forward band, but better accuracy can be obtained by seating the bullet in the case friction tight without crimp. (PB, RN, 288?, 300 – TP is 263)



412328 Has front band and groove as dirt catcher, to be used in .405 Winchester. (PB, RN, ? – TP is 263)

412338 Flat nose and designed for same calibers as 412328. (PB, FN, 290 – TP is 43)

41 Caliber, .413 Diameter



413174 See 412174  Is the Ballard .40-70 or .40-75, and has a very good reputation. (PB, FN, 260 - TP is /)






413175 (also 415175)  Is the Ballard .40-90-300, and, like the preceding, gives general good satisfaction.




41 Caliber, .415 Diameter



415175 Is the Ballard .40-90-300, and, like the 415174, gives general good satisfaction. (PB, FN, 300 – TP is 43)






415179 This is the special bullet used by some Ballard rifles. [illus shows “40-285 Engel.” ed.] (PB, RN, 285 – TP is 263)




41 Caliber, .419 Diameter Not exactly a .41, but it fits Diameter-wise.

.419 is the proper diameter of bullets for the .44 S. & W. American Model pistol, .44 Evans rifle, .44 long Frank Wesson and Ballard rifles, and the .44 Merwin & Hulbert old model pistol.



419180. This is the .44 S. & W. American pistol bullet. 200 gr. RN – TP is 263)






419181. This is the bullet for the .44 Evans New Model rifle, and is a very good one. 285 gr. FN – TP is 43)






419182. This is for the .44 Long Ballard rifle; also for the .44 Extra Long Frank Wesson. 240 gr. RN – TP is 263)


41 Caliber, .420 / .421 Diameter Not exactly a .41, but it fits diameter-wise...

420444 100 gr. Ball



421183. This is for the old rnodel Merwin & Hulbert revolver, and is very little used at present. TP is 43)



  .44 (.424 / .44-40) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.424 is the proper diameter of bullets for all arms using the well-known .44-40 cartridge. It is the original .44 W. C. F. made by the Winchester Company for their model 1873 repeating rifles. It is now used by Marlin, Colt, and others, and has many friends among hunters.



42498 / 42798 This is the regular .44-40 bullet for Winchester, Marlin, and Colt's rifles and pistols. (PB, 210 - TP is 98)




42499- Express bullet. The shape is standard. Loads correctly with the regular tools. Hunters will find that the killing qualities of their .44-40 rifles are increased 50 per cent, by the use of this bullet. (PB, 195 HP - TP is ?)




424100 / 427100 This is a short range, grooved ball for rifles or pistols. Requires No. 13 special tool with double adjustable chamber. (PB, 170 - TP is 263)



424101. Round ball, for short range or small game. Good when proper charge of powder is used. Too much powder will cause them to jump the rifling. Requires same tool as No. 424100. (114)



424102 This is a short range ball for rifles, revolvers or pistols, and has a flat point and hollow base. Requires same tool as No. 424100. (HB, 155, TP is ?)




427103 This bullet is for the .42 caliber Russian rifle, and is very effective. Casts .426 diameter. (PB, 365 - TP is 263)





.44 (.429 / .44 S&W) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

429104. This is the lightest short range groove bullet made of this diameter. To seat it properly, the No. 3 special tool with double adjustable chamber is required. (HB, 110 - TP is 251)




429105. This bullet is same as 429104, except that it has round point and flat base, making it a trifle heavier. It requires the same tool as above to seat it. (PB, 130 - TP is 251)




429106. This bullet is lighter in weight than the regular factory bullet, and is preferred by many on that account. Requires No. 3 special tool with double adjustable chamber. (PB, 175 - TP is 251)



429107. This bullet is the same as 429106, but lightened by having flat point and hollow base, which is preferred by some. Requires the same tool as above to seat it. (HB, 160 - TP is ?)




429108. Round ball. This is used for short range or gallery practice. Requires same tool as the others above. (116)






429184. Is the regular .44 S. & W. Russian bullet, 256 grains. (PB, 256 - TP is 251)




429185 / 430185. This is the old model .44 Colt's pointed bullet. It is a heel ball and is for outside lubrications. The larger or forward part that fits the barrel is .446 in diameter. .430 is the size for the shell. [.441 and .430? ed.]




429215 Good bullet for medium charges in the .44 S&W Russian and Colt's New Service revolvers. Anderton made a world's record with the 429215 (PB and GC, 205 - TP is 421)



429220 Designed by A. L. A. Himmelwright to cut clean holes with .44 S&W Russian or Colt New Service revolver. Very accurate up to 50 yards. Good bullet for medium charges in the .44 S&W Russian and Colt's New Service revolvers. (PB, 175 - TP is 220)




429239 This bullet was designed by C. H. Herrick for short range in the .44 S&W Russian or Colt New Service. [Collar button bullet. ed] 251




429244 Heavy weight Ray Thompson design for heavy loads in the 44 Special or 44 Magnum. (GC, SWC, 255 - TP is 421)





429251 Standard for .44 S&W Russian with 4.5 grains of Bullseye. (PB, ? - TP is 251)






429303  Hi-Velo-Pen by Carl F. Hudson. (GC, 205 - TP is 303)




429336 Designed by C. E. Heath of Boston Revolver Club. Cuts clean hole with 4 grains of Bullseye. (PB, ? - TP is 421)





429348 Square nose bullet for .44 S&W Russian or .44 Spec. Very true and accurate up to 200 yards. [200? ed.] (PB, ? - TP is 348)





429352 Square nose bullet designed by M. L. Holman of St. Louis for .44 Russian and .44 Special. (PB, ? - TP is 348)





429360 Designed by Boser (Bosier?) for the .44 Special. (PB, ? - TP is 360)




429383 Designed by Harry D. Frisbee, New York, for the .44 Special with 4 to 5 grains of Bullseye. (PB, ? - TP is 251)




429384 Round nose with crimping groove and casts large for .44 (.436). (PB, ? - TP is 251)






429398 A hollow base wad cutter for the .44 Special. (HB, ? - TP is 98)





429421 Designed by Elmer Keith - extremely accurate and popular in both the .44 Spec. and .44 Mag. (PB, ? - TP is 421)




429422 Same as 429421 except for hollow base. Gives flatter trajectory. (HB, ? - TP is 421)




429434 Gas check bullet designed for the .44-40 rifle. Makes an excellent short range game load. (GC, ? - TP is 98)



  429436 Blunt nose bullet for .44 caliber with crimping groove far forward and large lubricating groove. (PB, ? - TP is 251)





429478 A heavier conical bullet designed for the .44 calibers. (PB, ? - TP is 251)



NOTE: [Lyman HCB, '57 lists 3 weights for 429 Prot-X-Bore bullets- 158, 170, and 220. ed.]

429507 Harvey Prot-X-Bore Zinc Base bullet. Shot as cast. (zinc washer, 220)



429508 Harvey Prot-X-Bore Zinc Base bullet Shot as cast. (zinc washer, 220)





429509 Harvey Prot-X-Bore Zinc Base bullet Shot as cast. (zinc washer, 170)




429510  Harvey Jugular 190 gr. SWC Core




429513  Harvey Jugular 150 gr. SWC Core





429518 - Harvey Prot-X-Bore Zinc Base bullet Shot as cast. 245 gr. SWC Z




429625 – 232gr. SWC Composite


429640 - 250 gr. FN HP GC





429649 - 325 gr. FN GC 535


429650 - Heavy weight 44 cal for silhouette shooting with enough energy to knock down rams easily (GC, SWC, 300 - TP is 421)




429667 Cowboy Action 44 cal bullet designed for function and accuracy in pistols and rifles. (BB, FN, 240 - TP is 649)




430185 This is the old model (O.M.) .44 Colt's pointed bullet. It is a heel ball and is for outside lubrications. The larger or forward part that fits the barrel is .446 in diameter. For further information see paragraph "Outside Lubricated Ammunition".





435218 is frequently called for by owners of foreign rifles.






439186 Is the regular .43 Spanish grooved rifle bullet.






.446 (.44-60, .44-77, and .44-90 Sharp's and Rem.)

.446 is the diameter of bullets for the old Sharp's, Remington and Ballard rifles, both straight and bottle neck shells.



446109 This is a special bullet to fit any of the above rifles. PB, FN, 365 gr







446110 Express bullet for .44-70 and .44-90. PB, HP, 315







446187 This is the regular .44-90 B.N., 470 grains; and the 400 grains is for the .44-77 B.N.








446188 This is a special bullet designed for the above rifles designed by Major McFarlane.






449189 This is the regular factory bullet for the .45 S&W "Schofield Model" revolver.





450225 A special bullet designed for the old Colt's and Remington muzzle loading revolvers used during the Civil War period, and before that in the Old West. Powder charge 10 to 12 grains FFFg black powder.




.451 (.45 Calibre Sharp) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.451 is the standard size of bullets for the original .45 caliber Sharp rifles. There were many rifles, however, made by the Sharp Company toward the last of their existence, that were bored, rifled and chambered for the .45-70 U. S. Government cartridge, which requires a ball .457 in diameter. This mix up has caused much trouble among owners of these valuable rifles. It is generally safe for those whose rifles will chamber the regular .45-70 Government cartridges correctly to conclude that the proper size ball for such rifle is the .457 Government and not the .451 Sharp. The long range Remington and Ballard rifles also use the standard Sharp shells (and bullets), which are designated as follows: .45-75 Sharp's; .45 S., 2 1/10"; .45 S., 2 4/10"; 45 S., 2 6/10"; .45 S., 2 7/8; and .45 S., 3 1/4". 2 1/10 inches is also the standard length of the .45-70 Government shell.


451112. These bullets are the same shape as the .45 caliber Winchester. There are some fine light and heavy weights in this series. (PB, 275, 325, 380, 430, 485, Also Perfection - TP is ?)






451113. These bullets are similar in shape to the .45-70 Govt. No. 3 special tool only made to seat them. (PB, 305, 365, 405 - TP is 187)






451114. This is one of the old original Sharp's grooved bullets; it is called the old reliable. No. 3 special tool only. (PB, 450 - TP is 421)

Designed for the Navy Arms Parker-Hale Volunteer rifles with .451 Henry rifling. Casts a nominal .454/.452" diameter in pure lead. Shoot as-cast, lube by hand






451115. This is the famous Col. Pickett's .45-325 patched, express bullet. No. 3 special tool only. (PB, 325 - TP is ?)






451116. This is the same in shape as the 451115. It is solid and has a hollow base. No. 3 special tool only. (HB, ? - TP is ?)






451117. Express bullet, shaped after the .45-70 Govt. No. 3 special tool only. (PB, 335 HP - TP is ?)





451118. Round ball, for short range or practice work. No. 3 tool with double adjustable chamber required. (?)




451119. This is a very popular series of bullets, and excellent for large game. No. 3 special tool only. (PB, 235, 270, 315, 360, 405, 450, 495, Also Perfection - TP is ?)






451120. This is an illustration of a bullet from Cylindrical adjustable mould. The bullet is cast smooth for paper patching. Mould will cast bullets of varying lengths, with flat, round or Leopold point. (PB, ? - TP is ?)




 .45 (452) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds



45266 (PB, 215 - TP is ?)




452374 Regular design for .45 Colt Automatic. Very accurate for Army Auto Pistols with 3 or 3.5 grains Bullseye. (PB, 180 (HP), 225 (solid) - TP is 374)


452389 Designed for lightweight semi-wad cutter bullet in the .45 Auto or Auto Rim. Very accurate with reduced recoil. (PB, 185 - TP is 374)




452400 Same as 452374 except for a slight front band. (PB, 240 - TP is 374)




452423 Newly designed 45 auto rim bullet by Elmer Keith. Band and lubricating grooves designed to give best results in Model 1917 revolvers, when reloading auto pistol or auto rim cases. Recommended charge is 4.5 grains of Bullseye. (PB, 240 - TP is 424)




452424 (PB, 255 - TP is ?)




452428 (PB, 230 - TP is ?)




452460 A most popular semi-wadcutter bullet for .45 Auto or Auto Rim. Excellent target accuracy. (PB, 165, 200 - TP is 460)




452484 A gas-check bullet designed upon request. Gas checks help the leading problem. (GC, 225 - TP is 374)





452486 Designed for the .45 Auto. (PB, 193 - TP is 374)




452488 Similar to 452460. Casts .452 diameter. (PB, 195 - TP is 374)



452490 A gas-check bullet designed for the .45 Auto Rim by Ray Thompson. (GC, 255 - TP is 424)




452491 Keith design made to fit a gas check. (GC, 220 - TP is 424)





452505 Designed by Jim Harvey [Prot-X-Bore, to be shot as cast - ed] (Washer, 190 - TP is ?)




452630 (BB, 200 - TP is ?)




452651 (GC, 325, TP is ?) [I like it! ed]






452664 (PB, 250 - TP is ?)



.45 (454) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.454 is the standard diameter of bullet for the .45 Colt's revolver. The frontierman's and the cowboy's friend.


45467. This bullet is very popular for medium charges. (PB, 200 - TP is 374)





45468. This is the same as 45467, except that it is made lighter by having flat point and hollow base. Some prefer this form of bullet. No. 3 special tool with double adjustable chamber required. (HB, 175 - TP is 460)




45469. Round ball. This is used with a very light charge for short range and gallery practice. Requires same tool as above. (139)




454148. The heavier weight is lighter than the standard bullet and is claimed to be more pleasant to shoot. The lighter weight is the lightest grooved bullet made for the .45 Colt's. Requires No. 3 special tool with double adjustable chamber. (PB, 189, 247 - TP is 374)




454190. Is the regular standard .45 Colt's. (PB, 255 - TP is 190)





454309 Recommended to those who wish a sharp shoulder wad cutter bullet for the .45 Colt revolver. (PB, 235 - TP is 374)





454424 Designed by Elmer Keith for the .45 Colt with 5 grains Bullseye. (PB, 255 - TP is 424)





454485 A gas check bullet for the .45 Colt. (GC, 250 - TP is 190)





454506 Designed by Jim Harvey. [Prot-X-Bore, shot as cast. ed.] (Zinc washer, 190, TP is ?)




.456 and .457 (.45 Calibre Winchester) mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

.456 [.457 for later rifles ed.]is the proper diameter of bullets for all arms using the following cartridges: .45-60-300, .45-70-350, 45-75-350, 45-70-330 Gould, .45-90-300, .45-125-300; all Winchesters. These bullets are all of the same shape and may be interchanged. They will seat properly in any reloading tool for above cartridges. This size is so near the U. S. Government .45 caliber that the bullets of both sizes may be interchanged; the latter, however, require different loading tools.



456121 / 457121 This is a series of bullets having the standard points. All are correct for any of the regular reloading tools. (PB, 215, 250, 295, 340, 385, 430, 475, Also perfection - TP is 191)




456122 / 457122 This is the famous .45-330 Gould express bullet, designed by Mr. Barlow, and was originally made for Mr. Gould, editor of Shooting and Fishing. It has a great reputation as a killer of large game. The shape is correct for any of the regular reloading tools for .45 Winchester caliber. It is also used in the .45-70 Government shells. Requires chamber same shape as Winchester bullets. (PB and GC, 330, TP is 191) Beagle wrote The 457122 Also Known as the "Gould" Bullet 




456123. Round ball, is to be used with light charges of powder for small game or short range practice. Requires No. 3 tool with double adjustable chamber. (145)




456191 / 457191 This is the regular factory bullet for .45-60, .45-90, and .45-125 Express. The .45-90 Winchester shell is loaded with various charges of powder and different bullets; the cartridges are known as .45-85-350, .45-82-405 and .45-90-300. With Perfection mould you can get the whole series of bullets No. 456121 and the same reloading tool will be correct for all. (PB, 350 - TP is 191)




456192 / 457192 This is the standard bullet for .45-75 and .45-70 Winchester. (PB, 350 - TP is 191)





.457 is the proper size of bullet for the standard .45 U. S. Government rifles and all other arms using that ammunition. The .456 Winchester bullets are so near this size that they are frequently used for the same arms when lighter bullets are desired ; they, however, require special chamber to load.

457102 (PB, 445 - TP is 191)




457121PH Designed for Navy Arms Parker-Hale Whitworth rifles with 1/20" twists. Casts a nominal .456/.453" diameter in pure lead. Shoot as-cast, lube by hand PB, FN, 475





457124. This is the regular standard .45-70-405 Government bullet and is very satisfactory. PB, 405, TP is 374)





457125. This is the standard .45-70-500 Government bullet. No. 6 or No. 5 tool is made for this cartridge, as well as for 457124. (PB, 500, TP is 374)





457126. This is a series of bullets lighter and heavier weight, having same shape as the Government 405 grains. Single mould will make round standard point. Perfection mould will make flat point. Either may be seated with the regular tool. (PB, 305, 365, 405, 465, Also Perfection - TP is 374)



457127. This bullet has become very popular for light charge, small game, short range or gallery practice. The various U. S. Government Marine Barracks have been furnished with Armory moulds for this bullet, for target practice, on account of its accuracy. It requires double adjustable chamber to seat it. (PB, 210 - TP is 374)




457128. This bullet is the same as 457127. except that it is lightened by having point flat and base hollow, which is preferred by some. Double adjustable chamber required. (HB, 165 - TP is ?)




457129. Round ball for very short range, armory or gallery practice. Requires double adjustable chamber. (144)





457130. This bullet is same weight as the round ball. Is preferred by some for light work on account of having groove for lubrication and two bands to hold on to the rifling. (PB, 144 TP is 130)





457131. This is the standard factory bullet for the .45-85-285 cartridge. Chambers for .45 Government or .45 Winchester do not seat this bullet properly. (PB, 285 - TP is 190)





457132. This is a special bullet used by some military sharp shooters for long range target work. It was first made by us for George R. Russell of Boston, Mass., and was first used at Seagirt, by the Boston militia companies. It is now known as the Postell bullet, by which the Georgia Volunteers were victorious at the Military Shoot at Seagirt. Requires special chamber with No. 5 or No. 3 tool.. (PB, 415, 475, 535 - TP is 374)





457193. Is the regular .45-70-405 Marlin. The difference between it and the .45-70-405 Government is the flat point. (PB, 405 - TP is 191)



457194. Is a special tip for bullets 457124 and 457193. These tips may be cast of soft, pure lead for mushrooming or upsetting, thus increasing the killing powers ; or they may be cast of a very hard mixture to increase the penetration.Any one having a mould for the .45-70-405 Government or Marlin, or for the .45-70-500 Government may use these tips. The tips are cast from soft or hard metal as desired and then set in the moulds mentioned and the balance of the bullet run from the regular mixture. (Tip - TP is 374)



457195 is a bullet for the Webley Mark 1 (English) and the Colt's and Smith & Wesson revolvers. (HB, 225 - TP is 191)







457196 is a bullet for the Webley Mark 1 (English) and the Colt's and Smith & Wesson revolvers. (HB, 290 - TP is 191)







457235 Very heavy bullet for .45-70 with wide lubricating bands. (PB, 505 - TP is 374)




457326 A button-ball bullet for the .45-70. (PB, ? - TP is 374) [cherry number not in cherry list, but illus. in Lyman HCB, '57 ed.]



457401 (PB, 195 TP is 401)







457406 Standard bullet 457124 designed for gas check. (GC, 475 - TP is 374)




457474 Designed for the .45-70 with a forward crimping groove. [might have tip available? ed.] (PB, ? TP is 191)




457483 Gas check bullet designed for .45-70. (GC, 378 - TP is 191)






457643  Designed by Don Shay for lever action 45-70 rifles. Ideal in 1886 and 1895 lever actions (PB, 400 - TP is 191)







457658 Original Schmittzer design for B.P.C.S. where a high ballistic coefficient is required. A very accurate bullet in most 45 caliber rifles (PB, SP, 480 - TP is 658)







457671 Gas check design 45 cal bullet for the 458 Winchester Mag and single shot rifles where a gas check is desired for higher velocity (GC, 475 - TP is 374)




457676  Designed by Paul Matthews. Lyman’s first nose pour tapered bullet in over 100 years. Fits the barrel perfectly with less bullet in the cartridge case. Allows more room for powder. This new Matthews bullet is intended for mid and long range competition. It has a truncated short radius ogive and .230 meplat. The improved aerodynamics to enhance the ballistic coefficient make this bullet ideal for Black Powder Cartridge Silhouette shooting

Buckshot wrote "Most recently - about three years ago - Lyman ran a special batch of nose-pour #457676 510-gr. FP's to Paul Matthews' design.  Some people have had trouble keeping this one hot enough, though, as there is very little metal below the base in their standard large blocks with this long bullet.  ALL the Ideal/Lyman nose-pours were in standard two-piece blocks, and all - to the best of my knowledge - have been cherry-cut." (PB, 510 - TP is ?)

457677  A new Paul Matthews design. This tapered 45 cal bullet is ideal for black powder silhouette shooting. It allows for heavier powder charges because it can be seated out of the case farther than other designs.  (PB, SP, 490 - TP is 677)





462560 (GC, 545 - TP is ?) Thor’s Hammer







465451 You name it, we've got it (.454 first band, .465 2nd band, .447 two rear bands). (PB, 488 - TP is 191)







470216 Is for various foreign rifles "Blogden". Use unknown. Casts .471 diameter. (PB, 230, 285, 342, 399, 456, 516 - TP is 460)





 .490 and up mold descriptions for Lyman / Ideal molds

#490303 178 gr. Ball
#498304 149 gr. Ball

#500294 designed for the 50 caliber rifles. (PB, RN, 447 – TP is 394)

#500406 183 gr. Ball
#501680 375 gr. SWC



504617 Designed for the Lyman Trade Rifle, Deerstalker, T/C Hawken and other rifles with nominal .500" bore and 1/48" twist 370 gr. FN







508656 This is the .50 cal version of our Plains Bullets which offer greater bearing surface areas for improved accuracy. It also features a two diameter design for easy loading. Fits most traditional .50 cal muzzleloaders 395 gr. FN



#508668 420 gr. FN

.509 (.50 Calibre Sharp and Remington and .50 British)
.509 is the proper diameter of bullets for the .50 Sharp and Remington sporting rifles, also for many English arms using the Eley .50 caliber cartridges. No. 3 special tool only, made when ordered. Sample shells are always required.



509133. These bullets are in shape like the .50-70 Government. No. 3 special tool required. (PB, FN, 385, 465 - TP is 191) [caption says ".50 Sharp's" ed.]






509134. This is a round point bullet of lighter weight than standard. No. 3 special tool with double adjustable chamber. Sample shell required. (PB, RN, 360 - TP is 191)




509135. This makes a fine light weight grooved ball for above rifles. No. 3 special tool with double adjustable chamber required. (PB, RN, 310 - TP is ?)





509136. Round ball. This is for light charge of powder, small game or short range. (200)



.512 (.50 Calibre Winchester)
.512 is the proper diameter of bullets for all arms using the .50-110-300 express, .50-100-450, .50-95, etc. The points of all these bullets are of the same shape.



512137. This bullet, 350 grains, is similar to 512138, with four grooves only. One band shorter will make a bullet weighing about 300 grains, which bullet is thought well of by many. (PB, FN, 300, 350 - TP is ?)





512138. This bullet was first made by Mr. Barlow for a heavier ball for the .50-95 Winchester. It was afterwards adopted as the standard bullet for the .50-110-450 Winchester M. 86 rifle. (PB, FN, 450 - TP is 191)





512139. This is the standard .50 Winchester express bullet. (PB, FN, HP, ? - TP is 191)




512140. Round ball, for very light charge of powder, short range, etc. (200)







512197. This is a special bullet made for the New York Seventh Regiment. Very favorably reported. (PB, FN, 475 - TP is 141)





512198 This is the same bullet as 512139 only for solid ball. (PB, FN, 335 - TP is ?)




.515 (.50-70 Government)
.515. This is the standard size for all arms using the regular .50-70 Government cartridges.

515139 A lightweight bullet for use in the 50 calibers. (PB, FN, 290 – TP is ?)



515141. This is the regular standard .50-70-450 bullet for the old .50-70 Government cartridge used in .50 caliber Springfield and Remington single shot rifles, and has an excellent reputation. See No. 6 tool or No. 3 special tool. (PB, FN, 450 - TP is 141)





515142. This is a special bullet made for the New York Seventh, Thirteenth, Twenty-second and other New York regiments. Shells are supposed to be crimped over the second band, making the cartridge over all longer, allowing more room for the powder. It is used for long range target work. No. 3 special tool is required. (PB, FN, 515 - TP is 141) [Lyman ’58 HCB says “A standard hollow point bullet for the .50-70” ed.]





515143 Round ball used for short range practice. (200)



518144. This is a special grooved bullet made for short range, gallery or armory practice. It is made a little above the Government size, but used in those rifles. Has met with great favor among the New York militia for short range or gallery practice. No. 3 special tool required. (PB, FN, 285 - TP is 141)




518145. This is the same shape as 518144, is one band longer to suit those who desire a medium range bullet. Requires same tool as above. (PB, FN, 350 - TP is 141)






538146. This bullet is for some of the old style rifles called .58 caliber, but is seldom seen in use at the present time. This bullet will fit the old .52 Spencer carbine. (PB, FN, 347, 435, 524 - TP is ?)



#53344 415 gr. FN

533476 A hollow base bullet for the 54 caliber muskets, and some 52 calibers. (HB, FN, 410)





542622 This is a 54 caliber Minie designed for maximum loads in rifles with 1/48" twists and .540" bores 425 gr. Minie






548657 This is the .54 cal version of our Plains Bullets. Like the .50 cal design, this is a two diameter bullet with a greater bearing surface area than common Maxi bullet designs. Fits most traditional .54 cal muzzle loaders 450 gr.




#548669 445 gr. FN
548687 450 gr. FN

557456 Hollow base for some 54 and 56 caliber muskets. (HB, FN, 475)

#562407 257 gr. Ball



575213 .58 cal. U. S. Government Springfield Muzzle Loading Rifle. Minie The standard of .58 shooters. Fits most .58 guns on the market today. Does well with charges up to 70 grains FFg (HB, FN, 505 - TP is ?) [illus shows 475 grs. ed.]





575213PH This is the same bullet as the 510gr 575213, but with a shallow base plug which increases the bullet’s weight to 566 grains. Designed for Navy Arms 58 cal Parker-Hale rifles 566gr.




575387 Solid base bullet same design as .58 Minie. (HB, RN, 565)



575494 A light hollow base semi wad cutter for the 58 calibers. This light weight 58 caliber Minie is designed for target shooting with light loads. It produces minimum recoil and cuts a clean hole in the target (HB, SWC, 315)



#575602 400 gr. HB FN
#57730 570 gr. HB RN

577489 Original bullet designed for the Sharps carbine. (Ringtail, SP, 440)



577611 This bullet takes up where the 213 leaves off at 70 grains of FFg. Fits most 58 caliber guns on the market today a bit tighter and gun will require cleaning more often (HB, 249 gr. FN)







578675 A newly designed target bullet popular for North-South Skirmish target matches 405 gr. Minie




#635408 350 gr. Ball

662310 Ball (427)



68569 The original .69 Minie Bullet design. A heavy weight Minie designed for 69 caliber muskets. (HB, FP, 730)





Lyman muzzleloading molds, circa 1994



445369





445599 – A 250 grain Minie with three scraping grooves and a reasonably sturdy skirt. Originally designed for 1-56” rates of twist this bullet does a bit better in the faster 1-22” rate of twist. If used in the 1-56” twist start with a fairly light charge and increase it by slight increments until the desired accuracy is obtained.



445319 – The big brother of #445599, this minie is longer and weighs in at 291 grains. Moderate charges won’t affect the skirt and best accuracy is found with the 1-22” rate of twist. However, this bullet does very well in the 1-56” twist and produces good hunting accuracy.

Note: The #44599 and #445369 cast a nominal .445” bullet and are suitable only for rifles with a .445”-.446” bore. If you own one of the H&R .45’s, Numrich .45’s, or a Navy Arms Hawken .45, these are the conicals for you. There are other suitable guns on the market and the best practice is to slug the barrel and determine the bore size by measuring the lead slug with a micrometer.


454616 – This solid base 225 grain bullet was designed specifically for use in the Thompson/Center Hawken .45 with the 1-48” twist. Just how it might shoot in a slower roundball twist would be an interesting subject for experimentation. This bullet is too large for the .445” bores but could be sized down in a device like Lyman’s 450 Lubricator/Sizer. Since this bullet was designed to engrave a couple thousandths of an inch on the top bearing band during loading, any sizing would make all three bands the same size. [ed. Then only size the bottom two bands?]


454613 – A 265 grain Minie designed specifically for the Lyman Plains Rifle with the 1-48” twist. Combining characteristics of both the solid and hollow-base designs, the #454613’s top scraping band is sized to engrave lightly while loading, while the base cavity features a heavy skirt capable of handling heavy charges.

454612 – This 300 grain solid-base conical was also for the 1-48” twist Lyman Plains Rifle. Typical of solid-base designs, the top bearing band is a couple thousandths over bore size and the lands will lightly engrave the top band as the bullet is loaded. This bullet, along with others like it, become very difficult to load unless the bore is cleaned every couple of shots.

504617 – A 375 grain solid designed for a 1-48” twist. The upper bearing band is designed to be lightly engraved as the bullet is loaded into a .500” bore found on the Thompson/Center Hawken and the Navy Arms Hawken. Performance of the design is limited chiefly by the pressures encountered in the higher charges.




533476 – One of the oldest Minie designs in the Lyman line, it is also the only one currently available for .54 caliber. Although there is no .54 musket presently on the market, the #533476 does a good job when used in a Douglas 1-66” twist roundball barrel. Experiment with your rifle and adjust the powder charge until the best combination is found.



542622 – A newly designed .54 Minie (similar to #577611) featuring a heavy skirt. This bullet is designed for maximum loads in the Lyman Plains Rifle, T/C Renegade or other .54 rifles with the 1-48” twist and nominal .540” bore.



557489 – This is the original “Christmas Tree” bullet for the Sharps .54 breechloading percussion rifle and carbine. Today this 460 grain bullet is an excellent choice for both the U.S. –made Shiloh replicas and Italian replicas of the percussion [ed. rifle and carbine]




575494 – This is the lightest .58 Minie available today – weighing in at just 315 grains. Just 55 grains heavier (in pure lead) than the .560” roundball the #575494 seems to give its best performance when fired at low velocities from a replica Zouave with a 1-72” twist. Performance in faster twists such as the 1-60” found in the Navy Arms Hawken or the 1-48” found in the Enfields has yet to be evaluated. However, the basically thin-skirted design of the bullet logically indicates the use of only moderate charges to avoid deformation of the skirt and canting of the bullet. Wide flat shoulders on the uppermost bearing band give wadcutter performance on targets and small game. Fifty yard accuracy from a Zouave runs about 1”-1 ½” with charges up to 50 grains of G-O 2Fg. Increasing the charge opens the group.



575602 – Another hollow-base design best suited to lighter charges. This 400 grain bullet was the only one to “come apart” during Pressure and Velocity testing in the Lyman pressure guns. A noticeable feature of the 602 is its wide and relatively shallow square-shouldered grease/scraping grooves. While these grooves will retain a stiff lubricant, such as beeswax and Crisco mixture, a looser lube like pure Crisco or Lyman mini lubricant is best placed in the hollow base.




575213-OS – An old style design directly descended from Civil War projectiles and one of the favorites of modern North-South skirmishes. The 213-OS looks like a Minie should ... a somewhat streamlined configuration with three adequate scraping grooves. Light to moderate (40 to 60 grains of G-O 2Fg) produces good accuracy for most musket shooters. This is a good hunting bullet at standard musket velocities. (HB, Minie, 460 gr.)




575213 – Probably the most popular and accurate Minie available to today’s musket shooter. The 213 is a bit longer and heavier than the Old Style and weighs in at 505 grains. Musket shooters usually find their most accurate load somewhere between 40 and 50 grains of G-O 2Fg or slightly greater charges of Curtis & Harvey 2Fg. Accuracy holds until standard musket charges (and thus velocities and pressures) are exceeded.



577611 – A new hollow-base design weighing 540 grains. This bullet is intended for use ahead of especially heavy charges for hunting medium to big game. Special features include an extra-thick skirt and two sharply defined scraping grooves. Examination of this bullet in mid-air confirms the design’s performance since the skirt shows no deformation.



57730 – This 570 grain slug is the heaviest standard design offered by Lyman. While the #57730 hasn’t enjoyed a great reputation for accuracy in 1-72” twist barrels the availability of 1-60” and 1-48” twist barrels may prove to be the answer and encourage use of a fine heavyweight Mini design.



Lyman Composite Bullet Kit (358624, 429625, 452636)

Cast Bullet Supplement #1, C.E. Harris, pages 17-18
Lyman Composite Bullet Kit

In 1978, Lyman Products introduced kits for making composite pistol bullets for handgun hunting in .357 Mag., .44 Mag., and .45 Colt calibers. The three composite bullet designs, #358624 (170-gr.), #429625 (232-gr.) and #452636 (245-gr.), are Keith styles resembling the standard #358429, #429421, and #454424 bullets which are popular in these calibers. The composite bullets are intended to be used with the same load data as their conventional counterparts.

Composite bullets permit loading to full magnum velocities without leading because the rear "jacket" is cast of hard alloy, such as linotype metal, which resists deformation under the high pressures of magnum loads. Unlike conventional hard cast bullets, though, the composites expand reliably in magnum handgun loads. The front "core" is cast of pure lead, which is soft enough to expand easily at striking velocities above 1100 f.p.s. at normal handgun hunting ranges. Those composite bullets offer handgun hunters a homemade alternative to expensive jacketed bullets, giving good expansion and penetration with excellent weight retention, while delivering accuracy comparable to conventional hard cast bullets, using the same loads.

The kit contains two single-capacity molds, one for casting the soft lead core and another for the hard lead jacket, plus a special top punch for seating the jacket before cementing the core in place. Full instructions for assembling the bullets are included. Cores and jackets are cast of appropriate material, plumber's lead for the core and linotype metal for the jackets. Jackets may also be cast of wheel weight metal, sized and then heat treated to suitable hardness before cementing the core in place. This is done by placing the sized jackets in an oven at 425' F for one hour, then fully quenching them in room temperature water within three seconds. After about 10 days’ age, these heat-treated jackets will attain hardness greater than linotype and will be suitable for full .357 Mag. or .44 Mag. loads.

Jackets are sized without lubricating them, then the base (small end) of the core is dipped in two-part epoxy and slipped into the jacket cavity. The two pieces should be rotated together to insure a uniform distribution of cement. Excess epoxy is wiped away without pressing the core into the jacket. Assembled bullets should be set aside for 24 hours before loading, to insure the epoxy has had time to cure fully. Then, composite bullets are lubricated in the usual way and loaded the same as conventional cast bullets.

In testing by the Technical Staff, Lyman composite bullets gave excellent accuracy, equal to carefully cast, conventional cast bullets, with good penetration and expansion, using water-soaked telephone books as a test medium. At low velocities around 1000 f.p.s. in the .45 Colt, expansion was not significant, although recovered bullets showed some flattening, and would probably be more effective than hard Keith type bullets. Expansion would be more reliable in higher velocity .45 Colt loads which are possible in Ruger Blackhawk or T/C Contender pistols.

At velocities up to about 1200 f.p.s., the composite bullets perform like soft-points, the expanded nose portion remaining intact in a "mushroom" shape. Much above 1200 f.p.s., the expanded nose shears away from the body, leaving the remaining core and jacket (about 80% of the bullet's original weight) intact to provide good penetration. This mechanism is very effective on game, provided the bullet retains at least 2/3 of its weight to attain adequate penetration, as the composites do. If the fragmentation is not wanted, however, use somewhat harder core material, such as 1:20 tin/lead or 3 lbs. wheel weights to 7 lbs. pure lead. This will raise the velocity at which expansion occurs to about 1300 f.p.s., and reduce fragmentation of the core up to about 1600 f.p.s.

In high velocity loads above 1600 f.p.s. in the T/C Contender pistol, the jackets of some bullets fractured above the grease cannelure, though the epoxy bond between the expanded core and the remaining base of the bullets remained intact, and no core-jacket separations occurred. Penetration of the Lyman composite bullets was approximately equal to that of jacket hollow-point factory loads of the same caliber. In the .357 Mag., .44 Mag., and .45 Colt test guns, they equaled the accuracy of factory loads.

Although some bore leading was experienced in loads above 1500 f.p.s. in the T/C Contender, accuracy was not impaired. Results of accuracy and expansion tests are summarized in the accompanying tables. Although the composite bullets arc more time consuming to make than conventional cast bullets, they are a highly practical, inexpensive alternative to jacketed handgun bullets. They offer a useful level of accuracy, penetration and expansion which is well suited to most handgun hunting purposes in the calibers for which they are suited.

"U" Mold List

Le Loup Solitaire wrote:
"
The U marked molds were issued at a time when Lyman was already trying to figure out how to make cherry cutters last. Only instead of simply running cherries to the point of creating undersize molds, as they do now, they started with oversize cherries which of course produced oversize molds and ran them until they reached a point where they could be termed U or undersized....compared to what they were to start with. As a result Lyman earned the temporary nickname of "King of the Oversize". It was still preferable to the current situation where you have bullets that hop and skip down the bore and shoot like poop. Nevertheless that era in Lyman's history gave us a wide and more prolific selection of cast bullets most of which has been sadly discontinued. The "U's" were an asset to many shooters."

From the Belding and Mull Handbook #38, 1959, page 48.

“Generally, bullet moulds are made to cast bullets larger than standard to permit sizing to the diameter most commonly used in a given arm. While there are exceptions, most cast bullets are sized .002” to .003” larger than groove diameter. Some shooters prefer to use cast bullets sized to groove diameter and some designs are furnished to permit this. They are designated as “U” moulds. The following are available as “U” Moulds:”

"U" Molds

U225450

U311316

U321297

U358242

U225438

U311334

U356402

U358246

U225415

U311359

U357446

U358250

U257418

U311329

U358345

U375449

U257388

U311291

U358425

U42798

U257312

U311299

U358416

U429215

U280412

U311278

U358432

U429244

U280468

U311241

U358429

U452423

U287346

U311413

U358311

U452460

U3118

U311466

U358495

U452374

U311467

U311284

U358271

U454190

U457124