Thursday, 11 May 2017

CBE Bullet Moulds

I shoot a lot. To make it cheaper I reload, but the most effective way of reducing the costs associated with shooting is to cast your own projectiles.  I started casting when I purchased my first black powder firearm.  It was simple, if I wanted to shoot it, I had no choice to cast my own because there is snowballs chance in hell of finding minie and round balls on the shelf at any of my local gun shops.

For a long time I have been casting with the Lee aluminum moulds. They are good and cast well, but I have also been using a brass mould made by Cast Bullet Engineering here in Australia. CBE make top quality moulds in many different sizes. Being able to cast a bullet to suit your precise barrel dimensions is critical in getting cast bullets to perform.

I have been reloading for my Mosin M44 but the cost of projectiles is ridiculous. $69 for 100 Speer Hot-Cor 180gr projectiles is way out of my budget. For the cost of 2 boxes of bullets, I was able to purchase a 314-200GC mould and I have now cast a little over 200 bullets in 2 days.

314-200GC Mould - These moulds are a work of art!

CBE is owned by David Commens.  I am lucky enough to shoot at the same small country range as Dave so its only natural that I purchase his made to order moulds. One bonus is that I am able to pick them up, saving on postage!

The whole product oozes quality. 2 allen keys for all the screws are provided, along with a full set of instructions on how to prepare and break in your new mould.

The CBE lettering on the sprue plate is a nice touch.

This is the second CBE mould that I have purchased and i see many more in my future. I can see 3 in the catalogue that I will purchase in the not too distant future. Once of these being a hollow point mould specifically for 300 Blackout.  

I have been using a 340gr wad-cutter CBE mould for a few years now and my friends think I'm a masochist because I enjoy shooting that bullet from my 4" M69 revolver. 

44Mag 340gr semi-wadcutter, because 240 grainers are for women and children!

I will be coating mine with Hi-Tek coating then seating the gas checks. I pressed a few on to check the fit and to test my new sizing die. 

In my opinion, CBE make some of the finest bullet moulds on the market. CBE offer hundreds of bullet designs for pistol, rifle and black powder. Visit to see if there is a mould to suit your needs.

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