NEI Bullet mold

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waynebpcr posted this 2 weeks ago

I was recently given a  NEI 323-155 which cast .326 diameter @ 20-1. I have done search trying to find a website for this company with no luck.Thought it was a NOE mold but no so lucky. This is a aluminum mold and the only aluminum mold i own.Any help would be appreciated.  

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Duane Mellenbruch posted this 2 weeks ago

NEI was a highly respected custom mold maker that has passed and the family could no longer maintain the quality so has gone out of business. Those molds produced by Walt are highly valued for their care in production.

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billwnr posted this 2 weeks ago

I of two locations they were manufactured:  Oregon and Texas.  I have moulds from both locations.  I think there was one prior to the Oregon spot.

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Wheel Weights posted this 2 weeks ago

I have 5 NEI molds. All are excellent, equal to NOE and Accurate quality. IMHO Aluminum molds are the only way to go.

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Lee Guthrie posted this 2 weeks ago

I have a few NEI moulds.  Most of these I spoke to Walt about, and in particular the 715 RB.  Walt changed the design slightly to exactly fit the inside of a 10 gauge Rem. Power Piston wad.  Works great in my Browning auto shotgun, however, I wanted it for use in a double barrel muzzle loading  Pedersoli10 gauge.  Hmmm, seems we had a failure to communicate.  An increase in thickness of pillow ticking compensated.  While Walt Melander was running the shop the moulds were great and so was the service.

NEI moulds almost always had the alloy for which they were designed written on the box.   The few I have are:

NEI                  257-115-2                                 115gr  FP  GC                                                             

NEI                  308-195-4                                 190gr  SP  GC     (Paper Patch ?)                                              

NEI                  308-178-2                                 180gr  RN  GC                                                  

NEI                  311-154-4                                 150gr FN  GC                                                   

NEI                  308-188-4                                 188gr DD  RN GC  (Walt's DD ring experiment)                                         

NEI                  322-185-5                                 185 gr FN  GC                                                  

NEI                  356-120-4                                 124gr  BB  Huntsman                                                   

NEI                  358-290-1                                 290gr  FN  GC   (Intended for .35 Whelen)                                             

NEI                  375280-2                                  280 gr. GC                                                        

NEI                  377-304-1                                 305gr  FP  GC                                                  

NEI                  377-310-1                                 335gr  Spire Point  GC                                              

NEI                  375-320-1                                 320 gr  RN GC                                                 

NEI                  429-220-2                                 220gr  Huntsman  GC                                                  

NEI                  429-270-2                                 270gr  GC  Keith                                              

NEI                  451-200-4                                 200gr  BB WC    (target .45 ACP)                                            

NEI                  451-230-2                                 230gr Huntsman BB    (.45 ACP)                                    

NEI                  451-260-1                                 260gr  PB  Keith                                               

NEI                  454-300-1                                 300gr  PB  Hammerhead                                  

NEI                  458-330-1                                 330gr  RN  GC  (duplicates Gould HP, except it's RN)                                                  

NEI                  458-455-2                                 455gr  FP  GC                                                   

NEI                  458-405-2                                 405gr  SPITZER  GC                                                           

NEI                  458-500-1                                 500gr  FN  GC                                                  

NEI                  54-500-2                                   500gr  Original Sharps (Ring tail)                                      

NEI                  715-1                                        ___ gr  RB        

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Tom Acheson posted this 2 weeks ago

I have an older NEI 3-cavity iron/steel mold, 379 375, that was used for a .38-55. I should orobably sell it since it is not a tapered design, which is what I'm using in the rifle, the taoered feature lends itself to breech seating.

Tom

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 1 weeks ago

i have a 257 double with two different designs 60 and 75 gr. ... a Walt mold ... made it just as i asked. 

me being a plinker king, i have about 30 Lee molds ... they aren't my weakest link ( g ) ...

... but i don't get the Lees out just to look at them and smile ... Walt's NEI, LBT, Old West kinda do that ...

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my guilt at being a lowly plinker is so bad that i sold my only H&G mold because i thought i didn't deserve it ...

ken

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John Alexander posted this 1 weeks ago

In the late 70s or early 80s Walt made me a beautiful aluminum mold for a an 82 grain 22 bullet just like the drawing I sent which allowed me to be competitive in CBA  matches against the usual 30 calibers -- at least at 100 yards. Even though much better that any other any other 22 bullet mold on the market in terms of BC, the BC for the round nose bullet wasn't nearly as good as the best 30 caliber bullets being used. That ,and my meager wind reading skill usually resulted in poor results at 200.

Walt put the bullet in his mold list but a lot of buyers were disappoint becaus virtually all 22 CF at the time had 14 or slower twists which wouldn't stabilize the longer bullet.

John

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MP1886 posted this 6 days ago

In the late 70s or early 80s Walt made me a beautiful aluminum mold for a an 82 grain 22 bullet just like the drawing I sent which allowed me to be competitive in CBA  matches against the usual 30 calibers -- at least at 100 yards. Even though much better that any other any other 22 bullet mold on the market in terms of BC, the BC for the round nose bullet wasn't nearly as good as the best 30 caliber bullets being used. That ,and my meager wind reading skill usually resulted in poor results at 200.

Walt put the bullet in his mold list but a lot of buyers were disappoint becaus virtually all 22 CF at the time had 14 or slower twists which wouldn't stabilize the longer bullet.

John

 

John I think I may have had a copy of that mould.  It has a round nose and was 50/50 borerider/bearingbans.  Kind of remnded me of a 22 verson of the 311284.  Mine was 72 grains. Shot it out of a faster twist AR15, but it wasn't that great. I  believe the nose was too small a diameter.  The mould was a two cavity, but the second cavity was entirely different bullet. It was kind of a pointy Loverin that weighs 55 grains and that one shoots house ablazes in my 22 Hornet.

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John Alexander posted this 6 days ago

Yes, it was sort of a scale model of the 311284.  My first molld's other cavity was with the same reamer but shorter for a 58 grain bullet  that never shot as well as the 72grain.  A year or two later I ordered another to get a double cavity of the same bullet and the nose was smaller. I asked Walt and he thought that I had asked him to hone down the reamer for a smaller nose.  It wasn't me but somebody apparently made the request.

Bullets from the second mold would shoot OK if you beagled the mole to get a bigger but no longer round nose.  My rifle didn't seem to know that the bullet had to be round and won a bunch of postal matches anyway.

John

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RicinYakima posted this 6 days ago

Being round is not very important as being consistent. IMHO

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MP1886 posted this 6 days ago

Yes, it was sort of a scale model of the 311284.  My first molld's other cavity was with the same reamer but shorter for a 58 grain bullet  that never shot as well as the 72grain.  A year or two later I ordered another to get a double cavity of the same bullet and the nose was smaller. I asked Walt and he thought that I had asked him to hone down the reamer for a smaller nose.  It wasn't me but somebody apparently made the request.

Bullets from the second mold would shoot OK if you beagled the mole to get a bigger but no longer round nose.  My rifle didn't seem to know that the bullet had to be round and won a bunch of postal matches anyway.

John

 

John round nose bullet's can be very  accurate.  With a borerider nose fit is very important. If you want a heavier bullet to shot use 45 2.1's Heavy Nato. He also designed the NATO which is ligther, but heavier then the run of the mill bullets.  It also shoot very good. 

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