Round ball mold by T/C

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Were these made by Lyman? Or did T/C actually manufacture them?
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The TC blocks are aluminum.
To my knowledge, Lyman blocks are steel.
To my memory, I've not heard stories of TC running a foundry capable of casting their own aluminum. Or casting any of their own steel parts for rifle assembly.
TC was basically a milling and assembly operation. (steel and wood)

Interesting question 11th corps. 👍
I never really thought about who supplied TC with raw components. :dunno:
I look forward to other's answers,
 
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The blocks and sprue cutter design strongly suggest Ohaus, Sharon, or Green Mountain. However, the Green Mountain version may have been made by Ohaus. Btw, I purchased a NIB one that said Green Mountain, but it was identical to an Ohaus one I had except it was for .50cal., not .490".
 

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It is an aluminum mold. At least a magnet does not stick to it.
I cast some balls with it today. They were well formed but did have large sprues. This mold belonged to my Dad, and It appears it has never been used. I also have a T/C mold -maxi ball. It is steel, and clearly marked as Lyman. It also is in an original T/C box.
 

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Be sure to use a little "anti-seize" type lube on the hinge point of the sprue plate, and the guide pins could use a touch too.
That aluminum "gall's" easily.
 

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I have two of those T/C molds and yes they are aluminum. I have an identical .440" like the one pictured and a .350" T/C mold. I later got a dbl cavity Lee in both those sizes. They did cast lots of ball and it was ball of excellent quality too. But the molds left a large sprue on both sizes which was actually no big deal. I tumbled them in an old model "B" Thumbler Tumbler which reduced the sprue to a very small pucker.
 

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I have a set of molds for a T/C Renegade .54. I bought 2 molds when I bought the gun (long time ago!), a Maxi-Ball and a Maxi-Hunter. The Maxi-Hunter is still in the sealed factory package. Both are steel. There is no maker markings on the the package that I can see other than T/C.

(Edit: the packagae is a piece of heavy paper/cardboard sealed in plastic.)

I not too long ago bought a used T/C ball mold to complete the collection and although I can't put my mitts on it right now I'm sure it's steel as well.
 
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I suspect Green Mountain made these molds marketed by TC. I have identical molds in some calibers, marked TC or GM. I have never held a TC mold that was anything but black aluminum. RB, Hunter, Maxi; all aluminum.

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The TC blocks are aluminum.
To my knowledge, Lyman blocks are steel.
To my memory, I've not heard stories of TC running a foundry capable of casting their own aluminum. Or casting any of their own steel parts for rifle assembly.
TC was basically a milling and assembly operation. (steel and wood)

Interesting question 11th corps. 👍
I never really thought about who supplied TC with raw components. :dunno:
I look forward to other's answers,
The Lyman maxi ball mold I have is aluminum.
 

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I was wrong about my T/C molds being steel (Iron?).

After reading over the tread and people's responses, I pulled out molds from T/C(BP), Lee(BP), Lyman(HG), and RCBS(HG). The Lyman and RCBS would catch a magnet from any direction. The T/C and Lee would always have a spot that would not grab the magnet; the areas that did grab I assume are because of steel/iron parts within the molds.
 

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