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DIY Heeled Bullet Mould?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by ofitg, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. ofitg

    ofitg Well-Known Member

    Took an old LEE 380-RB mould, swung the sprue cutter out of the way, and then drilled into the top of the blocks with a 9.0 mm bit -


    This is what the mould cavity looks like now -


    The bullet on the left was cast with the modified LEE mould, weighs 90 grains.

    The heeled slug on the right was cast with an old Rapine 380100 mould.

  2. 25cschaefer

    25cschaefer Well-Known Member

    What are the advantages of a heeled bullet?
  3. ofitg

    ofitg Well-Known Member

    In this instance, the heel permits one to seat .380-diameter slugs in a modern .38 cartridge case.
  4. swathdiver

    swathdiver Well-Known Member

    Anyone know where to get that exact Rapine mold?
  5. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I like it. A fomer co-worker of mine made a heeled bullet mold for a 20 gauge slug, for a gun he built.
    It was a 1-1/2 ounce flat nosed slug. He also made a hollowpoint mold for it.
    He made his own shells for it, too. It was a two piece shell, like a shotshell, except that his used lathe turned steel bases with copper pipe sweated onto the base, for the hull.
    It used a heeled bullet and it hit HARD. It was a big, heavy bullpup with 3/8" thick barrel walls.
    He moved to another state and sold it to someone who converted it to a muzzle loader, for legal reasons.
    Imagine how hard a 20 gauge slug that is as heavy as a heavy 12 gauge slug hits.
    It was a beast. Didn't kick hard, due to the weight.

    Anyway, I may have to borrow your design.
    That could be used to allow 9mm Makarov to be reloaded using cut down 9x19 brass.

    I assume you did this to enable you to use cut down .38 Spl brass in a .38 S&W revolver.
  6. ofitg

    ofitg Well-Known Member

    Jaymo, that's an interesting idea regarding the 9mm Makarov.....

    I had been thinking more along the lines of loading .38 brass to use in .36 cartridge conversion revolvers.

    With the proper size ball, and the appropriate drill bit, I suppose it could have quite an array of potential applications.
  7. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    This is the last that I heard about Rapine molds after it was reported that the owner retired and went out of business, which ended up not being true.

    If the mold isn't being produced any longer then one of the best places to try to look for a used one would be on the Cast Boolits forum or possibly eBay.

    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  8. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    I have to wonder that if the heel was real close to the diameter of your .36 BO C&B revolver if that might not work well in such. Sort of reminds me of the Albert's bullets Ball-et in a way. Maybe better than trying to center sprue marks by hand. Also might allow one to glue paper cartridge tubes to the base of the bullet better than with a normal ball.

    I knew I should get right back to the mower.....

  9. swathdiver

    swathdiver Well-Known Member

    Much obliged!

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