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  1. ofitg

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    .... one of the repro brass molds for casting bullets for a .31 pocket revolver?

    I'm trying to find out the exact diameter and weight of the conical slug cast with such a mold.
     
  2. MCgunner

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    Yup, from Dixie Gun Works years ago. I weighed the conical, 60 grains on the nose IIRC. I'd have to measure it for diameter, never did, shoots decent. It is hard to load, though, not much room under the rammer for it even when seated down past the bottom part which fits into the chamber. I wanna get a new loading press with a .31 caliber arbor so I can load it off the gun. It's a .31 remmy and the loading lever is pretty flimsy on it, anyway. When I plink with the gun, rarely, I just shoot 00 buck in it. Works for me. I've cut open more'n one shotgun shell for the ball. LOL
     
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    Got one and its a nice novelty. But, it gets so hot, so quickly, it has only been used once and now sits in a display. If you want a good working mold, get one of the Dixie Molds (steel) from Dixie Gun Works.
     
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    Had to use a HEAVY, clumsy glove until I put some tygon tubing over the handles. Now, I can use a less clumsy heavy cotton work glove and do just fine.
     
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    Large pic, but here's a link. Notice the plastic tubing. It's held up through multiple castings. I do find buckshot easier to plink with, but that conical has a nasty looking point on it and is heavier and would be better if ever one had to actually carry this thing for defense. I'm sure it'd penetrate better. Velocity is down around 700 fps, though, except with heavy loads of 777 which I've tested, but avoid due to the brass frame. A full compressed charge of 777, however, produced about 900 fps. I'd load with it if I ever had to rely on the gun for defense, but I won't shoot it in a brasser just for plinking. It's good knowledge, though.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/243eo3b.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the info! It is my understanding that the old Pocket Remington cartridge conversions were chambered for the .32 Short Rimfire, loaded with nine grains of blackpowder and an 80-grain slug..... the old-timers must have concluded that this was the most potent load for the tiny pistol, and I'm hoping to duplicate it with my percussion revolver.
     
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    Mine's not real accurate. I can hit a 11.5x8" paper 5 of 5 at 25 yards off the bench. It's one of those guns that if I had to actually use it, I'd NOT want to have to do so at extended range. But, at 7 yards, point shoot hits are easy.
     
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    Hi, I am from Germany.

    Use a original 1849 London with round balls and am searching für a bullet conical brass mould, too.

    Hard to find. Any hints?

    And please - my english is not very good ;-)
     
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    Why not the Pedersoli brass molds?
     
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    Dixie Gun Works is where I got mine.... http://www.dixiegunworks.com/ They don't seem to have a search engine, not sure where to look there, but I ordered mine from 'em probably 20 years ago. I'm sure they still carry 'em.

    BTW, if I wanna speak German, I go to Babblefish. :D Well, it's not so great for speaking, but I can decipher text with it.
     
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    Here are a couple of pictures of an original 1849 mould (steel) and the ball and bullet that it produces.
    I haven't weighed the bullet and will have to make some more to find out how much they weigh. Notice how the base of the bullet is rebated to allow for easy loading.

    1849MoldPocketColt008.jpg
    1849MoldPocketColt001.jpg
     
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    As to your original question, I have picked up several of these things over the years. Diameters ranged from .302 to .338.
     
  13. ofitg

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    Thanks, Hawkeye. It sounds like a person would need some luck to get one which actually worked properly.
     
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    Mine works fine. Loading the conicals in my ASM .31 Remmy is a challenge, rebated base and all, but that's just that gun. It's doable, just a challenge. Probably load fine in a Colt, don't know.
     
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