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Posted 2 years ago

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heidinors
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Another bullet mold, I think j found some info that dates this Minnie ball mold to the civil war, am I correct?

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  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Possible to date then, but the round shape would be just "Ball" round, the Mini-Ball, resembles newer style projectile. Could also be older than the mid 1800's, these were used as far back as the late 16th century.
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Measure across this & any moulds you post so we have an idea of the caliber. I agree with kerry on the age range as the older ones had the prue-cutter like this one.
  3. heidinors heidinors, 2 years ago
    It is small, the ball mold is only 1/2 in.
  4. heidinors heidinors, 2 years ago
    Please forgive my ingnorance, but intrigued.. what is a prue-cutter? is this the area just under the mold, at the intersection of the handle? What was it used for?
  5. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    oh -- i am certain this is a melon ball cutter -- no no -- just jerkin the guys around -- hey blunderbuss loved your comment on the "geschutzt" term -- being sent by some alien to confuse us -- that one is still killing me this morning
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Sorry, Sprue-cutter. The sprue is the do-dad piece of lead attached to the bullet from the pouring hole that is obviously not part of a bullet or ball in this case.
  7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    The cutter is the part behind the hinge point that looks it was put there for cutting sprues. .50 cal was mostly popular from early 18th - middle century though certainly not restricted from other eras. I have a repro .50 now that I cast bullets for & shoot. The round ball was loaded with a greased patch to take rifling, if present, lube the bore & of course keep the ball from rolling out the end & making you look stupid as well as a safe target.
  8. heidinors heidinors, 2 years ago
    gotcha.. thank you. I have to tell you, his collection has sparked something in me.. I have been so obsessed last night and today looking up information all of this.. I so appreciate all the input everyone has given me... you have helped fuel this obsession.. (my husband will be tickled)

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