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Those Unmarked Revolver Molds
Unfortunately only Colt, Manhattan, Mass. Arms Co. and a very few others had the courtesy to stamp their company names on the bullet molds that accompanied their revolvers. Fortunately, after extensive research, mostly by Drury Williford in the 1990’s, several of the unmarked molds can now be identified by their characteristic bullets, general shapes and details.
Many remain to be identified but here are some we can definitively call out. Interested readers are directed to several of Williford’s articles that appeared in Gun Report Magazine, (listed below).
Williford, Drury – Articles--Metropolitan Bullet Molds (Gun Report 12-93; Remington Bullet Molds
(Gun Report 3-02, 4-02, 5-02); Blake Brothers, Bullet Mold Makers (Gun Report 7-94, 12-95)
Williford, Drury – MOLDS FOR REMINGTON PERCUSSION REVOLVERS AND
REVOLVING RIFLE, privately published monograph dated 1991
Figure 1 – Three examples of the mold for the Whitney Navy
Figure 2 – Whitney Navys usually have one of several inspector marks on the bottom such as “GP”. Occasionally, state ownership initials may be found such as “N.J.”
Figure 3 - The Whitney .36 caliber bullet is much like that of the late period Colt Navy.
Figure 4 – The handles of the Whitney mold are rounded.
Figure 5 – This Whitney mold is stamped for New Jersey
Figure 6 – Allen and Wheelock molds have a distinctive bow-legged shape to their handles. They may be found in all iron or brass with iron sprue cutters
Figure 7 – Bullets for .31 and .36 calibers
Figure 8 – The mold for the Metropolitan Revolvers have a distinctive sharp notch in the sprue cutter where others have a curved radius.
Figure 9 – The stubby .36 caliber Metropolitan bullet. A similar mold exists in .31 caliber.
Figure 10 – Metropolitan molds have rounded handles, much like those of the Whitney
Figure 11 – Remington Revolver molds have a distinctively shaped sprue cutter. This one shows both the Army and (Beals) navy types. Army molds are steel, Beals Navy molds are usually brass with steel sprue cutters.
Figure 12 – The bullet for the Remington .44 Army
Figure 13 – Characteristic flat paddleshaped handles are common to all Remington Revolver molds.
Figure 14 – A typical .36 caliber Mass. Arms Co. Occasionally found with military inspector marks.
Figure 15- The .36 caliber bullet for the Mass. Arms Co. mold.
Figure 15a –The Characteristic Mass. Arms Co. marking, sometimes located on the bottom of molds without sprue cutters.
Figure 16 – A much later Smith and Wesson mold, part of a cartridge reloading kit.
Figure 17 – The Smith and Wesson bullet
Figure 18- A unknown, well-made brass mold
Figure 19- The bullet from the mold shown in Figure 18
Figure 20- Another nicely made unidentified mold
Figure 21- The bullet from the mold shown in Figure 20