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ON11458

Original U.S. Winchester Model 1882 .44-40 Reloading Tool & Bullet Mold Set with Decapping Pin

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Original Items: One Set Only. This is a nice set of original reloading tools in .44 WCF for the Winchester Model 1873 and 1892 rifles. The concept of reloading began on the commercial market with the introduction of the Model 1873 Winchester Rifle. It was one of the first weapons that chambered cartridges with central priming: the .44 Winchester Center Fire or .44-40. Having sustainable ammunition made the repeating rifle a much more practical weapon out on the frontier where the nearest hardware or sporting good store was hundreds of miles away. These simple hand tools could be carried in a saddle bag and provided you had powder, lead, and primers, you could cast and reload all your spent cartridges with little more than these tools and a camp fire.

This set consists of the Model 1882 Reloading Tool that is complete with its original decapping pin marked 44W. These pins are used for removing spent primers from used shell casings and after 100+ years are usually lost.

The Tool still has clear makers markings ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM ARMS:

MANUFACTURED BY THE
WINCHESTER REP. ARMS CO.
NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.

.44 W.C.F.
PAT. OCT. 20 1874 NOV 7.82

The patent dates are overstamped, indicating that this was probably re-stamped during manufacture as a new patent had been granted.

The included mold is the early type, which is made entirely of iron. Later versions had wooden handles, which would help when the mold became hot from the molten lead. The mold is marked 44 W.C.F. above the left grip, and the right side has the maker and address information:

MANUFACTURED BY THE
WINCHESTER REP. ARMS CO.
NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.

Overall condition of this set is very good, though there is definitely some surface corrosion on the set. It appears to have been used quite a bit. We did not make any attempts to clean the set to preserve the patina.

As far as we can tell, the set should work, but we have no way to test it. A very nice set, ready to display along with your Winchester!

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