Winchester Model 1875 Loading Tool 44 WCF Rare
- Maker: Winchester
- Model: 1875
- Caliber: .44 WCF
- Description: This is a rare, early, cast steel reloading tool for the Winchester Model 1873 rifle in 44 WCF (44-40). A marvel for its time these loading tools allowed for the great success of the 1873 rifle in remote areas far from general stores. This example shows no traces of its original gold paint at all and appears as though it was actually blued at some point over the last 140 years. It shows the expected overall rough casting marks and remnants of light oxidation or pinprick pitting here and there. The patent date remains legible as does 44 WCF crisply marked on the right side of the upper arm. As-usual there is no decapping pin present but any talented machinist could make one in short order. The cavity of the die shows mild pitting throughout. A very good example overall, the bluing actually gives the tool a very presentable and pleasing appearance and will look great alongside an original rifle.