Winchester Reloading Tool
Winchester Reloading Tool
Winchester reloading tools are made in two styles—the lever tool and the Model 1894 tool. The lever reloading tool removes the exploded primer, straightens the shell at the mouth, inserts the new primer, and fastens the ball in the shell. The Winchester Model 1894 reloading tool was devised to make the reloading and resizing of large sporting ammunition more easy. By a strong lever, a small motion (not more than .03 of an inch) is imparted to the slide. The cartridge is contained in the die. The die screws into the frame. The shell, with its charge and bullet, is put together by hand and put into the die. The die is screwed into the frame as far as it will go readily. A motion of the lever toward the die will force the cartridge into the die through a short distance. The backward motion of the lever releases the pressure on the cartridge, and the die can then be screwed up through a part of one turn. The repeated motion of the lever and the continued screwing up of the die bring the cartridge its full length into the die, insert the bullet to the right distance, crimp the cartridge around the bullet, and reduce the shell to its original size, so that it will go freely into the gun. With this tool it will be found possible to easily reload the largest cartridges, compressing the powder, putting the bullet to place, and reducing the shell on the outside to its original form. By the reverse motion—that is, by lifting the handle of the lever away from the die—the slide is lifted, and the cartridge, by means of the extractor, is drawn a slight distance out of the die. When the handle is returned to the die, the latter can be unscrewed a corresponding distance. Another motion of the lever draws the cartridge still further out of the die, and with a few motions it becomes so loosened in the die that the latter may be easily unscrewed. As soon as the cartridge is loosened in the die, the extractor loses its grip, and the die and cartridge are taken from the frame together. This tool permits, with the use of little force, the most exact reloading, including the resizing of the shell.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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