This is a Model 1888 Reloader for the Winchester 1886 Repeating rifle in 40-65 Caliber. The 1888 was probably one of the strangest loading tools Winchester ever produced. They look as though they were designed by Dr. Sigmund Freud while on some kind of mind-altering substance. The result was probably one of the ugliest and most un-wieldy tool Winchester ever built but I've talked with reloaders and they say these will get the job done. I don't think Winchester made these for more than a couple of years back in the late 1880's before they came up with an equally perplexing monstrosity known as the Model 1891 tool. Finally, they got it right a few years later with the Model 1894 tool. Today, you don't see these 1888's very often and most are either in terrible shape and/or incomplete. This one is not in the greatest shape but its in good working order and complete with its original die and decapping pin. The iron handles have some pitting on them from laying on something wet but the Winchester address and patent dates are still legible. They read:
- MANUFACTURED BY THE
- WINCHESTER REP ARMS CO.
- NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A.
- PAT JAN. 24. 1888.
The body of the tool, threads, and sizing die are in much better shape. The die reads "40-65" while the decapper says "40". The pin insert on the decapper needs to be straightened. Otherwise, everything is in nice working order. An interesting and scarce accessory for the Model 1886 Winchester.