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Offline scooby

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Early Winchester Mould
« on: February 07, 2020, 06:01:20 PM »
A recent acquisition. This is a 4TH version. There is no definitive documentation on when this version went into production, but it was replaced around 1889. These were made without an alignment pin and lacked wood handles. This particular one is also an early production piece, given that it lacks the Winchester name and address on the side of the block. Later production 4th versions had the stamping.

Based on the single photo that was included on the auction site, it appeared to be in sort of rough shape. I grabbed it up anyway because one does not see very many of these earlier versions. It turned out better than expected and as luck would have it, the cavity is much better than the exterior and the alignment of the block halves are spot on. After a couple of evenings of rehab and a new blue job, it turned out to be a fine looking piece and a fully serviceable mould.

i will only run one batch of bullets out of it and then will likely set it on the shelf with the other collectible Winchester moulds, given that I have a pristine 5th version that I use for my 38 WCF 1892 Rifle. However, it is was another good rescue of a cool antique.

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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2020, 06:07:48 PM »
pictures?
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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2020, 06:23:28 PM »
They are up now.

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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2020, 07:57:59 PM »
That is a killer mold Scooby.

You must have been reading my mind. I was literally just talking about such things with the Capt the other day.
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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2020, 12:48:53 PM »
Man, that is a dandy! I'd love to have some authentic moulds.
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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2020, 04:05:07 PM »
I have some duplicate Winchester molds. Just saying.

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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2020, 05:05:19 PM »
I am hearing you!!!!

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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2020, 05:52:58 PM »
My ears are open, Em...
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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2020, 06:31:03 PM »
I'll PM you both.

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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2020, 11:46:26 PM »
Has anybody ever trued up a warped mold? If so how did you do it? I picked up an old Ideal reloading tool several years ago but the mold part is warped.
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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2020, 03:09:08 AM »
Hey Hawg,

I'm not an expert on this but I'd try placing it in a heat treat oven & running it up to about 1200 degrees fahrenheit, then let it cool down slowly (maybe overnight in oven) till room temperature. It should come to it's original position, this is called stress relieving. Of course if it was formed & manufactured under stress, it probably has relieved itself & now appears warped. I do know this is why if you send a receiver in for color case hardening, they will not guarantee that it won't warp during the process.

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Re: Early Winchester Mould
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2020, 03:37:52 AM »
I was thinking about heating it up and clamping it in a vise while it cooled. I don't have a heat treat oven. I don't have any oxy/acetylene either just a propane torch.
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