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SINGLE SHOT RIFLE WAD CUTTER - .40 CALIBER TYPE USED FOR RELOADING CARTRIDGES FOR THE SHARPS, REMINGTON, AND OTHER  RIFLES DURING THE BUFFALO HUNT ERA:  This wad cutter punch is of the type shown in SHARPS FIREARMS by Frank Sellers, on page 351 (upper right hand photograph) which were manufactured by The Sharps Rifle Company, the Bridgeport Tool Company, and other tool makers which were used to cut the wads incorporated in reloading cartridges for any of the large caliber, single shot rifles during the 1870-1890 era.  An experienced Sharps Rifle and Sharps Loading Tool collector looked at this punch and is of the opinion that it is a Sharps Rifle Company punch.  

This wad punch is legibly stamped .40, with no tool maker name.  The cutter is in very good condition with only minor wear to the blade, and only light peening to the top, both evidence of actual use.  The surface of the steel has some minor pitting.      

The type of tool which seldom survived with the rifles and understandably they seldom appear on the market.  This would be a good piece to display with your Buffalo range rifle.  SOLD



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