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Legend:
BP=Black Powder, Smkls=Smokeless, 2pc=Two piece lift-top box, Sld=Sealed, Lbl=Label, HS=Headstamp, HV=High Velocity, HP=Hollow Pt, SP=Soft Pt, FMJ=Full Metal Jkt (Full Patch)
Color Codes: BL, GRN, WH, YEL, BLK, (etc...)
Caliber Description $



100 Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956
by
Ray T. Giles
&
Daniel L. Shuey

 
  The 1st and ONLY definitive work on cartridge boxes, covering all the calibers for which Winchester cataloged their rifles, from the Volcanic to the Model 88. Thoroughly researched, this 312 page book contains over 1,400 full color photographs as well as price and rarity guides in a high quality, hard-cover book with dust-jacket!

Will be happy to sign your copy on request.

RTG
 

$69.95, ppd
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219 Zipper Western. Unremarkable at first glance, this is a very early, very scarce box, the first by Western in this caliber: note 1st the 46 grain (not 56 gr) bullet, Also, it has the small "W.C.Co." upper left corner of back and black (no red) Super-X logo on flaps, both marking it as a 1930s box in a caliber not  introduced until 1938. Taken all together with its Excellent condition, one can see why it's a special find.             (From my personal collection) $145
219 Zipper Winchester. "1935" box, the FIRST Zipper box in the short-lived and very scarce 46 grain JHP bullet loading. Solid box w/ great color; the most desirable of all Zipper boxes! $175
sold
219 Zipper Winchester. "1939" box, 56 gr loading. As close to "mint" as is possible to find! The ultimate display box! $150
sold
222 Rem Mag Peters. Very scarce box of Peters 1st labeling in this short-lived caliber, ca 1958-'61. Shows old original price and a bit of shelf wear, but seams and flaps are tight. $50
243 Winchester
(6 mm)
Western. First cataloged in 1955 with the "6m/m" callout, this is the earliest box in this caliber. Bright and tight, it's a great display box for a 1950s Model 70!

[From my personal collection)

$85
sold
6 m/m Lee Winchester. Very difficult to locate by any maker & from any time period, this box is not represented in Giles & Shuey. Clean & tight with no seam problems & full of original, correct ctdgs. $180
sold
25 Roberts Remington. Two-pc box, ca 1925, containing the rare ".25 Roberts" headstamp, the predecessor to the famous .257 Roberts, one of the more famous mainstream survivors of the early days of high velocity wildcatting. Rare box in superb condition! $145
sold
25-35 Remington. The highly sought Double Train box from the early-1930s. Great caliber in especially clean, solid box w/ no seam or flap problems. Ctdgs all appear native to the box. Don't miss this one--I usually have a Want List awaiting these boxes. $185
sold
25-35 Winchester. This caliber becoming very difficult to locate, especially in this early type showing the cartridge on the upper part of the label. Shows some wear but this is a solid box with correct, original "W" primer ctdgs, all of which appear native to the box. Cheap! $135
270 WCF Winchester. This is the FIRST .270 box, ca 1924 and titled ".270 Winchester Model 54..." All ctdgs appear native to the box. Old price label on left end but no seam/edge problems.  Very scarce box, one might even say "historic" given the ultimate success of this fine caliber. $175

sold

280 Ross Winchester. Early box, label-dated 4-22 and 2-20 (front & top). Rare caliber in unusually solid box, one in which the pointed rounds generally are found to have punched holes in the box bottom--but not this one. Some edges appear to have been pasted back but this box is still SEALED! $210
300 Savage Savage. Especially desirable in Savage calibers, this is the very popular large portrait "Indian Chief" box. While the box shows minor shelf wear, flaps and seams are tight and ammo all appears native to the box. Cheap! $95
sold
300 Savage Savage. As above except this is what they looked like when they left the factory! $165
sold
30-'03
 
UMC. Thought to be the earliest commercial loading in this very scarce caliber, this two-pc FMJ box dates from the  1903-07 period. And it's SEALED! A VERY difficult box to obtain by ANY maker but especially factory-sealed. $185
 
30-'03 Winchester. Label-dated 5-16 but "Staynless" over-stamped making it a late-1920s box. No seam splits, full of original, correct cartridges. $150
30-'06
Wimbledon Cup Match
Winchester. Wimbledon Cup Match. Nickel-plated ctdgs w/ boat tail bullets uncrimped in cases ("For single loading only"). Perhaps the most interesting & colorful graphics among all Winchester center-fire boxes! Great color, sound edges & flaps and all ctdgs native to the box.  There are 3 variations of this box (see Giles & Shuey, pg 261) of which this is the earliest, ca 1930s. Tight seams and flaps. $250
sold
30-30 Dominion. The scarce & unusual "flat box" with the desirable "Bent-D" logo. Msg 1 edge of lid and part of 1 long side. Has 14 orig rds remaining. Seldom encountered! $85
30-30 UMC. Among the earliest 30-30 boxes produced by UMC, the powder callout states "30 Grs (or its equivalent)", verbiage which was quickly discontinued as Smokeless powders with varying densities were rapidly being developed in the mid-to-late 1890s. One of only 2 I've ever seen, this box is in excellent condition (and is from my personal collection). $225
sold
30-30
(".30 W.C.F")
Winchester. Second earliest green, square-corner Win Model '94 box, Type 1, Variety 5a, ca 1898 (see Giles & Shuey, p.173). These early Type 1 boxes in .30-30 (or "30 W.C.F." as it was officially titled) are becoming impossible to find. The cartridges in this box contain the scarce early 160 gr bullet as well as the so-called "2-pc Protected Primer" with the "w" in the center.  The "Sunburst" label on lower front calls out "Winchester Smokeless, Trade Mark".  This box is in very solid condition and highly collectible. And it's the first of this type I've ever had for sale. Rare opportunity!     Photo'd in shrink-wrap. $450
sold
 
30-30
 (".30 W.C.F")

SEALED!
 
Winchester. "Full Patch Bullet", 9-14 dated labels, the last type before ctdg pic goes from top front to bottom front of label (Giles & Shuey Type 2, but this variety not in book).  Minor separation at left end of bottom (such separations are typical of 1914 and earlier taped-construction boxes). This box factory SEALED!

 Photo'd in shrink-wrap.      [From my personal collection]

$225
sold
 
30-30
 (".30 W.C.F")

SEALED!
Winchester, "Full Patch Bullet". Also 7-15 lbl-dated, but with "gapped 94" on both lid and front labels. Ends and seams are all tight. Incredibly, changes in labeling occurred more than twice in just one month, July, 1915! SEALED! $195
sold
30-30
(".30 W.C.F")
 

 
Winchester. "Full Patch Bullet", 7-15 lbl-dated. (Type 3 Var 3, the exact box pictured in Giles & Shuey, p. 177).  Minor crease on back, ends and seams tight. This is the variety that has the "gapped 94" on the lid top but the full "1894" on the front label (see pix). $195
30-40 Krag
[30 Army]
Western Grizzly box in the very hard to find 220 gr Silvertip. Perhaps the toughest box in the series to locate. As nice as it looks on all sides.
 
[From my personal collection]
$250
30-40 Krag
[30 Army]
Winchester. Early, green label Smokeless box, ca. 1901-03 (see Giles & Shuey, pg 210). Has prominent callout for the Model 1895 on both top and front labels as well as both "Sunburst" end  labels ("Smokeless" and "Soft Point"). Original, correct ctdgs all of which appear native to the box. $195
30-40 Krag
[30 Army]


Winchester. This graphic is quite unusual (if not rare!) as there is NO "30 Army" callout anywhere on the box. Further, the predominant callout is for Winchester's "Model 1895", also unusual for this caliber. Scarce enough that it is NOT listed in Giles & Shuey. $275
303 British

 

Winchester. Early, green label Smokeless box, ca 1901-'02, with both "Sunburst" end-labels. Important to note that the earliest box in this caliber shown in Giles & Shuey is an orange label box which is 1907-dated and is one of the very few credited to an outside contributor. As stated in the book: "...there is probably no Winchester lever-action rifle caliber that is more elusive in ANY two-piece commercial box than the 303 British." I wrote that in 2006 and it's still true today!
sold
303 Savage Remington-UMC "Split-Logo" box, the first after the combination of the 2 companies in 1911. Cartridge pic on front label still denotes a UMC headstamp. This box is about as new as can be found: clean, bright and SEALED. [From my personal collection] $145
303 Savage  
 
 

Savage Arms Co. Very early box in the 1st proprietary caliber by that company, ca 1900. Except for the residue from tape removal (see pic), the labels are about perfect: front, back, ends & top. And rarely encountered labeling especially in this condition! [Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
(From my personal collection)

 

$225
sold
303 Savage   See "Obsolete" listings for possible more recent bxs in this caliber.
32 Win Special Winchester. Very early .32 Special, ca 1904-05, with the scarce "When reloading with Black powder..." label on back (this caliber never offered in Blk Pwdr). Also this is the 1st box with the 170 gr loading: prior to this they were 160 gr. Further, this box has BOTH of the very desirable "Sunburst" labels (see pix) which were discontinued after 1905. Solid w/ good color and no end or seam splits. [From my personal collection, this is the actual box pictured on Pg 185 of Giles & Shuey.] $325
sold
32 Win Special

Winchester. Very early .32 Special, ca 1904-05. As above but in the much rarer "Metal Patched" (FMJ) loading. This labeling not even listed in Giles & Shuey. Box shows wear and exhibits the typical lower end splits (which have been nicely pasted back). Correct, orig ctdgs. Underrated...and cheap!

[Photo'd in shrink-wrap]

$150
sold
32 Win. Spl. Grizzly

Winchester. The most collected 20th Century series: the Winchester "Bear" box. While fairly common in Western boxes this caliber is among the scarcest Winchester Bear boxes. The box is full of its original Silvertip cartridges, however they show an attempt at having been cleaned of discoloration. While short of corrosion, the staining was obviously dark, not simply tarnished with age. The box, as can be seen in the scan, has a couple horizontal, shallow creases; still, this a very scarce, popular and displayable box w/ great color & no repairs at a CHEAP price! [Have seen "minty" boxes sell over $400 in recent years] $175
sold
32-40   Also see "OBSOLETE" pg.  
32-40 Dominion. The scarce & unusual "flat box" with the desirable "Bent-D" logo and Blk Pwdr loading. Tape-removal stains on edges. Has 13 orig rds remaining. Seldom encountered! $75
32-40 Remington. Kleanbore box, late-'40s/1950s. Exc cond, very clean & crisp! $75
32-40 Winchester JOHN WAYNE COMMEMORATIVE boxes. Excellent, bright "display" condition, out of an original case, not the raw edged, creased boxes w/ price tags or  markings and smudged shelf wear so often seen. (But if you want one in slightly less condition & don't care so much about a pristine "display" box, I may have one for $70-$75--call or email.) $85
 
32-40 Ballard & Bullard

UMC. Very rare blue (blue-green?) box full of orig "32-40 Ballard & Bullard" cartridges all of which have clean 185 grain paper-patched bullets. (This is NOT the same caliber as the common 32-40 as listed above). Solid box, ca 1890s. [From my personal collection] $450
sold

 
32-40 Remington
(Rare!)


UMC. This is NOT 32-40 Winchester; rather, it is the rare cartridge, intro'd in the early-1870s, for chambering in the 32-40 Remington rolling block Sporting Rifle and the #3 Hepburn.  Seldom seen ctdg, properly headstamped "UMC 32-40 SH" (SH = Solid Head). Ctdgs are clean & original and all appear native to the box. This is the ONLY box of these I can remember having for sale in all 25 years in business!  [2 photos, photo'd in shrink-wrap] $375
sold
33 Winchester Remington. Great, early (first) Rem box, 2-pc, "Split-logo" type, ca 1911-13. Cartridges are still "UMC" as is correct. Exc condition, very seldom encountered. $165
sold
33 Winchester U.S. Cartridge Co. This is the first box in this caliber by USCCo, ca 1903. Lower rt end of box weak and contains but 18 orig ctdgs, but this is the ONLY such box I've ever seen!
(From my personal collection)
$150
33 Winchester Winchester. Earliest box, ca 1903-04, with dark orange labels and both "Sunburst" labels on ends. (Giles & Shuey, pg. 123). Bottom weak with separation at ends as is typical for the larger bottle-necked calibers in taped construction boxes. Ctgs not only correct w/ the early protected primers, but also appear native to the box (though w/ neck cracks so common to these early bottle-necked ctdgs).  $225
sold
 
33 Winchester Winchester. Solid, colorful, 5-16 label-dtd box w/ no seam splits or end separations (most unusual in taped-construction bxs). All 6 labels 99+% (front, top, and 2 on each end). All rds original & correct and appear native to the box.  Nice! $225
sold
33 Winchester Winchester, circa 1950s, 200 gr SP. (Have several, boxes pictured representative but may not be exact box available). out
33 WCF,
33 Winchester
  Also see "OBSOLETE" pg.  
348 Win Winchester. Colorful 1946-1954 style box, full of clean 200 gr SILVERTIPS. Exceptional display condition! sold
348 Win Winchester. "Browning Commemorative" box. $95
35 Newton Western. Early 1930s "Bullseye" box but reloaded in the original brass w/ 250 gr JSP. Very professional loads by a well-known outfit (which I'm not at liberty to name here). [Only 1 box left] $75
35 WCF Winchester. Thought to be the 2nd labeling, 1904-5 (see Giles & Shuey, pg 217). Bottom a bit soft and weak on the ends, but ammo all correct & original. A very decent and very early box at a very reasonable price!

[Out of my personal collection; photo'd in shrink-wrap]

$175
35 WCF Winchester. Ca 1923, this is among the last of the 2-pc boxes in this caliber. All seams are tight w/ no repairs. Nice! $195
 
35 WCF Winchester. The 2nd (1932) variation of Winchester's 1st 1-pc box, the graphic which introduced their innovative Staynless priming in 1927-28. All orig ammo, seams & flaps tight. Hard to find this nice in the heavy calibers. $175
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375 H&H Magnum

Western. While not loaded by Winchester until 1937, Western began offering this largest-in-the-line caliber in 1925.  Among the first to be offered in their iconic Super-X labeling, possibly as early as 1929-30, note the small "W.C. Co." in the upper left corner of the back as well as the small black (no red) Super-X trademark on the end flap. Both are indications of the earliest Super-X labeling. Scarce box, seldom seen at all but bordering on RARE in such a heavy caliber with flaps and seams intact! CHEAP! $135
38-55 "Winchester High Velocity" Western. "Bullseye" box, early1930s w/ "W.C.Co." in upper left of back-side. Tape removal stain at hinge of right flap. Prior to this box, the WHV loading is unknown (to me at least) in a Western offering. Further, the manufacturers that did load it headstamped the rds WHV, HP or in some way denoted it as a High Velocity load. The Western HV cartridges are not so marked. I have examined 4 or 5 boxes of these in the past 25 years (all I've ever seen) and all are simply headstamped "Western 38-55". A rare and interesting box! $175
sold
38-55 Winchester. Alberta Diamond Jubilee commemorative issue. Nickel-plated ctdgs in box w/ great graphics. All these Canadian commem issues are scarce and in demand. $150
38-55 W.H.V. Winchester.  All rds appear native to the box and have the desirable "WRACo .38-55 WHV" headstamp as well as the so-called "protected" primers. Very scarce in this Winchester High Velocity (WHV) loading, which is most often seen w/ few rds or even empty. Box is solid w/ no seam or end splits. Further, this sub-variety not shown in Giles & Shuey: while similar to the 1925 box listed in the book, this is a year earlier, showing label dates of 1-24 (lid-top) and 5-24 (front). $245
38-56 Winchester. Black powder 2-pc box, earliest type w/o end labels, ca 1886-94. These early Model 1886 calibers are getting to be impossible to find in this sort of condition. $435
sold
38-56 Winchester. Smokeless Powder 2-pc box, A scarce variety, not known when we wrote the book! No edge or seam splits, orig ammo. Nice!
[Photo'd in shrink-wrap, from my personal collection]
$395
38-70 WCF U.M.C.  Black Powder 2-pc box, ca late-1890s. Clean, tight box w/ no seam problems. Ctdgs all appear native-to-the-box. NICE!

[See further italicized comments re this caliber in Win "38-70 WCF"  listing below]

$385
sold
38-70 WCF Winchester.  Black Powder box, ca 1899-1900. Less than 900 of these M86 rifles were manufactured. We can only imagine how many boxes of this caliber remain out of the few--we can safely say--were produced. Box is tight & clean, ctdgs all orig and nice. Very scarce box!
[From my personal collection]
$525
sold
38-70 WCF Winchester. This is the much RARER first box, made 1894 only and containing the seldom-seen cartridges headstamped simply "WRACo 38-70". In 1895 the headstamp was changed to "WRACo 38-70 WCF". As stated above, "Less than 900 of these M86 rifles were manufactured. We can only imagine how many boxes of this caliber remain out of the few--we can safely say--were produced". That statement applied to the entire run of this rare caliber. Now imagine how many of that 1st year box still exist, especially in this condition, w/ NO seam or edge separations!!  [From my personal collection] $750
sold
38-72 Winchester. Clean, 2-pc Smokeless box of this rather scarce Model '95 caliber. No seam problems, nice orig ctdgs. Seldom seen caliber and a variety not listed in Giles & Shuey!

[Photo'd in shrink-wrap, from my personal collection]
$195
40-60 WCF
Rare Smkls box.
Remington-UMC. Rare!! "Smokeless Powder" box with Jacketed Soft Point rds. This is a Winchester Model '76 caliber and Winchester never even made a Smkls loading in this caliber!  No seam or edge problems, totally original. This is the only Rem-UMC box I've ever had in this caliber and is out of my personal collection. $195
40-60 WCF Winchester. Black Pwdr 2-pc box thought to be the earliest in this caliber which was intro'd in 1884, the last of the four Win Model 1876 calibers. As the Model 1886, with its several new caliber introductions, came out only 2 yrs later, the 40-60 was obsolete almost immediately. Exceptionally clean & solid for an 1880s box! [See Giles & Shuey, pg 80, top left] $450
sold
40-60 Marlin
 (& Colt LMR)

 U.M.C. Solid box containing all correct and original "UMC SH 40-60" headstamped 2.1" ctdgs. Very scarce box in a very scarce caliber. (For use in those Marlin Mod 1881 rifles marked ".40 Cal" on the barrels as well as .40-60 Colt Lightning Magazine Rifles, NOT Win M76).
$575
40-65 Winchester. Smokeless, 2-pc boxScarce box w/ "Western Cartridge Co" callout, the last made by Winchester and not in Giles & Shuey. In fact, I wrote the following as the last paragraph regarding this caliber (pg 134): "The fact that this caliber was in the catalog until 1946 leads us to believe that there may be also boxes out there with a Western Cartridge Co. call-out." Well, here it is, the only one we've seen!
[Photo'd in shrink-wrap, from my personal collection]
$350
sold
40-70 Ballard

U.M.C. Two-pc box from the 1880s featuring a full-size pic of the seldom-seen paper-patched bulleted cartridge. Great box full of beautiful, original paper-patched ctdgs. RARE!! $775
sold
40-70 Sharps Straight, 2.5" U.M.C. Exceptionally clean box, label & rounds. Cartridges looks as though they've never been out of the box. Early unheadstamped rds w/ Berdan primers, bullets w/bright paper patches. [From my personal collection] $475
40-72 Winchester. Early green label Smokeless Pwdr box, ca 1899 w/ both "Sunburst" stickers, Soft Point (on end) and Smokeless (on front). Own a piece of the book: From my personal collection, this is the exact box pictured at the bottom of pg 221 in Giles & Shuey! $265
40-72 Winchester. In the later orange label Smokeless Pwdr loading, this 2-pc box, like the one above, is from my personal collection and is the exact box pictured at the bottom of pg 222 in Giles & Shuey. Further, it is factory SEALED! $225
40-75
(40-82 with Express b't)


Winchester. As above, this is a black powder box, pre-1898. One of the rarest of Winchester lever action rifle boxes, this really a 40-82 (& so headstamped, see Giles & Shuey pg 136) loaded with a copper-tubed "Express" b't as was used in the .40-110 Express (Giles & Shuey pg 100). I believe this to be the ONLY cartridge (out of the 13 Model 1886 calibers) for which no guns were chambered and so-marked on the barrel. Box is a bit rough and contains only 18 of the very scarce (tho not all native to the box) .40-75 ctdgs. Virtually never offered for sale publicly, these boxes, when found, usually trade "behind the table." Listed in G&S at $800-1500. This is the ultimate "40-82" box! sold
40-82 Peters, Late 1890s, thought to be the first box by Peters in this caliber as that company didn't begin to manufacture Winchester rifle calibers until that time. A very RARE box in excellent condition w/ all original ctdgs.   [The exact box pictured on pg 294 of our book,  100 Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, this is from my personal collection.] $525
sold
40-82 Winchester. This is the early, green Smokeless Powder 2-pc box with both "Sunburst" stickers (Soft Point and Smokeless, see pix). The seams are all tight, unusual for these 1890s taped-construction boxes. And all orig, correct ctdgs--a rare box in one of the most in-demand of all Win lever calibers!
[Photo'd in shrink-wrap, from my personal collection]
$595
40-90 Bullard UMC. Early 1880s "Double Dog Logo" box for the very finely made and short-lived Bullard lever-action rifle of that period. Cartridges are all clean & original and have the correct headstamp reading simply "BULLARD 40-90" (no "UMC"). It's most unusual to have a caliber stamping but no maker. This is the first Bullard box (of ANY caliber) I can remember putting up in the past 10 or more years! $750
401 WSL Peters. "Rustless", 200 gr, ca 1950. Clean box w/ no problems. Nice rds, all of which appear native to the box. Seldom-seen box in superb condition! $110
sold
405
Western, 1930s "Bullseye" box, with "W.C.Co." in upper left corner of back. Minor label loss on one long edge but beautiful color on a great, bright & solid box! $125
sold
405 Winchester. Last Win box style. Bright, clean & solid. {Have several similar, this may not be the exact box you get]. $95
(Also See Obsolete Pg)
44-77 Sharps
(44 2-1/4")
Winchester.  Typical separation at top end-edges (easily repaired if desired) but bottom edges tight--most unusual, as both top & bottom edges on on these early, taped construction boxes are generally separated. Cartridges are all clean and correct w/ "WRACo 44-77" headstamps and clean paper-patched 470 gr bullets. Also, there are no cracked heads, another common occurrence. Seldom seen, a very scarce & desirable caliber in ANY box by ANY maker! $850
sold
44 Sharps "Creedmoor" U.M.C. Honoring the famous NY shooting range of the 1870s and '80s, this is the extremely desirable Creedmoor "picture box" in the best of Sharps calibers. The box is a bit rough but solid. Ctdgs are all correct: folded head and Berdan-primed, w/ paper-patched bullets. A rare find!
[Those of you who have one of my business cards will recognize this prone shooter as the one pictured on that card]
$650
44 Sharps "Creedmoor" Winchester. This early, diagonal label Sharps "Creedmoor" 10-box contains 6 original, paper-patched .44 caliber 2-5/8" case Sharps ctdgs in the RARE target loading. Seldom seen or offered. [From my personal collection]
sold
45-60 U.M.C. This is the first labeling in this Win M'76 (and Whitney-Kennedy!) caliber by UMC. Quite scarce in their own right, the "UMCCo" headstamped ctdgs found in this great early box are only a bonus. Much rarer than Winchester boxes in this caliber, it is one of only two that I have ever seen! $525
sold
45-60 Winchester. Circa 1880, this is the EARLIEST labeling by Winchester in this caliber, showing un-headstamped ctdg pic with callouts for caliber on the ctdg pic and the caliber/powder callouts in italics (see Giles & Shuey, pg 81). Shows typical end separations at bottom & lid top but color & box integrity are great as are the un-headstamped original ctdgs. RARE box, especially in this condition! $750
sold
45-60 Winchester. Circa mid/late-1880s this is the first labeling to show a headstamp on the cartridge pic. Incredibly, there are NO seam splits or repairs on this box. Further, the ctdgs are all original. Excellent condition, uncommon for these pre-1900 boxes. $650
sold
45-70   FOR FRANKFORD ARSENAL OFFERINGS, PLS GO TO "EARLY & TRANSITIONAL" PAGE.  
45-70
"These Cartridges Adapted for Use in Winchester Model 1886 Rifles"




UMC box headlining this loading's use in Win M86 rifles. Obviously a late 1880s box and very rare thus labeled! Such bold "advertising" is virtually never seen on cartridge boxes. Other than typical bottom end separations box is solid and w/ great color. Also the broad "guarantee" label on lid-back (see pic) is a very early feature. Great M86 collectible!

 

$285
45-20-230
(45-70 Armory Practice)
UMC. The RARE "Armory Practice" loading, 20 grs of black powder behind a light 230 gr lead bullet. Box is tight on all corners and seams--highly unusual for these taped construction boxes! Nothing to be added about this box: other than having been opened, it's close to perfect including the back-seal label! $295
45-70-405 U.S. Cartridge Co. Black Pwder, 2-pc box, circa 1880s. Bright, clean ctdgs but 3 (correct) replacements. Exceptional condition with NO seam or edge problems, unusual for these heavy, early taped-construction boxes! Cheap! $280
45-70-500 Winchester. This double-wall, string-pull box is thought to be the earliest Gov't contract Smokeless box. Seldom encountered, it is listed as "Rarity 4" (out of 5) in Giles & Shuey, pg 93. This is only the 3rd one I've seen in 25 years!   sold
45-70-405 Winchester. Soft Point box, ca 1906. Very underrated, the soft point loading in 45-70 is seldom seen and almost never in really good condition. This box, unfortunately, has a serious label problem but the integrity of the box itself is unusually good with no seam or edge splits. Ctdgs are all correct & orig. Not listed in Giles & Shuey.
(From my personal collection)
$135
45-70-405 FMJ
"Model 1886"


Winchester. Extremely rare variety (not listed in Giles & Shuey): "Metal Patched" (FMJ) AND "Winchester Model 1886" boldly called out on both lid-top and front labels. The front label also has (what is left of) a stick-on "Metal Patched" label. Further, the big red "Metal Patched" label on the back of the lid is a ca. 1890 throwback. Correct, original cartridges. A great addition to either a Model '86 collection or a cartridge box collection.
The only box like this I have ever encountered!
(From my personal collection)
$165
45-70 WHV Winchester. One of the scarcer and more desirable Model '86 loadings, this solid, "Winchester High Velocity" box contains all 20 of its original, native-to-the-box "protected primer" ctdgs with the "WRACo 45-70 WHV" headstamp. Cheap!   [Photo'd in shrink-wrap] $280
45-75 UMC, circa early-1890s, 2-pc, Blk Pwdr box with none of the usual seam or end separations. Clean, perfect labels. Ctdgs all native to the box. Extraordinary condition and at a price that's less than half what a Winchester box from this period and in this condition would cost (if you could find one)!     [From my personal collection] $575
45-75 Winchester. Rare & desirable second type box, 1879-82. This caliber, which wasn't cataloged until 1878, has 2 varieties (the 2nd and 3rd) that have a reloading label covering virtually the entire lower part of the box: this is the earlier of the two showing SIX powder brands   Cartridges are all un-headstamped as is the ctdg pic on the box label. Condition of the cartridges is exceptional for this early date and this caliber. Exceptional early box; rarely seen, especially in this condition. [Giles & Shuey, pg 85] $1100
sold
45-75 Winchester. Black Powder 2-pc bx, late-1880s. [See Giles & Shuey, pg 86, top box].  Tight, solid box contaning all orig & correct ctdgs. $750
sold
45-75
 
Winchester.  Not in Giles & Shuey (not discovered until some years after the book was written!). Label-dated 10-8, this box is tight & solid w/ all correct, original rds. In addition, there was a colorful Winchester shotshell ad, 3-1/4"x1-5/8", found inside. I have included that under the back lid, shrink-wrapped in place. $500
45-80 "Sharpshooter" Frankford Arsenal. This is the so-called "Sharpshooter" box: 2.4" case, 500gr-bullet, ctdgs for the Springfield Rifle chambered for that round. This box, date-stamped 1881, has only 3 rds but it's a great box and it's cheap!

$85

45-85 Marlin Connecticut Ctdg Co. In business from 1962 till about 1975, this company manufactured a line of cartridges advertised as "Cartridges Out of the Past -- Being Produced Again and Sold Here -- Fire your 'Old Favorite' Again".  This box is of the earlier style, ca 1962-3.  Contains all 20 orig smkls, JSP ctdgs,  headstamped 45-85, & which still appear quite capable of fulfilling the Co's promise.

$85
sold

45-85 Marlin UMC. In the very desirable "Dog Logo" labeling, this the FIRST box in this caliber by ANY maker, 1881-85. Further, it is full of correct early un-headstamped rds all of which appear native to the box. There are no other labels on this box, typical of this early style labeling. This is a VERY RARE box and has been in my collection for nearly 20 years. $850
sold
45-85 WCF

Winchester. Blk Pwdr box in the more desirable 300 gr Express version w/ copper tubed bullet (350 gr has solid lead bít). This was a special caliber designation for use in 45-90 rifles but, theoretically (like the 45-82), no guns were specifically chambered made for it or marked 45-85 on the barrel. While a small handful of such guns so marked have turned up, they are, needless to say, exceptionally rare & desirable. Solid & clean w/ all correct, original rds.
[From my personal collection]

 
$850
sold
 
45-90 Winchester. Smokeless, 2-pc box of Jacketed Soft Points.Box is solid and contains all original ctdgs that appear to be native to the box. CHEAP! $265
45 Sharps 2.1"

(45-70 Sharps)
(45-75 Sharps)
   UMC. Very scarce box of 10 paper-patched, Berdan-primed .45-70 (.45-75) 2.1" Sharps. This is far scarcer than any of the popular lengths of Sharps ctdgs. Only the seldom-seen and rarely chambered .45 3-1/4"and .50 3-1/4" are more difficult. While the lid has a scratch and a bottom edge appears to have been pasted tight, the wear on the box & label is quite even & normal. Inside, however, is where the "magic" lies: these cartridges appear as new, separated by the factory serpentine paper and possibly never out of the box!  $975
sold
45 Sharps 2.6" UMC. This is the far less common 10-rd box containing the 2.6" shells with 90 grs of powder behind a 500 gr paper-patched bullet. Early un-headstamped ctdgs. Rare box in great condition!

[From my personal collection]

$1250
 
45 Sharps 2.6"   Winchester.  This is the 2.6", 100 gr pwdr loading. The 10 early, un-headstamped ctdgs each have their 500 gr paper-patched bullets carefully protected in tissue paper as wrapped by the factory. Totally original.

[From my personal collection]
$1100
45 Sharps 2-7/8"    
 
Sharps Rifle Co. The most desirable maker by far, this SRC labeled box calls out the 2.4" case length; however, the contents are 2-7/8", Berdan primed cases containing the RARE copper-tubed "Express" bullets! This is one of two such boxes I bought together in the early-1990s, and 1 of only 3 that I have ever seen. Both of my boxes also show the same degree of water damage on the label. The paper patches are uniformly clean and sized, which tells me this is not a "put-together" box as is so often seen in Sharps calibers. Obviously, the case length labeling should have been over-struck in ink, as would've been usual, and changed to 2-7/8"; however, in any event, this is a very interesting and rare box at a very fair price! $665
45 Sharps 2-7/8" UMC. Five-rd box of these scarce cartridges w/ their long case and bright white paper-patched bullets. Loading is 105 grs blk pwdr behind the 550 gr patched bullet. Early un-headstamped, Berdan-primed ctdgs. Box still has the original interior paper wrapped in serpentine fashion around the ctdgs. Exceptional!

[From my personal collection]
$885
 
45 Sharps 2-7/8" Winchester. This is a 10-rd box of a somewhat "hotter" :-) load than the above UMC box: 120 grains of powder behind a "light" 500 grain bullet. Probably used by buffalo hunters to kill prairie dogs when times were slow. Again as above, nice clean rds and a box from my personal collection. $1175
ELEY 45-125 Win Express
RARE!
Eley (Brit). One of the RAREST of all Win calibers by another maker, Eley listed this only in their export catalog of 1914. It was unknown to collectors until two 10-round packets turned up in India around 1990. One of the packets was open & in tatters and the remaining cartridges (I don't recall how many) were sold singly, this being one. (I bought the full packet & it resides in my collection to this day.)

Created for, and introduced in, Winchester's Model 1885 "High Wall" single-shot rifle in 1886, it was discontinued by Win in 1917. Like the Winchester version, this one has the "Express", copper-tubed bullet (see pic). Further, it is in excellent, uncleaned, unstained condition: a true collector's gem!

$175

sold
 

45-125 Win Express Winchester. This is the earlier of the 2 labelings as shown in Giles & Shuey (pg 101). Clean orig ctdgs w/ the 300 gr copper-tubed "Express" bullets which give the cartridge its name. Created for, and introduced in, Winchester's Model 1885 "High Wall" single-shot rifle in 1886, it was discontinued by Win in 1917. EXTREMELY difficult to find, especially in an all-orig box, not one of the more often seen (tho still scarce) "put-together" boxes. $1750
 
50-70 Sharps Sharps Rifle Mfg Co. Circa 1870, paper-covered cardboard packet of 10 paper-patched cartridges; side seals intact but bottom had loosened and was put back.  Call for more details or pix if interested. The individual cartridges are extremely difficult to find and bring near $100 apiece. These boxes are among the very rarest of all Sharps items--I doubt there are more than 10 of these in existence!! $2350
sold
 
50-70
Farrington Primer rds, Frazier's Patent box.
U.S. Cartridge Co. Here's one you almost never see: an 1870s box of Farrington-primed (only used by USCCo & only in the early years) 50-70 ctdgs in the 1878 "Frazier's Patent" box with the unusual serpentine ctdg divider. Upper pic shows lid-top, close-up of loading callout  Lower pic shows front lbl and the patent callout lbl on the bottom. Box is solid w/tight seams, unusual in this heavy caliber. Cartridges are all clean incl the b'ts. Rare opportunity to acquire a real piece of history.  [From my personal collection]. $750
.50-70  

 

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50-90 2-1/2"

The "Big 50" Sharps
UMC. Introduced by Sharps in 1875, this is the caliber often referred to by Sharps enthusiasts as "THE BIG FIFTY". This box retains all 10 of its bright paper-patched, native-to-the-box  cartridges as wrapped alternately in the box as shown at left. These boxes are usually found (when found at all) with fill-in rounds containing dark, or even dirty, paper patches or even reloads. Very scarce in any condition but RARE as clean & original as this! $2450
50-110 Winchester Express

 
Winchester. One of the most collectible of all Winchester cartridges AND cartridge boxes, this is the blue-label Black Powder "Express" box intro'd in the late-1880s. Express cartridges all have the correct "raised X" on the  copper tube in the nose of the bullet. [See Giles & Shuey, pg 160.]  Bright blue labels, and a solid box with no seam or edge problems, unusual for these heavy caliber, taped construction boxes. A great find for a cartridge collector, cartridge box collector or Win M86 collector.
[Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
 

$1500
 
 

50-110 Smkls.

Jktd Hol. Pts.


[Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
Winchester. This very scarce labeling is earliest of the Smokeless loadings with the "37 grs Smkls Pwdr" callout, ca 1896-98 (see Giles & Shuey, pg. 161). Most interesting, however, is the fact that the bullets in these early Smkls boxes were not simply Jacketed Soft Points, but were Jacketed HOLLOW Soft Points! While the top right corner has a "ding" (see pix), the box is solid and the cartridges are clean & correct. A great find in this largest of Win M86 calibers.
 [This is only the 2nd such box I have ever offered for sale!]
$1375
50-110 Winchester. Earliest smokeless .50-110 box after adoption of the color protocols in 1902. Whereas prior Smokeless 20-rd box labels were green (along w/ most Blk Pwdr offerings), Smokeless, Soft Point 20-rd labels became orange. This is one of the very first and also shows the "Sunburst Smkls" and "Soft Point" labels on the ends. Cardboard is dark and ends are a bit rough but cartridges are all native to the box w/ the early straight (no canelure) cases, tinned SP jackets,  and "w"-marked primers. These ctdgs sell for $25-30 each, which makes this box of 20---CHEAP!  [Photo'd in shrink-wrap] $500
 
50-110

Connecticut Ctdg Co. In business from 1962 till about 1975, this company manufactured a line of cartridges advertised as "Cartridges Out of the Past -- Being Produced Again and Sold Here -- Fire your 'Old Favorite' Again".  This box is of the earlier style, ca 1962-63.  Contains all 20 original, smokeless, 385 gr lead b't ctdgs,  headstamped "50/110 C.C.C.", & which still appear quite capable of fulfilling the Co's promise. VERY CHEAP!

$95
(Both for $175)

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100 Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956
by
Ray T. Giles
&
Daniel L. Shuey

 

 

The 1st and ONLY definitive work on cartridge boxes, covering all the calibers for which Winchester cataloged their rifles, from the Volcanic to the Model 88. Thoroughly researched, this 312 page book contains over 1,400 full color photographs as well as price and rarity guides in a high quality, hard-cover book with dust-jacket!

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100 years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956

One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956