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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
MORE...   SEE ALSO "BARGAIN BIN" PAGE FOR MORE 2-PC BOXES
219 Zipper Remington. Postwar Kleanbore box, 56 gr JHP, clean box. $85
sold
 
22 Savage

High Power

Remington. This "Dogbone" box from the late-'20s/early-'30s is in the very scarce "Metal Cased Bullet" (FMJ) loading. Further, it's rarity is enhanced by the incredible condition of the box! It's like new--no exaggeration!

[From my personal collection]
$100
sold
22-15 Stevens UMC. Blk Pwdr 2-pc box, SEALED! Clean on all sides incl bottom. Only the .28-30 is more difficult to find among the 4 Stevens "long" calibers. Box is solid w/ no seam splits.

[From my personal collection]
$215
sold
236 Remington (Lee) UMC. This RARE caliber is seldom seen at all--empty, full or partial! This one is empty but it's exceptionally clean and w/o any splits at ends or seams. The dark area seen on the lid-top is actually shadow as the box is bowed inward, there is NO smudge. Cartridges are nearly impossible to find also. I've only seen 3 of these boxes--ever--and, in the 2 that had cartridges, all but 1 of the shells had virtually disintegrated within the box, the brass casings essentially "rotted" through and crumbling. You will very seldom see empty boxes listed on these pages; but, when you do, you know they are truly rare and virtually unattainable as full boxes. $100
sold
25-21 Stevens UMC. Blk Pwdr 2-pc box. Solid box w/ no seam splits; ctdgs are clean & original and all appear native to the box. Difficult to find caliber, much scarcer than .25-25. $185
220 Win Swift Winchester. "1935" box, the first in this ground-breaking caliber, "220 Winchester Swift" callout (See Giles & Shuey, p.250). This was one of a couple of Winchester's abortive attempts to turn a successful wildcat into a proprietary Win cartridge (another was the 257 Roberts, see 257 Rem-Roberts below). Note that at this early time only the Win Model 54 is called out under the cartridge pic. Solid box, great color, near MINT! $150
25 Remington Auto Western Super-X. Bright & clean in & out. Looks about new! $90
25-35 Remington-UMC.  Two-pc box, ca early-1920s. This is the very scarce 87 grain JHP loading in this calber. Not known for its exceptional velocity, this loading turned the 25-35 into serious varmint load. It's the same bullet that Savage used to get the famous 3000 fps velocity out of its .250-3000 cartridge a few years earlier. $95
25-35 Western Super-X. Very clean & bright. This caliber getting very hard to find! $65
sold
25-35 U.S. Cartridge Co. Very early SEALED 2-pc box by this important 19th Century maker. While the lid-top has some staining at the right end, the other labels are very bright and the back sealing label remains intact. Seldom seen!
[From my personal collection]
$110
sold
25-36 Marlin UMC. Early box in this VERY hard-to-find caliber. Except for weakness at the lower right end/corner, the box is solid w/ nice labels. Also, there is enclosed within the box an original DuPont powder insert. A really sharp display box!

[From my personal collection]

$150
25-36 Marlin
Short Range

 
Winchester. Very scarce caliber in a seldom-seen box by ANY maker: the Short Range (50-yard) loading. Box is full of the original SR cartridges and all ends & seams are tight & unrepaired, unusual for these early, taped construction boxes. Rare opportunity!
[From my personal collection]
$195
sold
250 Savage
(250-3000)
Remington. The 3000 fps "Mushroom" 87 gr bullet w/ b't pix on lwr front label of 2-pc box, ca 1922-25. Clean box w/ tight seams and great color. Ammo all native to the box. Nice! $115
250 Savage
(250-3000)
    Savage.  From the 1920s, this bright & beautiful 2-pc box is SEALED by separate labels on front, back, and both ends! Further, it's in the "real" .250-3000 loading, the 87 grain bullet that really did leave the muzzle at 3000 fps! The apparent "gap" in the seal at the right end center is only a fold--there is NO separation in this or any other of the 5 labels on this box. As close to perfection as you'll possibly find!   [From my personal collection] $225
sold
250 Savage
(250-3000)
Savage. Popular and colorful "Indian Chief" large logo box in the heavier 100 grain bullet loading. Great color, near perfect! Not likely to be found any nicer! [From my personal collection] $140
257 Remington-Roberts Remington. Scarce & unusual 2-pc Kleanbore box (Klnbore bxs were nearly always 1-pc type) calling out ".257 Remington Roberts ...(25 Roberts)". Obviously a very early 257 box, ca mid- 1920s, when the cartridge was barely out of the wildcat category. Headstamps on the ctdgs are the desirable "257 Rem-Roberts" and are collectible in their own right. They are also the scarcer 100 gr bullet weight (87 gr and 117 gr were more typical in the 25 caliber offerings). Interestingly, both Remington and Winchester tried to turn Ned Roberts' fine little wildcat into a proprietary caliber as both "257 Remington Roberts" and "257 Winchester Roberts" were early callouts on their respective boxes in the '20s & '30s. Both failed and the cartridge survives as simply the "257 Roberts". sold
 
280 Ross Winchester. Label-dated 1922, this excellent caliber out of Canada was only loaded for 21 years, 1914-1935, for the Ross Sporting Rifle, Model of 1910.  A very scarce caliber in a Winchester box (most examples found are of British make). SEALED!
sold
30 Remington Remington. Very unusual 2-pc box, perhaps the earliest Kleanbore. The box makes no mention of UMC, not even in the "Red Ball" logo (at left); this is most unusual except during the "Split Logo" years right after the 1911 combination of the Rem and UMC brands. By 1915, the Red Ball contained both makers' names. The headstamp is "Rem-UMC .30 Rem" which is normal. Perhaps the Kleanbore priming was still in the experimental stage? It certainly doesn't appear to be a box graphic that the marketing dept would choose to introduce their innovative new priming! The 1920s 1-pc Rem boxes had some the best & brightest graphics in that company's long history. Go figure...at least it's in very solid condition & very clean.    [From my personal collection] $110
30-'03 Winchester. Two-pc Soft Point box, 6-16 and 10-19 label dates. Bottom and some seams repaired, cardboard soft; that said, however, the labels are good and the rds are clean & all appear native to the box. Great value on a scarce box. sold
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 last, "Olin Inds" marked, ca late-1940s. Tight seams and flaps.
sold
 
30-'06 Grizzly Box Winchester. The famous Grizzly box, the labeling that introduced Winchester's famous Silvertip bullet in Jan, 1940. This one in 180 gr Silvertip. All rds appear native to the box; flaps and seams intact. Cheap! $130
sold
30-30 "Winchester High Velocity" Western. Early-1930s Super-X box w/ "W.C.Co." in upper left corner of back. Scarce loading. This is the only Winchester or Western loading in any caliber that refers to itself as "Winchester High Velocity" yet is not headstamped "W.H.V." (like earlier WHV-titled loadings) nor is it loaded to higher than normal velocities except as allowed by the use of a lighter (150 gr) bullet. Quite unusual,  quite collectible, quite scarce!

$125
sold

 
30-30 Western. Colorful & popular Super-X box, 170 gr Lubaloy loading. Exc cond. $40
sold
30-30 (".30 W.C.F") Winchester. Second earliest green, square-corner Win Model '94 box, Type 1, Variety 2, ca 1896 (see Giles & Shuey, pp 172-173). 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, while not all native to the box, contain the scarce early 160 gr bullet as well as the so-called "2-pc Protected Primer" with the "w" in the center. Both "Sunburst" labels are also present: "Soft Point, Metal Patched Bullets" on the right end and "Winchester Smokeless, Trade Mark" on the lower front (see pic). Further, the box and lid are tight w/ no seam splits or repairs. Rare opportunity! $525
sold
30-30 [RARE]
"High Velocity"
Winchester. From my personal collection, this "1935" box is in the rare "High Velocity" labeling, using a 150 gr Jacketed Hollow Point bullet. Unfortunately both flaps have been taped back although, as you can see in the scan, that fact is very difficult to ascertain in the shrink-wrap. An old orig price has been partially erased on the back side but the box displays very well either on its front edge or simply lying face up. Much rarer than the Western "30-30 Winchester High Velocity" box (see above) though from the same period and in the same loading. [Not in Giles & Shuey] sold
30-30 Bear Winchester. The classic Grizzly box in the most popular of collector calibers and which, inexplicably, is also one of the scarcest bear boxes. This one is in minty condition with great color. Few better! $295
sold
30-40 Krag Savage. The very popular "Indian Chief" large logo box. Flaps & edges are tight, color is good, only very slight shelf wear. Nice example from one the most collectible series of all cartridge boxes! $135

30-40 Krag SHORT RANGE
(".30 USG" or ".30 Army")

Winchester. Ca late-1890s, this rare loading was primarily for Armory use: 100 gr lead bullet backed by 7 grs Smkls Pwdr. The box is solid & clean w/ great color. The ctdgs are also clean & appear native to the box. A rare find and the only one I've ever had for sale! (See Giles & Shuey pg 212, book price estimate listed @ $225-375). $250
sold
300 Savage Savage. Popular and colorful "Indian Chief" large logo box in one of the great proprietary Savage calibers. A few very minor scuffs at some corners & edges. Excellent condition, a "no excuses" box! $120
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 Peters. Very early square corner box w/ the "salmon-colored" label (tho a bit dark), ca 1900. Full of orig ctdgs and w/ very tight unrepaired seams and ends in spite of the taped box construction. Seldom encountered box by one of the more collectible obsolete makers. CHEAP! $100
sold
303 Savage Remington-UMC.  Commonly referred to as the "Split-Logo" labeling, w/ UMC on left and Rem on right, these are the earliest graphics after the combination in 1911 of these 2 companies. Note also the headstamp on the ctdg cut is simply "U.M.C."rather than "Rem-UMC". EXCEPTIONALLY clean box, ca 1911-13! $125
303 Savage UMC. Early Smkls "Expansive Bullet" 2-pc box. Has 13 native-to-the-box rds. Very clean & solid, great display box for that Savage Mod 1899!
[
Out of my personal collection; photo'd in shrink-wrap]
$90
 
303 Savage Winchester. Very early box, ca 1900, w/both "Sunburst" end-labels. Label chip on lid-top but ctdgs all orig & appear native to the box. These Sunburst label boxes are very collectible and getting VERY hard to find as they were around only from the mid-1890s until 1905. $150
303 Savage Winchester. Early (ca 1906-8) 2-pc box in the Soft Point loading. Full of its original ctdgs, the box very tight w/ no repairs or seam/end splits. Nice! $135
303 Savage   See "Obsolete" listings for more recent bxs in this caliber.
32 Remington Auto Remington. 1920s "Hi-Speed", 110 gr "Mushroom Bullet". This bright, yellow box was only issued for a very short time & in very few calibers and is therefore much sought after but seldom found. Especially desirable in the four Remington calibers such as this (and .25, .30, & .35). Ctdgs all appear native to the box. sold
32 Remington Auto Remington-UMC. Very popular 2-pc Rem Model 14 Picture box, ca 1916-20. Exceptionally clean & tight w/ all ctdgs native to the box. Great collectible M14 bx! $135
 
32 Remington Auto Remington-UMC. As above except label not quite as bright and, interestingly, headstamp on ctdg pic (lid-front label) is just "UMC", rather than "Rem-UMC". By this time (late-'teens) it should've been Rem-UMC. $120
32 Remington Auto Western. Grizzly box. Not the cleanest and has a scratch on the rt flap but ammo OK and it IS a Bear box, cheap! $65
sold
32 Win Special UMC. This box is thought to be the earliest by UMC in this caliber, intro'd by Win in 1902. Further enhancing its rarity is the fact that it's in the "Metal Cased Bullet" (FMJ) loading, always far scarcer than the Soft Point. Solid box w/ good seams & corners. $140
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
32 Win Special Remington. Very clean 2-pc box, ca 1922-25, with their (then-) new 165 gr Express Mushroom bullet (jacketed hollow point). Still SEALED, this is a great display box!
[From my personal collection]
$135
sold
32 Win Special Remington. As above, Rem's "new" (1922-25) Mushroom Bullet but in the seldom encountered "Hi-Speed" 110 grain loading. Small glitsch at bottom edge but overall very clean & solid w/ all orig ctdgs. VERY scarce!

[From my personal collection]

$145
sold
32 Win Special Western. This caliber, the scarcest caliber for Winchester Bear boxes, is, fortunately, somewhat more commonly found in Western boxes. This one is clean & bright w/ tight seams & flaps and very slight edge wear. Also, the ctdgs appear to be all native to the box. A nice example for a fraction of the price of a Win Grizzly box in this caliber. $150
sold
32 Win Special Winchester. While fairly common in Western boxes this caliber is among the scarcest Winchester Bear boxes. The back side shows some edge label chips/scuffs and a patch of "label pull" but the front-side graphics of this Grizzly box, which are the "main attraction", are nice w/ no scuffs or scratches. CHEAP! $185
sold
32-40   Also see "OBSOLETE" pg.  
32-40 Short Range U.M.C. Black Powder Short Range box, ca 1900, w/ 19 native rds (and 1 "UMC SH 32-40" Short Range filler). VERY SCARCE box in excellent condition--NO split seams or edges, no repairs. Labels 99% with great color! [From my personal collection, photo'd in shrink-wrap] $195
sold
32-40 Western. Post-war "Bullseye" box. Solid, w/ tight flaps & edges, good color. $75
32-40 Winchester JOHN WAYNE COMMEMORATIVE boxes. Excellent "display" condition, out of an original case, not the raw edged, creased boxes w/ price tags & markings and smudged shelf wear so often seen. $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

 
33 Winchester Peters. Seldom-seen postwar box in this last caliber created for the Model 1886 Win. Also, it's the ONLY one created for the '86 after the advent of Smkls Pwdr. Clean & nice both in & out. $125
33 WCF, 33 WIN   Also see "OBSOLETE" pg.  
348 Peters. Earliest 348 box by this desirable maker. Kings Mills address, ca mid-1930s. Minty!


$115
 

348 Remington. Late (LAST, actually) Kleanbore box, only mfd for a year or two, ca 1962-3. Virtually new from case. Scarce! $80
348 Winchester. As above, the "1935" box, the EARLIEST Win box in this caliber, but this in the scarcer 200 gr loading. For some reason the 200 gr is found less often in this box than the 150 gr, a fact which was reversed after WW2, the 200 gr having become much more popular; indeed, it's the only catalog loading that has survived for the past 50 years! Great color and the rds are all clean & native to the box. $200
348 Winchester. The only post-1940 box out there that Win Model 71 collectors want: the Grizzly or "Crouching Bear" box. Good color w/ tight flaps. All sides/ends pictured at left, click to enlarge.
$195
sold
35 Newton Western. Bullseye box, 1930s. Cartridge cases & bullets are clean though some heads are tarnished and one primer shows slight corrosion. This is the largest & scarcest of the 3 Newton calibers offered by Western. Seldom seen with flaps intact as these heavy ctdgs usually burst through the flaps. Very decent box & ammo at a very cheap price! $150
sold
35 Remington Auto Remington. "Blue Train" box, ca 1920s. Ctdgs all appear native to the box. Perhaps the MOST collectible of all Remington boxes, especially in what is arguably the best Remington proprietary caliber. sold
35 WCF UMC.  Clean, SEALED 2-pc box in the scarcer "Metal Cased Bullet" loading. Seldom encountered and cheap! $135
35 WCF Winchester. The very colorful "1939" style box, the last in which this great caliber was produced. Headstamps in this box are the earlier, classic (and correct) "WRACo 35 WCF". While primarily a Win M95 caliber, for which rifle it was developed, it was also popular among British professional hunters in India & Africa; as a result, many double rifles were also chambered for it. Clean & solid!
$150
sold

 
MORE...   SEE ALSO "BARGAIN BIN" PAGE FOR LOTS MORE 2-PC BOXES  
375 Win. 200 gr Winchester-Western "BIG BORE 94" box in the 200 gr offering. Clean, solid & bright. out
375 Win. 250 gr  "BIG BORE 94" box in the much scarcer and more desirable 250 gr offering. Display quality condition.
$85
38-55 FMJ Remington-UMC. Scarce Full Patch (FMJ) "Metal Cased" bullet. Ctdgs are uncleaned but remain exceptionally bright and clean w/ "U" on the primers. $90
38-55 H.V. U.S. Cartridge Co. A RARE High Velocity loading by one of the great early (now long-gone) makers. Also, it's in the seldom-seen (by ANY maker) Full Metal Jacket loading. And, completing the trifecta, it's factory SEALED! Graphics on the back are identical to the front (pictured) and every bit as clean & bright as the front.
 
[From my personal collection]
$150|
sold
38-55 Western. Very clean & bright Olin "Bullseye" box, ca 1945-54. $90
sold
38-55 Winchester. Soft Pt, 2-pc box, ca 1915. SEALED, SOLID, EXCELLENT CONDITION!
[
From my personal collection]
$215
sold
38-56 FMJ Winchester. "Metal Patched Bullet" (FMJ) loading in the early "Green Smokeless" box, pre-1898. This a seldom seen combination as both factors are very scarce but when found together the combination borders on truly RARE!! Box is solid & tight, rds are great for display as they have the shiny full jacketed bullet. Relative to rarity, this box is CHEAP! $325
sold
38-70 Remington-UMC. Very scarce, even RARE, 2-pc box: Fewer than 900 Win Model 1886s were ever chambered for this seldom-seen cartridge and the vast majority of the 38-70 cartridge boxes are of Winchester make. Of the few Rem-UMC or UMC boxes seen, nearly all are Black Powder! Some label loss on lid-top (see pic) otherwise solid all around incl bottom ends. Ctdgs all orig and appear native to the box.
[From my personal collection]
$225
sold
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
40-60 Marlin
 (& Colt LMR)

Remington-UMC, "Split-logo" 2-pc Blk Pwdr box, ca 1911-12, the first 2 years following the combination of UMC with Remington. Solid box containing all correct "UMC" headstamped ctdgs (still shown on the cartridge pic on the front label). 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).
$275
40-65 WCF UMC. Black Powder 2-pc box, SEALED! One of the harder-to-find Win Model '86 calibers in Blk Pwdr. Slight shelf wear but solid in every respect.
[From my personal collection]
$250
40-70 Winchester. Black Pwdr 2-pc box. Some light scuffing but still a very displayable and very scarce box. This caliber not intro'd until 1894 and this box, with its "Manufactured & Guaranteed by" line on the lid-top label, dates this one to the 1894-1897 period. Ctdgs are all properly headstamped "WRACo 40-70 WCF", however 2 are soft points. Fewer than 1000 Win Model 1886s were ever chambered for this seldom-seen cartridge! $435
sold
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. Early box by Peters, ca 1899-1902, in one of the most difficult to find of all the M86 calibers. Early two-pc Peters M86 boxes are VERY uncommon as they never made a number of those calibers. This one's for the advanced  ctdg box collector or Win Mod.'86 (or Marlin M '95) collector. $315
sold
40-82 Winchester. Black powder 2-pc box in one of the most popular, and toughest to find, Win Model '86 calibers. Unusually clean w/ none of the usual seam or end separations common to boxes of this early style, taped construction (see Giles & Shuey, pp 14-15). Exceptional! $495
sold
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 Winchester. Very early (1909 & 1910 dtd lbls) 2-pc box in the rare 250 gr loading which was discontinued after the 1924 catalog due to poor sales (see Giles & Shuey, pg 239 bottom). The ctdg pic shows the knurling on the bullet which distinguished the 250 gr from the 200 gr b't. Solid box w/ good color, orig rds. Seldom offered! $165
sold
401 WSL Winchester. "1939" box; solid w/ good color. Graphics on back are identical except for small "1.98" price in red ink. Ammo all correct & appears native to the box. $145
sold
401 WSL Winchester. "1946" box. Great color & graphics. Clean ammo, all of which appears native to the box. $110
on hold
405 Winchester. "1939" box. Full of correct rds but top edge appears slightly folded forward, the result of several of these heavy boxes having been stacked on it at some time in the past. (Could be pressed flat) $100
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 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 Sharps 2/7/8" U.M.C. ".45 Calibre / 2 7/8 inch Shell, 105 Grains Powder, / 1-13/32 inch Patched Bullet, 550 Grains". Five clean paper-patched ctdgs in the original, inner paper wrap common to these early UMC Sharps boxes containing un-headstamped ctdgs. Some staining to upper edge of lid, otherwise clean & solid box w/ EXCEPTIONAL cartridges! sold
45-60 Winchester. Blk Pwdr box w/ headstamped rds (See Giles & Shuey, pg 81). Ammo all appears native to the box. Early, seldom seen box; solid, w/ no significant wear and great color. These early black powder calibers, originating in the 1873-1885 period, are becoming extremely hard to find by any maker and from any time period prior to the mid-1920s.  Exceptional!

$575
sold

 
45-70   FOR FRANKFORD ARSENAL OFFERINGS, PLS GO TO "EARLY & TRANSITIONAL" PAGE.  
45-70-405

Peters. "Semi-Smokeless" loading in heavy, double-wall 2-pc box, early 1900s. Solid box w/ clean labels. Seldom-seen caliber in early Peters labeling! $175
sold
45-70-405 U.M.C. Black Powder, string-opening double-wall box (military style). String has been pulled across back but box has not (cannot have) been opened as lid seams are unbroken and front label is completely intact. Scarce box, ca early 1890s.
[From my personal collection]
$175
sold
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! $550
sold
45-75 U.M.C. Thought to be the earliest box by UMC, ca 1878-82, this is the famous "Double Dog" logo labeling (see pix). While showing some significant label scuffing, the box integrity is very solid w/ no repairs. The early unheadstamped "folded head" ctdgs appear native to the box and are quite clean. Seldom seen box in very scarce caliber. $435
45-75 U.M.C. Ca 1890-1895 as above, this blk pwdr "Solid Head" box has a later variety of the early, wide guarantee label. Box is solid and clean. Cartridges are exceptionally clean and appear native to the box; further, they have the "UMC 45-75 SH" headstamp denoting the "Solid Head" case . A really nice box at half the price of a Winchester box from the same period! $350
sold
 
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 (see below for later variety).  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
45-75 Winchester. Black Powder 2-pc bx, 1883-84. This is the latter of the highly desirable, early variety reloading labels which cover the entire lower part of the box. Note cartridge pic has no headstamp, nor do the correct rds therein. [See Giles & Shuey, pg 85]. The fact that this box shows some light, even label wear is all that keeps it from being a $1000+ item. Seams are tight, both top & bottom, including ends--most unusual for these heavy ctdgs in an early, taped-construction box. $775
45-90 UMC. Black Powder, 2-pc box, SEALED! Finding ANY sealed 2-pc Blk Pdr box in Win rifle calibers is to be considered a victory of sorts. Labels are bright including the red end labels and sealing label on back.

 [Been in my collection for 25 years!]

$275
sold
45-90 Winchester. Black Powder 2-pc bx ca 1890s. Exceptionally clean on all sides and the ctdgs are nice as well, all of which appear native to the box. About as nice a blk pwdr box as you'll find and worthy of display with the finest Winchester Model 86! $550
sold
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 ctdgs. Box still has the original interior paper wrapped in serpentine fashion around the ctdgs. Exceptional! $850
sold
45 Sharps 2-7/8" UMC. As above but the far less common 10-rd box. This loading has 100 grs of powder behind a 500 gr paper-patched bullet. Early un-headstamped ctdgs. Rare box in great condition! $1250
sold
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. Clean orig ctdgs w/ the 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. $1500
sold
458 Win Mag Gold/Black
Cape Buffalo box
Browning. The largest & one of the scarcest of the limited Browning series, it is also arguably the most attractive of those boxes with its depiction of a cape buffalo on the front. Unfortunately, the scanner will not recreate the graphics due to the reflective nature of the gold background on these boxes. If you'd like a picture, pls email & I'll try to send a digital photo. $85
50-70
Farrington primed 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 unusual  1878 "Frazier's Patent" box. Upper pic shows lid-top, close-up of loading callout and open box (box is full but 12 shells removed for pic) exhibiting Frazier's Patent construction. Lower pic shows front lbl and the patent callout lbl on the bottom. Box is solid, 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]. THIS A DIFFERENT (AND BETTER!) BOX FROM THE SIMILAR ONE THAT HAS BEEN IN THIS SPOT FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS & WAS RECENTLY MARKED "SOLD". sold
50-70 Sharps Sharps Rifle Mfg Co. Early 1870s 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. But these boxes are among the very rarest of all Sharps items--there are probably fewer than 15 of these known, maybe less than 10. $2500
sold
 
.50-70  

 

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50-90 Sharps, 2-1/2",
"Big Fifty"
Winchester. The true "Big Fifty" Sharps ctdg. Early box w/ orig un-headstamped, bright paper-patched cartridges still w/ the rare tissue paper bullet coverings! [See Giles & Shuey, pg 110]. Seldom found so nice, truly exceptional!

(From my personal collection).

$2500
sold
50-95 Connecticut Cartridge Co. From the mid-'60s till the early '70s this company made new, properly headstamped ammo for some of the great old calibers. Here is there 10-box offering in .50-95. $150 
sold
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 colors, solid box--great find for a cartridge collector, cartridge box collector or Win M86 collector. $1650
sold
50-110 Winchester
Express
Winchester. As above and in similar condition, slightly nicer labels. $1750
sold
 
50-110 Winchester
Express
Winchester. Again as above, only in the much scarcer square-corner green label box--that's right: the blue labels on these 50-110 Blk Pwdr  boxes are far more common than green label boxes. Solid box w/ none of the typical edge or end separations. Ctdgs are all "WRACo 50-110 EX" headstamped and all have the copper-tubed "x" Express bullets. A very nice box very reasonably priced! $795
50-110 Smkls.

Jktd Hol. Pts.

Winchester. This 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 box bottom shows tape removal stain, the box is solid and the cartridges are clean & original. A great find in this largest of Win M86 calibers.
 [This is from my personal collection & is the first such box I have ever offered for sale!]
sold
50-110 Winchester. Earliest smokeless 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! $500
sold
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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