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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 Remington. Postwar Kleanbore box, 56 gr JHP, clean box. $85
sold
 
22 Savage
High Power
Dominion/C.I.L. Thought to be a late-'20s/early-'30s box, it opens with a top flap (rather than an end flap). Headstamp is the early "D.C.Co" rather than the later "Dominion". Clean, bright & solid on all sides. Seldom seen box! $65
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
sold
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
sold
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)
    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
sold
257 Roberts Western Super-X. Very scarce 87 gr SP bullet loading. Exc cond. $90
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
 
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
sold
30-'03 Winchester. Two-pc Soft Point box, 6-16 and 10-19 label dates. Solid folded construction box. All correct, orig ammo. A VERY difficult box to obtain by ANY maker. $185
sold
30-'06 Dominion (Canada). This is the trifecta of Dominion boxes: it has the popular "Bent-D" logo labeling, the desirable early "D.C.Co." headstamped ctdgs, and they're all on/in the seldom-seen 2-pc box. Further, it's primary callout is for the "Winchester Model 1895". A winner! $85
30-'06 Peters. Salmon colored, 2-pc double-wall box w/ paste-on lbl: "Protected Point Expanding Bullet, Pat. Applied For".  Seldom encountered, even rare, box. Extremely clean & solid and SEALED! $175
sold
30-'06 Winchester. Early box in this iconic caliber, circa 1911.  Label on back specifically calls out the Win Model 1895. These early, taped construction boxes are usually found with the bottoms in tatters due to the pointed bullet ctdgs contained therein. Not so here: ALL seams are tight and original; labels and box are all clean also. Nice! $145
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 (".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 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
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
sold
303 Savage   Savage. Early 2-pc box, ca 1914. Missing piece approx 1"x 1/8"  on bottom (see pic), otherwise clean & solid w/ great color. These early Savage boxes getting VERY hard to find! $145
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. 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. $110
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
sold
32-40   Also see "OBSOLETE" pg.  
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. $80
 
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. This is the RARE "Rustless Gildkote" box from the early-1930s. Back side shows tape removal staining at both ends. One flap has been reattached but the other appears to have been simply reinforced. This from my personal collection and is only the 2nd one I've ever had. Selling because I finally found a better one after 25 years of doing this! $235
33 Winchester Winchester. Dated 3-28, this is a very early "Staynless" box. Although Staynless was introduced in Winchester's 1-pc box, this scarce Full Patch" (FMJ) loading remains a 2-pc box. Note the word "STAYNLESS" in GOLD caps diagonally across the front & lid. Solid, clean & all original! $275
sold
33 Winchester Winchester, circa 1950s, 200 gr SP. (Have several, boxes pictured representative but may not be exact box available). $110
33 WCF,
33 Winchester
  Also see "OBSOLETE" pg.  
348 Win Winchester. The last "pure Winchester" style box, 1962-68 Super Speed Silvertip. Excellent collectible cond! $105
348 Win Winchester. Scarcer 150 gr loading in the colorful "1946" box. Nice inside & out! $110
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. 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 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
 
 

 
358 Win. Winchester. The last "pure Winchester" style box, 1962-68 Super Speed, in the scarcer and more desirable 250 gr Silvertip loading. $85
sold
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375 H&H Magnum Gold/Black
Cape Buffalo box
Browning. The 2nd largest (behind .458 Win--see below) & 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. $75
375 Win. 200 gr Winchester-Western "BIG BORE 94" box in the 200 gr offering. Clean, solid & bright. $75
(out)
375 Win. 250 gr  "BIG BORE 94" box in the much scarcer and more desirable 250 gr offering. Display quality condition. $90
(out)
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
38-56 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
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
40-70 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, earliest type w/o end labels, ca 1886-94. This is among the most difficult of the M86 calibers to find in a clean early box.
[Photo'd in shrink-wrap; the dark area at lower center is NOT a stain on the box; rather, it is the result of shadow created by a slight depression in the box bottom.]
$525
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
40-90 Sharps Straight Winchester. Far less common than the 5-rd UMC offering, this 10-rd box is the perfect mate to a Win M1885 High-Wall in this caliber. Clean, solid & totally original.
[From my personal collection]
$595
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
405 Remington-UMC. Very scarce "Split Logo" box, ca 1911-12. Has ctdg pic showing UMC headstamp (no "Rem") and ctdgs in the box are likewise stamped just UMC. These are the 1st boxes after the Remington & UMC combination in 1910-11 and were very short-lived. $120
405 Western, 1930s "Bullseye" box, with "W.C.Co." in upper left corner of back. $125
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
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 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 Gatling
Blanks
Remington-UMC. Black Powder blanks for the Gatling Gun in a minty, SEALED 2-pc box! Cheap! $150
sold
45-70 Riot

Peters "RIOT CARTRIDGES".  This box of .45-70 Riot cartridges contains 5 most unusual Shot cartridges with fluted cases and knurled rims. Very interesting and scarce box in near mint condition in & out. $145
sold
45-70-500 UMC. This is thought to be the 1st Gov't issued Smkls loading. It's a string-pull opening box, typical of military boxes, and is virtually as new! $135
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 2.1"

(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
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-headstampedctdgs each have their 500 gr paper-patched bullets carefully protected in tissue paper as wrapped by the factory. Totally original.

[From my personal collection]
$1250
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
 
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. 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  

 

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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 Winchester. Very solid Black Pwdr box w/ all clean, correct rds. This box has a primary label (top/front) from the 1890s but also exhibits 6-6 "Red W" end labels as well as a 7-6 guarantee label on the back. This mixed, anachronistic  labeling is explained by 2 factors: 1st, Win never threw out anything, including out-dated labels. Second, by 1906-07 this caliber (as well as the other 3 Mod.'76 calibers) were obsolete and very slow-sellers. Never a big seller even in its day, .50-95 boxes are among the scarcest and most sought-after of all Winchester lever-gun calibers. $1750
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.
[Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
$1650
sold
 
50-110 Winchester
Express
Winchester. As above and in similar condition, just slightly nicer labels. $1750
sold
 
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
505 Gibbs George Gibbs, Ltd, Bristol, England. Seldom seen or offered is this orig box of 10 rds of this seriously heavy-duty cartridge. Clean & solid in & out, this is a rare find! $185
MORE...   SEE ALSO "BARGAIN BIN" PAGE FOR MORE 2-PC BOXES



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
 

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100 years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956

One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956