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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 Winchester. "1935" box, the FIRST Zipper box type in the short-lived and very scarce
46 grain
bullet loading. Solid box w/ great color; the most desirable of all Zipper boxes! Had one on this site a couple years ago (at this same price) that didn't last 24 hrs. Don't miss this one!
$165
sold
 
219 Zipper Winchester. "1939" box, 56 gr loading. As close to "mint" as is possible to find! The ultimate display box! $150
sold

.220 "Winchester" Swift

Winchester. "1939" box, the 2nd variety in this colorful 1st type "220 Winchester Swift" labeling (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). Solid box, great color, near MINT!

Out of my personal collection, this is the exact box box pictured on pg 251 in the book.

$150
sold
222 Rem Mag Peters. Very scarce box of Peters 1st labeling in this short-lived caliber, ca 1958-'61. Although 2 rds have nickeled primers while the rest are brass, all ctdgs are correctly Peters headstamped & seams and flaps are tight.
$55
 
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. [Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
$180
sold
 
25 Remington Auto U.M.C.  Though missing a small part of the lower left end label, this box is exceptionally solid with no seam splits or other problems. Ctdgs are original & all there. Given this caliber's introduction in 1906 (according to various gun writers), an earlier box in this caliber should exist; however, I've never seen one. This short-lived "Red Ball" UMC logo was around in 1908, possibly appearing in 1907, but was gone in 1911 when the combination with Remington took place. But it definitely wasn't on shelves in 1906. It is, in any event, a very early & scarce box in a seldom encountered caliber. And cheap: Shootable stuff, when you can find it, is around $100! $165
25-21 Stevens Eley Bros, London. Here is a rare and very early 10-rd string-tied soft-pack of the very scarce .25-21 Stevens. Still tied and nice, never been broken into. $115
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. "1928" box, the 1st variety of the 1st style of Winchester's 1-pc box. While one ctdg is not native to the box, all have the correct "WRACo" headstamps, copper JSP b'ts and oval nickeled primers, the only box & labeling containing this scarce combination of ctdg features. Back side has identical graphics. All seams and flaps are tight and, if anything, the color is better & brighter than shown in this scan. $195
sold
25-35 Winchester. The bright & colorful "1939 Type" box. Only a barely visible erasure (right center above "Soft Point") keeps this box from being perfect. Back side has identical graphics and is even closer to perfect. Clean ctdgs all appear native to the box. A really nice example of a much sought-after box & caliber. $145
25-35 Winchester. As above, nice solid box, not as clean & bright but all original inside & out. $125
25-35 Winchester. Here is the scarcest of the 3 varieties of this 1935-'39-'45 Series box: The "1945 Type" (Division of Olin Inds) which, in a corporate sense began in Nov 1944 but when it was first used on boxes is not known. One can safely assume, however, that it wasn't used until the older "Div of Western Ctdg Co" boxes were all used up; hence, depending upon the caliber, 1945 and early 1946 would have been the probable phase-in period of this labeling. The introduction in '46 of the red, yellow & white "1946 Type" box meant that most calibers were never issued in a "1945" box making this variety of this popular and colorful series the scarcest by far! $175
250-3000 Savage Winchester. This is the smallest of the Grizzly boxes and also one of the scarcest. Further, the ctdgs are headstamped with the desirable ".250-3000" headstamp. Clean & solid, from my personal collection. $165
sold
257 Roberts
 
Remington. The headstamp on Remington's early iteration of this iconic caliber, born of Ned Roberts famous wildcat, the .25 Roberts, is ".25 Rem". $225
sold
270 WCF Winchester. The colorful "1939" variety of the "1935 Super Speed Type". Clean and tight. Nice! $80
270 WCF Winchester. This is the FIRST .270 box, ca 1924 and titled ".270 Winchester Model 54..." Cartridges all correct and box shows no seam or edge problems.  Very scarce box, one might even say "historic" given the ultimate success of this fine caliber. $150
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
 
30 Remington Western Super-X, Grizzly box. Solid box w/ good color & clean rds! $110
300 Savage Winchester. With the basic look of the earlier "1935" and "1939" boxes, this scarce box may slip by unrecognized! Actually, it's the scarce "1945" ("Olin Inds" box which gave way very quickly to the "Type of 1946", the red & yellow box seen through most of the 1950s. Further adding to its scarcity is that it's NOT a Silvertip loading which became so popular after its intro in 1940. Of course, during the WW2 1942-45 period, most sporting ammo was in short supply. Solid, all original in & out, and with great color!
[From my personal collection.
$95
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 clean, original & SEALED! 'Nuff said...  
$225
sold
30-'03 Winchester. Hard-to-find caliber. Box is solid w/ no repairs--unusual for this caliber. Labels date to 'Teens but overstamps of Staynless/Non-Mercuric place it in the early 1930s, among the last made before going obsolete. $140
30-'06

Winchester. Early FMJ box w/ 1908 & 1910 label dates. While calling out the Win Model 1895 on back label (see pic), the headstamps are dated "2-11", military style. It was a fairly common practice among early makers to package military ctdgs in commercial labelings. Although there's an oil stain at left back side and a sliver of label gap where opened, this box is otherwise near mint!  A great box for either a M95 collector or military collector.
(From my personal collection; discovered after writing Giles & Shuey).
$145
30-'06 Winchester. Among the last of the 2-pc boxes, this bright FMJ labeling is from the 1928-31 period. In addition to its pristine condition is the fact that this is the actual box pictured at the bottom of page 208 of Giles & Shuey. $80
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.  Exceptional! $235
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! $75
".30 Cal Winchester Bullets" Winchester. "Smokeless Metal Patched Bullets"; early, pre-1900, 160 gr JSP bullets for reloading .30-30 (.30 WCF) cartridges in spite of the fact that Winchester constantly cautioned against doing so. Seldom seen! (Can be mailed, $7.50) $47.50
sold
30-30
(".30 W.C.F")
Winchester. Second earliest green, square-corner Win Model '94 box, Type 1, Variety 5, ca 1898-1900 (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 JSP  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 back calls out "Winchester Smokeless, Trade Mark" and the left end has the "Soft Point" Sunburst.  Both Sunbursts are scuffed but obvious as to their call-outs. This box is in very solid condition and highly collectible. And only the 2nd of this type I've ever had for sale. Rare opportunity!     [Photo'd in shrink-wrap; scan appears a bit brighter green than actual]. $450
sold
 
 
30-30
 (".30 W.C.F")

SEALED!
Winchester. "Full Patch Bullet", early 5-6 dated primary label, 3-11 lid-top--a type or variety not listed in Giles & Shuey. Labels are 99% including all 4 end labels. Perforations on left of front lbl are Cummins "dot codes" which Win began using in 1907. A near perfect box with one of the earliest date coded labels, a practice Win started in mid-1906. [From my personal collection] $225
sold
30-30
Hollow Point
Winchester. "1946" K-code box in scarce 150 gr Hollow Point loading. Box shows wear (and original 2.95 price in crayon) but flaps & seams are tight and ammo appears all native to the box. $55
"30-40 Krag and Win." Peters. Early, pristine 2-pc box in the desirable "Salmon"-colored labeling. Virtually as new evidently taken from an original case. Both ends are identical. [From my personal collection] $150
sold
30-40 Krag/Army
[Rare ".30 USA" Headstamp]
U.M.C. String-pull (military style) 2-pc box but in commercial labeling. Can't see the headstamp (as the box is SEALED) but the headstamp shown on the cartridge pic on the label is "30 USA UMC", a very early designation for this caliber. The .30-40 is also the earliest Smokeless rifle caliber loaded commercially in the U.S. and, unknown to many, the "40" stands for 40 grains of SMOKELESS powder, not black as had previously been the practice in naming cartridges. Only one other cartridge without black powder origins was designated this way: the 25-35 in 1895. It's tempting to say that the 30-30 should also be on that list as the 2nd "30" does indeed stand for 30 grs of Smkls Pwdr; however, in spite of later conventional usage, the official factory designation or title of that iconic cartridge was "30 WCF".

This VERY RARE BOX, the only one I've ever seen, is out of my personal collection.

$350
sold
30-40 Krag
(30 Army)
Winchester. The hard to find "1932" box in 220 gr SP of which 18 original rds remain. Box has creases around thumb-cut but flaps & seams tight and back side (w/ identical graphics, lower pic) is very clean and nice. $50
303 British
[RARE!]

 

Winchester. Early, green label Smokeless box, ca 1901-'02, with both "Sunburst" end-labels. Headstamp on ctdg pic is: "WRACo BRITISH"; interestingly, Winchester never in the history of its production headstamped this caliber that way! Also, it's 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. From my personal collection, this is only the early green 303 Brit box I've ever offered!  [Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
$495
sold
303 British Winchester. Here is a later box of 303 British, this one from the late-'Teens. With 11 original ctdgs (1 being a misfire) this is perhaps the only way to own a "cheap" example of this rare 2-pc labeling. Box is sound w/ no splits or other problems. Pls see previous entry (above) for more on this rare Winchester caliber and box. $225
sold
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 Winchester. Very early "green Smokeless" box, ca 1898-99, in the scarce "Metal Jacketed Bullet" (FMJ) loading. Ctdgs all correct & original. Also has the desirable "Smkls Sunburst" label. Tight seams all around, most unusual in that condition. Seldom seen box & labeling! $215
sold
303 Savage Winchester. "1939" box, virtually the same graphics as the '35 box but calling out "Div of Western Ctdg Co" on back edge panel. As nice on all sides as it looks here, this colorful, virtually perfect box is as good a display box as can be found in this caliber or series!
[From my personal collection]
$125
303 Savage Winchester Grizzly box. Uncommon in this caliber, this is a clean, solid box from my personal collection. $140
sold
303 Savage   See "Obsolete" listings for possible more recent bxs in this caliber.
32 Win Special

Western Super-X in the much sought after GRIZZLY box. Very clean with great color. Has a narrow (3/16") strip rubbed or scratched from top edge (see pic). The original store price (2.86) remains, in pencil, next to the bear. When you compare this box to the Winchester Bear box (see below) you can see what a bargain this is!
[You may notice what appears to be a "flaw" in the blue at the upper right of the right edge (top pic). The identical mark shows up in approx the same position in the pic of the top edge shown below. Actually, there is NO such flaw or mark on the box in either position.]

$165

32 Win Special As above: Western Super-X in the much sought after GRIZZLY box. This one, however, is not as bright, has apparently had the price erased, and shows more edge wear.
So this one is only ...................

$135

32 Win Special Winchester. There are four 8-15 lbl-dtd boxes shown consecutively on pg 186 of Giles & Shuey. This and the following box are the 1st two in that line. Contents are all original and all ctdgs have the "w" in the middle of a "protected primer". Boxes are solid w/ no seam problems.
[From my personal collection, these are the actual boxes pictured on Pg 186 of Giles & Shuey.]

$195

32 Win Special

Winchester. Colorful "1939" box, pre-dates intro of Silvertip b't. Left end of back side shows what I assume to be tape removal stain, otherwise box & rds are in nice, displayable condition. And it's cheap!

$60

32 Win Special Winchester. Given the relative rarity and high demand for this caliber in the Grizzly box, it's the most expensive in the series having gone over $500 at auction. With tight seams & flaps all orig ctdgs, this box has condition rivaling the best but is priced very reasonably at...

$325
sold

32 Win Special
(2 BOXES)
Winchester. TWO "1946" K-code boxes, ca late 1940s. Left pix show box fronts, right pix show box backs. Clean rds in both boxes and both bxs are solid w/ good seams & flaps.  BOTH for.............

$75

32-35 Stevens UMC. Box is tight in all respects and all labels present. Cartridges all original. One of the rarest cartridges to find in an original box. From my personal collection and one of only 2 that I've ever had (the other remains in my collection).

$595
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
sold
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 Winchester. Scarce, early "Metal Patched Bullet"(FMJ) loading. The following quote from our book (Giles & Shuey) describes this box perfectly: "This pre-1906 lid-top labeling was used w/o alteration until about 1915, a measure of the low demand for the FMJ loading as well as an indication of its relative scarcity". The trade mark line on the un-dated front label and the voided "License to the Trade" label on the back (not shown) date this box to 1912-14. Seldom encountered! $250
sold
33 Winchester Winchester. Solid, colorful, 5-16 label-dtd box w/ no seam splits or end separations (most unusual in taped-construction bxs). Labels 99+%, front, top, and 2 on each end (the only msg piece is back  edge of lid-top lbl, see pic). All rds original & correct and appear native to this 101-yr-old box.  Exceptionally nice!
$275
 
33 Winchester Winchester, circa 1950s, 200 gr SP. Minty!!  sold
33 WCF,
33 Winchester
  Also see "OBSOLETE" pg.  
348 Win
 [Front=top pic; back=lower]
Winchester's FIRST box in this great caliber. Introduced in 1935, this is, indeed, the earliest variety of the Super Speed series and is often referred to as the "1935" variety. This example is also in the most popular loading: 200 gr Soft Point. Further, the box is is in excellent condition with tight seams & flaps and, as shown in the picture, both front and back are clean & bright, virtually flawless! Super display, highest quality. $185
sold
348 Win Winchester. The 1946-1954 style box in scarce & desirable 250 gr SILVERTIPS. Shows some shelf wear but tight flaps & seams. $115
348 Win Winchester. "Browning Commemorative" box. sold
35 Newton Western. Early 1930s "Bullseye" box, the last and I believe only, loading by a U.S. manufacturer in this caliber. Clean & original inside & out, solid box in all respects. Very difficult caliber to find! $175
35 Remington Winchester. Seldom seen in the Win Grizzly box, this example is clean & bright w/ no seam or flap problems. NICE! $150
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]

$150
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. $165
MORE...   SEE ALSO "BARGAIN BIN" PAGE FOR LOTS MORE 2-PC BOXES  
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
375 Winchester

"Big Bore"

Winchester-Western, 200 gr Big Bore box in which this caliber was introduced. $115
38-40 Remington (Hepburn) UMC. The great "Dog Logo" labeling, ca early-1880s, in a very scarce caliber for the Remington Hepburn. FULL of correct, original ammo, in a very solid, untouched box! Rare find!!

[From my personal collection]

$450
sold
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
[Rare Box]
Winchester. One of the rarest of Winchester 2-pc box varieties (it only appears in 38-55 and 32-40), this blue labeling is the Black Powder, Jacketed Soft Point loading. Listed in Giles & Shuey on pg 197, the box shown there, scuffed as it is, is a later example & is the only other such box I have encountered in over 30 years of collecting! This box has 9 original rds remaining (don't even think about trying to fill it!) and has the early and very desirable "Soft Point Sunburst" end label (pre-1906). Yes, it's partial and the labels are dark, but you'd have to be extremely lucky to find another!  
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
sold
38-56 Winchester. Smokeless Powder 2-pc box dated 4-16 on both labels. A scarce variety, not in Giles & Shuey, 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
38-56 Winchester. Later Smkls box that, while no longer sealed, is as close to mint as you can find. Has the Cummins dot code on lower front (not to be mistaken for label flaw).
[From my personal collection, this is the exact box pictured on pg 131 of Giles & Shuey]
$375
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
40-45 Remington E. Remington & Sons labeling featuring their great "Intertwined ERS" logo. The company only loaded cartridges from 1871 until the factory burned in 1885. This cartridge is the 1-7/8" Rem Straight, "Adapted to the Remington Mid-Range Rifle".  A seldom-seen caliber in a seldom-seen box--a truly RARE combination! All ammo orig and correct in a solid, untouched box.  [From my personal collection] $350
sold
40-60 WCF
Rare Smkls box.
 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. One of only two UMC boxes I've ever had in this loading and is out of my personal collection. $325
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 WCF
(Sealed)
Winchester. SEALED, Black Pwdr 2-pc box thought to be the last style in this caliber. Front & top labels, both dtd 3-23, are near perfect. As slow-selling as this caliber was, it's remarkable it was loaded this long!

[From my personal collection, this is the exact box pictured on pg 80 of Giles & Shuey]

$385
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 WCF Winchester. Early Smkls box, ca 1906-7. Box shows some handling & wear and has the typical end-seam separations, but it is not only all there: the ctdgs appear to be all native to the box! This is the cheapest Winchester box in this caliber I can remember putting up on the site. $275
40-65 WCF Winchester. This Smkls box is not only solid with good color, it also remains FACTORY SEALED! A scarce caliber that's very seldom seen in this condition.  [Photo'd in shrink-wrap] $395
40-70 Ballard Winchester. RARE "Picture box" showing the rifle & it's expensive tang sight in some detail. Clean, paper-patched-bullet ctdgs all w/ correct "WRACo 40-70 Bal" headstamp tho not all native to the box (1 w/oval primer, 19 a bit flatter). Box is solid with good color. An unusual find! $895
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") Rem-UMC. This is a SEALED Blk Pwdr 10-box of the popular 40-70 Sharps Straight, paper-patched bullet ctdgs used by Sharps and Winchester (as well as others) in their single-shot rifles. It would be hard to find a nicer example! $400
40-70 WCF Winchester. The seldom seen "Green Smokeless" box in this rare caliber in which fewer than 900 guns were made. Attesting to the caliber's slow sales (and the fact that they never threw anything away) is the presence of labels from 3 different time periods on this box: The primary labels (front & top) are 1902-05. The Soft Point "Sunburst" on right end is pre-1903 while the back guarantee label and "red-w" left end label are both 1907. All original & correct ammo and tight seams (unusual on these early taped construction boxes) add to the desirability of this very scarce box.

[From my personal collection, this is the exact box pictured on pg 135 of Giles & Shuey]

$400
sold
40-72 Winchester. Black Powder box. Has ding in lower middle and ends of bottom are separated as is usual for such heavy ctdgs in these early taped-construction boxes. BUT: this box is still FACTORY SEALED!! Sealed Blk Pwdr bxs are becoming impossible to find! $250
sold
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! $230
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   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
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
sold
405 Winchester. This is the "1932" box, the 2nd variety of this type which, in turn, was the 1st of the Co's. 1-pc boxes intro'd in 1927-28. Solid, with great color and tight flaps and seams and all orig ctdgs, this is the exact box pictured on pg 226 of Giles & Shuey.
[From my personal collection.]
$175
sold
405 Winchester. With an 11-8 lid-top label and and no 1910 Patent callout, this variety is not listed in Giles & Shuey. Unusual for these these heavy cartridges in a taped construction box, the end seams are all tight w/ no separation or repair. $235
405 Winchester. Last Win box style. Bright, clean & solid. [Have 2 or 3 similar, this may not be the exact box you get, it might be even better!] $100
(Also See Obsolete Pg)
44-77 Sharps Winchester. This is the very rare "Diagonal Label" found on only a very few Win boxes from the 1870s/early-'80s. In this case it's the ONLY such box I've ever seen, 44-77 being quite rare even in the later 2-pc boxes. While the box retains just 5 original ctdgs, it remains one of the more collectible of all Winchester boxes AND calibers. Integrity of the box is good and, in spite of the label scuffing, the label text is fully readable.    [From my personal collection] $285
sold
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]
sold
"45 Cal Sharps Long Range Rifle"
Patched Bullets
SHARPS RIFLE CO. Rarely seen by this Co. in any condition, this 10-pack of 550 gr Paper Patched Bullets remains factory SEALED! These 10-packs of large, heavy bullets by any maker, most often UMC or Win, are notorious for having been broken open, usually missing some contents. Those found full have more often than not been re-sealed somewhere along the way, sometimes skillfully, usually not. But a sealed packet by Sharps? One of 2 I've seen in 30 years! $550
sold
45-60 Winchester. Circa 1880, this is the second 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 bold (see Giles & Shuey, pg 81). Shows none of the typical end separations at bottom. Lid top and color & box integrity are great as are the original ctdgs. In spite of the ctdg pic to the contrary, the ctdgs have the earliest, light WRACo 45-60 WCF headstamp, an occurrence typical to this box as well as the contemporary 40-60 box (see Giles & Shuey, pg 80, top left). RARE box, especially in this condition! [Note, the color of the lid-top label is actually lighter than shown; it is exactly the same as the front lid label] $775
sold
 
45-70  

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45 Gatling Gun Blanks Frankford Arsenal. "1903" Model in string-SEALED 2-pc box, totally original. Gatling marked boxes always rare and in demand. This is the cheapest I know of! $175
45 Cal.
"Carbine Ball Cartridges, Reloading"
Military contract boxes by UMC, Winchester and Frankford Arsenal. All are original "string-pull" boxes and remain factory-SEALED. Sold as a set.

[From my personal collection]

All 3 boxes:
$575
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
 
45-70-330
Gould Hollow Ball
Winchester. Quoting from Giles & Shuey, pg 146: "In 1894 the Company began loading a 330 grain Hollow Point Lead bullet in the 45-70, crediting A.C. Gould, editor of Hunting and Fishing magazine, who had been advocating such a loading in his early 1890s writings...All such boxes are scarce and desirable."
This box contains 14 original Hollow Point lead cartridges with the small "ringed" heads and plain primers, all characteristics typical of Black Powder loadings of the period. This Blk Pwdr labeling/loading, however, is not listed in Giles & Shuey. The box obviously shows some wear and one bottom end-edge is separated, common with these early taped construction boxes. Have only seen ONE Gould H.P. box (not full) sold in the past 10-15 years and it went for "big money" at auction!
 [From my personal collection]
$425
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!   sold
45-70-405
"Win Mod 1886"
Winchester. The early "Green Smokeless" labeling preceded the label protocols begun by Win circa 1902 which specified different colors for different loading combinations of bullet type and powder type. Prior to that change, green (or, occasionally, blue) was the color of virtually all 20-rd Win boxes and the Smokeless Powder and Jacketed Soft Point callouts came in the form of  yellow "Sunburst" labels, both of which are to be found on the ends of this box. These "Green Smkls" boxes are scarce and, in my opinion, very much undervalued. Further adding to the value of this box, however, is the prominent callout for the "Model 1886 Winchester Repeating Rifle", something seldom seen on this caliber box.
(From my personal collection, variety not in Giles & Shuey)
$475
sold
45-70-405
(Rare "Olin '45" box)
Winchester. A variety often mistaken for an earlier 1930s box, this is the RARE "1945 Olin" box. Though nearly identical in graphics, most "1935" and "1939" boxes were never offered in the "1945" box as they transitioned directly to the red/yellow "1946 style. In fact, in wasn't until after we wrote the book that this variety first became known to us and it remains the only we one we have encountered. Great color and solid w/ tight flaps and seams as well as orig ctdgs. Don't miss this one! $195
sold
45-70 Marlin
Primed Shells
Lid Label    End Label UMC. Very early labeling, ca 1881-'83, for the .45-70 Marlin M1881 Rifle. The 45-70 cartridges that were actually headstamped "45-70 Mar" (or Marlin) are quite scarce and it was full of these shells that this box left the factory. Unfortunately, this box is now empty but as a great Marlin display piece it remains an exceptional collectible and the only one I've ever seen!
[From my personal collection]
$175
sold
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. 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 on the back, shrink-wrapped in place. CHEAP! $485
 
45-75 Winchester.  As above, this box is not in Giles & Shuey (not discovered until some years after the book was written). Solid box w/ good color & all orig ctdgs.

$595

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. Further, this "round corner box" variety is not represented in Giles & Shuey as it had not yet been discovered when we wrote the book.
[From my personal collection]
$925
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 2.6" 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
sold
 
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" 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.  Middle pic shows front lbl and the lower pic shows the Frazier's patent callout label 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 Frankford Arsenal, "June 1873" (note that "June" has been cut & pasted by the Arsenal over some other (undoubtedly earlier) month. Though there are a couple very minor gaps at the top ends, this is one of the very few .50 Gov't boxes by FA that has gone untouched by collectors attempting to re-seal the ends. The end pieces were commonly separated outward (if not knocked out entirely) by the weight of the heavy ctdgs within, a fact which makes this box a true "condition rarity"! [From my personal collection]. $975
sold
50-70   UMC. Exceptionally clean example in an early 2-pc, Blk Pwdr box. Ctdgs as clean as the box. It's most unusual to find these very heavy ctdgs in a taped-construction box in untouched,  original condition such as this. Great color with only a very minor flaw at lower left lid corner, looks case fresh! RARE FIND! $450
.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! SOLD
50-95 Winchester. This is an example of the 2nd type box (Giles & Shuey, pg 89) in an unlisted variety (the "20's" on lid-top label are in same font), ca early 1880s. Has the Anson Mills ctdg belt label, 1st used in 1881, on front and no end labels. Headstamp is the earlier ".50-95 WCF" (later '80s, "50-95 EX"). While showing some tape removal stains, the box is solid and all ctdgs correct & original. A very early box for a very reasonable price! $1600
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 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]
 

 
sold
 
 

50-110
Early Smokeless
RARE
Jacketed
Hollow Points


[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!]
 sold
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] $485
sold
 
50-110 Winchester. In spite of the lid-top label showing a 4-19 date, this is the last of Winchester's boxes in this great caliber, the largest ever chambered in a Win lever gun. Note the "Division of Western Cartridge Company" line under "Winchester Repeating Arms Co" in the top line of the front label, a callout begun in 1939. This was the final labeling before WW2 and the eventual discontinuance of this caliber (as well as many other civilian calibers). Box is solid and ctdgs all original; further, this is the exact box pictured on pg 161 in Giles & Shuey. $535
sold
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