.225 Winchester Box date


Does anyone know the date of manufacture of this box of .225 Win rds and why such a plain label ?


And I bet you didn’t expect to get a response from me! According to Wikipedia the cartridge was introduced in 1964 and was based on the .219 Donaldson Wasp. It was intended to replace the .220 Swift but never achieved popularity.


Based on the company name on the box, it was made between 1954 and 1969; they were Olin Corporation in 1970.



The brown box with over-label is typical of pre-production cartridges by W-W. I’d bet it’s '63 or '64.


It’s more akin to the 219 Improved Zipper. The Wasp was much shorter. A wildcatter would have known that. ;) ;)



Left 219 Improved Zipper
Center 225 Winchester
Right 219 wasp

I report, you decide.


Given the introduction date and apparent pre-production box, the lot number 67VC6 should equate to 6 March 1964.