Henry - Lew is correct in his evaluation of the date spread, since there is a “W” on the primer. I still cannot see it, but my computer isn’t the best, nor is my close vision, even with reading glasses.
Lew - what is the documentation for Winchester calling a hollow point round “soft point?” I ask, because I have a Winchester round with a flat-point lead-tipped bullet of correct characteristics for c.1903. It is NOT a hollow point, but has a very flat meplat which might have caused some feeding problems, although I don’t know why, and a fairly long lead tip. There must have been some reason for dropping it almost immediately, as the June 1904 catalog and price sheet describe the two bullet options as “Met. Pat. Hollow Point” and “Full Metal Patched…86 grains.” Clearly, in that time-frame, the were not referring to a HP as simply “soft point.” On box labels, for reasons I don’t actually understand, they did refer to the bullet as a “Hollow Soft Point,” but the operative word there is the inclusion of “Hollow,” which does not appear in the 1903 description of the bullets available in this caliber. Actually, these “hollow soft point” bullets have a full jacket that even rolls over at the tip down to the core. It is an odd design for a hollow point pistol bullet in that there is very little “hollow” about it; the cavity is very, very shallow, so perhaps that is where the box designation comes from. I have three different boxes for that loading, all variations of the red label boxes. One has no label date, but has “Patent Pending” on the bottom line of the top label. The other two have label dates of 6-15 and 6-22, respectively. Again, though, this “Hollow Soft Point” is not described as such in the catalog, and is not the same as simply “Soft Point,” which is only described in the 1903 catalog as such.
I have about eleven W.R.A.CO. 7-63 MAUSER headstamp variants (later ones actually show the numerical caliber as “7.63” with a period instead of a dash, and are included in that count), and in my experience, the true Soft Point round is the scarcest of the lot.