Gareth - sorry I didn’t answer this. Was involved in answering “off Forum” inquiries for cartridge headstamp ID from BATFE locally, and for the Georgia (former USSR Republic, not American State) Crime lab.
Firstly, you really know how to hurt us fogies. Why don’t you just crush the life out of us? Just kidding, like Ray. It is great to have a young man like you in the hobby, especially one who is definitely going to become one of the most knowledge among us as time goes on. However, I got my second Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1964, so I can’t think of a box from the 1980s being “old.”
You and Ray both, naturally, were right on in your assesment of when that box was made. It is from the 1980s. It is shown pictured in catalogs I have dated 1982, 1983. 1991 and 1996. That is not to say it wasn’t used earlier than 1982 or after 1996. I don’t have any catalog showing a box label before 1982 nor one showing labels dated after 1996.
John “El Viejo” Moss