I’m doing some research and need to date a number of different boxes. Thanks to d’Artagnan we have some great data on box dates for Remington back to 1973; Federal since 2004 (probably extendable back to 1996 or so) and Olin back to 97 9probably extendable back to 1987). This is a great start.
At some time in the past, I have had some data on Kynoch codes to date boxes in the Pre -WWII timeframe. I have also had similar data on DWM. I also had someone date the Western box that I showed on a recent thread. My problem is that in the past years, I have moved and packed and repacked so often that I have no idea where any of these lists have gone.
I think it is important that we as a community capture/discover/create as much of this data as we can put our hands on regarding these box codes.
Step One: Does anyone have the codes for Kynoch, DWM or any other country. I think there are lists floating around for some of these. I also think the .22RF guys have some code lists.
Step Two: Start collecting the existing codes off of the various boxesand see if we can make some sense of it. The first priority are boxes that can be dated one way or another. If somebody has a box with one of these date codes by any manufacturer, that can be dated, please post it. If we get a few of these perhaps we can begin figuring out the codes.
Many thanks!!! All help appreciated