This box seems to be the most common 25 round box by the major US manufacturers before WWII. Or, it is at least the most commonly encountered one in the US. Most interested US collectors seem to have one.
Below are the updated boxes known to exist and the date codes that have been documented.I will update this as more information is available.
Type 1: Probably only used in 1914
- English back label
- 3 lines of text at bottom of label
- Medium size “REMINGTON ARMS UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO"
Type2: Probably used from 1915 and perhaps 1916
- English & Spanish back label
• 3 lines of text at bottom of label
• Medium size “REMINGTON ARMS UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO”List item
Type 3: Occurs dated 1916 & 1917 on 6.35mm & 7.65mm Browning but only with 1923 dated box (2 known) in 9mmBL stamped OILPROOF on the box. One box dated 1920 and an undated box (shown below)
• English & Spanish back label
• 4 lines of text at bottom of label
• Large size “REMINGTON ARMS-UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO"
Type 4: The only known 9mmBL nox is dated 1935. The same style appears on a 380 box dated 1933 which lacks any Kleanbore markings.
• • English & Spanish back label
• 5 lines of text at bottom of label
• Small size “REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY"
• Trademark registration data on middle-left
• Overlabel for Remington Kleanbore
With help, and images from Forum members, I am beginning to understand these boxes. I suspect that Remington never packed this caliber in 50 round boxes. Their manufacturereing log indicate they first produced this caliber in Jan 1914 specifically for Export. Has anyone ever seen a 50 round box of Remington 9mm BL???
It appears that Remington produced there rounds in 1914 & 1915 or so. Then they produced a second batch in the early 1920s, and a third batch with new labels in the 1930s. My guess is that, after the first production, sales were low enough that there were long stretches before they set up the 9mmBL line again. Just speculation.
This information is based on only six boxes. I know there are a lot more boxes out there which will either confirm the information above, or change the date ranges or even add new box styles.
All information on these cartridges is appreciated.
If you have boxes or images of other 9mmBL 25 rd boxes by Remington or by any other US company, please send me a copy or post it here.
I am also interested in images and information on pre-II US autopistol ammunition packed in 25 rd boxes, regardless of caliber. I have photos of Remington 25rd boxes for both 25ACP and 32ACP, but there are undoubtedly different styles in both calibers, and the date codes are important to identify the approximate dates of production.
Thanks for any help!