It has never been my goal to collect cartridge boxes, nor can I afford to start “collecting”. However, I have managed to “acquire” a few to answer some of my own questions.
Working on some Winchester box dates, I am paralleling some Western boxes as well…all for the 44-40.
Not finding photos, and not able to afford to purchase examples, I have had to “photoshop” what I do have on hand as explanation examples. Not fully understanding what I just wrote, I will try to make it short…
I am looking to narrow the dates of the Western “Bullseye” (as referred to be collectors) design boxes. There appears to be three for the 44-40 spanning between 1946ish and 1959ish before the transition to the 1960 Yellow box.
I am going to incorrectly label these boxes as…
- 1946 KT code
- 1948 KC code
3 1950 4440 code
Can anyone give me correct dates and any other information. I have come to a dead-end on my search.
The “4440” box is in my collection that I didn’t want to collect ;-) I was able to find a few empty boxes at a fraction of the cost. My box is has a PN61 (1959) date code.
To avoid any further confusion, those are only the side and end labels, here is the top label for the “4440” box as seen on the end labels.