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Wooden 38 spl ammo box

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Eugen, Oct 30, 2022.

  1. Eugen

    Eugen Member

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    I recently acquired a 38 Spl wooden ammo box from an antique dealer, and I have several questions that I hope someone can answer for me.

    From the stampings can you tell the date of manufacture?

    There is a crossed cannon/ US Ordinance stamp just above the “38”. Do I assume correctly that this was for certain military ammo?

    Is this box rare? I paid $50 for it.

    Do you have any other observations or comments about this ammo box? Thanks Ammo box2.jpg Ammo box2.jpg


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  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Dunno, but it's pretty cool!
     
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  3. BigBlue 94

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    Based on the T2BAA stamp, i found this below. This numbering system was used by the military from 1942 through 1958.

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  4. Eugen

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    Bigblue94, thanks for that most helpful information.

    Are such boxes rare? I have never seen one for 38 spl before.
     
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  5. BigBlue 94

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    All wooden boxes are rare now. But as far as among wooden boxes, i cant say. Im not a collector, was just intrigued with finding the info lol. Id say 50 bucks was a fine buy: not a steal but you didnt get raked over the coals either. Its in real nice shape too.

    I used to have an old DuPont Dynamite box, before a fire claimed it.
     
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  6. CoalCrackerAl

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    Awesome box. I love old wooden boxes. I have 2 milsurp ammo boxes too.
     
  7. Eugen

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    Parked my 38 spl box next to my 30 06 box. They are friends already.
    20221101_180210.jpg One big difference is the 30 06 box contains its original unopened spam cans of ammo. :thumbup:
     
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  8. jdsingleshot

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    I think western and others started using nails to build the boxes sometime in the 1940s. Before that, the sides were joined with finger joints (often erroneously called dove-tails). Wooden shot shell boxes are fairly common, probably because it took more boxes to ship a given number of shotshells than metallic cartridges of any size.
     
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