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Old 06-15-2013, 10:21 PM
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I was sorting through some odds and ends the other day, and discovered that I had a couple of boxes of some old Remington .22LR that's a bit unusual. The bullets are plain lead round nose, cases are nickel plated, and the headstamp on the case reads Hi Speed, with the Hi at the top and Speed at the bottom of the case head, with the Remington U in the center.

Does anyone know anything about this ammo, such as when it was produced and how long it was in production? I have a total of 116 rounds of it, and not sure if I should save it or shoot it. Both of the boxes were badly damaged long before I got the ammo, so it's now residing in an old CCI plastic 100 rd. box, with the 16 most badly corrded rounds loose.

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Old 06-15-2013, 11:57 PM
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Nickel cases

Nothing special,just go shoot them if they go off.Will
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:02 AM
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I'll have to check but I think I have rounds with a similar head stamp in my collection. Not sure if they're nickel plated though. I'll dig around later to see what I can find.
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Nickel has been used at various times for different reasons. I remember some 1980's RWS that used nickel-plated brass cases on their higher end ammo. During WWII, nickel was used for a time on .22 ammo, due to the high demands for brass for the war effort. Without a box in good shape, it would not be worth much to a collector.
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This should be the correct style of box that CATMguy445's ammo came from.

According to the The .22 Box Identification website, that style ammo/box was made from 1946-1960(?).

http://www.22box-id.com/Dunn.php

The description from the website referenced above states:

".22 LONG RIFLE (HIGH VELOCITY). Red and green box with white printing. One-piece box with end flaps. Product code 1522 on the top. “H-16" h/s on a brass or nickeled case. Lead bullet. Variations
noted:
(a) Nickel washed brass cases.
(b) End flaps have message that "DUE TO NICKEL SHORTAGE __", Brass cases.
(e) No message on end f1aps, brass cases."


The "H-16" head stamp in the description above refers to the Hi Speed head stamp that CATMguy445 describes in his original post.

My box pictured above is the variation (b) with brass cases and the message inside the end flap that reads "Due to Nickel Shortage Case Plating Omitted. Superior Performance Unchanged". CATMguy445's ammo should be from variation (a)

Here's a direct link to the pdf file that this info came from. Note that the file size is rather large. So folks with a slow internet connection will need to be patient while waiting for the file to download.

http://www.22box-id.com/Dunn/REMINGTON.pdf
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That is a great reference site. I use it all the time for boxes in my collection.
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That is a great reference site. I use it all the time for boxes in my collection.
Yes it is. I use it quite a bit for my small collection. I imagine it really comes in handy for someone with a collection like yours.
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PWNolan,

Thanks for the reference. The ammo I have is the HI-16 (the lower one) in the illustration of the Hi Speed ammo. That's probably the correct box, too. I sort of half remembered the boxes as having blue in them, but they could have just as easily been red and green. Or somebody way before me stuck the ammo in a different box than it originally came in. The ammo wasn't all nice and neat in the boxes, so who knows what could have happened to it before I wound up with it.

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