Remington Ammunition Of The Classic 1950’s And 60’s
Remington Arms Company would design some new Remington Ammunition in the 1950’s and 60’s in several different cartridges. Some of that ammunition would become very popular and other cartridges that they would use would not be as well received. They would not be accepted real well by the hunting and shooting public. The 30-06 was still the go to round. WW 2 was still on the those soldiers minds and the rifles they carried.
They did use some old cartridges that would be incorporated into their Remington firearms from the early 1950s, especially the 257 Roberts ammunition. They did use the 300 Savage ammo in some of their early firearms and some of those did become quite popular. The 257 Roberts would be chambered in the Remington model 722 and would also be chambered in the Remington model 760.
As far as investing in those particular rifles the 257 Roberts is a very popular round and is quite collectible in either one of those Remington firearms models. The 300 Savage cartridge was also incorporated into the 760 model Remington and the 722 model Remington that would became quite popular also. And although today it is not as desirable as the 257 Roberts cartridge. In great condition they are a good collectible firearm.
They would develop the Remington 222 cartridge and chamber it in several of their firearms in the 1950s and basically even to this day. The 222 Remington cartridge in my opinion was one of the nicest cartridges in the small 22 caliber that was ever designed.
I did shoot quite a few Remington firearms in that cartridge, and it was extremely accurate and was a very nice cartridge to shoot on the bench. It was also an excellent varmint cartridge. Any of the Remington used rifles in the 222 Remington are great guns to own. Anyone in the family can shoot this cartridge and enjoy the pleasant recoil and accuracy.
Remington firearms would develop in the mid to late 1950s a cartridge called the 280 Remington. I believe that of all the Remington ammunition developed over the years, this would be one of the best cartridges that Remington ever brought out. As you will see in articles where I write about different cartridges that I am biased toward the 7MM rounds.
I believe that the 7MM is one of the optimum diameter bullets for not only hunting but bench shooting as well.
I strongly suggest that people use the 7MM cartridges. I very much like the Remington ammunition in the 280 cartridge.
I will discuss the pros and cons of these cartridges in individual articles on them.
I will also talk about the Remington 6mm cartridge and its development from the 244 Remington, which pretty much became a bust. And we will discuss why that happened in an individual article about the 244 Remington ammunition.
In the 1960s Remington would develop a 5MM Remington magnum cartridge that was a rim fire, and not a center fire cartridge. Kind of similar to the 17 rimfire cartridges off today and it too did not become very popular and we will discuss it in an individual article on it.
Remington ammunition that was produced in the 1950s and 60s would become pretty desirable as collectors’ items if in the original boxes. This would only apply too hard to find cartridges, and limited runs of certain boxes that would contain the factory ammo. The common ammo like 30-06 would not be as desirable as the 303 Savage ammo.
Cartridges that have not been reloaded and are in the original boxes, and the boxes are in good shape, have developed a good market for collectors. And if you have old ammo lying around or it was in your grandfathers hunting cabinet, and is original then it can be in some cases very collectible. This is especially true with Remington 22 caliber ammo and some of those boxes are quite valuable now.
Remington did make ammo in the 30 Remington and 32 Remington that was for the Remington model 141 that would cease production in 1950. Remington would make the 30 Remington and 32 Remington ammunition until the 1980’s. This ammunition in original boxes and in good condition can demand premium prices. Remington did make Remington ammunition for other cartridges like the 303 Savage and that also has become quite collectible.
It can be quite amazing that over the years the amount of men who would buy a Remington firearm and only use Remington ammunition. And that was pretty much the normal in the gun world. I used to tell people that because a certain gun was manufactured by Remington firearms that the only ammo that would work well in that gun would not necessarily be Remington ammunition. But in reality sometimes ammunition manufactured by Winchester or another company would shoot better than the Remington ammo in a Remington gun. Or vice versa.
So I would suggest that sometimes it is worth your effort to try different brands of ammunition in your gun to get a better idea which ammo may perform better in your particular firearm. This is true with any firearm.
Your Marlin firearm may not shoot federal ammunition as good as Winchester ammunition. The only way you are going to tell the difference is to take the gun and shoot it on the bench. I will discuss more on bench shooting and ammunition issues in your rifles in separate articles.
While doing a lot of gunsmithing work over the years, I would get people bringing their guns in for repair or have scopes and recoil pads installed. And I would get all kinds of comments about gun ammunition and what the customer would use in his rifle.
One man would swear that the only thing that worked well in his Remington 760 was Remington ammunition. Two months later another man would bring his Remington 760 and insist that the only ammo that would function well in his gun was federal ammunition. This would also be an issue with 22 long rifle ammo as well.
In my opinion, as I did gunsmithing work over the years that any given gun can digest different brands of ammunition better than others. Whether it is because of the rifling issues or the way the shell sits in the chamber or the ammo itself. The rule of thumb is if you buy a rifle, and that could mean one from the 1950s. You need to shoot different brands of ammunition in order to figure out the optimum performance your gun will get.