Winchester Model 43 Serial Numbers

.218 Bee
Place of originUSA
Production history
Variants.218 Mashburn Bee[1]
Parent case.32-20 Winchester
Case typeRimmed, bottleneck
Bullet diameter.224 in (5.7 mm)
Neck diameter.242 in (6.1 mm)
Shoulder diameter.329 in (8.4 mm)
Base diameter.349 in (8.9 mm)
Rim diameter.408 in (10.4 mm)
Rim thickness.065 in (1.7 mm)
Case length1.345 in (34.2 mm)
Primer typeBoxer; small rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/typeVelocityEnergy
35 gr (2 g) VMax3,205 ft/s (977 m/s)799 ft⋅lbf (1,083 J)
40 gr (3 g) BT3,130 ft/s (950 m/s)870 ft⋅lbf (1,180 J)
46 gr (3 g) JFP2,708 ft/s (825 m/s)749 ft⋅lbf (1,016 J)
50 gr (3 g) BT2,654 ft/s (809 m/s)782 ft⋅lbf (1,060 J)
Source(s): Hodgdon [2]

The .218 Bee is a .22 calibercenterfireriflecartridge designed for varmint hunting by Winchester in 1937. The cartridge was originally chambered in the Winchester Model 65 lever-action rifles, which may have ultimately led to its lack of popularity. The cartridge is named for the bore diameter of the barrel in which the cartridge is chambered rather than the usual practice in the United States of having the cartridge's nomenclature reflect in some way the bullet diameter.

Early 'First Model' 1894 Sporting Rifle (through Serial #111453). Excellent: Very Good: Good: Fair: Poor: $7000: $4000: $2000: $1250: $500. Model 1897 serial numbers begin at serial number 31609, approximately where the 1893 model serials ended. See the note with the model 1893. Total production of the model 1897 reached 1,024,700, when the parts clean-up began, resulting in 2,000 more guns assembled.


The .218 Bee cartridge was designed by Winchester for use in their Model 65 lever-action rifles. Winchester designed the cartridge by necking down the .25-20 Winchester cartridge to accept a .224 diameter bullet. Just as the .32-20 can be considered to be the parent cartridge of the .25-20, it can also be considered the parent cartridge to the .218 Bee. The cartridge was introduced as a commercial cartridge by Winchester in 1937 in their Model 65 lever action rifle, which was also chambered for the .25-20 and .32-20 Winchester cartridges. However, while the .25-20 and the .32-20 Model 65 rifles had 22 inch (560 mm) barrels, the rifles chambered for the Bee sported 24 inch (610 mm) barrels.

Winchester Model 43 22 Hornet Serial Numbers

Winchester model 43 218 bee serial numbers

While early on the cartridge showed some promise, the cartridge never really caught on, even though it was later chambered by Winchester in the new bolt-action Model 43 rifle and by Sako in their L-46 rifle. There was some question about the accuracy of the .218 Bee as compared to the .222,[citation needed] but that was likely due to the difference of inherent accuracy between the bolt-actions rifles commonly chambered for the .222 and the lever-actions commonly chambered for the .218 Bee. Although not in common use, it is still a very effective cartridge in its class, for small to medium varmints out to about 200 yards (180 m). Production ammunition and rifles are still available from a few manufacturers.


In terms of relative performance, the .218 Bee falls between the smaller .22 Hornet, and the larger .222 Remington and the more popular .223 Remington. In terms of short range velocity the .218 works quite well.

See also[edit]


  1. ^Landis, Charles S. Twenty-Two Caliber Varmint Rifles (1947) Small Arms Technical Publishing Company p.60
  2. ^'Hodgdon Online Reloading Data'. Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2007-08-02.


  • The .218 Bee by Chuck Hawks
  • Contender Varminting - .218 Bee at Rocky's Reloading Room
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Winchester Model 43 22 Hornet Serial Numbers

Winchester Model 88's
Post 64
Model 88
* 35733
Model 88
* 38561
# 74294
Model 88
* 32405
Model 88
* 35636
# 36109
* 10660
*** 256022

* Number produced by caliber
** Produced in 1965
*** Total number of 88's produced
# ---- Total produced by Caliber
The total production of 473 Post 64 Rifles in 358 caliber that have Basket Weave Stocks were Shipped to Canada and were never shown in the Catalog.

1955 -- Model 88 was introduced by Winchester in 308 Caliber serial number 4 was the first gun produced . The 308 was the longest running caliber with the last ones produced in 1973 .
1956-- Caliber's 243 Winchester and 358 were added to the Model 88 line. The 243 was produced through 1973. The 358 was produced through 1962 except the parts clean up in 1965 when 473 more 358's were produced .
1957-- By January 1957 most all the engineering modifications were made to the 88 mechanism , after 80,000 serial all 88's had the modifications made.
1962-- 358 Discontinued at years end . There were approximately 35,636, 358's produced between 1956 through 1962. All 358 's had hand cut checkered stocks. Serial range of 358's serial numbers are from 35,999 to 142,917
1963 --284 Winchester Caliber introduced. The hand cut checkered stock on the 284 caliber was only made in 1963 making it the rarest hard to find variation. The serial range for the 284 is 139,600 to 151,693. The 284 Caliber was manufactured from 1963 to 1972.

1964-- Impressed Checkered basket weave stock introduced on all caliber's. The pistol grip cap was changed to the red W on all models. The lowest number with impressed wood stock is 151,300 and are mixed with hand cut checkered stocks. By serial number 151,694 all stocks were impressed with basket weave pattern until end of production .
1965 -- 473 Winchester 358's were manufactured as parts clean up with impressed basket weave stocks and shipped to Canada and are uncataloged and extremely rare
1968 -- Model 88 introduced as a carbine in 243 Winchester , 284 Winchester and 308 Winchester caliber's . The 284 carbines were manufactured 3 years only 1968 -1969-and 1970. The carbines in 243 Winchester and 308 Winchester were manufactured 1968 to 1972 . The wood stock pistol grip cap was changed from a Red W to a plain flat cap with a scroll on it .
1970--284 chambering discontinued at years end only 7,000 were produced making it the second rarest variations. Serial number range 216,934 to 259,001
1972-- 284 rifles discontinued at years end. There were approximately 35,300, 284 rifles manufactured from 1963 to 1972 . There were 2,925 with cut checkering stocks and 32,400 with impressed wood stocks. The serial number range for rifle's is 139,600 to 277,257. Model 88 carbine production ceased with caliber's 243 and 308. There were approximately 10,600 of each caliber manufactured from serial number 216,394 through 277,257 . A total of 28,300
carbines were manufactured.
1973-- Model 88 production discontinued at years end at serial number 283,913. Last caliber's manufactured 243 and 308 with 74,300, 243 Winchester caliber made and 110,300 308 Winchester caliber produced over the 19 years that 88's were produced .
1975-- Clean up of parts and receivers ran until serial number 284,971 the last serial number produced.

Source H & H Shooters Supply
Middletown Pa.

This information is dedicated to the memory of :
Paul H. Horetsky, Jr

September 26, 1942 --- May 7, 2006

H & H Shooters Supply.

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