The statement of management, ownership and circulation, filed on October 1, 1964, appears in Manhunt July 1965:
Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months with listing of single issue nearest to filing date (Nov. issue).
152,785 Total number copies printed (153,100 Nov.1964 )
800 Subscribers (850 Nov. 1964)
151,960 Agents, newsdealers (152,230 Nov. 1964)
25 Free distribution (20 Nov. 1964)
152,785 Total number of copies distributed (153,100 Nov. 1964)
The returns are not listed. I recall actual circulation reported in other magazines, but unfortunately this issue of Manhunt doesn’t give us that important detail.
In 1993, Dierdre Carmondy reporting for the New York TImes wrote “Last year , almost half of all magazines placed on newsstands were eventually shredded. . .” There’s no telling how this relates to Manhunt in 1964, but I think it’s fair to assume the returns cut into 153K substantially.