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Winchester Model 94, Winchester model 1894, 30-30 caliber, lever action

 

 

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The Winchester model 94 holds the record for best-selling high-powered rifle in U.S. history and set a standard that would last over 100 years.

 

 

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Quick Winchester Model 94 Facts:

Weight 6.8 lb

Length 37.8 inches

Barrel length 20 inches

Cartridge .30-30 Winchester; also available in numerous other cartridges

Magazine 6 or 7round internal tube magazine

Number built 7,500,000+

Current model 94 Value: $300 and up


Winchester name brand and the Model 1894 go hand and hand.  Designed by John M. Browning in 1893 specifically to be a perfect match for the new 30-30,  which was smokeless cartridge. It was a culmination of the evolution of Winchester lever actions and proving to be an extremely versatile rifle.

One of the most notable changes occurred in the 1960s when production costs of the earlier Model 94 design increased dramatically, the company made the decision to find less expensive methods of production or face pricing itself out of the hunting market, which made up a large percentage of retail sales.  they chose stamped sheet metal and roll pins for parts previously machined from solid steel.

Most of the shortcomings of the post 1963 Model 94s were eventually corrected, but the pre '64 versions remain the most desirable of all Winchester Model 94s.

The post-64 Winchester model 94 begin with serial number 2,700,000.
Additionally, competition from other manufacturers like Marlin with their model 336, lever action, Winchester changed over from a top eject to an angle eject.  The reason for this significant changes was now, with the increased popularity of receiver mounted scopes, it was necessary as the older, top eject did not allow for a traditionally mounted scope.  This Angle Eject redesign was produced in 1983 at about serial number 5,300,000.

The Winchester Model 94 was  produced by Winchester Repeating Arms Company through 1980 and then by U.S. Repeating Arms under the Winchester brand until they ceased to manufacture rifles in 2006.  Winchester has revived the model 94 and currently produces an 1894 since around 2012

Over the years the Winchester Model 94 was available in many different calibers, for example: the .22 magnum, .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44 Special/.44 Magnum, .45 Colt (or .45 Long Colt), .38-40 Winchester, and .44-40 Winchester, .410 shotgun, 30-30 caliber (30 WCF), and even as large as the .450 Marlin, which the rifle was able to accept due to an extremely strong receiver.

 

Winchester Model 94 Serial Numbers

In 1894  Production began with Serial Number 1 and the Winchester Model 94 Serial Numbers run more or less, sequentially.

 

Year Ending Serial Number   Year Ending Serial Number
1894 14,579   1934 1,091,190
1895 44,359   1935 1,099,605
1896 76,464   1936 1,100,065
1897 111,453   1937 1,100,679
1898 147,684   1938 1,100,915
1899 183,371   1939 1,101,051
1900 204,427   1940 1,142,423
1901 233,975   1941 1,191,307
1902 273,854   1942 1,221,289
1903 291,506   1943 serial numbers not available
1904 311,363   1944 serial numbers not available
1905 337,557   1945 serial numbers not available
19063 378,878   1946 serial numbers not available
1907 430,985   1947 serial numbers not available
1908 474,241   1948 1,500,000
1909 505,831   1949 1,626,100
1910 553,062   1950 1,724,295
1911 599,263   1951  
1912 646,114   1952  
1913 703,701   1953  
1914 756,066   1954  
1915 784,052   1955  
1916 807,741   1956  
1917 821,972   1957  
1918 838,175   1958  
1919 870,762   1959  
1920 880,627   1960 2,469,821
1921 908,318   1961  
1922 919,583   1962  
1923 938,539   1963 2,586,000
1924 953,198  

2,586,001 through 2,699,999 were not used

1925 978,523   1964 2,797,428
1926 997,603   1965 2,894,428
1927 1,027,571   1966 2,991,927
1928 1,054,465   1967 3,088,458
1929 1,077,097   1968 3,185,691
1930 1,081,755   1969 3,284,570
1931 1,084,156   1970 3,381,299
1932 1,087,836   1980 4,892,951
1933 1,089,270      


 

 

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