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Just a general question to forum members about your personal preference. Do you prefer in a “standard” model, an octagon barrel rifle or, saddle ring carbine(same condition, caliber, dom). Just interested in knowing what others here would choose. 

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Apparently I prefer the rifle because I encounter more of them in higher condition. I like a carbine but I seldom buy them, other than the later models.

 

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Apparently I prefer the rifle because I encounter more of them in higher condition. I like a carbine but I seldom buy them, other than the later models.

 

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Yes Mike I agree there’s probably more rifles in higher condition. I certainly like a src in high condition and appeals to my hankering for the Wild West but, I would “probably” go with the octagon rifle, all things equal. I was just wondering what others thought. 

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Oct. bbl. rifle for Me. However My favoite is a ’94 trapper or a 1/2 oct. bbl. xlite deluxe rif

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Despite the fact that octagonal barrel rifles are generally more collectable, round barrel rifles are more visually appealing to me. In my book, there’s nothing nicer looking than an original round barrel sporting rifle.

This DOM 1929 M94 Sporting Rifle is one of my favorites. Yes it’s garden variety, but it’s the first M94 I purchased so it has extra appeal. As a bonus, it was quite affordable.

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Despite the fact that octagonal barrel rifles are generally more collectable, round barrel rifles are more visually appealing to me. In my book, there’s nothing nicer looking than an original round barrel sporting rifle.

This DOM 1929 M94 Sporting Rifle is one of my favorites. Yes it’s garden variety, but it’s the first M94 I purchased so it has extra appeal. As a bonus, it was quite affordable.

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tsbccut I also concur rd bl rifles have a nice visual appeal. Maybe I should’ve said preference for standard rifles or standard src’s. I just know the values are never equal with the round barrel rifles, at least in my buying selling experiences.

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Oct. bbl. rifle for Me. However My favoite is a ’94 trapper or a 1/2 oct. bbl. xlite deluxe rif

  

Yes great choices Henry. Might’ve have acquired a couple of those from someone I know here 😉

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An interesting question. I probably prefer the carbines of the 1873 model as for me, they are the definition of ‘The West’. That being said, it is very hard to find carbines with special order features as opposed to the rifles. Deluxe carbines are bloody rare! 

With the rifles an Octagon barrel is my preference but if its rare, anything will do! 

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I just retired from PD and have always liked the working mans guns, love carbines! I have 2 police marked 94 carbines, but love all Winchesters and have more rifles then carbines, but I have a soft spot for the little ones, I guess it’s the cowboy thing.

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I just retired from PD and have always liked the working mans guns, love carbines! I have 2 police marked 94 carbines, but love all Winchesters and have more rifles then carbines, but I have a soft spot for the little ones, I guess it’s the cowboy thing.

  

Yes I agree cj57, the little ones lean me toward the cowboy thing also. One of each I think is the recipe. 

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I just retired from PD and have always liked the working mans guns, love carbines! I have 2 police marked 94 carbines, but love all Winchesters and have more rifles then carbines, but I have a soft spot for the little ones, I guess it’s the cowboy thing.

  

Yes I agree cj57, the little ones lean me toward the cowboy thing also. One of each I think is the recipe. 

  

Sounds good Rick! 

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cj57 said
I just retired from PD and have always liked the working mans guns, love carbines! I have 2 police marked 94 carbines, but love all Winchesters and have more rifles then carbines, but I have a soft spot for the little ones, I guess it’s the cowboy thing.

  

Enjoy your retirement! I still have a few years to go in it down here. I also like Police marked guns and have a couple of prison guns too. Being a serving member makes me lean towards collecting them. 

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Rick C said

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Despite the fact that octagonal barrel rifles are generally more collectable, round barrel rifles are more visually appealing to me. In my book, there’s nothing nicer looking than an original round barrel sporting rifle.

This DOM 1929 M94 Sporting Rifle is one of my favorites. Yes it’s garden variety, but it’s the first M94 I purchased so it has extra appeal. As a bonus, it was quite affordable.

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tsbccut I also concur rd bl rifles have a nice visual appeal. Maybe I should’ve said preference for standard rifles or standard src’s. I just know the values are never equal with the round barrel rifles, at least in my buying selling experiences.

  

I agree on the visual appeal of round barrel rifles.  

My top preference is carbines.  Ideally with a sling ring.

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Aussie Chris said

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I just retired from PD and have always liked the working mans guns, love carbines! I have 2 police marked 94 carbines, but love all Winchesters and have more rifles then carbines, but I have a soft spot for the little ones, I guess it’s the cowboy thing.

  

Enjoy your retirement! I still have a few years to go in it down here. I also like Police marked guns and have a couple of prison guns too. Being a serving member makes me lean towards collecting them. 

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Thank you Chris! 

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I prefer rifles with half octagon barrels. 80+% of my collection has them. 

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I prefer rifles with half octagon barrels. 80+% of my collection has them. 

  

Nothing like the balanced feel of a half-octagon, button magazine Winchester lever!

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I prefer rifles with half octagon barrels. 80+% of my collection has them. 

  

Nothing like the balanced feel of a half-octagon, button magazine Winchester lever!

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Wow I can’t argue that Burt. That one is a beauty!! 

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I prefer rifles with half octagon barrels. 80+% of my collection has them. 

  

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Yes, the balance of a half-octagon barrel feels good to me as a hunting or off-hand rifle…but that wasn’t one of the choices. The balance of a half-octagon(round?) barrel is exceptional to my way of thinking but the carbine is very quick while the standard rifle is as steady as any rifle of that weight can be, especially with a rest. The gentlemen who designed these “standard” rifles and carbines were shooters, without a doubt. I’ve never understood the 28-34” barrels but I have no doubt they were excellent performers on the bench.

 

 

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Mostly Saddle ring or Sling ring carbines for me(As my username would suggest) in the 1892-1894 variety and one Cody lettered 1886.

1894 Takedowns I have a sweet spot for aswell.

Also I do know the correct terminology is sling ring but I’ve known them as saddle rings ever since  I was a young pup….so as we all know old habits die hard…..

 

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I prefer an octagon barrel rifle with full-length magazine. I prefer shotgun butt both for use and aesthetically. That said, I don’t mind carbines, saddle ring or otherwise.

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