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Winchester Model 1894
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July 4, 2023 - 8:54 pm
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Howdy all.  I am mainly a muzzle loader builder, but a neighbor brought over a rifle to be “restored”.  He told me it was a Winchester .30-30, and that was all he knew.

Well, after he left, got to looking at it.  It felt heavier than the .30-30’s I had seen before, and seemed heavier.  Has a 26″ octagonal barrel, 3/4″ across the flats.  Then I saw the “.32-40” stamped on the barrel, and noted the serial number of 506862 at the bottom front of the receiver.

The rifle has some sort of dirt plug about halfway along the barrel – all my cleaning rods, etc., are 3/8″ or bigger!  The action does not work properly – unless the hammer is cocked first, you cannot operate the lever fully.  The chamber and magazine are both empty.

There is a foldable tang-mounted peep sight, and an adjustable ramp buckhorn rear sight.  Front sight is a hooded post.

I had started using a nylon pad to knock off some of the light surface rust and dirt.  Did remove magazine and barrel.  Then I started to feel over my head, and pointed toward deep water, and looked up this forum.  I had also removed the buttplate, found there was no through-stock tang bolt, like a shotgun, so put the buttplate back on.

I did find that there was a lot of discussion of Winchester 94’s with 7-digit numbers, while this one only has 6-digits.

Ca anyone tell me what I really have my mitts on?  I do not wish to do anymore until I find out more.  I do know that it is NOT a common .30-30.

HELP!   – – Craig Wilcox, Kenton, OH

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Hello Craig,

What you have is a Model 1894 Sporting Rifle.  The serial number tells us that it was manufactured in July 1911. The butt stock is attached to the receiver with a through tang & stock machine screw (the rearmost screw holding the tang sight in place).

I suspect that it is a Take Down variation.  Can you send me pictures of the rifle?

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Craig, look for a ’94 disassembly video on You Tube; probably several of them.  If you take it apart & clean the moving parts, that may be all the “restoration” it needs.  And buy yourself a modern cleaning rod.

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Interested to see what kind of hood is on the front sight 

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