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New 1894 ELW
August 24, 2013
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Hey guys,

I finally got some photos to post of the other 1894 ELW I recently picked up. Again, these photos are poor, I tried several times outside, but with poor results, so back inside I came. The gun looks much better than I can do with a camera, I think I need Win38-55 to give me a training course!

Anyway, a bit of info on the gun. I picked it up the same time as the 30WCF 22" Deluxe ELW with British Proofs that I recently posted in this same forum. This one is also a deluxe ELW, but what sets it apart is not a short barrel - too bad - but, it has beautiful wood, is a straight grip deluxe, and is in the venerable 38-55. I'm sure there out there, but I have not seen a lot of ELWs in 38-55.

Anyway, here is how it letters:

S/N applied on August 25, 1906
Type: Rifle
Caliber: 38/55
Barrel Type: Round
Extra Light
Trigger: Plain
Fancy Checkered
1/2 Magazine
Shotgun Butt Rubber
Takedown
Oil Finish
Rec'd in warehouse on September 20, 1906
Shipped from warehouse on September 21, 1906, Order number 71881.

The gun is in excellent condition. There is some flaking wear on the frame, most on right side, but that really doesn't bother me, as otherwise the condition is really excellent. A lot of really nice CC left on the lever, some on hammer. Here are some photos:

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It is the top gun in the following

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And here is another photo of the 22" ELW that I got with it. Happy to have them both:

http://s158.photobucket.com/user/MBCAPELL/media/WZU102-G-F1-L_zpsf038c08a.jpg.html

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Further to other recent posts about ELW front sights, this one has the ramp front sight. Any of you see many ELWs in 38-55? Most I see are 30WCF.

Matt

August 24, 2013
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Matt,

That is a very rare Model 1894 ELW. What makes it an ultra rare Model 1894 is the fancy (3X) checkered straight grip stock.

Nice rifle 8)

Bert

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August 25, 2013
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Bert H. said
Matt,

That is a very rare Model 1894 ELW. What makes it an ultra rare Model 1894 is the fancy (3X) checkered straight grip stock.

Nice rifle 8)

Bert

Thanks Bert! I do have a line on another 38-55 Deluxe which is reported to have 3X wood and a straight grip. It is up here. It is not an ELW, but has round barrel and button mag, but not high condition. Apparently the receiver is bare of any bluing. Likely not buy it, but would like to check it out.
Have you seen many ELWs in 38-55?
Also, when you said it is the 3X wood and straight grip combination that makes it so rare, I guess you say that b/c most of the time when someone wanted such fancy wood, it was ordered with PG as well? Maybe an English gentleman bought it, they like their straight grips.
Matt

August 25, 2013
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Wow! That is a beautiful rifle in the most desirable caliber!

August 26, 2013
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Matt, what really strikes my eye in the gorgeous 3x butt stock is how the grain sweeps so graciously around and aligns perfectly parallel with the straight grip. This points to several people. One is the sawyer who cut the rough plank . He knew he was cutting a fancy piece of gunstock wood and the second is the man who pulled it out of the pile with your rifle in mind . The second man may well have been the one who shaped it or it may have been a 3rd craftsman in the custom shop. Wow, what a gorgeous rifle with so many special orders !

Matt74 said
Hey guys,

I finally got some photos to post of the other 1894 ELW I recently picked up. Again, these photos are poor, I tried several times outside, but with poor results, so back inside I came. The gun looks much better than I can do with a camera, I think I need Win38-55 to give me a training course!

Anyway, a bit of info on the gun. I picked it up the same time as the 30WCF 22" Deluxe ELW with British Proofs that I recently posted in this same forum. This one is also a deluxe ELW, but what sets it apart is not a short barrel - too bad - but, it has beautiful wood, is a straight grip deluxe, and is in the venerable 38-55. I'm sure there out there, but I have not seen a lot of ELWs in 38-55.

Anyway, here is how it letters:

S/N applied on August 25, 1906
Type: Rifle
Caliber: 38/55
Barrel Type: Round
Extra Light
Trigger: Plain
Fancy Checkered
1/2 Magazine
Shotgun Butt Rubber
Takedown
Oil Finish
Rec'd in warehouse on September 20, 1906
Shipped from warehouse on September 21, 1906, Order number 71881.

The gun is in excellent condition. There is some flaking wear on the frame, most on right side, but that really doesn't bother me, as otherwise the condition is really excellent. A lot of really nice CC left on the lever, some on hammer. Here are some photos:

http://s158.photobucket.com/user/MBCAPELL/media/IMG_2451_zpsb6553984.jpg.html

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It is the top gun in the following

http://s158.photobucket.com/user/MBCAPELL/media/RIAImageof1894s2013SpringAuction_zps1c4fb102.jpg.html

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And here is another photo of the 22" ELW that I got with it. Happy to have them both:

http://s158.photobucket.com/user/MBCAPELL/media/WZU102-G-F1-L_zpsf038c08a.jpg.html

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Further to other recent posts about ELW front sights, this one has the ramp front sight. Any of you see many ELWs in 38-55? Most I see are 30WCF.

Matt

August 26, 2013
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I heartily agree! For me, deluxe wood makes a huge difference to a vintage Winchester. That rifle is a rare beauty.

August 26, 2013
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Thanks guys. Yes, Oliver, I don't think I have ever seen wood on a gun quite so pretty. Yes, I have a couple with more grain, maybe more feather crutch, but just something about the way the grain waves / flows around like that into the wrist of the gun. Those folks really took pride in their work, you can really see that with guns like these.
Thanks for the nice compliments. Hope it shoots as well as it looks!
Kirk: Will be needing a trip to your place to do some shooting!
Matt

August 26, 2013
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Matt

So did you because you needed more space for all these nice Model 1894s? Laugh

Brad

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August 26, 2013
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Matt74 said
Kirk: Will be needing a trip to your place to do some shooting!

I'll look forward to that, Matt. I've got about 150 rounds of 38-55 loaded up and ready to go. Currently working on 44 WCF, got a hundred rounds of that loaded up, and then it is 30-30 for my 'new' vintage TD.

August 26, 2013
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Nice looking rifle Matt. I think the straight grip checked stocks are the best for looks in my book, love those case colors on the rifle too. Compared to the checked pistol grip, there just arent many out there with checked straight grip. I'm envious for sure.
Chris

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August 28, 2013
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1892Takedown said
Nice looking rifle Matt. I think the straight grip checked stocks are the best for looks in my book, love those case colors on the rifle too. Compared to the checked pistol grip, there just arent many out there with checked straight grip. I'm envious for sure.
Chris

Thanks Chris. This is the first straight grip deluxe I have owned, and first I have had a chance to get a "hands on" and take a good look. I would tend to agree, the checking on the straight grip variant is very nice.
Don't be jealous though 8)
Kirk: It is getting late in the year now to get out your place for a shoot with hunting season (Moose and Deer) coming up. What does September look ike for you?
Matt

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The most beautiful 3x walnut I ever had on a rifle was also a checkered straight grip Deluxe '94. It was a .30wcf with octagon barrel, button magazine and shotgun butt. Had a 3-leaf Express rear and Lyman tang sights. About a 90% gun. I paid $700 for it and sold it for $1,250. Thought I'd made a killing. That was almost 30 years ago, though. Wish I still had it.

August 29, 2013
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oakridge said
The most beautiful 3x walnut I ever had on a rifle was also a checkered straight grip Deluxe '94. It was a .30wcf with octagon barrel, button magazine and shotgun butt. Had a 3-leaf Express rear and Lyman tang sights. About a 90% gun. I paid $700 for it and sold it for $1,250. Thought I'd made a killing. That was almost 30 years ago, though. Wish I still had it.

Yes, back then that probably was "making a killing". It is all relative though. We all have one of those stories eh? One (maybe more, lol) we wish we still had. Sounds like it was a dandy.

Matt

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