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High condition 1894 25-35 WCF
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July 23, 2021 - 9:37 pm
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I’ve been looking for a high condition 1894 rifle in 25-35 WCF for quite some time.  I’m thrilled I finally found one and it came home with me last weekend.  It’s a plain-Jane, but the best one I’ve ever seen.  The bore is just as nice as the outside.

Bert–do you have this one in your survey?

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That is a “BEAUTY”.  Congratulations!  RDB

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Nice score Don, very nice example!

 

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Don,

Very Nice!  No, I did not have it in the survey, but I do now… thanks for posting it.

On a slightly different note, I am planning to attend the August OAC show and hope to see you there!

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Don,

Very Nice!  No, I did not have it in the survey, but I do now… thanks for posting it.

On a slightly different note, I am planning to attend the August OAC show and hope to see you there!

Bert  

Thanks Bert.  Glad to add one to the survey.  Looking forward to the OAC show.  Will be great to see you again.

Don

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Don,

Beautiful rifle.  It looks like it was hardly ever used.

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Thanks everyone.  It seems nice 25-35’s are a bit elusive so am very excited to add this one to my collection.  This is now the highest condition Winchester I have and the bore is like new.  Most of the 25-35’s I’ve come across have mediocre bores compared to the larger calibers.  I suppose it’s due to the sharp twist riflings of the 25-35 and the lack of availability of small caliber cleaning rods back then?

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Very nice, congrats! I’m trying to steer clear of that cartridge but must admit it and the 25-20 have piqued my interest in recent months. I’m glad you were able to find one with a nice bore, do you plan on shooting it? Do you load for this cartridge?

 

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The .25 35 and its appeal in the Model 1894 is contrary to most other models in that bigger bores are generally more desirable.  For example, the Model 1886 in 45 70, 45 90, and 50 cal.  The Model 1873 and 1892 in 44 40.  Colt Single Action Army and the Model 1878 in 44 40 and 45 Colt, the Colt 1877 in .41 Long Colt.  And this is why it never really appealed to me.  I must be in the minority?????

(Having said that, the Colt 1877 Rainmaker in 32 cal does have appeal to me, but that’s only because of its extreme rarity.)

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TXGunNut said
Very nice, congrats! I’m trying to steer clear of that cartridge but must admit it and the 25-20 have piqued my interest in recent months. I’m glad you were able to find one with a nice bore, do you plan on shooting it? Do you load for this cartridge?

 

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Thanks Mike.  This rifle has been a safe queen for the last 114 years and will likely remain that way.  I only have one other 1894 25-35 in my collection but it’s an 18″ trapper carbine–too rare to shoot too.  I’m not a reloader, but I have about a dozen boxes of 25-35 ammo if I ever get the urge or find a nice shooter.

Don

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