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1894 Finger Lever
June 25, 2013
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I have a 1894 serial #178102 with a 28” barrel and the Cody fact sheet states that all is correct. Since I’ve owned it I always wondered about the finger lever. It’s blued. When did Winchester switch from case hardened to blue, or could you always order a blued lever. If the lever was changed, how would that affect the rifle’s overall originality from a collecting standpoint?
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June 25, 2013
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Gene,

Winchester case colored the levers and hammers up to at least 1915. It is my belief that the switch to 100% blued parts gradually took place from that point up to WW I. Is the Hammer and butt plate on your rifle case color hardened? If they are, I would assume that the lever was replaced for some reason. In regards to your question about the effect to the collect-ability, it certainly does have at least some negative effect... but I can not quantify it for you, as it would be viewed differently by each individual collector.

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June 25, 2013
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Bert
Thank you.
The hammer and butt plate are case hardened.
Gene 🙄

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