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1894 Half-Round Barrel - Common?
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Hello to all!

 

Forgive my ignorance of the subject, but I’m wondering if anyone can provide me with some information regarding half-round/half-octagon barrels, specifically on 1894 rifles.  I’ve been looking at an 1894 that is for sale, DOM in 1908 with a button mag and 26″ half/half barrel.  My question is, how common are these barrels on 1894s?  Are they rare, or common?  I’d greatly appreciate any insight.

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Based on my research survey, 11.25% of all Model 1894 Rifles were manufactured with a ½ octagon barrel. That equates to a production number of approximately 65,000 total, which is what I would classify as “common”.

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Bert,

Thanks for the information!  You cleared that one up in a hurry!  I’ve decided to pass on it for now.

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ck4241 said
Bert,

Thanks for the information!  You cleared that one up in a hurry!  I’ve decided to pass on it for now.  

Pass? I’ve always liked the way half-round barreled rifles looked and handled. Lots of folks think they’re somewhat scarce and attractive so they’re easier to sell when and if you decide to thin the herd. OTOH don’t listen to me, I’ve been known to buy a rifle because I think the wood is pretty. 😉

 

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I love the Mod. ’94 with a 1/2 oct. bbl. but don’t care for the button mag. I think they’re especially attractive with a 22″ bbl’ and 12″  mag and a pistol grip stock

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Seems like half round barrels were usually paired with the button mag. I see far fewer half round and full magazines at least in my neck of the woods. I read somewhere that when a half round barrel was ordered it was automatically built with a half magazine unless magazine length was specified in the order. Don’t know if that is true or not.

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mike webb said
Seems like half round barrels were usually paired with the button mag. I see far fewer half round and full magazines at least in my neck of the woods. I read somewhere that when a half round barrel was ordered it was automatically built with a half magazine unless magazine length was specified in the order. Don’t know if that is true or not.  

Approximately 50% of the 1/2-octagon barreled Model 1894 Rifles I have surveyed have a full length magazine tube.  I have never seen anything written about a 1/2 mag being “automatic” (standard) with a 1/2-octagon barrel.

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No kidding, 50 percent. Here in eastern Canada I see at least 10 half mags for every full magazine in half round 1894’s. That is over the 40 years I have been interested in Winchesters. Must be a regional thing.

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mike webb said
No kidding, 50 percent. Here in eastern Canada I see at least 10 half mags for every full magazine in half round 1894’s. That is over the 40 years I have been interested in Winchesters. Must be a regional thing.  

I just ran the numbers in my survey spreadsheet;

half-octagon barrels & magazine lengths;

Full = 207

1/2 = 193

2/3 = 18

3/4 = 1

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