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I am new to this forum. I have a Winchester Model 1894 with serial number 32808 applied in NOV 1897, sent to warehouse in April 1898 and left warehouse in December 1898 (much longer than other guns from same period). The letter doesn’t say anything about the finish, but appears to be full nickel. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the possible history of this rifle or any additional information (other that what’s on the letter). Thank you

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Mike,

Please post several clear pictures of the rifle itself.

Based on the CFM factory letter, your rifle was originally manufactured with a blued receiver frame (the hammer & lever were case color finished).

After the 30 W.C.F. and 25-35 W.C.F. were introduced in the year 1895, it was not at all uncommon for the 32-40 and 38-55 caliber rifles to sit in the warehouse for several months before being sold & shipped.  I have seen many other examples that just like your rifle, they sat in the warehouse for months after being received.  The other contributing factor for the relatively slow sales rate for the early Model 1894s was the continuing sales and production of the Models 1873, 1886, and 1892 as well as the recent introduction of the Model 1895.

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I have a 1/2 octagon, full magazine, M1894, 38-55 in the whse. in 1907 and shipped in 1912. I had the dates rechecked and they were correct. Talk about slow sales.   Big Larry

 

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Michael Henshaw said
I am new to this forum. I have a Winchester Model 1894 with serial number 32808 applied in NOV 1897, sent to warehouse in April 1898 and left warehouse in December 1898 (much longer than other guns from same period). The letter doesn’t say anything about the finish, but appears to be full nickel. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the possible history of this rifle or any additional information (other that what’s on the letter). Thank you

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Thanks Bert. You should be able to see all 11 photos with the link provided. I appreciate the info on the storage period.

 

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Michael Henshaw said

Michael Henshaw said

I am new to this forum. I have a Winchester Model 1894 with serial number 32808 applied in NOV 1897, sent to warehouse in April 1898 and left warehouse in December 1898 (much longer than other guns from same period). The letter doesn’t say anything about the finish, but appears to be full nickel. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the possible history of this rifle or any additional information (other that what’s on the letter). Thank you

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Thanks Bert. You should be able to see all 11 photos with the link provided. I appreciate the info on the storage period.  

Your rifle was buffed and the nickel finish was applied well after original manufacture.

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Original factory Nickel would have more of a Dull appearance and would have some flaking on it somewhere. Not as bright and shiny as the modern nickel.

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Mike,

That is positively aftermarket nickel (or chrome) plating.  

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