I am thinking about purchasing a Winchester model 94 in 30-30 caliber from a local dealer. The gun has about 50% blueing and operates properly. I apologize for not having some of the details but this is what I do know:
Serial number 991888 (made in 1926?), octagonal barrel (yes, I forgot to measure the length), 2/3 magazine tube, solid frame, and shotgun buttstock with no checkering on forearm. From what I have been able to gather, it should be a standard model sporting rifle but it should not have the shotgun buttstock. Shouldn’t this rifle have the crescent buttstock originally? Also, the end of the barrel is crowned which I thought was not like any other model 94 I have seen. I will have to measure the barrel but I suspect it may have been shortened somewhat. The price however does not reflect an altered rifle at $450.
Yes the rifle was manufactured during 1926. Based on your description your intuition may be right on. By far the most common butt stock was the crescent rifle stock with metal butt plate. But, it is not rare at all to find these rifles with a ‘special order’ shotgun butt. The 2/3 magazine should have a rounded end to it not a flat one. A flat end is a big tip off that the original full length tube has been cut down and the original flat end reused. Original short magazines all had rounded caps. The Muzzle end of the barrel should be perfectly flat and the face should not be blued. My guess is that you will find the barrel to be a little. (short)
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