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Help dating 1894
January 8, 2018
2:13 am
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etrex
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Yesterday I was given an 1894 by a friend. its a project for sure, with no wood at all..and a couple easily replaceable parts needed. The last 4 digits of the serial number are legible, and judging from the centering of the numbers it should be a 6 digit gun..The first two digits have been mostly obliterated by a gouge in the metal.. My best guess is 113632  which should be a 1901 gun if not mistaken..not confident enough for a search. so my question is, do the following facts fit for a 1901 date. If so my guess is probably correct on the serial number..Its a rifle in 25-35 with the nickel steel especially for smokeless powder stamping on left side flat, just ahead of the receiver. No proof on barrel or receiver. on bottom of barrel the markings starting at rear are 25-35 NS  JA in circle. 94 and a star..Should a gun of this vintage have a date on the bottom of the barrel? I assume the 94 marking must be for the model?  Tang stamp is Model 1894  -WINCHESTER- then patent date aug 2 1894. ..curious as to whether this will pinpoint it close enough to verify my guess as to serial number. thanks   brian

January 8, 2018
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Brian,

Serial number 113632 would make it a 1901 production Model 1894 rifle. Winchester did not start date stamping their barrels until 1920, and it was not on all barrels until 1924.

Your description of the rifle fits the 1901 time frame.

Bert

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January 8, 2018
12:54 pm
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Thanks Bert.  Even though its a bit of an ugly duckling, I still like to know a bit about it..Good project and it looks like the bore is in good enough shape to potentially make a nice shooter.  Brian

January 22, 2018
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I have a 32 win spl with a half mag ser 546809 can you date of mfg

January 22, 2018
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d bedard said 

I have a 32 win spl with a half mag ser 546809 can you date of mfg  

Use this link - https://winchestercollector.org/dates/

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