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April 24, 2021 - 4:08 pm
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on a old winchester 94, what us checked to see if its safe to shoot? if the bore is good and round chambers? Anything else say a gunsmith might check? thanks. jim

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Maybe ignorance is bliss, but as long as there are no bore obstructions and the gun cycles smoothly and locks up tightly, I’ve always just shot any newly acquired M94. 

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Maybe ignorance is bliss, but as long as there are no bore obstructions and the gun cycles smoothly and locks up tightly, I’ve always just shot any newly acquired M94.   

Me too, unless it looked like it had fought the Mexican Revolution…but if it was in that cond, I wouldn’t have bought it.  A gun as light as a ’94, you can hold out at arm’s length to fire, if the action is loose enough to warrant concern.

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The best “red-neck” way to proof an old Winchester is pictured on page 112 in Williamson’s book “The Winchester Lever Legacy”. John Laughlin hugs a 15″ pin-oak tree holding the rifle with one hand while wearing chaps on his arms and legs with heavy welder gloves. The 86 in 40-82 is said to be a basket case soaked in diesel for 90 days. He started at 45grs of 3031 and ended with 60grs, that’s all that would fit. No damage to gun or cartridge. I do not recommend this but it does give me some confidence in  Winchester’s ability to build a quality product.

  As previously discussed, bore obstructions are the serious issue. T/R

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Tie it down to a truck tire, back off about 20 or so yards and pull the trigger with a string. (I accept no responsibility for damages to property, personnel, or firearm when using this method of testing). Always use eye and ear protection.

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A gun as light as a ’94, you can hold out at arm’s length to fire, if the action is loose enough to warrant concern.  

 

Ha, ha! I’ve done that exactly twice within the past 6 months.  I didn’t realize anyone was watching! Smile

 

The actions/mechanics were tight & right, & they turned out to be some really good 110+ year old shooters.   

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I recall I have a headspace gauge.  I haven’t used it in years but I recall it worked for all M1894 chamberings.  It’s very small – easy to carry in your pocket to a gun show.

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I did the hold at arms length and turn your head when I tested my home built ak47 reweld project. jim

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My first loading attempt I had to form my own brass.  I placed the rifle in one of those folding work benches and tied a rope to the trigger.  I have put hundreds of rounds through this gun since.

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