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Deluxe.jpgImage EnlargerLower-tang.jpgImage EnlargerGood morning all,

I just acquired a nice M-1894 in 30 WCF with several special order features.

The Factory Letter indicates it left the warehouse in 1899.

It’s not a Deluxe lightweight because it’s a 24″ half octagonal.

Button mag described in the letter as a half mag.

Pistol grip with correct grip cap.

Letter says it was only checked on the forearm, not the grip. 

Steel shotgun butt.

Select wood.

Standard trigger.

Traces of the original checkering remain on the forearm but I’m sure it was some kid with a knife, while bored in the woods, decided to heavy up about 10%. Grrrr.

Traces of the original case coloring remain on the hammer and lever.

My question is, does anybody know what the lower tang stamps indicate?

Thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge.

Mitch

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Mitch

What are the lower tang marks? I don’t see a picture.

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Just edited the post to include the pics, sorry…reload the post.

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Now the pictures are there, You have a 4 digit assembly number. The “CF” is “Custom Fit” and the “S” is for Shotgun butt. The assembly number should also be on the top of the stock under the upper tang and on the inside of the butt plate.

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Thanks for the insight.

I looked at the hidden surfaces of the stock around the tang area and could not make out anything.

I have not yet removed the buttplate.

If you noticed, the toe of the buttstock was chipped at one time and somebody merely bent that portion of the buttplate to cover the missing wood.

So old and worn and fit the stock so nice that the seller thought it was factory correct. Ha ha.

She had a broken ejector upon arrival.

I found a correct, used replacement ejector on Ebay and now she cycles just fine!

Still fairly accurate at 50 yards.

Thanks again!

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I am learning about Winchester letters. I have an 1885 with CF on the lower tang. The letter says nickel butt plate, plain trigger, among other things. The gun is also fitted with nickel receiver, set trigger, 2 leaf folding rear sight, tapered barrel, no groove in receiver, low wall thick side. When 2500 guns were built every day the employee only noted a few obvious features. I believe this gun was intended for use of a tang sight as well as open sights. Don

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HuntFish918 said
Thanks for the insight.

I looked at the hidden surfaces of the stock around the tang area and could not make out anything.

I have not yet removed the buttplate.

Most of the 1894 & 1892’s that Ive seen will have the assembly number from the lower tang stamped in the wood under the buttplate, and sometimes but not always (either not marked or buttplate has been changed out) included on the toe of the buttplate.   The wood will normally be stamped with a “94” for 1894 or “92” for 1892, below that is usually a stamp like a “T”, then the assembly number. 

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I managed to get enough time to pull the buttplate and sure enough…stamped exactly as you indicated.

Please see attached pics.

Thanks again for all the sharing of knowledge!

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