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Model 1894 takedown rifle serial number date versus barrel stamp date.
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Kelly Hueftle
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May 1, 2023 - 3:23 pm
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I recently purchased an 1894 takedown rifle.  The serial number is 282510.  Using your serial number search, it indicates that the gun was manufactured in 1905.  I removed the forestock and noticed that the year stamp on the gun is “3” (1903).  I’d like to know if there is a logical reason for the difference (i.e. barrel was swapped or Winchester’s barrel production was so far ahead of the complete gun being assembled and shipped).  Thank you!

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May 1, 2023 - 3:31 pm
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I forgot to mention that the takedown collar has a “5” stamped on the inside, so I was wondering if that correlated to the 1905 manufacture date.

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May 1, 2023 - 4:21 pm
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Hello Kelly,

Your Model 1894 Take Down rifle was manufactured in October 1905.  The “3” you see stamped on the bottom of the barrel is not a “year stamp”.  Winchester did not begin the practice of date stamping barrels until sometime in 1920, and they did not make it a standard practice until 1924.  The “5” you see stamped on the take down collar is not associated with the date of manufacture.

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Thanks again, Bert.  Your knowledge on Winchester is unbelievable!  Take care.

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