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I have a Winchester rifle model 1894 have hexagon barrel manufactured 1901/1902. There are no caliber markings on this rifle. We’re there instances when Winchester did not mark calibre.

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In answer to your question, No, not on a Model 1894. That stated, if your rifle has a hexagon barrel on it, that would at least partially explain why it is not marked… Winchester never manufactured or used hexagon barrels!  Original barrels were either full octagon, half-octagon, or full round.

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 Bert, Very accurate answer. T/R

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Lol. I’m going to go out on a limb here and take a guess that the barrel in question is actually an Octagon Barrel. Likely replaced or Re-blued with the polishing off the caliber stamping. 

I’ve heard of Hexagonal Rifling used in a barrel but has anyone actually ever made a Hexagon Barrel?

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Most folks, (unaware), get Their hex’s and ox’s mixed , it’s kinda like getting Your mords wixed up

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Maverick said
 I’m going to go out on a limb here… 

Not a very long one.

My father, who grew up in Okieland, could never get it straight either.  But that was alright, because he gave me a beat-up “hex” barrel ’73 when I was 13 or 14. 

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My error in both words barrel is half octagon. Sorry for confusion. Same question though, does anyone know of Winchester not stamping calibre. All other Winchester standard stamping seems to be correct.

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Same question though, does anyone know of Winchester not stamping calibre. All other Winchester standard stamping seems to be correct.

cheers Mark  

Same answer… No.  Winchester marked the caliber on the barrels of all Model 1894s.  They marked it on the top of the barrel behind the rear sight from September 1894 through mid-year 1907, then they moved the caliber stamp to the left (10 o’clock) barrel location thereafter.  In all cases, they also marked the caliber on the bottom of the barrel approximately 1-inch forward of the threaded barrel shank.

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Thanks Bert. Still there is no evidence of calibre stamping on barrel. If rifle had a new Winchester barrel added at some point in its life should it not have the calibre stamp. No visual indication that barrel has been replaced.

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If you can post some good clear pictures of the barrel it might clear things up. But as a guest you can’t upload pictures directly. You have to post them to a host site and then link to them or send them to me at my address below and I can post them.

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Thanks Bert. Still there is no evidence of calibre stamping on barrel. If rifle had a new Winchester barrel added at some point in its life should it not have the calibre stamp. No visual indication that barrel has been replaced.  

If a new Winchester barrel was installed, it would have a caliber stamp on the left side of the barrel.  If you can send (email) me a picture of the address marking on the barrel, that will give me a good idea of when it manufactured.  You can also remove the forend stock and magazine tube and look for a 2-digit year number stamped on the bottom of the barrel just forward of the receiver frame.

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