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Opinions sought - 1894 carbine caliber 25-35
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I’ve run across a fellow that is selling what seems to be a very nice 94 carbine chambered in 25-35. The bore is bright and shiny, the wood seems original finish, the screws are pretty nice, and from what I can tell (by searching this forum and reading the Madis book) the roll marks and butt-plate are proper for this serial number/year. He wants what I think is top dollar for this rifle ($1,500), but is open to negotiation and I should be able to get it for much less.

Serial number is 1231642 and the underside is “W” marked, which places it at a 1940 manufacture date.  Below are some pics….  could you folks please take a look and see if you can spot anything amiss with this carbine?

 

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Based on the pictures, the Carbine in question is 100% factory original, and more importantly, unmolested.  The $1,500 asking price is not (in my learned opinion) a “top dollar” price tag for a Pre-WW II Model 94 Carbine made for the 25-35 WCF.  My recommendation is make the deal with him.

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The carbine looks right from what can be seen in the photos.  Was a bit concerned about the rear sight but think they are found on carbines if this is the 22E version accompanying the 3C elevator.  According to Madis this would have been a special order sight if reading correctly.  As for the price, it seems a couple $100 more than I would be willing to pay but Im also not into carbines so much.    Good luck with it. 

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Burt and 1892,

I just wanted to circle back and thank you both very much for your informed replies. Thanks to the sharing of your expertise and knowledge I was able to enter negotiations from a comfortable perspective, and the seller and I came to what we both considered a fair and equitable price.

The carbine is now mine, Thanks again!Laugh

John

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A hearty Congratulations to you on the acquisition, John D.!!!

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Congrats, a VERY nice rifle and I don’t see how you could go wrong at $1500. 

Enjoy it…………

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Well, it’s been over a month since I bought this carbine. Between traveling for work, familial obligations, and lately the virus shenanigans, I did not get a chance to shoot this rifle until today.  I went up to the BLM land behind my house, dropped a 6-1/2″ diameter swinging steel plate at fifty yards, and had at it with my 25-35 reloads.  Take a look for yourself, 5 shots off-hand from 50 yards, all clustered in a nice little group. Not only is this carbine pretty and un-messed with, it’s a shooter.  Laugh

 

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You got a nice Winchester there, no question about it.

Checks all the boxes; very good condition, original and not so old and valuable to be hesitant to shoot it. 

Glad you are enjoying it. 

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