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Recently bought this nickel steel Winchester 1894 with 26” barrel in .32 WS. Serial 561xxx manufactured 1911. Appears to have been special ordered due to the checkered steel butt plate? Seems to have been stripped and polished at some point. What would you estimate the value at?

Anybody have some cool info on this rifle? I’m a newbie to the community.

I also have some (what I was told are) a set of 1910s Winchester hook-style sling swivels. Wondering how I could use them on the forend of this rifle since it doesn’t have an eyelet and I don’t want to drill.

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Nathaniel Chamberlain said

I also have some (what I was told are) a set of 1910s Winchester hook-style sling swivels. Wondering how I could use them on the forend of this rifle since it doesn’t have an eyelet and I don’t want to drill. 

Since this rifle is no longer collector grade, due to the buffing, drilling the fore-arm cap won’t diminish its value, but will make it a better handling shooter.  Your problem would be finding the eyelet, which was supplied with the repro hooks that you probably have.  It was attached by peening the stud inside the cap. 

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The checkered steel buttplate along with the buttstock is not original to this gun.  It likely came from a model 94 produced in the late 1940’s to early 1960’s.

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The rifle has no value as a collector item.  Whatever value it has is what it would be worth to someone who wanted a shooter/hunter.

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deerhunter said
The checkered steel buttplate along with the buttstock is not original to this gun.  It likely came from a model 94 produced in the late 1940’s to early 1960’s.

Don

  

That’s what I had assumed at first. After doing a bit of reading I wasn’t sure if it was special order or put on after.

 

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The rifle has no value as a collector item.  Whatever value it has is what it would be worth to someone who wanted a shooter/hunter.

  

I paid $700CAD and received 2 boxes of ammo. Hard to find any old levers where I’m from.

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To add a little more information, your Model 1894 was manufactured in the year 1912.  With the complete serial number, I can pin down the exact month.

The butt stock is positively not original (or special order).  Instead, it was scavenged from a 1946 or 1947 production Model 94 Carbine. Installing period correct sling eyes on this gun would be a waste of $$$.  Simply buy aftermarket sling mounts (Uncle Mike’s).

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Winchesters make great using guns – and the modifications done to your rifle do not diminish that at all.  Use your gun and enjoy it.  Collector rifles often don’t make great using guns given the anxiety associated over the prospect of acquiring a nick or a scratch, having an unexpected storm cloud show up, etc.  

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