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Question about the receiver with a side plate on a 1894 38-55. Mfg. in 1894.
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I am researching a purchase of a 1894 38-55 with a serial model of 8xxx. I have not seen this gun but I may investigate it. On the left side of the receiver, there is a cover plate attached by one screw. Does anybody out there now if that was original on this low of serial number guns? Authentic?

When did Winchester stop putting cover plates on their 1894’s. I appreciate the help. Thanks Tony 

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There were never cover plates on M1894 receivers.

Pics would be very helpful.

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Sorry, tried earlier but not the right file. I have looked a several 1894’s mfg in 1894 but never with this type of cover plate. However, this is the lowest serial number I have looked at – 8xxx. 

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Sounds like a model 1873 to me.  Maybe in 38-40??

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Tony,

The picture you show is a third model 73 in 38, 32 or 22 caliber and if the serial number is a 4 digit number then it can’t be a third model. Its would have to be a  first model in 44 caliber. What is the full serial number?

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right side receiver. No 

The seller’s website (gun shop in Wisconsin) has the serial number is 8203. 26 inch octagon, 38-55.

Thoughts? Of course the website may be wrong. I have bought rifles from them before. Small family owned. 

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They probably mixed the pics up.

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You have pictures of two different guns. The right hand side is a 94 and the left side pic is of a 73.

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Yes – I noticed the same when I went though older revisions of his website. I looked through some of my data and you guys are right. Thanks.

Good to know I am not crazy. 1873man – you are from Wisconsin. Check out my lab adoption website. annabelleacres.org in Oconomowoc, WI

Thanks so much for the help. I sure appreciate it. Tony

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No offense, but if you are confusing the frames of the Model 1873 with the Model 1894 and cannot quickly distinguish one from another, you probably are not at the point where you should be considering the purchase of Winchester rifles yet.

I would become “booksmart” first.  Books by George Madis are a good start.

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