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I have a 94 Ranger that by what I’ve found the serial number to be made in 1988. My question, 2 rather, is 88 the correct year of manufacture, and the setscrew underneath that I always thought to be on the pre 64 model? Is mine an oddball, or is that normal for the time?

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Your Ranger may have been built in 1988 but apparently one or more parts are a bit older.

 

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So thats a good thing?

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I’d rather see old parts used on old guns but apparently someone used it to return your Ranger to shooting condition so it’s definitely a good thing as far as that goes. 

 

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Well it’s never been out of my possession, bought it new from JC Pennys.

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Well it’s never been out of my possession, bought it new from JC Pennys.  

Beats me! I’ve only had one 94AE (not a Ranger) and sold it years ago. The screw does appear to secure a pin. 

 

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The serial number dates it to 1989 based on the information I have. I do not know why is has the screw.

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The charts I read says 88 started with 5517897, 89 started at 5574822. mine is 5559406, so 88.

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veeman said
The charts I read says 88 started with 5517897, 89 started at 5574822. mine is 5559406, so 88.  

I believe that you read the chart incorrectly.  S/N 5517897 is listed as the last number used in the year 1988, and 5574822 was the last S/N in the year 1989.

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Are you sure? I hope your wrong, as I really want it to be an 88, lol, as that’s my son’s birth year, and he is getting the carbine soon, as I just got a replacement for it.

Still baffled as to why it has that set screw.

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veeman said
Are you sure? I hope your wrong, as I really want it to be an 88, lol, as that’s my son’s birth year, and he is getting the carbine soon, as I just got a replacement for it.

Still baffled as to why it has that set screw.  

I used the information that was provided to me by the U.S. Repeating Arms Co. (the entity that manufactured your Ranger).

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From memory, Winchester made a design change to make the 94 action more like the pre 64 sometime around 1988.  So, that link that looks like a pre 64 is factory correct…….if I’m remembering  correctly ?

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This one is the same as yours so maybe 1989 is the change date

 

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/929458833

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The set screw and pin design, Pre-64 style, was phased in for all Model 94s (and the Ranger) at serials of “about” 5.5M. It is mentioned in the variations section of my latest edition, available free* as mentioned on the WACA homepage. If not found in this edition, it is waiting for my latest revision to be posted on the website — revisions are posted as developed, and are “usually” very minor, change-wise. 

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Here’s another one.  With the added bonus of, “Skull Engraved”!  Wink

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/928504812

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That poor thing is alot newer than mine, has the silly side safety. Mine has the simple brain powered safety.

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veeman said
That poor thing is alot newer than mine, has the silly side safety. Mine has the simple brain powered safety.  

But you have to admit, you don’t see a skull engraved stock like that every day.

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But you have to admit, you don’t see a skull engraved stock like that every day.  

I’m still looking for the HD engraving on this Ranger. 

 

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