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Winchester 1894 Pre-64 Forend Styles
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I have a Winchester 1894 pre-64 30-30 that I love shooting, so I want to install a reproduction buttstock and forend to preserve the originals.  My rifle has the barrel band style forend with mounting screw at 6.875 from the receiver, and it has the cylindrical barrel.  SN 1781330, manufactured in 1951.  I really like the Boyd’s stocks, but they only offer a post-64 barrel band-style and a pre-64 cap-style – both have the same measurements according to their website.  I have two questions about this:

1) Because the measurements are the same, would the post-64 forend fit the pre-64 rifle?  It appears like their post-64 version still has the U-shaped receiver recess (i.e. not a round recess).

2) If #1 is a No, could my barrel band be replaced with a barrel cap, which would allow me to use the cap-style forend?  Side note: the round-barrel caps seem to be harder to find, if anyone knows a good source.

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Hello Daniel,

The post-63 stock should fit your 1951 production pre-64 Carbine. The forend stock with a nose-cap is for a Model 1894 Sporting Rifle only,

Frankly, I see no reason to spend the $$$ and time & effort fitting up aftermarket stocks. Shooting the gun is not going to damage the factory stocks… only careless handling or treatment of the gun will damage them.

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I had 2 post 64 Model 94 carbine butt stocks fitted to my Pre-64 Model 94 Carbines. Neither fit. Both needed some wood work to at least fit on the gun at all. Don’t know about the forearms.

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cjs57 said
I had 2 post 64 Model 94 carbine butt stocks fitted to my Pre-64 Model 94 Carbines. Neither fit. Both needed some wood work to at least fit on the gun at all. Don’t know about the forearms.

  

In the year 1947, Winchester changed the physical shape (contour) of the Model 94/64 receiver frame, and that change cause a corresponding change to the butt stock inletting.  That change occurred during the short production period of the Model 94 Flat-band carbines (I discussed it and pictured it in my article on the Flat-band Carbines in the Winchester Collector magazine.) and it makes it all but impossible to swap butt stocks.  Conversely, the forend stock dimensions did not change.

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