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Winchester 94 carbine caliber roll mark placement
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I was talking with a fellow that claims he picked up an “antique” 1894 saddle ring carbine, in caliber 25-35. He said that the barrel was not marked on top, but rather the caliber roll mark was at 6 o’clock under the hand guard.  I found that odd, and said so. He said he has “several” Winchesters and Marlins that are marked that way.

Am I crazy, or does this sound off to you folks?

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John,

Winchester rolled marked the caliber on the top of the barrel until early 1907 when they moved it to the 10 o’clock position.  Winchester also hand stamped the caliber on the bottom of the barrel, but it is a crude stamp.  If the caliber stamp on the top of the barrel is missing, it was most likely obliterated when it was polished prior to being refinished.

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Bert H. said
John,

Winchester rolled marked the caliber on the top of the barrel until early 1907 when they moved it to the 10 o’clock position.  Winchester also hand stamped the caliber on the bottom of the barrel, but it is a crude stamp.  If the caliber stamp on the top of the barrel is missing, it was most likely obliterated when it was polished prior to being refinished.

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Bert – thanks, again.

Yes, it has the crudely stamped caliber marking at 6 o’clock, but he says no roll mark on the top, visible part of the barrel. That’s what piqued my interest. Although I have not actually seen the gun or pictures of it, he describes it thusly:

“This particular one ONLY has on the side:

“Nickel Steel Barrel”
“Especially for smokeless powder”

And on the top in front of the rear sight:

“Manufactured by the”
“Winchester Repeating Arms Co. New Haven Conn USA””

Seemed odd to me.

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It is odd… but it should be viewed as a highly probable refinished barrel (gun).

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