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Winchester Model 94 .44 Magnum
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February 2, 2022 - 3:02 pm

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Hello everyone,

I just joined the forum. I’ve got some questions on a model 94 that I just acquired. I’ve performed a lot of internet searches and have read multiple articles and, I’m getting conflicting information on the manufacture date on my rifle. As I am a guest right now to the forum I am unable to post pictures so, I’ll do my best at providing the necessary information so that perhaps, someone here might have some good information for me. 

As stated in the subject line, this is a Winchester Model 94 chambered in .44 Magnum. The SN is: 3475377. It does not have the manual hammer stop. 

The furniture on it (stock and front hand rail) appears to be walnut. There are 2 posts (one front, one on the stock) to attach a sling. 

I found one site that stated after I input the model and SN was that it was manufactured in 1971. Then, I read an NRA article that stated that model 94’s did not get chambered in .44 Magnum until sometime in the ’80’s. Another article I found stated that it was the 1960’s. What’s correct??

Also, I downloaded a user manual for the rifle but, it is for a Model 94 that has the manual hammer stop which as I mentioned, mine does not. I’ve not even been able to find how many rounds the tube will take for a model chambered in .44 Magnum. 

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Kingston, WA
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February 3, 2022 - 2:58 am

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Winchester Model 94 S/N 3475377 was manufactured in the year 1971. The NRA article you read is not accurate. Winchester introduced the “Model 94 Magnum” chambered for the 44 Magnum cartridge in the year 1967. It was made to hold (10) cartridges in the magazine tube, with (1) additional cartridge in the chamber for a total of (11) cartridges. Winchester discontinued the Model 94 Magnum in 1972.

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February 3, 2022 - 1:17 pm

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Bert, thank you for providing all those details on my rifle. Much appreciated. 

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Bobr
February 3, 2022 - 2:46 pm

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 The 44 Magnum was re-introduced in 1976 (trappers) and changed to Angle Eject in various configurations –1983 through 2006.

Regards, 

Bob

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February 4, 2022 - 9:36 pm

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 In the past I had a Model 94.44 Remington Magnum that I purchased new,back in the late 1970s.At the time I was on a .44 Remington Magnum trip, having  a Winchester Model 94,Marlin Model 1894 and Browning Model 92 chambered for it.Got over the craze and sold all three rifles.

 

   As much as I am a Winchester man,I must say I liked the Marlin the best.Hope I do not get kicked off the site for saying such blasphemy.Smile

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February 4, 2022 - 11:29 pm

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28 Gauge!  I also had a model 1894 Marlin in .44 Magnum at one time.  Bought it for my wife in 1974 as it was short, and beautiful.  GREAT graining and color in the butt stock.  It did not shoot well, scattering bullets of various forms all over the target at 50 yards, whether she shot it or I did.  Did shoot a javelina with it, by missing a 40 yard standing shot, then hitting a 60 yard running shot.  About then I was posted to Germany and it was several years before I got to do anymore with it.  Back in AZ, same issues.  Finally disassembled it to REALLY clean the bore and in looking through found there was a tight spot about halfway down the barrel.  Could and had felt it with a jag on the rod previous.  The manufacturer had me send it back under warranty.  It returned with the graceful, beautiful stock broken in several pieces and the box pristine.   Back it went and it returned with a stock cut from a whitewood 2 by 4 and thick, clumsy, ugly lines especially at the comb.  Of course by then the barrel had huge CAUTION roll marked into the barrel.  It was being handled by Jensen’s Gun Shop in Tucson.  When we opened the box the last time, I told them to put it on the rack, sell it for what they could, as I didn’t want it in any way shape or manner.  It had been totally transmuted into a caricature of its once graceful lines.  The older rifles were much nicer.  My opinion and story for what its worth.  Tim

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February 5, 2022 - 2:19 am

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 Very sad story.Tim.Sorry you had so much trouble with your rifle.In a strange twist of fate,I bought mine new in 1974 as well.The rifle I had shot well.Wish I had not sold it.Paid $150.00 Canadian dollars for it back in 1974.Smile

 

 There is no doubt, that the older rifles were much nicer in my opinion as well.Smile

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February 5, 2022 - 2:20 pm

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Bert H. said
Winchester Model 94 S/N 3475377 was manufactured in the year 1971. The NRA article you read is not accurate. Winchester introduced the “Model 94 Magnum” chambered for the 44 Magnum cartridge in the year 1967. It was made to hold (10) cartridges in the magazine tube, with (1) additional cartridge in the chamber for a total of (11) cartridges. Winchester discontinued the Model 94 Magnum in 1972.
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I wish a guest membership allowed for the uploading of images. I would like to get an idea on what my model 94 is approximately worth. Yes, I know, I could opt to pay for membership but, unlike many of you I’m not really a collector. Plus, I’m retired and I’ve already got more subscriptions than I can count. It’s almost like being insurance poor! 

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February 5, 2022 - 9:55 pm

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You don’t have to be a member to post pictures.  Non members have to post them to a website that we can then access.  Maybe someone else can explain how?

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February 5, 2022 - 9:58 pm

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Brewer55 said

I wish a guest membership allowed for the uploading of images. I would like to get an idea on what my model 94 is approximately worth. Yes, I know, I could opt to pay for membership but, unlike many of you I’m not really a collector. Plus, I’m retired and I’ve already got more subscriptions than I can count. It’s almost like being insurance poor!   

Unfortunately, we were forced to create that requirement shortly after creating the Forums on the WACA website due to all of the many hundreds of Spam messages that the Chinese, Russian, North Korean, etc. were attempting to post (daily) advertising Pornography, and all sorts of other junk and C**p.

You can upload pictures to a Photo hosting website, and then post the URL to the website in your post here on the WACA website, or contact me directly via a PM with your WACA login in ID.

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February 6, 2022 - 2:16 am

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Bert H. said

Unfortunately, we were forced to create that requirement shortly after creating the Forums on the WACA website due to all of the many hundreds of Spam messages that the Chinese, Russian, North Korean, etc. were attempting to post (daily) advertising Pornography, and all sorts of other junk and C**p.

You can upload pictures to a Photo hosting website, and then post the URL to the website in your post here on the WACA website, or contact me directly via a PM with your WACA login in ID.

Bert – Admin  

I uploaded 4 pictures to my dropbox. Here is the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bsy6tjt1r55rbju/AAApjc2ioiVz_va9sW3IPhV8a?dl=0

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February 6, 2022 - 6:18 am

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Brewer55 said

Bert H. said

Unfortunately, we were forced to create that requirement shortly after creating the Forums on the WACA website due to all of the many hundreds of Spam messages that the Chinese, Russian, North Korean, etc. were attempting to post (daily) advertising Pornography, and all sorts of other junk and C**p.

You can upload pictures to a Photo hosting website, and then post the URL to the website in your post here on the WACA website, or contact me directly via a PM with your WACA login in ID.

Bert – Admin  

I uploaded 4 pictures to my dropbox. Here is the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bsy6tjt1r55rbju/AAApjc2ioiVz_va9sW3IPhV8a?dl=0  

That worked perfectly Smile

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February 6, 2022 - 1:11 pm

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 Yes,very nice pictures.Thanks for posting.Looked back in my records and the Winchester Model 94 .44 Remington Magnum I had ,was purchased new back in October 1981.Paid $265.00 Canadian for the rifle, total with tax.Owned the rifle  two days less, than  two years before I sold it.

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February 25, 2022 - 2:28 pm

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Bert H. said
Winchester Model 94 S/N 3475377 was manufactured in the year 1971. The NRA article you read is not accurate. Winchester introduced the “Model 94 Magnum” chambered for the 44 Magnum cartridge in the year 1967. It was made to hold (10) cartridges in the magazine tube, with (1) additional cartridge in the chamber for a total of (11) cartridges. Winchester discontinued the Model 94 Magnum in 1972.
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Bert, the previous owner used this rifle for hunting (I believe). The tube will only except 2 rounds of ammunition and then the loading port locks closed not allowing any more rounds to be loaded. I assumed that there might be a dowel rod in the magazine tube so, I removed the screw holding the ‘cap’ at the end of the tube (under the muzzle) and I removed the spring. There was no dowel that would prevent loading additional rounds so I’m unsure of what is causing it to only hold 2 rounds of ammo. 

Do you have any thoughts on why this is happening?

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February 26, 2022 - 4:01 am

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Brewer55 said

Bert, the previous owner used this rifle for hunting (I believe). The tube will only except 2 rounds of ammunition and then the loading port locks closed not allowing any more rounds to be loaded. I assumed that there might be a dowel rod in the magazine tube so, I removed the screw holding the ‘cap’ at the end of the tube (under the muzzle) and I removed the spring. There was no dowel that would prevent loading additional rounds so I’m unsure of what is causing it to only hold 2 rounds of ammo. 

Do you have any thoughts on why this is happening?  

No I do not… and it is not possible to diagnose it sight unseen.  I suggest taking it your local gun smith and have him figure out what is wrong with it.

Bert

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February 26, 2022 - 2:30 pm

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Just my opinion – Regarding the posting of pictures, “Everything Costs Something”.

Non-members should not be allowed to post pictures directly – Anyone can see it costs money to run WACA.

If you want to play, you have to pay – and then you can enjoy all of the other benefits of this organization.

What I have learned, and the friends that I have met as a result of joining WACA are worth more than anyone can imagine.

Respectfully submitted…

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