Winchester 94!!!


Gun lover
November 6, 2007, 12:48 AM
How many on here own one?I am a very proud owner of one that has taken many deer.It will take many more in the future too come..If you own one just say so.I would love to know how many people own the trusty Winchester 94 on this site!!!Don't be ashamed:)

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November 6, 2007, 12:48 AM
Proud owner here....

November 6, 2007, 12:55 AM
Winchester 94 is my favorite rifle (and so is the M1 Garand).

I love the .30-30 round, it's perfect for what it does. There's a lot of good, old-time feeling in this combo. :)

B. Adams
November 6, 2007, 01:19 AM
I just got one fairly recently, it was made in 1979. It's a good gun and a great shooter. It's in less-than-great condition though, with about 5% of it's blueing left, and with a canted barrel that I still need to fix, but I still like it.

My dad's was made around the same time, but is in much better condition. His is the reason I own mine, and the reason I'll own a few more before I'm done. :)

November 6, 2007, 01:29 AM

November 6, 2007, 01:48 AM
My father has one that was made pre 1930 sometime. Nice rifle, though I never shot it much. Too bad they don't make 'em anymore.

I prefer the Winchester '94 over the marlin for aesthetic reasons (I like the straight grip stock on this rifles for some reason), but I'll probably end up getting a 336 in the near future, simply because they don't make the '94 anymore, except for the Marlins which aren't chambered in .30-30.

Gun lover
November 6, 2007, 02:35 AM
I did a few deer drives this weekend that were very long(a few miles at least)and it never tired me out.I love the lightweight and easy handling of the 94.I bought my Winchester 94ae four years ago and LOVE IT..I wish they never stop making them..I''ve seen a few in pawn shops at a higher price before they stopped making them,but I would pay the higher price than buying a Marlin new,but that's just me..I carried a few Marlins through the woods and they tired my arms out..

November 6, 2007, 03:01 AM
1962 Win 94 .30-30... My all-time favorite rifle!

GPR (Gunsite Police Rifle), which is a Model 94 Winchester in 30-30 or 44 Magnum, equipped with proper sights.

* Pre 64 Model 1894 Winchester (1962 Mfg.) .30-30 Win. Caliber.
* Original Rear Sight removed and a Williams Model 5D Adjustable Receiver Sight with Williams Big Game Aperture (A Ghost Ring) installed.
* Front Sight a Square Post Centered in a Sight Hood.
* Rear Combination Butt Cuff/Recoil Pad/Sling Mount with loops for 5 Extra Rounds.
* Front Clamp-on Magazine Tube Sling Mount.
* Cobra Carry Strap installed for "African Carry" - Left Shoulder/Muzzle Down. This eliminates interference with the Holstered Pistol on the Right Side. Left hand on the Rifle Forearm for instant accessability.

November 6, 2007, 05:54 AM
Got one made in '57 and shoots like a dream. Wouldn't trade it for the world.

November 6, 2007, 07:23 AM
my 1972 is exactly what I was hoping for when I got her a few years is my birth-year rifle and as such will never leave my collection. :)

I got it for the princly sum of 150 dollars and she shoots much better than that...regardless of being "post-64"

Working Man
November 6, 2007, 07:31 AM
I got one of the newer ones before they quit making them.... sure glad I did, paid $315 for mine.

November 6, 2007, 07:50 AM
Winchester Trapper 94 in .44mag/.44sp. 16" barrel. Handy, fun gun. Reliable, handles really well.

Like Working Man, I bought a newer style one before they quit making them. At the time when I bought it (several years ago), the store had a whole bunch of 94's in various calibers and lengths.

too bad they are discontinued.

November 6, 2007, 08:46 AM
Winny Trapper in .357 -- it's a range and HD gun for me. It's my only centerfire "long gun" (really stretching that term), if you don't count a converted T/C carbine in .44 magnum (16" barrel).

I live deep in the 'burbs, so I really don't feel the need to be able to reach out beyond the length of my cul-de-sac... :)

Steve H
November 6, 2007, 08:50 AM
I have 2 of 'em. 30/30 and the .357 mag. Great guns

November 6, 2007, 08:50 AM
Here's mine: Click on a pic to make it bigger, click on original at the top to really blow it up. It's a '75 model in 30-30. The other guns are a '69 Golden Spike in 30-30 and the Puma in 357. I've been working on a cheap, low power plinking load for the '75 model. It's a hoot to shoot but my accuracy with the loads are a little less than desired. I'm still working on it.

Cocked & Locked
November 6, 2007, 08:59 AM
Here's mine and I love it...1949 :D

November 6, 2007, 09:03 AM
I bought one in 45 LC several years ago from a gentleman who wanted to get into cowboy shooting. He got transferred and decided to sell it before he fired the first shot. I haven't shot it to this day, but the urge is about to get the best of me. I just can't stand a gun I can't use.

November 6, 2007, 09:04 AM
Got one here.

November 6, 2007, 09:12 AM
Another proud '94 owner right here.

Ala Dan
November 6, 2007, 09:15 AM
In the past, I've owned many Winchester model 94's; including one NIB
"Buffalo Bill Commerative"~! Many Winchester model 94 "Ranger's" as
sold by the old Woolco, K-Mart, and Wally World convenience stores.
I don't own any model 94's now, but I have access to many (including
a few commeratives) that are "FOR SALE"~! ;) :D

November 6, 2007, 09:27 AM
I have one bought new by my grandfather in the late 40's chambered in .32 WS. I also have one I just picked up at the last gun show made in 1976, it's chambered in .30-30. I have many more expensive, fancy, and tacticool rifles in my collection but the Winny's are my favorite.

November 6, 2007, 09:30 AM
.44 trapper- great fun and a good deep woods gun for deer hunting.
New shooters love to shoot a "cowboy" gun and with .44 special light reloads you can shoot it all day. safe, simple action even if mine doesn't have the unneccessary crossbolt safety.

November 6, 2007, 09:31 AM
I have one in thudy-thudy. It was a gift from gramps and has accounted for a few nice bucks that I took as a youngster with gramps by my side. I dont shoot it much any more but it will always hold a place in my safe.

November 6, 2007, 11:42 AM
I'm in!!

November 6, 2007, 12:04 PM
I had one of the bad ones. Shot great, but had a crappy freckled finish and the action felt sloppy, and I'm real anal about the way my guns look and function. I could handle a pre '64 with a well worn finish, but those "cast iron" receivers made in the '70's just looked bad with age. I compared it to a pre '64 at a gun show and I could feel a real difference in the action. If the opportunity ever comes up to own a pre '64, I'll jump on it.

November 6, 2007, 12:08 PM
AZ_Rebel, where did you get that butt cuff with the cartridge loops? I really want one!

November 6, 2007, 12:09 PM

Andrew S
November 6, 2007, 12:13 PM
1956 .32 win spl that was my dad's.

November 6, 2007, 01:14 PM
Have a trails end model in .357 mag, is one of my favorites to shoot in my collection.

November 6, 2007, 01:22 PM

November 6, 2007, 01:26 PM
wanted one since i watched westerns as a kid and finally got the chance to buy one a few years ago. picked up an early 80's Ranger model with no safeties and a scope for $190. ditched the scope and now i have my favorite rifle. in my opinion, this rifle is one of the quintessential symbols of Americana.


November 6, 2007, 01:33 PM
Two pre 64s andf a 70s something in 30-30:)

November 6, 2007, 04:27 PM
AZ_Rebel, where did you get that butt cuff with the cartridge loops? I really want one!

I could not find what I was looking for :mad: so I made it myself. :neener:
Note that it is a Combination Butt Cuff/Recoil Pad/Sling Mount.

November 6, 2007, 04:46 PM
Now that there are pictures... 1940 .30WCF

November 6, 2007, 04:58 PM
I also got a Big Bore 94 when they first came out... mine is in .375 Win.

The .307 looked good too. :)

Gotta love 94's!

November 6, 2007, 04:59 PM
Gosh. Mine is not old at all, and in a pistol caliber. .44Mag.

November 6, 2007, 05:01 PM
Winchester 94-32, .32 w.s. thank you very much.

November 6, 2007, 11:08 PM
I have one from the 40s. It loves the new Hornady Leverevolution ammo. I can squeeze >2" groups at a 100 yds with the iron sights!

November 7, 2007, 01:13 AM
My dad bought mine for me in 1974 for $94.

November 7, 2007, 02:21 PM
Mine is a bit of a frankenstein...wears teflon coating and a Williams peep sight. But the hogs don't know it's an ugly rifle...

Baba Louie
November 7, 2007, 03:24 PM
Couple a oldsters that were my Pa's, a couple o newbies I picked up along w/ 2 trapper lengths. A couple of the '66 Centennial models, 1 long, 1 short. (My bling knows no bounds). Octagonal barrels, round, 26", 20" 16". Regular loops, big honkin loops. Even got one (one of the later AE models) wearing optics.

The old ones got no safety 'cept the half cock, new ones got the rebound hammer thingie and got one with the Marlin-like go/no-go hammer lock button. Was gonna pick up one of their last days models (who knew?) with the tang mounted slide safety thingie just to try and round out the collection in regards to safety thingies but the whole supply/demand thing has made their price increase rival the gallon of gas increase at the pump as of late. But I'll still be on the lookout for a tang switch (won't use it, just want one for the family... the switch that is)

I'd love to pick up a few Sears models, etc, just to remind me of the good old days when they could be catalog bought

To me and my warped way of thinking, the Winchester 94 does represent THE American rifle (others may disagree... and that's fine as long as they at least recognize that it may be ONE of THE American Rifles at the very least) and the .30-30... old and slow does it every time (I'm not talking about me, even if the shoe fits.)

I'm still planning on buying some of those "Leverevolution" (sp?) newfangled rounds to see what's up with them. I hear they put some zippadee-do-dah up the old girls skirts, as it were.

Somewhere I've got a 9422 as well... which can almost hold a candle to the old 39's I prefer in .22 (shhhhhh).

Didn't John Moses have a little something to do with the design?

November 7, 2007, 03:49 PM
I've got 5 of the 2005/2006 models. 2 in .357, 1 in .44, 1 in 30-30, and 1 in .410. I love them. My 30-30 is awfully accurate. Still need some older ones and am willing to sell the .357s.

November 7, 2007, 04:01 PM
I have a 1973 NRA Centennial Commemorative. Love it because of the longer barrel and pistol grip.

November 7, 2007, 04:15 PM
Getting mine ready for deer season opening day as soon as I get home tonight. ;)

November 7, 2007, 05:32 PM
94 trapper .357 and just love it.

November 7, 2007, 08:19 PM
94 AE Legacy 30.30 + Trapper .357 w/saddle ring
( Im not shure if its a trapper or what I do know its short and has a saddle ring and its older than my legacy)

November 7, 2007, 08:36 PM
While we are on the subject,

What are the opinions of THR members on the value of these rifles we now own since the coneticut plant shut down and Win is no longer making
the beloved lever action 30.30 ect......

November 7, 2007, 08:56 PM
I bought my .30-30 1 month ago for $240 and it's literally almost new looking (I bet it's had less than 50 rounds through it). I think it depends on where you live and who you are buying from.

I've seen them around here for $180-$250 all day long but it's mostly from hunters at shows and not actually gun enthusiasts that know the history of Winchester and know these aren't available anymore.

I'll be buying a couple more at the next shows abd I'll also try to find different calibers as well.

November 7, 2007, 09:18 PM
Just picked up a '94 30-30 made in 2006, one of the last ones made. A friend asked last night if I was interested in a NIB Trapper in .357 - no details yet but I think that is worth pursuing.

November 7, 2007, 10:08 PM
owner 30-30

model 94

love it i reload too

170 grn cast with 26 grns h4895 awesome

November 7, 2007, 11:03 PM
I'm in, got mine in '84 on sale at K-mart in Md. for $130.00. Just now found out how good it shoots since I started reloading a few years ago!:D;):eek:

November 7, 2007, 11:21 PM
I've got one. It's my dad's old deer rifle, probably 1960s vintage or earlier. It's in pristine shape except whoever had it before him decided to carve the stock. They scratched an oval with a diamond inside and stopped there. It looks like they did it with a screwdriver.

It's a shame, but I bet it's the reason he bought it in the first place...always on the look-out for a bargain.


November 8, 2007, 04:06 PM
In the back of my mind I always hoped for a nice pre-64.

But now that ALL Win 94's have gone up in price, I'm not sure I'll ever see one at an attractive price. Folks with those rifles generally know what they have and they don't part with them easily... I know I wouldn't. :)

Maybe some day...

November 8, 2007, 04:13 PM
Yes, I will be using it next week :)

November 8, 2007, 09:55 PM
I've got one my mother bought for my father as an X-mas gift in '57. It still looks new but for a few minor mars from being moved around the case. I shot my first deer with it and it is a fine piece. 30-30 may not be the choice for distance, but puts them down fast and hard in brush country.

November 8, 2007, 10:07 PM
I have two, one to shoot and one to stare at. The shooter is a .444 rifle, the other is a Chief Crazy Horse Commerative (1983).

November 9, 2007, 02:22 AM
Random 94 question for you all.

At 100 yards, give or take, is there much difference in the real world between a .30-30 and a .44 mag out of a 94 all other things being equal?

I looked at some ballistic graphs and the .30-30 has a bit more energy but not enough to write home about. Is that true in anyones experiance?

I'm thinking to use the rifle for mule deer at one extreem and plinking at the other.

Also how accurate will the 94 be with .44 mags at 100 yards? Group size? How about the .30-30?


November 9, 2007, 12:39 PM
Count me in, well, us. Don't know the year (1.6 million ser. no.), but it's an excellent deer-getter in .32 Win Spl.
You purists are probably going to give me tons of grief for this but about 20 years ago, as a Christmas gift to my Dad, I sent the metalwork off to be re-blued and I refinished the stock and fore-end. I've heard that I destroyed it's value yammer yammer etc. I cannot envision the combination of circumstances that would be required for this rifle to ever be sold. It is absolute eye-candy! The only rifle I've ever seen that even comes close might be a Weatherby MkV Lasermark.

oklahoma caveman
November 9, 2007, 12:51 PM
94 was my first deer rifle at age 8. u gota love those old lever guns. they are really sumthin special. il never part with mine

November 9, 2007, 12:59 PM
Don't know the year (1.6 million ser. no.),...

1.6 million would be 1949. And yeah, you probably took most of the collector value away when you had it refinished. But, its your gun and you should do with it what you want. It is obviously something that you and your father take great pride in. As a matter of interest, was the gun's metal finish and wood worn from use, abuse or accidental damage? What made you decide to refinish it? On my 1962 the metal was fine and only slightly worn. The wood, however, was attrocious. A previous owner had varnished it with globs of varnish slopped all over (including the metal). I stripped the varnish and refinished the wood with Tru-Oil but left the metal alone.

November 9, 2007, 03:58 PM
I don't understand post #6 where reglith said that Marlin doesn't make 30-30s anymore. Marlin makes 30-30s like Ford makes trucks. All day every day.

Diggers, my Marlin 94 in .44mag shoots between 2.5 and 3" groups at 100 yards. But not when i bought it. I kept getting strage flyers in my groups. I remembered an article by John Barsness about the forends on Savage 99s being to tight and causing accuacy problems.

I took my foreend off and slightly releived the wood between the forend cap and the receiver. Now my gun shoots nice round groups at 100 yards.

I have two loads i use. One is 24 grains of Winchester 296 with either a Hornady 240 gr or a Magtech 240 gr for 1800fps and they both shoot to the same point of aim. The other is a Hornady 200 gr with 24 grains of 2400 for 2000 fps. It shoots about 4" higher than the 240 gr load but is the equivilant of the 35 Remington round.

November 9, 2007, 04:17 PM
1961 30-30.

Love the gun. Love the iron sights. Love to carry it through the woods. Love to eat venison.

November 9, 2007, 04:24 PM
Winchester 94 in .307
Winchester 94 in 30-30
Both are 1970's guns, forget exactly what years

The 30-30 is currently in pieces, going to clean out the crud and a little rust, refinish stock and forearm, and have it reblued.

(please ignore the 10/22)

November 9, 2007, 04:51 PM
Bought it new in 1950.

November 9, 2007, 05:09 PM
One that I passed on... My neighbor/ beer drinking buddy Don stopped by one day asking me if I'd be interested in buying his uncles old '94. Don thought it was pretty much worthless, and offered it to me for $250. Suffice it to say that don is an octogenarian, so the rifle was of a good vintage. When he brought it over, I just couldn't do it. I ended up having him sell it on an auction site for $1,300. But damn was it nice! 1909 vintage with 26" octogon bbl in .38-55. The last pic should let you know how many rounds she sent downrange...

November 9, 2007, 05:13 PM
The first rifle I bought when I turned 18 a few years ago at Cabela's was a 94. I got home and looked up the serial number and it was made in 1951. It's my favorite rifle and remained my deer rifle from then on.

November 9, 2007, 05:51 PM
I just got one a couple weeks ago when my local dealer turned up one in 30-30 pre-crossbolt, presumably post-64. I had wanted one since I saw the one my uncle owned in the '60s (!).

Oddly enough, my personal firearm back then was a Savage 99 and I've never felt the urge to replace it (blasphemy, I know).

November 9, 2007, 07:16 PM
'94 Trapper in .44 magnum, here!!!

Well, actually, I bought it for my son, the day he was born, 11 years ago.

It had 10 rounds through it, when I got it. It's not been fired since.

I broke down and bought the large lever for it. It's in my desk, in my reloading room.

cortez kid
November 9, 2007, 08:48 PM
I've got 2. Got them right before they stopped making them. One's the Trapper ,357. The other is a 26" .44 mag. They are the garbage models everyone talks about. Although they run excelent, accurate as all get out and real beautiful guns. I still haven't figuered out the garbage part, but I'm sure they are cause a lot of guys say so!:neener:

November 9, 2007, 09:18 PM
It is old, tired and hangs on my wall most of the time but still fires a 150 grain lump of metal every time I pull the trigger in the general direction I want it to go.

November 9, 2007, 09:31 PM
I have had a 9422M since I was 14 years old. My dad gave it to me as an X-Mas gift. I have to say it is one of best shooting guns I own. I recently came a across a 94AE in 30-30 that I picked up from a guy for $200.00. I would say the gun is 97-98%. I just couldn't pass it up. My son was just born and I am going to put it in the safe and will be his first gun when he is a wee bit older.

November 10, 2007, 07:18 AM
Me too, plain jane 30-30, classic.

November 10, 2007, 09:42 AM
The first centerfire firearm I got was a-'94-in-all-but-name 64A that was an early birthday/Chrismas gift in time for the 1973 deer season. It's still here and still does a decent job, even though I've gotten led astray by all kinds of other deer guns over the years.

November 10, 2007, 10:01 AM
Grandpa's 30.30 vintage 1899. Still shoots great.But the metal buttplate wears on you.

December 16, 2007, 08:12 PM
AZRebel, sorry for taking so long to answer. The primary reason that I chose to do any of it was that, A), Dad added a layer of linseed oil every year, a couple of weeks before hunting season. and B), the receiver was worn white at the "carry place". I could see gorgeous walnut under all that gummy crap. I got all the crap off the wood, and put on the first coat of polyurethane, sanded with 200 grit, and put on a second really thin coat. I could see a really faint, but pretty burl in the walnut. So I added another 30 light coats of polyurethane... sanding with 600 "wet or dry" sandpaper, wet, in between coats.
Do you remember the old Coca-Cola Santa Clause 3-D advertisements?... as you moved the ad, Santa went from holding the Coke bottle and smiling, to drinking the Coke? Well, having done the refinishing, the walnut grain does the same kind of thing.... it looks 30 feet deep, and "moves before your eyes" as you move the rifle a few degrees this way and that. If it was just "plain 'ol walnut", I'd never have taken the time. I did it because I both love and truly RESPECT the rifle, and my Dad.
Tell you what, the next time I go up to my Folk's house, I'll take a bunch of pics of the 'ol girl, and I'll learn what it takes to post a few pics for you to see. Actually, I'll post them, and see if I can send them to you, in the event that you don't visit this thread again.

December 16, 2007, 09:17 PM
i have one. it was my fathers for 40 years and I still use it. It will be my sons first rifle he owns

December 16, 2007, 10:33 PM
The first centerfire I ever bought was a '94 in .30-30. Nice, quick handling gun. I regret selling it, but then again I've regretted every gun I've ever sold. Barring serious financial misfortune I'll never sell one again, unless it's a real dog.

December 16, 2007, 10:45 PM
My first centerfire I bought at 18 was a 94AE, the only problem is the cross bolt safety, which I don't like much at all, but it's still a fun rifle. My family still has the Winchester lever actions that were used by my great grandfather and his brother (a model 95 in 30/40 made in 1899, and a 94 in 25-20 made in 1908).

edited to add that I forgot about my grandfather's model 88 in .308, I really like that one!

December 16, 2007, 10:55 PM
shoot regulary. i have both my sons shooting as well one is 14 the other 8

for my 8 we load cast 170 grn with 6 grains of trail boss.

in fact we just got back about 4 hours ago. My 8 year old is already asleep. out for the night

December 16, 2007, 11:41 PM
Got a 1927, 1949 and a 1963 and I'm keeping em.

December 17, 2007, 12:18 AM
Count me in..


Ben Shepherd
December 17, 2007, 07:32 AM
Some may think otherwise, but I prefer them over the marlins. They're lighter and slimmer. I have 94's in 357, 30-30, 44 mag, and 444 marlin, and enjoy them all.

jack the toad
December 17, 2007, 08:19 AM
I have one that I bought used for my son's first deer rifle several years ago.
He's since went to a bolt action but I consider it one of the best $100 I've spent.

December 17, 2007, 08:34 AM
I have one a Buffalo Bill Commemorative (got it from my mom)

December 17, 2007, 02:31 PM
I have a 1971 94 in 30-30 that i bought off a retired doctor a few months ago. It's in excellent condition and shoots just as well. I might give it a go next deer season.

Vern Humphrey
December 17, 2007, 03:01 PM
I grew up with a loaded Model 94 behind the dining room door. When I went out, it went with me. Working cattle, looking for strays, whatever, the old Model 94 was in the saddle boot.

During deer season, I shot many a deer while looking for strays -- just whip it out of the boot, pile off the horse and shoot.

December 22, 2007, 09:23 PM
I have a Winchester 9422 in .22 magnum that belonged to my grandfather. Then I have a 94 .30-.30 Trapper with the tang safety. Nothing to gawk about, but I practically stole it when the prices were going through the roof right after the Winchester plant closed down. It looked brand new. I thought it was going to be impossible to find one in .30-.30 for a reasonable price.

December 22, 2007, 09:49 PM
Mine is NIB with $69.88 reciept, never been fired, other than the factory

December 22, 2007, 10:58 PM
got a '94 30-30, love it, wish they still made them, i would realy like to get the trapper in 45colt.

December 23, 2007, 09:01 AM
have 94 Trapper in 357, fun gun to shoot

December 23, 2007, 10:51 AM
I have a few 94s including:
NIB 7x30 Waters
NIB .357 carbine
Like New, never fired 30-30 made in about 53
1943 30-30
~1923 .32 Win Special
New high grade 30-30
Near New w/ box 30-30 SRC from early 70s
New 94AE in .44 Mag

December 23, 2007, 11:59 AM
94XTR Big-Bore in .375 Winchester. My all-time favorite brush gun.

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