Approx. value of Winchester Model 94 30-30 lever gun??


September 6, 2003, 10:07 PM
Just inherited a Win. M 94 30-30 among several other guns from my grandfather, and was wondering if anyone had any idea of the value of that particular rifle? Good condition, nothing wrong that I've noticed. No sentimental value with this one of the guns so I'm thinking I may try to sell/trade it at the next gunshow or something. Anyone have a ballpark idea? I really have never priced lever guns as they aren't my thing and I have no use for a 30-30 especially (have a old .44mag Marlin 1894 carbine to fill the niche already...) Thanks ahead of time...

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September 8, 2003, 07:43 PM
:what: I strongly urge you to NOT sell that .30-30 you got from Grampa.
I, too, inherited not one, but, two! Winchester 94's. They belonged to my late Dad and Step-dad, who've been gone for 28 and 3 years, respectively.
By a strange happenstance, I got them both in the same week.

I can't tell you how amazed and happy I was to get them.
They've been fixed and fixed up and I'm extremely pleased to have finally gotten out to shoot them recently.
I wouldn't have gone out to get Winchester 94's, as I had already purchased a Marlin 1895 in .45-70. My choice for a .30-30 would've been Marlin, BUT...
I have a poor picture of the 94's to show. Best thing is they are still in the family.
I'm sorry, but the thread that the Forum referred to that has that photo came up as 'cannot find server'.
[ATTENTION: Remember to copy and save your posts before you add a picture you may have already used once. ALL of this post was gone when I came back to post the thread that had the picture in it. Fortunately, I'd copied it.]

You may find soon after selling/trading off Grampa's gun that you wish you hadn't.
Please reconsider keeping that heirloom.
Best wishes to you on this.

September 8, 2003, 08:12 PM
MAKOwner, I would keep it. The model 94 is a great rifle (I've got 2). I think the Winchester is better than the Marlin....

Besides, if you sell it you might regret it latter. If you REALLY don't want it, try to sell it to a friend or relative who might be willing to sell it back to you latter if you change your mind.

By the way, I'm a Makarov owner too. Great gun...

six 4 sure
September 8, 2003, 08:25 PM
Another vote to keep the 30-30.

However, if you should choose to part with it, a serial number would help with determining the value.

By the way, what state are you in? I'm always in the market for another 30-30.


September 8, 2003, 11:46 PM
The thing is this is one of 4 guns I inherited, and I think he only bought it to fill the deer rifle niche, I wouldn't be surprised if he never even actually fired it, I didn't even know he had it since he didn't hunt deer (why'd he buy it then? just to have it I figure, had to know the guy...)

The guns he used more frequently I am keeping for sure (a Remington 1100 12 gauge, a Mossberg .22 Magnum bolt gun, and a really old J Stevens Arms .410 bolt gun). Still may end up keeping the 30-30, you never know, just wanted to price it.

The serial number is in the 4,21x,xxx range, does that put it in early/mid 1980's production? No checkering and no safety that I can see (other than the lever having to be held tightly). I take it this gun is fairly common, if it's not worth much I'll just keep it then I guess.

The MAK in my username is actually for MAK90, and I've actually gotten rid of the ones I had, hehe...

six 4 sure
September 9, 2003, 12:58 AM
Actually, according to my link your rifle was manufactured in 1975 and it’s probably worth about $250 give or take.

You’ll thank yourself later for keeping it, or more to the point a child, grand child, nephew, etc. will.

Besides, everyone should own a 30-30.:D


September 9, 2003, 01:52 AM
Agree with others.
Unless in dire need of the bucks...
Keep it and pass it down the family line.


September 9, 2003, 07:14 PM
I'm sure your situation is different than the person I got mine from. I was in the market for a Marlin 30-30 when a friend told me about a Winchester 94 being sold by a guy who basically needed the money. Its a late 90's production and had only one box of Rem 150gr. put through it. I got the rifle, scope rings and two boxes of ammo for $175. The rifle is like new.
I think I got mine well into the low end of the price range. $250 still doesn't sound like a bad price. I was expecting to pay that, at least.
Best I can suggest it to look at the prices on or and see what a rifle like yours is fetching.

Byron Quick
September 9, 2003, 10:37 PM
Family heirlooms should remain just heirlooms. If you just cannot abide possessing then give it to someone else in the family who can.

I don't have children. At 49, I doubt I will. My firearms will be willed to shooters...with the stipulation that the firearms are not to be sold but only passed on to other shooters with the same stipulation. Nowadays, that is probably not a legally binding stipulation. However, the stipulation will not be couched in legal terms. It will state: On your honor...

September 10, 2003, 12:01 AM
Yep, one of the saddest days of my life was when I inherited my Gramp's old Winchester Model 94 in .30-30. He got it from his dad in Oklahoma in the '30's and brought it West during the dustbowl. According to the serial number it was manufactured in 1906. Full octagon barrel, brown metal, with shiny spots from the scabbard it lived in. The wood looks the inside of an old pair of leather gloves. Its my favorite rifle...

This may be maudlin, but there's a good chance when your ancestor bought this rifle, he dreamed of handing it to you, and on down the line.

You owe posterity the opportunity to heft this rifle!

Not to mention, if its unpapered, that might be desirable someday too...

September 11, 2003, 07:35 AM
Value depends on where you live.
Around here, (Tennessee) used ones can be found for $150 - 175 on a regular basis.
If I'm not mistaken, new ones are <$300 at Wally World.

I've kinda-sorta had my eye out for one for a while.
I've seen a couple in the paper for $150, but when I have "gun cash", I'm kind of like the kid with allowance in his pocket.

It doesn't last long. :(

Around here, even non "gun people" will have one (or all) of the following:
1. Pump shotgun (hunting-type barrel)
2. Winchester lever action 30-30
3. .38 revolver

It must be a state law or something. :D

September 11, 2003, 01:11 PM
Buy low and never sell!

(Getting them FREE is even better.)

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