Winchester Model 94 1964


March 1, 2009, 02:41 PM
I am looking for a little advice. I have only started my gun collection over the last 2 years. I know terrible time to start with Obamamania going on.
I am trying to give my stepfathers winchester 94 30-30 win the TLC it should have had for many years. He has owned the rifle for several years and has never shot it nor maintained it. Now I find it my duty to care for it!
I know by reading past posts it is a 1964 (argggg) serial# 2770xxx. From research I am assuming 64-68 are not the model years I would hope for. The action cycles fine and the gun appears very clean.
My questions are:
How should I proceed in cleaning it? As I would with any rifle? Do I have to use a bore snake since the barrel appears octagonal?
Should I have my gunsmith disassemble and clean before shooting? Or is my typical cleaning sufficient?
How can I care for the metal on the reciever which is not blued? (I see most models appear to be blued not chromed.
Which ammo should I purchase for its first plinking, post the TLC it needs?

Thanks guys I appreciate your help . I have learned alot from you all

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March 1, 2009, 02:50 PM
That receiver used to be blued. It's all worn off. Use a good oil like BF-CLP to protect and clean it. Yeah a bore snake or coated rod from the muzzle end will work. I'd recommend just opening the action and getting a rag in there where you can. That should be sufficient. Depending on how handy you are with guns I'd say take it to a smith for a more thorough cleaning if you don't think the rag got it clean enough.

March 1, 2009, 02:59 PM
The bluing is already long gone off of the receiver.

Use 0000 Extra Fine steel wool & oil to get whatever rust you can get off of all the teel parts. It will not hurt the remaining finish.

A good one-piece cleaning rod with a brass bore guide, solvent, bronze bore brush, and patches is the best way to clean the barrel.
Like this:

You can probably help the stock with the same 0000 steel wool & Lemon Oil Furniture Polish applied lightly.

Use any brand 30-30 150 or 170 grain ammo you can find at the best price.
It is all about the same.


March 1, 2009, 04:41 PM
Breaking one down for a good cleaning is not difficult, just be sure you have a good set of hollow ground screwdrivers. The Magna-Tip SUPER SETS frow Brownells will last you a lifetime.

Here is a good disassembly instructions.

March 1, 2009, 05:31 PM
Thanks guys...I have the 0000 steel wool and br clp in hand. Ill post some pics after I get though the initial clean. Thanks for the disassemble info

March 1, 2009, 06:20 PM
94's are best not taken apart unless absolutely necessary.

There are things in there that can be easily damaged by inexperianced hands. Like the cartridge guides for instance.

If you feel the need to go that far, just take the stock off and blow it out with Gun-Scrubber, then re-oil with Rem-Oil spray & let drip dry.


March 1, 2009, 08:15 PM
Rc I am definitely taking your advice, Without the proper tools in hand I decided to do a thoughrough cleaning without breaking down the rifle. I must say with all of your advice it looks great. Clp and 0000 wool sure did the trick.
The only concern I have now is sometimes when cycling the lever up it sticks occasionaly. Any ideas why? I will definitely take it to my smith if it keeps showing any signs of sticking.
Thanks again I attached pic of a rifle with a little TLC.

March 1, 2009, 09:53 PM
Looks like it cleaned up really nice. Nice rifle.

May 25, 2009, 12:25 AM
I just picked up a 64 yesterday. The receiver is a little darker than the pics of this one. Would it be wise to reblue? I like the look and would prefer to leave it like it is, but not at the risk of rust and things like that.

May 28, 2009, 01:17 PM
I had alot of rust forming. Had to get that gone but it was at the expense of the bluing...

Vern Humphrey
May 28, 2009, 01:30 PM
94's are best not taken apart unless absolutely necessary.
Amen. Clean the bore with a bore snake or a coated rod with a muzzle guide. Use brake cleaner on the receiver and leave it lying on a wad of newspaper to drain, then spray lube sparingly.

The post-64 Model 94s of that era will not take reblueing very well -- clean and oil and leave as is.

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