Winchester 94 price check


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Babarsac
January 4, 2013, 08:40 AM
After finally taking my hunter safety course and watching way too many westerns (The Searchers, Magnificent Seven, etc) I have a hankering for a 30-30 lever action. The look and feel of the Winchester 94 appeals to me so much more then the other levers out there. I found a local seller who has their post 64 for sale for $400 or trade for a case of 5.56. Here's what I want to know:

-Is $400 a good deal considering how many other used lever actions seem to pop up?

-What's the difference between post and pre 64 Winchesters?

-Are there decent aftermarket iron sight available?

-As a lefty am I good to go?


And yes I do have pictures.

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josiewales
January 4, 2013, 09:05 AM
400 seems alittle on the high side to me. I dunno, could be wrong. I had a friend pick one up last year for $250, and I am a lefty and can shoot one just fine.

Isn't the Searchers great? :)

BCCL
January 4, 2013, 09:10 AM
Southpaw here as well, I bought a very clean 1979 Winchester 94 about 16 months ago for $250.00.

Slick rifle, you should have no trouble as a southpaw with using it.

Babarsac
January 4, 2013, 09:14 AM
Luckily for me a picked up a bunch of 5.56 back in the day when it was pretty cheap. So trading a case of it might be a better deal then shelling out the $400.

littlelefty
January 4, 2013, 09:14 AM
Lefty friendly? You bet!
There are plenty of aftermarket sights available. Check Midway, Brownells, others; just be sure to buy the ones that match your (assuming you buy it) particular model.
I cannot comment to the price. I checked a local pawn shop about a year ago and they had 3 or 4 model 94s at various prices based on age and condition. But I honestly don't recall what those prices were, and it was a year ago. You might check Gunbroker to see what they are selling for.

That one in the pics looks pretty.

Nasty
January 4, 2013, 09:24 AM
He wants a case of 5.56 for it? He'd sell that case for $1000 right now....sounds like a stealer, not a dealer.

I wouldn't do business with him no matter what.

CraigC
January 4, 2013, 10:01 AM
...watching way too many westerns...
No such thing. :)

Anything around $400 or less for a used post 1964 in good condition is fair. Usually Marlins go for a little less but 94's are more appealing for me as well. Pre-64's had all machined parts, post-64's have stampings and castings. Winchester also went to casting the receivers.

http://onesticky.levergunscommunity.org/how_to/pre_post-64_winchesters.html


I wouldn't do business with him no matter what.
A gun shop is a business and locally owned businesses aren't supposed to make a profit???

BCCL
January 4, 2013, 11:30 AM
Usually Marlins go for a little less but 94's are more appealing for me as well.


John Wayne never said "hand me my Marlin pilgrim." :)

Vern Humphrey
January 4, 2013, 12:09 PM
-Is $400 a good deal considering how many other used lever actions seem to pop up?

WWW.Gunsamerica.com lists several post-64 Model 94s for $350 to $400. So for a post-64 Model 94 in good condition that is average to a bit high. When you consider the cost of shipping, and paying an FFL to do the paperwork for you, you're getting a bargain compared to buying off Gunsamerica or some other site.

-What's the difference between post and pre 64 Winchesters?
There were various engineering changes to make it more economical to manufacture, but the most obvious one was to change the receiver metal. Post-64 (actually the changes were made in '63) receivers cannot be re-blued very easily.

-Are there decent aftermarket iron sight available?

Tons of them -- from Williams to Lyman, there are open sights, peep sights and tang sights. Check WWW.Midwayusa.com to find sights fitting the Model 94.

-As a lefty am I good to go?
Yep. The Model 94 is very friendly to lefties.

mike.h
January 4, 2013, 12:25 PM
I've owned a post 64 for over 40 years. I purchased it after I returned from overseas and had a williams peep sight installed. It served well busting brush for black tail deer, and it's a hoot to shoot. ( I may have to bust it out of the safe next time I go to the outdoor range.--> Unleash my inner cowboy.:rolleyes:)

Is $400 too much, maybe not if you really like it.

CountryUgly
January 4, 2013, 04:43 PM
It's at the top end @ $400 but if it's in good shape and you got an eye on it I wouldn't loose sleep over it. If you hold out you may find one for $350ish or it might banned tomorrow and cost $10k ya never know ;) but if you picked up a 1k rds for .30 a round I'd trade the ammo.

jcwit
January 4, 2013, 04:46 PM
Picked up almost like new 30/30 94AE at a local pawn shop for $175.00.

Babarsac
January 4, 2013, 05:08 PM
I wish I could check local pawn shops but there are none that sell firearms where I live.

shaggy430
January 4, 2013, 05:14 PM
I bought one for $210 out the door recently, but it had a little more wear than yours. If you want it and think it is worth $400 to you, then buy it. You'll be happy you did. I replaced my buckhorn sight with a Williams peep and am glad I did.

dastardly-D
January 4, 2013, 05:34 PM
:scrutiny: No,I wouldn't trade the case of 223 for it ! A case of that has close to tripled in price at the moment so sell it for $1000 or trade for a $1000 worth of stuff.....and yes to the guy who said a dealer is entitled to make a profit too,he's even entitled to rip you off.Friends don't let friends get ripped off....

rcmodel
January 4, 2013, 05:38 PM
Pre-64 vis Post-64 differences:
http://www.wisnersinc.com/additional_info/Winchester_94.htm

rc

Pistol Ranch
January 4, 2013, 06:34 PM
The Post 64's had a cast action. Every one I have seen has rust spots..they are butt ugly.:eek: Save your money, look some more and think about a used Marlin in the $400 price range.

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