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What to do with a win 94?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by swampcrawler, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. swampcrawler

    swampcrawler Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Several years ago my grandfather gave me a post 64 Winchester 94 in 30-30. I love the looks of it, I can't get pics up as of now? But I'd describe it as heavily used but taken care of. Practically no finish left on the receiver but no rust or pitting, good bore, stock is nicked and dinged up but nothing ridiculous.
    Unfortunately iv just never been particularly fond of it. Mostly due to the sights and the fact that it feels like I get punched untie right cheek bone every time I fire it. Not sure how to fix that. As for the sights, I think the actual notched part of the rear sight is missing, just king of the u shaped remainder of it is there.. If that makes any sense. And the front sight has been beat on with a punch and hammer and refused to move any at all. And Windage is off by about 3 inches at 50. Anyway I love the looks if the rifle and don't wan to go crazy on it.
    Maybe if at least anyone has ideas for smoothing up the trigger and do some Kind of peep sight? I'd like to make it something I actually enjoy shooting. Looking forward to the advice!
  2. Jim K

    Jim K Elder

    Dec 31, 2002
    The trigger can be smoothed up and the weight reduced in the usual way, by judicious use of a stone and a little reduction of spring length (that is a coil hammer spring, so reduction of weight is fairly easy). Just take things easy. If you are not sure you can DIY, take the gun to a local gunsmith.

    AFAIK, the receiver is already drilled and tapped for a peep sight, it is only a matter of installing one.

  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Tang sight for rear aperture sight.
    Work on trigger & sear for trigger pull. However, before you do this, clean both parts and the areas around they work. That alone may smoothen the trigger.
  4. BBBBill

    BBBBill Participating Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Alabama and Florida
    You should be able to find many pictures online to confirm for yourself what is going on with the rear sight. A peep sight is a nice addition and provides a superior sight picture to the factory sight.
  5. mike.h

    mike.h Member

    Jul 28, 2011
    left coast
    I had a Lyman peep installed on my model 94 back in the 70's when I returned from SEA. A great brush gun for deer.
  6. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    Feb 26, 2011
    se fla i love claymores 01/sot
    you could send it to losok custom arms for a total melonite treatment.will last forever,check how it shoots on paper at 100 yards first
  7. Archaic Weapon

    Archaic Weapon member

    May 26, 2013
    Near the River, Northern Louisiana
    I am about to throw a buttpad on mine, for company that have a problem with the recoil. Still not that bad, considering how light those guns usually are. Judicious use of gun oil when handled, or getting it reblued wouldn't be a bad thing, but it's up to you. I would have the front sight worked on, and add a tang sight, personally. I shoot factory buckhorn, but to each his own. Have considered a tang or peep myself, but I had no trouble with mine, and decided it was unnecessary.
  8. Chawbaccer

    Chawbaccer Participating Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    You can get a replacement sight blade from Numrich. You adjust the windage by drifting the rear sight.
  9. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    You can fix the cheek strike with a different stock. That's honestly what I'd recommend.
  10. DeadFlies

    DeadFlies Member

    Oct 13, 2011
    Madison, WI
    You can handload some reduced loads. That might help with recoil issues.

    As for the sights, I've been pondering the same thing for my M94. The factory sights are just awful. But there are lots of options out there. Williams and Lyman make receiver sights (and front sights), Skinner makes a barrel-mounted peep and I'm sure there are other options that I haven't discovered yet.

    The trigger on mine is fantastic so i can't help you there.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
  11. X-Rap

    X-Rap Mentor

    Sep 23, 2006
    A Williams or Lyman sight mounted on the left side of the receiver, some type of lace up leather or nylon butt cuff for on board ammo supply as well as possibly adjusting the fit of your cheek weld, shorten the barrel and mag to 16.25".
    I don't use my 94 for big game so I load 110gr hp Speer bullets, low recoil, flat shooting and hit hard out of the 30-30.
  12. Catpop

    Catpop Participating Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Jack's Neck, NC
    Do you have kids? If so, do nothing! Pass it on to them as "Great Granpa's Gun". I have my grandads, an 1898 Springfield and I'm darn proud of it!

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