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Winchester Model 94

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by joed, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    Started thinking about shooting mine the other day when I started thinking. How many different cartridges has the 94 been chambered in? I have one in a .30-30 but started thinking of maybe adding another chambering.

    I don't shoot my 94 very much and maybe I should put in a little more time with it.

    Anyone have any idea the chamberings that were and are available in the 94?
  2. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    Off the top of my head, .30-30 Winchester, .32 Winchester Special, .38-55 Winchester, .375 Winchester Big Bore, .307 Winchester, .356 Winchester, .44 Magnum, .45 Colt, and .410 Shotgun.
    Almost, forgot, also .25-35 Winchester. They rereleased a run of these back in 2005, as I recall.
  3. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    If I were in the market for a non-30-30 94, I would find a pre-64 in 32 Winchester Special.
  4. Greg Mercurio

    Greg Mercurio Well-Known Member

    Add 7-30 Waters
  5. ltinwi

    ltinwi New Member

    add 32-40
  6. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    I'd forgotten the 7-30 Waters, apparently along with the rest of the gun-buying public. Too bad, as it's a considerable improvement, ballistically, over the .30-30 it's based on. Thompson-Center is the only one making a gun in this calibre now, and it's a single-shot.
    I'd guess the 7-30 Waters is about the rarest calibre the Winchester 94 has been chambered for.
  7. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Also available in .44-40WCF, and even the .357Mag/.38Spl.

  8. snake284

    snake284 Well-Known Member

    It's not necessarily a classic, but it is a very productive cartridge for deer, the 7-30 Waters. Then the old standby, that is almost a ballisics twin of the 30-30, the 32 Winchester Special.
  9. lilquiz

    lilquiz Well-Known Member

    Between two friends of mine they have the 7/30 and 44. We have a"shooterpalooza" about twice a year.... and yes I covet my neighbors rifle:uhoh:
  10. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    I just noticed that they made the Model 94 Big Bore "Timber Carbine" in .450 Marlin calibre, too. In the opposite direction, there is the Model 9422 in .22LR or in .22 Magnum. So, if you wanted a comprehensive Winchester Model 94 collection, with at least one in every calibre, you'd need 18 guns:
    .22 Long Rifle
    .22 Magnum
    7-30 Waters
    .307 Win.
    .32 Special
    .357/.38 Special
    .356 Win
    .375 Win
    .410 Shotgun
    .44 Magnum/.44 Special
    .444 Marlin
    .45 Colt
    .450 Marlin

    Then, of course, there are the variations in barrel length, from the short barreled "Trapper" to the 26" rifle, round, octagon, half round-half octagon, straight grip, pistol grip, saddle ring, full magazine/half magazine, crescent buttplate/flat buttplate, blued/casehardened/painted/plated receiver, top eject/angle eject, pre-64/post-64, Big Bore, XTR, and all of the different levels of stocks, engravings, and commemorative special editions. You could have a hundred Model 94s, with no two exactly the same.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  11. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    It was also made in .444Marlin.

    The 94/22 is a completely different rifle (and a far better-made rifle!) and should not be included.
  12. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    I agree, it is too far departed, whereas the Big Bore 94s, while a bit different, are still close enough to count IMO.

  13. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    Noted and added. I think the 9422 should be counted as part of the 94 family. Anyway, I've wanted one on .22 Magnum, just to have. I'd throw it in if it were MY Model 94 collection anyway. :D
    You can have whatever you want in YOUR collection!
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  14. 9X23WIN

    9X23WIN Well-Known Member

    GCBurner, that's a long list!. I have the 94s chambered in 30-30, 356, 444, 44mag and 45LC and wished I had purchased the ones in 307, 375 and 410 also.
  15. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    A dealer had a couple of new in the box .410s at a recent gun show, but since the Model 94 has been discontinued, all of a sudden these guns that he couldn't sell last year seem to have jumped in asking price.
  16. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    Geez, I'd love to have one of these in a "big bore".

    Kind of funny but for all the different chamberings the longest lived is the .30-30.

    I also have a 9422 and like that one an awful lot.
  17. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    The 94/22 is not a model 94. The only thing it shares in common is the first two digits of its model number and the fact that it is a lever action. It is an entirely different rifle of an entirely different design and as such, is entirely irrelevant to the original question. By your logic you might as well lump in the 1892, 1873, 1860, 1866, 1886 and 1895. :rolleyes:
  18. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    The '94 is back, and last I heard they are planning to expand the line to include standard grade copies.

    BTW, the 94/22 has more in common with the Marlin 39 than a original '94...heck the model 39 is probably closer to the 1894.

  19. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    Interesting to hear the 94 is coming back. When I heard the old factory was closing I bought my 94 and a model 70.

    The 70 was new, the 94 belonged to one of the police depts here that issued them to their mounted units. Kind of a neat gun. Being used by LE it has a steel butt plate. They disbanded the mounted police and traded the 94's in on AR's. I picked up the 94 from the place that took them in trade.

    Haven't shot it much but I think I'm going to change that.
  20. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Well-Known Member

    the first model of 1894s were chambered in 32-40 and 38-55.
    When Winchester worked the bugs out of their smokeless nickel steel, then they chambered the 1894 in 25-35 and 30-30 during calendar year 1895.
    Around 1901 or early 02, Winchester released the 1894 in 32 Winchester Special.

    From the mid 1920s until sometime in the early 1930s, Winchester tried calling the 1894 the Model 55 lever action.

    In 1933 another 1894 was released, but this time it was called the Model 64 Winchester.
    The fancy model 64 were chambered in 30-30, 32 Win Spec, and 25-35 like the original 94s, BUT in 1938 they introduced the 219 Zipper.

    Later during the 1980s and onward, you have the chambering of the

    307 Win
    356 Win
    375 Win
    44 mag
    357 mag
    7x30 Waters
    45 colt
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011

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