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Converting a winchester model 1894 30/30 to 35 remington.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MUSICALGUNNUT45, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. MUSICALGUNNUT45

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    Has anyone ever tried this and is it possible. if it is I might attempt it at some point in time.
     
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    I've never seen it done, but I'd be interested in hearing about it, too. I've also wondered about converting a 357mag Win '94 to 357max.
     
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    I get the feeling it would be pretty difficult. From what i understand the .35 rem has a much smaller rim dia then the .30-30. I take it you dont want to just get a 336?
     
  4. Sav .250

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    Your reason aside. Why not just buy a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem cal ?
     
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    You can bore out the barrel and have a 35-30 wildcat. Just a 30-30 necked up to .358" with the same ballistics as the 35 rem.
     
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    I guess the question in this whole exercise is why. It would probably cost more to convert a 94 Win to 35 Rem than the cost of another rifle in 35 Rem. If you want more umph in a lever gun, get a 95 Win in either 38-55 or 405 Win......chris3
     
  7. Chawbaccer

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    I believe a 356 win would be an easier conversion.
     
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    3030 rimmed,other is not.prob more expensive than buying new.
     
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    If I recall correctly the lifters on 94's are cartridge specific, and since Winchester never made one in .35Rem. it would have to be produced from scratch, probably involving alot of trial and error. There is also the matter of rim diameter and such. I am sure that if you wanted to pay for it, a shop such as Turnbull Restorations could produce it for you, but it is going to likely cost an arm and a leg. Then again I don't have a crystal ball, so you may want to call them and get a quote.
     
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    Any reason for .35 Rem rather than .38-55 which is an easy change for a Winchester 94?

    http://www.35caliber.com
     
  11. rcmodel

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    The 94 action will not work with a rimless cartridge.
    And I seriously doubt it could be modified to work.

    The cartridge guides in the sides of the receiver use the case rim to maintain controlled round feed from the magazine onto the lifter, and then into the chamber.

    If you just gotta have a .35 Remington lever-action, look for a Marlin 336 or a Savage 99.

    rc
     
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    A guy I know converted a .357 mag Win '94 to .357SIG and made it work, so it can be done. 'Course he's pretty handy with tools (though he did say that making the shell lifter work was the hard part).
     
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    Just spend $300 a get a used Marlin 336 in 35 Rem.
     
  14. Gordon
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    Bizarre idea! One of the harder guns to "time" properly to begin with. Yeah the lifters are cartridge specific, length and profile being very critical. the pistol caliber 94s are pretty herky jerky IMHO, but concievable to make one .357 Sig. The rimless extractor is much different too and is not positioned right in the 94. Sure the people in the Pakistan tribal areas could file one up in a couple months but it begs the "why?" question.
     
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