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Winchester 94 and Remington 788

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Kentucky_Rifleman, Apr 10, 2010.

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  1. Kentucky_Rifleman

    Kentucky_Rifleman Member

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    Okay, I couldn't help it. After 24 years of bolt actions, automatics, and single shots, I bought my FIRST lever action rifle. I've shot dozens of them, and always wanted to get one in 30-30, but always seemed to have other guns higher on my priority list.

    I started out the day at Bud's Gunshop in Paris, KY. I came across a Remington 788 in 30-30, a rifle and caliber I've always wanted, but it was going for 550.00. I mulled it over for a while and then passed. It just didn't seem that good a deal to me.

    I went from Bud's on to Hensley's in Harrodsburg, walked in, and there it sat, not even tagged yet, a model 94 Winchester Frankengun. I call it a Frankengun because whatever else it is or isn't, it ain't factory stock. It has a good barrel with crisp riflings, lever, works, fittings, and mag tube all in a deep factory blue, but the receiver is case-colored. To top it off, the thing has a metal buttplate with the TC Thompson Center logo.

    I have a Thompschester.

    It's in good order, and I shot a dozen shells through it, just to get a feel for it. It's accurate, feeds and fires like a well-oiled dream.

    Since it's such an oddity, Charlie, the store owner hadn't put much into the rifle, and I bought it for 200.00 cash. I don't know lever actions very well, and Winchesters not at all, but I can't kick about a slick running 200.00 Winchester.

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  2. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Member

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    That sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

    $200 for a good working Winchester (mostly) 30-30.
     
  3. dodge

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    Great deal.Now all you have to do is find the correct buttplate and then it will be all Winchester. You can try Numrich or maybe even a gunshow to find one.
     
  4. Sav .250

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    What happens in Harrodsburg....stays in Harrodsburg. Enjoy your "new"
    Winchester..... :)
     
  5. Abel

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    200??!! You got a great deal. Put a sling on it and hunt.
     
  6. nwilliams

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    $550 for a 788 in 30-30 is a good deal! The 788 chambered in either 30-30 or .44mag are very rare guns and highly collectible.

    $200 for the Winchester is a pretty good deal as well, congrats!
     
  7. rangerruck

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    good pickup, and yeah, the 3030 in 788, if you can lower him to 500; you should be all over that as well, especially if it has more than 1 mag- those things are outrageously priced...
     
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