Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Gun lover, Nov 6, 2007.
It's a shame, but I bet it's the reason he bought it in the first place...always on the look-out for a bargain.
Oh, for a Clean Pre-64
In the back of my mind I always hoped for a nice pre-64.
But now that ALL Win 94's have gone up in price, I'm not sure I'll ever see one at an attractive price. Folks with those rifles generally know what they have and they don't part with them easily... I know I wouldn't.
Maybe some day...
At 100 yards, give or take, is there much difference in the real world between a .30-30 and a .44 mag out of a 94 all other things being equal?
I looked at some ballistic graphs and the .30-30 has a bit more energy but not enough to write home about. Is that true in anyones experiance?
I'm thinking to use the rifle for mule deer at one extreem and plinking at the other.
Also how accurate will the 94 be with .44 mags at 100 yards? Group size? How about the .30-30?
You purists are probably going to give me tons of grief for this but about 20 years ago, as a Christmas gift to my Dad, I sent the metalwork off to be re-blued and I refinished the stock and fore-end. I've heard that I destroyed it's value yammer yammer etc. I cannot envision the combination of circumstances that would be required for this rifle to ever be sold. It is absolute eye-candy! The only rifle I've ever seen that even comes close might be a Weatherby MkV Lasermark.
1.6 million would be 1949. And yeah, you probably took most of the collector value away when you had it refinished. But, its your gun and you should do with it what you want. It is obviously something that you and your father take great pride in. As a matter of interest, was the gun's metal finish and wood worn from use, abuse or accidental damage? What made you decide to refinish it? On my 1962 the metal was fine and only slightly worn. The wood, however, was attrocious. A previous owner had varnished it with globs of varnish slopped all over (including the metal). I stripped the varnish and refinished the wood with Tru-Oil but left the metal alone.
Diggers, my Marlin 94 in .44mag shoots between 2.5 and 3" groups at 100 yards. But not when i bought it. I kept getting strage flyers in my groups. I remembered an article by John Barsness about the forends on Savage 99s being to tight and causing accuacy problems.
I took my foreend off and slightly releived the wood between the forend cap and the receiver. Now my gun shoots nice round groups at 100 yards.
I have two loads i use. One is 24 grains of Winchester 296 with either a Hornady 240 gr or a Magtech 240 gr for 1800fps and they both shoot to the same point of aim. The other is a Hornady 200 gr with 24 grains of 2400 for 2000 fps. It shoots about 4" higher than the 240 gr load but is the equivilant of the 35 Remington round.
Love the gun. Love the iron sights. Love to carry it through the woods. Love to eat venison.
Winchester 94 in 30-30
Both are 1970's guns, forget exactly what years
The 30-30 is currently in pieces, going to clean out the crud and a little rust, refinish stock and forearm, and have it reblued.
(please ignore the 10/22)
Count Me In
Bought it new in 1950.
Oddly enough, my personal firearm back then was a Savage 99 and I've never felt the urge to replace it (blasphemy, I know).
Well, actually, I bought it for my son, the day he was born, 11 years ago.
It had 10 rounds through it, when I got it. It's not been fired since.
I broke down and bought the large lever for it. It's in my desk, in my reloading room.
Do you remember the old Coca-Cola Santa Clause 3-D advertisements?... as you moved the ad, Santa went from holding the Coke bottle and smiling, to drinking the Coke? Well, having done the refinishing, the walnut grain does the same kind of thing.... it looks 30 feet deep, and "moves before your eyes" as you move the rifle a few degrees this way and that. If it was just "plain 'ol walnut", I'd never have taken the time. I did it because I both love and truly RESPECT the rifle, and my Dad.
Tell you what, the next time I go up to my Folk's house, I'll take a bunch of pics of the 'ol girl, and I'll learn what it takes to post a few pics for you to see. Actually, I'll post them, and see if I can send them to you, in the event that you don't visit this thread again.
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