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winchester canadian centennial 94

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hunley1864, Mar 2, 2013.

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  1. hunley1864

    hunley1864 Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    Hey guys I just bought a Winchester 94 canadian centennial 30-30 made in 1967 with box and tags for 500 dollars. Its in mint cond. but I am wanting to shoot it for target shooting only,do you think Iam crazy. It has never been fired I was told.what can I expect from value stand point if it has a few rounds shot from it.
  2. toiville2feathers

    toiville2feathers Member

    Dec 20, 2011
    Ogema, MN
    If you shoot this rifle it will be worth approx. $250-300 dollars. You say you have a box. Is the serial # on the box the same as the rifle? Is it a carbine or the rifle and does it match on the box? They were sold in sets rifle and carbine,consecutive serial #'s. Is the box in good condition? Do you have the brochures and booklets that came with the rifle?
    A good indicator if it has been fired or not is the bolt face. Does it show any primer marks? On the lever where the bolt lock attaches there is an oblong hole. If this action has been operated a lot there will be wear marks there.
    If the box is in good condition, the brochures and pamphlets are present, no signs of being fired, no wear signs you got a great deal on this gun. I would say $700-750
  3. Malamute

    Malamute Member

    May 12, 2004
    Rocky Mts
    I have to completely disagree with the after-shooting value opinion of the previous post. ANY excellent condition 94 of that vintage is worth more than that, let alone an octagon barrel rifle. I think you'll realize at least what you paid for it after shooting it, or close to it if you keep it in perfect condition, though fired.

    Few of the commemoratives have really taken off in value. The primary value of them is as shooters, and most of the rifles with octagon barrels shoot pretty well. I've shot several of them, from new/unfired, and never had a huge loss of value. Many of us value them as shooters above collectibles, and a gently used one will still bring pretty good money. I'd prefer to buy a used one over a new one, but would have zero qualms about shooting a NIB gun like yours. Pretty much any new gun you fire will realize some loss of value, but that's part of the game, I buy them to shoot. Hold on to it a while, and you likely wont lose any value anyway.

    I still see Canadian Centennials and similar commemoratives for $500-$600 range for NIB at the Winchester collectors show, at least as recently as a year or two ago. Sometimes they are priced higher, but I haven't seen them move much when priced higher. Online or in some areas they may go a bit higher.
  4. twofifty

    twofifty Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    A friend hunts with his. He got it in 98% condition, superb blueing, with maybe 8 shots put through it, and no wear marks. It was a gift so no price.

    Anyhow, that long octagonal barrel felt very stable, trigger was decent, and the gun would consistently ring a 6" 100yd gong, shot offhand, without having to adjust the irons.

    It has taken deer with authority for the past 5 years as I imagine all 30-30s do.
  5. Onmilo

    Onmilo Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    ANY 94 Wincheter is worth north of $500 now.
    If you want to shoot that rifle go ahead and do so!
  6. vaupet

    vaupet Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Belgium, Europe
    I just bought an 1892 John Wayne Memorial, in 44-40, NIB, and I shoot it.
    Shoots great.
    Guns are made for shooting, not for living in boxes imho

    have fun


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  7. Abel

    Abel Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Eastern CONUS
    If you only degrade the value by $200, who cares? Shoot it! Winchester made dozens of special commemoratives over the years, and many new in box versions are priced at less than your garden variety M94 from before WW2 in well-used good condition. Shoot your rifle.
  8. witchhunter

    witchhunter Member

    Aug 29, 2012
    Lassen County, California
    That is a post 64 winnie, It is yours, do with it what you want.....Let us know how it fares though if you do shoot it. I bet it is pretty.
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