SOLD FOR: $1,436.01
Model: Take-Down Model 1894
Serial Number: 599038
Year of Manufacture: 1911
Caliber: 30 W.C.F. (30-30 Winchester)
Action Type: Lever Action Tubular Magazine Take-Down Rifle
Markings: The top left flat of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21. 1894.”, “-NICKEL STEEL BARREL- / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” and “30 W.C.F.” There is a Winchester proof mark on both the top flat of the barrel and the top of the receiver. The take-down lever on the magazine tube is marked “-JUNE 6. 1893-“. The underside of the receiver is marked “599038” ahead of the lever mechanism and “27” behind the lever mechanism. The right hand side of the lever has a triangle with a “1” in it and a “34” visible only when the lever is forward. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF.”.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights / Optics: The rifle is mounted with a Marble’s style blade front sight set in a dovetail. There is a semi-buckhorn rear sight with elevator.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are straight grain walnut, there is no checkering. The right side of the butt stock has one ding an inch ahead of the blued crescent butt plate and some compression marks on the right side wrist where it mates with the receiver. The forearm only has light handing marks. Both stocks appear to have been recently refinished. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt plate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Recently Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. We are not clear if this rifle has been re-barreled or not.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its re-blued metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light handling marks. The barrel’s bluing has a purple hue compared to the rest of the rifle. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent in its refinished condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not disassemble the take-down portion of this rifle, so as not to harm the finish. We did not fire this rifle, but we would like to.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is really a beautiful rifle. “The Winchester Book” by George Madis suggests that take-down models were offered as an option from 1895 to 1930, and we feel that feature makes this particular rifle even more interesting. The bore is in good condition and despite the pristine finish there is absolutely no reason why the lucky winner of this auction shouldn’t determine just how accurate this rifle can be.
SOLD FOR: $1,436.01