SOLD FOR: $1250
Model: 94, Antlered Game Commemorative
Serial Number: AG16080
Year of Manufacture: 1978, ATF C&R
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Action Type: Top Ejecting Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER — MODEL 94 30-30 WIN. / MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The top-rear of the barrel is marked with an ovalled “WP” proof. The right of the barrel is marked “antlered game” with some gold paint-fill in the lettering. The underside of the receiver is marked “AG16080”. The top tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / WINCHESTER”. Each side of the receiver has antlered game scenes surrounded by scroll and border engraving. There is an antlered game medallion inlaid to the right of the buttstock.
Barrel Length: 20”, Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel with the notch fine-adjustable for elevation. The right-rear of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled to accept a peep sight (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a gold-banded forend, straight grip, straight comb and steel crescent buttplate. The stocks have a few nicks and scratches, most notable in the belly and toe. The checkering is generally sharp with only a few blunted checkers. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has a few light nicks and scratches. Overall, the stocks rate in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Gold
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor nicks, and scratches, most notable on the bottom tang and the lever plate. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. This rifle has a lever and half-cock safeties. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in a white styrofoam tray with lid and a Winchester Antlered Game commemorative cardboard sleeve. The tray has an Antlered Game label, but the serial marking is worn, and not legible. The tray and sleeve show moderate storage wear with some discoloration, fraying and tears at edges and corners, and a few punctures, in about Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Antlered Game Commemorative Model 94 Carbine, produced in 1978 to commemorate the model being one of, if not the most popular rifles for taking antlered game in America. The 1894, later designated 94, model rifle has become nearly synonymous with “deer rifle”, especially when chambered for .30-30. The gold plating of the receiver is complemented by antlered game scene engravings and a handsome medallion inlaid to the checkered stock. The rifle is in Fine-Excellent condition with only a few light mark in the metal, a bore which has seen little, if any use, and minor wear in the stock. This would make a great addition to a Winchester collection, or just a fine tribute to America’s favorite deer rifle. Please see our photos and good luck!