SOLD FOR: $1025
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1894 Carbine
Serial Number: 1842931
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Action Type: This rifle has a lever action with a full-length tubular magazine.
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”, -“WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“-, “MODEL 94 – 30-30 WIN.-”. The top of the barrel and top of the chamber ring are each marked with a circled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “1842931”.
Barrel Length: 20″, Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a textured, ramped base forged to the front of the barrel. The base is grooved for a hood which is not present. The rear sight is a “U”-notch leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The notch is fine adjustable for elevation. The left of the receiver is drilled and tapped for a receiver sight (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip, straight comb, and checkered steel buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The buttstock has some odd finish on each side toward the rear. It appears that some sort of finish was applied over the standard oiled finish and much of this new finish has worn away. There is some discoloration where the wood meets the metal. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has wear around the edges, some light erosion at the edges toward the heel and some minor oxidation in the generally well defined checkering. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore, mostly at the muzzle-end. Our gauge shows an ME of about 0.75.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The receiver is worn to white at the bottom-front and there is some minor finish wear along the magazine tube. The barrel bands have some scattered light wear, most on the rear band. There is infrequent minor surface oxidation, mostly on the receiver. The mainspring strain-screw is missing. The remaining screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety and the lever safety functions properly. The trigger is crisp. 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: None
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 94 Carbine in .30-30 made in 1952. The .30-30 is perhaps the most popular deer cartridge in America, and the 94 chambered for this classic round is nearly synonymous with “deer rifle”. This rifle is in about Very Good-plus condition with 90% of its metal finish remaining, a nice bore and strong mechanics. It shows honest wear from use over the years. This pre-1964 vintage rifle should be of interest to collectors and could be back out in the field dropping deer for another lifetime. Please see our photos and good luck!