SOLD FOR: $2225
Model: 1894, Saddle Ring Carbine
Serial Number: 88747
Year of Manufacture: 1886
Caliber: .30-30 WCF
Action Type: This rifle has a lever action with a full-length tubular magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” in front of the rear sight and “30 W.C.F.” behind, the left shoulder is marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. The underside of the receiver is marked “88747”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / -WINCHESTER- / PAT. AUG. 21. 1894”. The bottom of the frame by the trigger is marked “D”.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade set into a base with a pin. The rear sight is a flip up v-notch sight graduated to 900 yards. The slider is loose.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a straight wrist, barrel band at the front of the forearm and a steel carbine style buttplate. The wood is generally dark from age and handling, with dark scratches rubs and dings throughout. There is a tiny chip at the left by the upper tang, but no other chips or cracks. Despite the mentioned wear, the wood shows a lot of original finish and remains especially attractive considering the age. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the now brown plate. The stocks rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is pronounced and undamaged. There is even and light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 20% of its metal finish, which is concentrated on the barrel, magazine tube and in protected areas. The frame flats are generally brown with visible streaks, possibly from cleaning. Both here and at other areas of finish loss, the surfaces show a light and even brown erosion. There are a few scabs of solid erosion on the tube and buttplate. This rifle has a cowboy used look about it, but no abuse is evident. The screw heads are generally attractive. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Everyone knows the Winchester 1894, heck, everyone probably owns an 1894. This is one of the rifles that made America, having taken more deer than anything else in North America during the 20th century. The action is strong and reliable, designed by John Browning, and it was the last tubular magazine lever action made by the Winchester/Browning pair. If your parents or grandparents didn’t have one of these on the mantel or in the truck, then you’re probably a first generation American.
This is a desirable example, being made early enough in production to still be classified Antique. The rifle has seen use and cleaning but no abuse or refinishing. This is just a HOT and HONEST rifle.
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