SOLD FOR: $1755
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1894 Special Order Takedown
Serial Number: 223116
Year of Manufacture: 1900
Caliber: .30 W.C.F.
Action Type: This is a Takedown Lever Action Rifle with a Half Length Mag tube.
Markings: The top of the barrel midway is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN . CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21. 1884”, the left shoulder is marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”, and “30 W.C.F.” on top near the receiver. The front underside of the receiver is marked “223116”. The top tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK”. The base of the tang sight is marked “LYMAN / MIDDLEFIELD / CONN. U.S.A.”.
Barrel Length: 26″; Half Octagonal, Half Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a nickel-silver tipped blade in a slotted base dovetailed and screw-set to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a Lyman’s No. 6 folding leaf sight. The tang is equipped with a Lyman’s elevation adjustable peep aperture sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and checkered hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The stocks have some scattered minor nicks, dings, and draglines. There is very slight play between the forearm and metal. The wood appears to have been recoated at some point. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows some wear along the edges and scattered discoloration from age, the checkering is sharp. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue, Case-Color Hammer & Lever
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp and deep rifling. There is scattered faint erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its current metal finish. The case coloring on the hammer is visible, on the lever lever it has mostly gone mute. There is light thinning at the leading edges of the barrel. There is thinning at the muzzle and on the take down lever on the top of the mag tube. There is some erosion and light pitting on the receiver. The action has standard operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool-marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety. The lever safety is present and functions properly. The trigger is a bit heavy. 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: The Winchester Model 1894 rifle followed the other John Browning designed lever action rifles to become one of the most famous and popular hunting rifles of all time. It was the first commercial sporting rifle to sell over 7,000,000 units, making the name “Winchester” synonymous with all lever action rifles. It was also the first commercial American repeating rifle built to be used with smokeless powder. It was introduced in 1894 in two black powder cartridges, the .32-40 and .38-55 Win. rounds, but by the next year Winchester had developed a different steel composition that could handle higher pressures, and the .30-30 Win. family of cartridges was born. This is a Winchester Special Order Takedown Model 1894 rifle made in 1900 with a 26” half round, half octagonal barrel and a half length magazine tube chambered for .30 WCF. This rifle is in Very Good condition with about 80% of its current metal finish remaining. Please see our photos and good luck!