SOLD FOR: $1675
Serial Number: 6315566
Year of Manufacture: 1992-1997
Caliber: .444 Marlin
Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 94AE CAL. 444 MARLIN / -MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”. The top of the barrel is marked with a circled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “6315566”.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramped base screwed to the top of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “U” notched sight with an elevation adjustable leaf dovetailed into the top of the barrel that has a white triangle shaped aiming point just below the notch. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled in for places for scope mounts (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with an oiled finish, a banded forearm, a straight grip & comb, and a black rubber buttpad marked with a round “Winchester” logo. The wood shows sparse faint marks and a tiny compression here and there. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, which shows no notable wear. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is well defined. There are a few patches of light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are sparsely scattered faint marks throughout the metal. There is some very faint surface oxidation at the rear of the mag tube. There is faint operational wear. The hammer serrations and the screw heads are sharp and the markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. The rifle has a rebounding hammer, a lever safety, and a frame mounted push-safety. The trigger pull is crisp after a smooth, light take-up. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The .444 Marlin is a rifle cartridge designed in 1964 by Marlin Firearms and Remington Arms. It was designed to fill in a gap left by the older .45-70 when that cartridge was not available in any new lever action rifles; at the time it was the largest lever-action cartridge available. The .444 resembles a lengthened .44 Magnum and provides a significant increase in velocity. This Model 94AE (Angle Eject) is chambered for said cartridge and is designed to eject rounds without issue while a scope is mounted. The rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition with almost all of its original finish remaining. This is a great all-around hunting rifle in an interesting caliber. Please see our photos and good luck!