SOLD FOR: $1250
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Serial Number: 1018433
Year of Manufacture: 1927
Caliber: .25-35 Winchester
Action Type: This rifle has a lever action with a full-length tubular magazine.
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “–MODEL 94- WINCHESTER – NICKEL STEEL – 25-35 W.C.F.– / –TRADE MARK–”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / –NEW HAVEN, CONN.–”. The top-rear of the barrel and the receiver’s chamber ring each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “1018433”. The top tang is marked “MODEL 1894 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”. The front of the lower tang is marked “51”. The base of the front sight is marked “MARBLE” on the left side and “SHEARD / No 6” on the right.
Barrel Length: 20″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Marble Sheard No. 6 brass beaded blade that is slotted and pinned to a base integral at the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn “V”-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a tang sight (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip, straight comb, and a steel carbine buttplate. The wood appears to have been refinished at some point. There is a small chip to the right on the heel. There is another repaired chip in the belly. There is some pooling on the left side of the forearm. There are some other dispersed light draglines and light compressions. The LOP measures 13 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate shows some small nicks and dings under the finish. Overall, the stocks are in Good-Very Good condition as refinished and repaired.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is somewhat bright. The rifling is sharp. There is scattered light erosion in the bore, as well as some persistent fouling.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its current metal finish. There is surface erosion on the top of the bolt. The barrel shows a faint plum hue. There are infrequent little nicks and scratches under the finish throughout. There is some faint erosion under the finish on the left side of the receiver. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are mostly clear aside from the WP proof on the top rear of the barrel. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition as refinsihed.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety. The lever safety does function 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: The Model 94’s combination of potent firepower in a compact, lightweight, comfortable-to-carry, and quick-shooting package has made it an extremely popular hunting rifle, particularly for white-tailed deer in the dense forests of the Eastern United States, where most game is killed at relatively short distances. As a result, it was the first sporting rifle to sell over 7,000,000 units. This Winchester Model 1894 in .25-35 was made in 1927. The .25-35 WCF can be used to hunt deer, though in common loadings only at close range because of their low energy levels. In standard loadings in a 20-inch barrel the cartridge retains only about 800 to 900 fpe at 100 yards, or about what its sister cartridge the .30-30 has at about 200 yards. This rifle is in about Fine condition with 95% of its current metal finish remaining, a decent bore and a strong hammer. This pre-1964 vintage rifle should be of interest to collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!