SOLD FOR: $1075
Model: Winchester Centennial ’66, Model 1894
Serial Number: 5712
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Action Type: Top Ejecting Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / MADE IN U.S.A.”, “30-30”. The top of the barrel is marked with a circled “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “5712”. The top tang is marked “WINCHESTER CENTENNIAL ’66”. The right of the barrel is marked “A Century of Leadership 1866-1966” in script.
Barrel Length: 26”, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a tall blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel with the notch fine-adjustable for elevation. The left-rear of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled to accept a peep sight (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a gold-capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and brass crescent buttplate. There is a compression at the right-front of the forend and a few minor nicks on the right of the buttstock. Otherwise, the stocks have only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light wear and spots of discoloration. Overall, the stocks rate in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Gold
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is a spot of surface erosion at the muzzle, outside the crown and there are a couple of tiny spots of erosion along the right of the barrel. The receiver has a few light nicks and scratches. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. This rifle has a lever and half-cock safeties. 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 Centennial ’66, produced in 1966 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Winchester’s first rifle, the Model 1866. The rifle itself is a Model 94 with a gold-plated receiver and forend cap, 26″ octagonal barrel and saddle ring. The gold plating of the receiver harkens back to the Model 1866 which had a brass receiver, and this is a beautiful rifle to commemorate the gun that started it all! The rifle is in Fine condition with minor marks and a great bore. This would make a great addition to a Winchester collection, or just a beautiful rifle to take out to the range. Please see our photos and good luck!