Sold For: $1,125.00
Model: 1894 Wrangler Large Loop
Serial Number: 5084074
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Caliber: .32 Winchester Special
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle fed by Tubular Magazine with Side-Loading Gate
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER -®- MODEL 94 32 WIN. SPL. / MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”, the top at the rear has an ovalled “WP” proof. The right side of the barrel is marked with some scroll marks bookending the word “WRANGLER™”. The left side of the receiver is engraved with a wagon train scene. The right side of the receiver is engraved with a panhandling scene. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The Winchester name is on the buttplate.
Barrel Length: 16”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the barrel above the muzzle. The rear sight is a U-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the top rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is grooved to accommodate mounts or rings for optics (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood featuring a straight wrist, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber buttplate. There is a light scratch on the right side of the wrist. There is no other notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has some light scuffing at the toe and a minor ding in the checkering. There is no other notable wear or damage on the buttplate. The stocks are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: This rifle comes with a serial-matched Winchester cardboard box with instruction manual and factory handouts.
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 1894 made in 1982 with a 16” round barrel chambered in .32 Special. The .32 Winchester Special cartridge, like the .30-30 Winchester cartridge of 1895, is necked down from the .38-55 Winchester cartridge of 1884. The .32 Winchester Special differs from the .30-30 Winchester in bullet diameter. More significantly, Winchester decreased the rate of rifling twist in their Model 94 rifle, from 1:12 when chambered for the .30-30 to 1:16 when chambered for the .32 Winchester Special. Winchester used the slower twist to reduce fouling retention when creating a new cartridge for sportsmen who wanted to reload their own ammunition using black powder and cast bullets. It would be perfect for throwing in the back window of your pick-up truck for use on coyotes and other varmints and it would also be a great deer rifle today just as it was when it was made. Good luck in your bidding!