SOLD FOR: $3575
Make: Winchester Repeating Arms
Model: 1894 Deluxe Short Rifle
Serial Number: 29679
Year of Manufacture: 1897
Caliber: .30-30 WCF
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine
Barrel Length: 22″ Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn sight dovetailed into the barrel. The Cody letter indicates the rear sight is a replacement. The rear sight is missing the finely adjustable notched fitting. There is a single drilled, tapped, and filled hole on the top tang.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a capped forend, hard rubber capped pistol grip, straight comb, and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. There is a repaired crack on the left of the wrist and another behind the checkering at the top. There is a crack on the bottom of the forend at the rear. There are some scattered compressions, scratches, and little nicks. Most of the defects have colored with age. There is wear on the edges that border the receiver and tangs. There are some areas of discoloration. The checkering is strong with a few scattered defects. The LOP measures 13″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has patina, oxidation, erosion, and oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Case Colored Lever
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is shallow and worn. There is erosion and pitting throughout the bore. There is a bulge at the muzzle. In my opinion, this bore rates 2 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 40% of its metal finish. There are visible remains of case color on the lever. There is thinning and patina throughout. There is finish wear on the edges. There is a scrape that has removed portions of metal on the right side of the receiver on the bottom edge. There are scattered spots of oxidation. There are some scattered nicks and scratches. There are a few marks in the metal on the outer circumference of the muzzle. The screwheads range from tool marked to sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good 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 standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a Cody Firearms Museum letter.
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. Not only was it a success, but as of 1983 it held the record for the best-selling center-fire rifle in U.S. history. 5,103,249 Winchester 1894’s and 94’s were produced from 1894 to 1983 alone and it didn’t stop there. From 1984 to 1997, the Model 94 angle eject was introduced and in 2003 the iconic rifle was offered as a .410 shotgun. U.S. production ceased in 2006. At the time there were 14 versions of the Model 94 in the Winchester catalog. In 2010 Winchester Repeating Arms reintroduced the model 94 in two Limited Edition models to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Oliver F. Winchester’s birth in New England in 1810. This is an antique Winchester Model 1894 Short Rifle rifle made in 1897 and has a 22″ round barrel chambered in .30-30 WCF. It has deluxe checkered stocks with a pistol grip and shotgun butt. The finish has some wear but who cares? In my opinion it only adds to the charm, many of these rifles have a story to tell after! The metal has patinaed wonderfully, the checkering is still well defined, the grain is exceptional, there are still areas of bluing, and even a bit of case color on the lever! Better yet, this beautiful rifle letters as being a 22″ round barrel rifle with a checkered pistol grip stock and shotgun butt. This is simply a beautiful rifle that will be right at home in a collection of Winchesters, anyone would be lucky to have it. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!