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Old 03-11-2007, 08:48 AM
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Does anyone know when Winchester started using cast receivers? Is there a serial number change? If so, what is the earliest cast serial number?
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In 1964 Winchester changed from machined to stamped and cast parts. They changed the serial number with all new, and now less valuable, W94s starting with 2,700,000. There were some W94s with machined parts made in 1964, however, I have not been able to find the serial number of the last of these, but it is 2,6XX,XXX. The newer ones are identified as post 64 and the older ones as pre 64. So, the number you want is 2.700,000. Since 1964 they made some changes to improve the post 64 models. see:
http://www.chuckhawks.com/win_pre_64_M94.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Model_1894
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:06 AM
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In 1964 Winchester changed from machined to stamped and cast parts. They changed the serial number with all new, and now less valuable, W94s starting with 2,700,000. There were some W94s with machined parts made in 1964, however, I have not been able to find the serial number of the last of these, but it is 2,6XX,XXX. The newer ones are identified as post 64 and the older ones as pre 64. So, the number you want is 2.700,000. Since 1964 they made some changes to improve the post 64 models. see:
http://www.chuckhawks.com/win_pre_64_M94.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Model_1894
According to Robert Renneberg in his book "Winchester 94 - The First 100 Years" the good times ended with Serial# 2.600.011. At around 3.400.000 they tried to get back to their old standards but it didn't work at all. According to Rick Hacker in his article about the Winchester 1894 in Guns & Ammo annual 1984 it was around Serial# 3.555.xxx when internal parts were made of better material than the stamped parts used since 1964.
According to Renneberg again, the 94AE-model receivers were made of forged steel again.
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