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Old 01-06-2013, 09:11 AM
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I have an old Model 94 that I would like to referb back into shooting shape. It is from around 1900 and has been in my family since it's purchase.

Here is my question - Should I spend the time/money on this to be able to use it again or leave it alone? It's not in the best of cosmetic shape but still has good lever action - from what I have been told, it was a working gun early in it's life. I am not interested (to much) in the value of this as it's story means more to me that the $$$.

If I do decide to referb, should I seek a "specialist" in this generation of rifle or should any decent gunsmith be able to work on this.

Any input here would be appreciated.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:32 AM
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More info. needed to answer your question. What is the date of manufacture and caliber?? If your '94 is not too old and works by chambering a round, and if the shape of the barrel & rifling is okay, then a qualified Gunsmith should be able to restore it, if that is what you wish.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:48 AM
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Have it checked out and if it is sound, just use it. Has a history.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:44 AM
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Cosmetics have nothing to do with how it shoots, and how useful it may be.

Beauty "is" as beauty "does" - I'd shoot the snot out of it and enjoy it for what it is.

If it has something actually broken, like a sight or a stock, repair or replace it & get to shootin'.



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Old 01-06-2013, 10:47 AM
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Preliminary research puts it at 1899 (working on the Cody info now). It's a 30-30 rifle.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:56 AM
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Preliminary research puts it at 1899 (working on the Cody info now). It's a 30-30 rifle.
It most likely has the caliber: .30 WCF stamped on the barrel. Probably need to check the various internal parts like trigger parts & springs to make sure they are in good shape. New wood would be easy enough to find too.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:16 PM
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old 94 re-do

I'm new here to this forum. But I've collected and shot JMB designed winchester leverguns for 25 years. When you say you want to refurbish this old war horse I cringe. If it's broken,then by all means,fix it. But in my opinion I would never consider rebluing it or replacing the wood. I'm an old school collector/shooter,and that's just wrong on many levels,in my opinion.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:21 AM
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yz125x - I agree 100% with you. All I am looking to do is get this rifle back into shooting condition only. All of the nicks, dents, scratches and whatnot are some of the appealing factors of it.
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Have it checked out by a competent gunsmith and getting the OK, get some ammo and go shoot! I've got a 32-40 Win M94 that was made in 1897 that I shoot with both cast and jacketed handloads. Lots of fun!
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:54 AM
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94 re-do

Kdub, we think alike.Shooting these old rifles is most of the fun of having them,I think. When you know she's good,blast away.
Thanks for your time,
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:49 AM
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Have it checked out by a competent gunsmith and getting the OK, get some ammo and go shoot! I've got a 32-40 Win M94 that was made in 1897 that I shoot with both cast and jacketed handloads. Lots of fun!
Back in the 1970's, I owned a Winchester Model 94 in .44 Magnum. This rifle was interesting to shoot but it had a nasty recoil more so than one in .30-30.
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Serious.......a .44 Magnum had more recoil than a .30-30...?...

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:04 AM
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Serious.......a .44 Magnum had more recoil than a .30-30...?...

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YEP!! I currently own a Ruger Model 77/.44 Magnum, which I bought several years after my '94 Winchester purchase. I also had a Remington Model 788 bolt action in .30-30 Win. and compared, the recoil produced by my Ruger or even the Winchester Model 94; the "Felt" recoil was a bit heavier in my Ruger & Winchester, then my Remington M-788 using 170 grain factory loads.
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