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Old 01-13-2013, 07:53 PM
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26" Rifle production dates?


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As I think I understand correctly, the Model 94 started with the 26" barrel rifle, right from the beginning.

My question is: how long was the 26" inch barrel rifle produced?

Specifically: was the 26" barrel rifle in production right through to 1963?


Bonus question
Do we know production dates of octagon vs. round vs. half&half?

Much obliged,

James


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Old 01-14-2013, 08:56 AM
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IIRC Winchester dropped the standard 26 inch barrel around WW-2, but certainlyi some dribbled out later till supplies were gone.

Since then Winchester has made a number of Commemoratives in the 60-80 with 26 inch barrels. In the 70-80s Winchester was in deep fianical trouble and they thought bringing out a new Commemorative every few months would help. there are sooo many models and yeears of them, 26" commeratives" would be tough to figure.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:36 AM
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Thanks Harry.

Hmmm...
I have a 1967 Canadian Centennial in the box with hang tags, etc. that I just wasn't wanting to shoot,
but I really like the idea of the heavy and long barrel and was wondering to get one more to shoot.
And was thinking to look for a pre '64, with better wood, a better trigger, better parts in general, etc.
But if what you say is true, then to get a pre'64 would mean going back to pre war basically!

So, "As the monkey said when he peed on the cash register, 'This is going to run into some money!' "
[as my dear departed father was fond of saying about things like this ]

But, it's only money!
Maybe I'll start looking for one anyway and see how it goes.

Thanks for your information.

James

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Old 01-15-2013, 02:52 PM
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It has been years since I studied this model but as I recall, Winchester quit producing Rifle versions of the 1894 in the late 1920's. I dont know of any 94's built in rifle form after WWII. As for the half round barrels, Winchester stopped most of its custom work about the same time frame.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:31 PM
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Head down to your Library and look for The Winchester Book by George Madis. Everything you ant to know about barrel length what percentage of rifles were built in what manner is there in an easy to find format.
The commemoratives are the way to go if you are looking for a shooter. The 26” barrel Model 94 delivers exceptional performance with normal 30-30 Handloads.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:21 PM
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Thanks everybody.

For what you remember.
About the book.
Etc.

Now... i do have a question about the 1967 Centennial.

I think I'll start a new thread, as it is really a completely different topic.

Anybody seeing this thread, find my Canadian Centennial thread I'm about to go start, if you will.

Thanks again to all.

James
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:32 AM
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26"rifles

The last model 1894 rifle version was shipped in june of 1933. I don't know what configuration it was . The Comm. Series were a whole different ballgame. The octagon barrels were more than twice as common as round barrels. The half rd./half Oct. barrels were less than 10% ,as I remember. All versions were available right up to the end of rifle production. Arthur Pirkle wrote some books about the JMB designed Win. Levers. They were all full of accurate info as opposed to some books that weren't. Robert Renneberg also wrote a great book about the 94 s. I haven't resarched these for a long time. I've been collecting JMB Win. Levers for almost 30 yrs. so I've forgoteen some stuff. I'm not that young anymore. But I'm sure about 1933 as the end of rifle production.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:39 AM
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Thanks everybody.

For what you remember.
About the book.
Etc.

Now... i do have a question about the 1967 Centennial.

I think I'll start a new thread, as it is really a completely different topic.

Anybody seeing this thread, find my Canadian Centennial thread I'm about to go start, if you will.

Thanks again to all.

James
Just to keep you the trouble of starting another thread (one already exists on this topic) there were 90,000 Canadian Centennials produced. It's hardly a gun that's going to increase in value more than any other model produced. Shoot it and enjoy.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:36 AM
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As you begin to work with your 26” barrel rifle take a moment and cruise through this old thread for some powder and bullet suggestions. It will also give you an idea of potential velocities.
26" .30-30 vs 20" .30-30AI
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