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Old 03-07-2007, 03:11 PM
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winchester 94 vs 92 vs 73?

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So what's the difference?
I'm looking the get a lever gun for cowboy action and just by looking at them, I can't see any difference offhand. Looking for 10 shots in 357 mag.

Of course I could always get a Henry or For a weekend toy, what do you guys think?

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Old 03-08-2007, 09:44 AM
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I'm no expert, but let me give this a try..

The '73 is the oldest and weakest (although plenty strong in reproductions for the cartridges they are chambered for) and is sized for pistol sized black powder cartridges.

The '92 is a much stronger design (modern reproductions can be had in the 454) and is still sized for pistol sized cartridges.

The '94 most modern design (made with minor design changes right up till Winchester closed their doors). I don't believe that anyone is making a reproduction of these (yet). This action was sized for the then new smokeless 30-30. Some were also produced for pistol cartridges (I have one in 44 Mag).

I believe that the action length on the 94 is longer that the other two (to accommodate the longer rifle round).. I think that all use a "rear" method for lock-up.

I'm sure there are lots of other differences..

Best o luck

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Old 03-08-2007, 11:53 AM
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Nate's post is right on the money. Both the '92 and '94 use rear twin sliding bolts operated by the finger lever whereas the '73 uses an internal toggle link. The '73, '66, and Henry share the same lockup principle which was originally designed to handle rimfire cartridges, hence, the '92 and '94 have stronger actions.

Aside from that, the '73 is the more "authentic" cowboy rifle. The '92 and '94 came along after most of the "shooting" had died down.

Which one should you buy? Most of us would buy the '73 if it weren't priced so dear. You would be indeed fortunate if that isn't a factor. The '92 is your next best choice. It is very popular with the cowboy crowd and has a very strong, smooth action. The '94 came along shooting a modern, smokeless .30-30, bottlenecked cartridge. With the '94 in this chambering, the cowboy could no longer shoot the same cartridge in both rifle and handgun. It is, and probably will always be a very popular lever action.
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:24 PM
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What's a good price and a fair price for a 94? There's a few for sale on Gunbroker, a Legacy and 2 Trails Ends. All in 357mag.
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