That is a looker.
Yeah had a look at those 2 myself, the serial number is only numbers, thought it was originally a John Wayne by the big loop but no other markings so I don't think it isThere was a gold plated Ducks Unlimited. The serial number should begin with a DU prefix and it would have been introduced in 1986.
Also the 1966 Centennial carbine had a gold plated receiver.
The centennial rifle and carbine serial numbers were only numbers, no prefix or suffix, however I don't know if they had a barrel band. The large loop lever could be an add on. You could call Winchester and give them the serial number and they might could tell you. They gave me information on an 1886 I recently purchased.Yeah had a look at those 2 myself, the serial number is only numbers, thought it was originally a John Wayne by the big loop but no other markings so I don't think it is
The “bluing“ on the sinter forged receivers were done using three separate processes from 1964-1981.With the lousy sintered metal on that period guns, I've often considered having mine plated with something. They pit and there's nothing you can do about it. You can't reblue it either. If it wasn't such a hassle to take the gun completely apart I would definitely have mine plated.
To me, it looks modified. Evidence: The large loop left in the white was added. There appears to be polishing marks near screw holes and 'dips' near the receiver sight screw holes. Bottom tang stands slight 'proud' of the oil refinished stock. There may be other tale tell indicators with more complete photos of the entire gun.I haven't seen one of the "golden" 94s with the big loop or an "in the white" lever on it before. 🤔
Looks clean 👍🏻