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Old 09-10-2008, 08:53 PM
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I recently got this saddle ring carbine mod. 94 in the 45 long Colt caliber. It appears to be unfired. My question is, should I keep it in the unfired condition expecting it to increase in value, or shoot it??? I paid 525.00 for this gun. Was that to much ??

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Old 09-11-2008, 10:10 AM
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I have a 45colt saddle ring trapper(16''barrel) and it has became my favorite rifle. Its a great hunting rifle(scoped) to 150yds with a stout reloaded 300gr bullet, but put some "cowboy loads" through it and its quiet(about like a 22hornet) and barely kicks. As for the value I don't know. Right after winchester annouced they where going under, trappers and carbines nib were going for $800 at the gun show in Charlotte NC and were selling! Now that people got their sanity back(and winchester annouced they will make the 94 again) I'm sure a 94 can be had cheaper. Check on e-bay and gunbroker and see what they run for. As for my 45colt I don't know why I keep the box and manuel because I know even if someone offered me three times what I gave I still couldn't part with it. Dave
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:51 AM
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My 94 Trapper .44 mag is probably my favorite rifle to shoot. Like 243dave said, light loads don't kick and are a ton of fun, but with full power loads it's a serious hunting tool for close range.

243dave - I wasn't aware that Winchester is going to make the 94 again. That's great news!
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:03 AM
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Hey,how go things?

I was poking around and saw your thread.I too have a Win.'94 in 45LC.I got mine from Big 5 on sale for a wopping $329.00 just before Winchester went under.Actualy this is the secound one,the first one was total bunk! Took it back and got it replaced the next day...quality is no wear near the old ones!Perhaps one reason they went under?Mine is also a 16" saddle ring version,a Ranger.I have not fired this one but have feed many rounds through it and used snap caps to check the little rifle.The only reason I have not used it is the whole "Last ones" thing and was waiting to see if another popped up for my acquisition so I could shoot one again.Is it true that Winchester is coming back and going to make the '94's again?!Not realy sure why I have not shot it to be honest as I am of the mind that if it doesn't get used why have it!Around my neck of the woods I have seen only two for sale,both as new as mine,asking price around the afore mentioned $800.00.

I say give it a go.Shoot it.If it works it will be one of your favorites no doubt!As 243Dave said you can go from mild to wild...come to think of it I'll be taking mine out to the range today,regardless.I like to shoot them!

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Old 09-13-2008, 09:14 PM
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I too have a '94 Trapper in .45 Colt. I really like this little gun. I've loaded some hot loads for it, and no problems. Short, stout, fun to shoot, what's not to like. Mine is pre-safety and near new. The second it was in my hands, I knew it would be a shooter.

Dave, Thanks for the load information.

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Old 09-15-2008, 04:45 AM
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Beaverguy, I was just on gunbroker and 45colt winchester AE trappers starting bids for like new in box was $550 with 9 hrs left(no bids yet). So at 525 you done well. As for, should you shoot it or not ? Thats up to you. If you reload I'd say shoot it. Get alot of cheap cast bullets in the 250gr range or lighter and a pound of hodgdons titegroup load up some mild loads(more than a thousand rounds per lb.of powder) and have fun. If you decide to hunt with it get some H-110 and load stout(or keep it mild with titegroup and limit shots to 50-75yds) with a good bullet. Its a near perfect "woods" rifle. Back earlier in the year winchester announced the 94 would be made again starting in 09. When in 09, your guess is better then mine. Fstdraw, I'm just glad I had some usefull info. If you 45colt lever guys haven't seen Paco's article check it out some good loads at the end too. Dave
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