The Winchester Model 1894: A Classic American Rifle

The Winchester Model 1894: A Classic American Rifle. Sheriff Jim WilsonThe Winchester Model 1894 was designed by John M. Browning and introduced by Winchester in 1894. Originally, it came out in .32/40 and .38/55, two black-powder cartridges. But, in 1895, it was also chambered for the .30 WCF (what we now know as the .30/30), the first smokeless powder cartridge designed for strictly sporting purposes. The Model 94 is still being made today, with probably in excess of 7 million guns being produced.

This particular carbine, in .30/30, was made in the 1940’s. Winchester records are not complete for the ’40’s, so we don’t know exactly what year. However, the action and bore are in good shape. It does appear that the gun has been restocked, however. Which is no concern to me since I wanted a shooter, not a collector.

Although, today, folks tend to look down their noses at the .30/30 cartridge, it has taken every game animal on the North American continent. The cartridge has about the same characteristics as the AK-47 round and, as we have suggested, makes an excellent defensive choice for those who don’t care for the “black rifle” look or who live where there is excessive prejudice against AR’s.

I’ll be using this carbine as a project gun. This fall, it will get a set of XS ghost ring sights and a general tune-up from a competent gunsmith. After that, it will undoubtedly find a home in my vehicle, along with my Vang Comp 870. I’ll keep you posted as the project continues.

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  4. Scott Tschirhart says:

    You know my history and feelings about this fine old gun and cartridge. I’ll be happy to help with your experiments!

  5. David Lingle says:

    Have you got this rifle rigged yet. I have a 1943-44 model I want to cut the barrel off (maybe) but am very interested in the xs ghost ring,how did they work on the top eject,

  6. John Block says:

    Any plans to “trapper” it, or keep it 20″ long? How much does a 16″ trapper lose, ballistically? Love an honest lever-gun. My only clan member is a Marlin 336 I inherited from my uncle, in .35 Rem….

    • Scott Tschirhart says:

      My 94 is a Saddle Ring Carbine with a 16 inch barrel. The .30 WCF loses little with the shorter barrel except for magazine capacity.

  7. Rick Stevens says:

    My 94 is vintage late 1953- early 1954 and my wife shoots a 1977 vintage 94. I will be following this closely, we have been giving thought to some type of aperture or ghost ring sight for each rifle. Thanks Sheriff Jim for a neat article.

  8. Sackett says:

    You did a terrific job! This post seem really wonderful.

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