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Offline LonesomePigeon

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Model '94 .38-55
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:33:42 PM »
My Grandpa gave me this gun, a Winchester Model '94 .38-55 sporting rifle made in 1894. It's been refinished but the bore looks pretty good. Now I have to learn how to make some black powder ammo for it.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 06:35:02 PM »
Markings are thin but all present.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 06:36:12 PM »
Here is the guts.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 07:42:52 PM »
Refinished or not it's still a nice old Winchester.   Hex barrels are my favorite.   Are you going to load with the old Lyman tong tool.  I highly suggest you do.  It's not fast but it's a fun way to spend a few evenings putting some ammo together the way it was done when that rifle was built.   I would also look for an 1894 Winchester loading tool to go with it.  Congratulations on being gifted a cool old rifle.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 08:33:53 PM »
Nothing much to learn. Size the case, prime it, add 50 grains of bp, seat bullet lubed with a vegetable based lube. Load, shoot and repeat.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 06:31:55 PM »
I made a few rounds with the old Ideal tool but they jammed and wouldn't go into the chamber. The Ideal tool pictured is actually for a Marlin not a Winchester so maybe that's why. I also have some old Winchester ammo which I cycled but didn't shoot. It cycled okay but the weird thing is it seemed like the chamber was swaging down the end of the bullet. It seems like I need to use shells with more taper and maybe a smaller diameter bullet. Or maybe a shorter case. I dunno, I ordered some Cerrosafe so I can make a chamber cast.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2019, 08:08:35 PM »

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 07:42:26 AM »
That is a very good article Hawg. Thanks for putting it up.

Super nice rifle LonesomePigeon. And made during the first year of production to boot. I have the same modle, but in take down configuration and made in 1906. As Hawg suggested, go with Starline brass at 2.215 length rather than the shorter and thicker necked Winchester brass. I am using the Starline in 3 different original lever rifles (the above mentioned Winchester and two Marlins) with bullets cast from an original Winchester mould and loaded with a Whinchester tool. I have zero issues and am getting good accuracy in all three rifles, even though two of them are over bore using the bullet of choice. I have a lot of luck with quite a few of my guns by relying on obturation.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2019, 07:45:08 AM by scooby »

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2019, 10:27:14 AM »
That is a real pretty Winchester. Thanks for posting the photos.