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1894 Trapper
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:47:03 AM »
Hi, here are Winchester Trappers I shoot regularly. The top one is 30-30, next down .45 Colt, and the bottom 1894 is .44 Magnum:



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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2016, 08:55:41 AM »
Sweet little carbines. I admired those when they first came out and entertained the idea of buying one...but ruled instead in favor of my Marlin 336
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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2016, 09:23:39 AM »
Hi Captain, I had a number of Marlin lever action rifles, but gave them all away. I like the ability of easy loading single cartridges at a time through the top, the Winchesters. It's also easier with the Winchester to see the chamber, a safety issue. I kick myself for not buying the .357 Magnum Trapper when I bought the other Trappers. I know that the SASS guys love the Marlin's compared the Winchester because the action of the Marlin is faster. Also, the 1894 is a royal PITA to disassemble for through cleaning, the Marlin easy.

However, I still have two Marlin rifles, a .22 39A that I will give this month to my son-in-law, and a 47-70 guide gun that I love shooting and will keep. My guide gun has the ported barrel that has now been dropped in current production.

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 10:27:11 AM »
Hi, over the many years of owning those Winchester 94s, I have tried to remove those ridiculous cross bolt safeties. Many the time I tried the recommended paper clip method, but it never worked for me. Today I found a video on how to easily remove the cross bolt, see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOtg46wl36E&t=2s

That method worked great! I can't tell you the number of times that the cross bolt safety has prevented me from making a shot.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a certified NRA rifle instructor, but always tell my students to ignore the gun safety for anything other than hunting. Mechanical devices can always fail. Safe gun handling practice is all that's required for safe gun use.

Browning didn't design the 94 with a cross bolt safety, why in hell did the recent manufacture of the Winchester 94 add the cross bolt safety. They must have had their heads up their ass. Maybe one of the reasons that Winchester went belly up.

There are only three gun safety rules any firearm user needs to learn and understand. Adding a magical mechanical device is a path to disaster IMO.

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Richard
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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2017, 11:28:49 AM »
Browning didn't design the 94 with a cross bolt safety, why in hell did the recent manufacture of the Winchester 94 add the cross bolt safety.

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 11:59:29 AM »
That's a nice set of rifles there Richard.   I don't have a '94 model but those little trappers are tempting.   

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 02:42:04 PM »
I like the old top eject Winchesters.

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2017, 09:24:28 PM »
Me too Hawg. They are a classy lever rifle. I do not own any lever gun that has a safety device. My WRAC 1886 had a tang safety, but it was removed and thrown in the trash. Drilled and tapped two holes in the tang and put a Lyman tang sight on it.

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2017, 07:25:30 AM »
I have my dad's '94, it was only used for deer hunting so has not had many rounds through it. I remember when he bought it new about 1949 for under $50.00. It was a lot of money....then!

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2017, 10:46:10 AM »
Hi mazo, what caliber is your 94? My 30-30 94 with scope will do 1.25 moa @100yds. I have to push my target 308 to do better. The .45 Colt 94 will do 1.5 moa, but that damn .44 mag is hopeless for serious accuracy. I don't know why.

I often regret not buying the 94 in .357 Mag. The .357 in a 16" rifle is amazing, the velocity is up there, and may be better than the 30-30.

I had a .357 Marlin lever gun that I gave to my Boy Scout troop for a fund raiser. One of my idiot mothers let that rifle go for $75. That's the last rifle I offered for fund raising. I would have been happier giving that rifle to a homeless person.

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2017, 09:17:58 PM »

I had a .357 Marlin lever gun that I gave to my Boy Scout troop for a fund raiser. One of my idiot mothers let that rifle go for $75. That's the last rifle I offered for fund raising. I would have been happier giving that rifle to a homeless person.

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My guess is the homeless person would have been happier too...
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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2017, 11:07:32 PM »
Ima Homeless Boy Scout ssb, just sayin.   ;)   

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2017, 11:06:34 AM »
Richard, my '94 is in 32 Spl. I haven't shot it that much, but is an accurate rifle for hunting. My son in law has one in 357 Mag; I have been trying to get that from him for many years now.

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2017, 01:50:25 PM »
Hi mazo, a 94 in 32 Special sounds like one hell of a rifle. I never knew that the 94 was chambered in that caliber. I bet that would make for a great deer gun, cool.

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Re: 1894 Trapper
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2017, 12:39:03 PM »
The 32 Win. Spl. round is not a lot different than the 30-30 in actual performance, just a little bigger bullet.