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Offline LonesomePigeon

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2019, 05:57:55 PM »
Another update. I will most likely be rebarrelling it with a custom barrel from winchesterbarrels.com. It's not cheap but the new barrel would have same length, same balance and taper, same rifling and same markings as the original. 

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2019, 03:09:32 AM »
Hello Pigeon,

Before you re-barrel try a .379 bullet. I always thought this was the correct diameter for the original 38-55.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.38-55_Winchester

Also, a soft bullet might not work so well. I have an Model 1893 Marlin chambered in 32-40 which key-holed
my bullets of 7 parts wheel weights & 1 part 60/40 solder, I switched to 4 parts wheel weights & 1 part 60/40
solder and they shoot fine as did jacketed.

Nice looking old girl, keep it as original as possible.

AntiqueSledMan.
« Last Edit: November 29, 2019, 03:43:10 AM by AntiqueSledMan »

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2020, 08:25:46 AM »
AntiqueSledMan, I appreciate the sentiment of keeping it original but I also want to use it.  I am told a new barrel will also be able to eliminate the headspace issues. If the gun was not already been refinished I would not do it. Since the gun has already been refinished I feel okay about rebarreling. Plus my Grandpa who is 99 said he approves!

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2020, 08:39:37 AM »
Another update. Earlier I said the gun has a hitch in the action. I have discovered the cause and hopefully these pictures will help describe it. Basicly, when you bring the lever up to close the action, the bottom of the bolt hits the top of the hammer.

I "borrowed" these pics from EBay to show the problem. The red circles show where it's hitting.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2020, 08:52:24 AM »
Should be an easy fix, then!
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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2020, 09:17:19 AM »
That is perfectly normal lonesome for there to be hammer/bolt contact when returning the lever. All of the Winchester lever guns with hammers are designed that way. It goes all the way back to the Henry. It is the same for pump actions that have hammers too.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #36 on: June 01, 2020, 12:32:54 PM »
Yes Captain, I think it would be fairly easy to at least polish those areas to make it not so jarring.

Scooby, on some of the more modern '94's I've handled, such as ones from the 1950's, it was not nearly as bad. In fact I didn't notice any resistance on those ones at all. I wonder if Winchester improved the angles of those surfaces later on. Anyway, I am glad to hear it's normal because I was worried that it might have caused some sort of damage.

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Re: Model '94 .38-55
« Reply #37 on: June 01, 2020, 02:40:37 PM »
Thaks for the info on the newer modle 94s. I dont own, nor have I been around many 94s, only older1894s. All of my original 1894s and 1892s have the drag. So does my original 1886 and two original 1890s. As well, all of my Uberti reproductions have the drag as do 3 different Miroku 1886s. I would gather a bit of change took place on the later 94s.