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Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« on: June 08, 2021, 07:52:37 AM »
I'd like to get an older one maybe even an antique but still something I could shoot regularly.

Looking for advise, comments, feedback on what I should be on the look out for? What are some of the questions I should be asking etc etc?

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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2021, 09:45:24 AM »
I'd like to get an older one maybe even an antique but still something I could shoot regularly.

Looking for advise, comments, feedback on what I should be on the look out for? What are some of the questions I should be asking etc etc?

Thanks
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The guy to ask would be Scooby, but he hasn't been around much as of late. You might try shooting him a PM?
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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2021, 01:16:30 PM »
Or you could PM me and I will give you his email address or phone number.

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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2021, 04:55:01 PM »
So this came home with me today - Winchester Model 1884 chambered in .38-55. The serial number says she was made in 1897. Action is smooth and tight , the bore while not bright and shiny (let's see how shiny you'd be after 125 years (7+") has no visible pitting and rifling is still sharp. 26" round barrel, I really wanted the octagon but you just don't find a lot of them at a reasonable price. Just ordered new dies, brass and bullets - can't wait to take her to the range.

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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2021, 05:39:22 PM »
That is nice, very nice!

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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2021, 05:42:10 PM »
Nicely done Retreever!! That is a beautiful old girl.
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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2021, 05:47:19 PM »
Beautiful example of a "survivor". Wish that old girl could talk...man, the stories I'll bet she could tell!
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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2021, 07:21:16 AM »
Thanks guys, it was complete fluke I found her. I was at my gunsmith to pick up an 1881 Remington Rolling Block 45-70 he was doing some work on for me. While I was waiting I just naturally gravitated to the used gun counter and perused the guns on offer. I immediately saw the 1884 but assumed it was a 30-30 which is the typical caliber around here. The guy at the counter asked me if he could help and I said what have you got in 38-55 , he stopped for a minute then said the only thing I have in that caliber would be this old Winchester and turned and grabbed the 1884. Very calmly, I said, mind if I take a look and he passed her to me - checked the serial number first, all good then checked the action still tight but smooth last thing was to check the barrel - a little dirty but no visible pitting and the rifling looked good. So then it was time to check the price tag - $995.00CAD (~$750.00USD) - the rest as they say was history. &\?

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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2021, 07:23:19 AM »
Great story with an even better ending! You found a real gem there!
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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2021, 11:33:57 AM »
That's awesome. Right place, right time.
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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2021, 11:43:13 AM »
That was a good price. My LGS sometimes gets in 73's and 92's. Most of them are rust buckets for over 1000.
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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2021, 12:18:41 PM »
I wish we still had a gun shop in our immediate vicinity. The last one closed up about 2 years ago, was only 5 miles away. There may be some used guns at small local FFL holders, but they don't advertise.

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Re: Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2021, 03:39:01 PM »
My LGS is pretty good on prices usually but man he's proud of those 73's and 92's. On the other hand there's one not too far from him and his prices are even higher. 2000 + for a pitted all to hell 87 Winchester.
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