Winchester 94

The Winchester 94 or more formally the Winchester Model 1894 (also commonly known as Winchester .30-30 rifle, .30-30 Winchester, .30-30 or simply Win 94) is one of the most popular and famous hunting rifles. The Winchester 94 was designed originally by John Browning in 1894, and manufactured and produced at Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
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The Winchester 94 or more formally the Winchester Model 1894 (also commonly known as Winchester .30-30 rifle, .30-30 Winchester, .30-30 or simply Win 94) is one of the most popular and famous hunting rifles. The Winchester 94 was designed originally by John Browning in 1894, and manufactured and produced at Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

The original Winchester Model 1894 was produced in .32 Winchester Special, .30-30 Winchester,.25-35 Winchester,.38-55 Winchester, and .32-40 Winchester.

The Winchester 94 was the first sporting rifle to sell over one million (1,000,000) units. The millionth Model of the Winchester 94 was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1927.

The shotgun was the first chambered for the, at the time, new smokeless powder cartridges. The .30-30 Winchester cartridge is the one that has became nearly synonymous with the Model 1894 rifle.

In 1964 the manufacturing of the Winchester 94 was significantly changed in order to make the shotgun far less expensive to manufacture.

One of the major weaknesses of the Model 1894 action in direct relation to its primary competitor, the Marlin Model 336 and Marlin Model 1894, is the fact that it ejects the spent cartridge out the top of the receiver, this is different than the Model 336 and Marlin 1894, which both eject to the side and have a solid impenetrable top on the receiver. This fact is often considered inferior because a top-ejecting firearm has a limited scope mounting position. In fact it can only mount a scope on the barrel in front of the receiver, this severely degrades the utility and availability of scopes. Additionally, the Model 336 supposedly has a much improved and stronger action as it is solid and impenetrable on the top of the modification of an angular receiver. This change sends empty shells out flying at an angle between the Marlin design and the original Winchester design. This immediate change made it possible to mount more common scopes in a normal top spot directly mounted on top of the receiver.

U.S. production of the Winchester 94 was shut down in 2006. There are 14 versions of the Model 1894 in the 2005 Winchester catalog.

The Winchester Model 1894 holds the record for the best selling high powered rifle in United States history.

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8 years 4 weeks ago, 6:54 PM

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Can anyone tell me when the 94AE was first introduced I have one fitted with elevated scope mounts and a 4X32 scope I love it for huntin in wooded areas and in heavy reed areas.

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Greatest lever action made. American Classic Royalty.

5 years 31 weeks ago, 1:42 PM

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I inherited my G-PA's. It was the first gun I hunted Deer with when I was 14. It is chambered in .32SPL. It has an old Weaver scope mounted on the side. I traced the serial number and found it was made in 1940. I Treasure this as one of my favorite weapons.

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i have a 30 30 an a 32 win i love them both i shoot my 32 alot more its alot more fun to shoot i think

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Trying to sell my gun plz get back to me on here or txt 4707675026

3 years 43 weeks ago, 2:48 PM

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We just got in on transfer a Marlin 1894 Lever Action in .357 Magnum. Sweet gun - will post a photo.

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Check out photo at http://www.gunslot.com/pictures/marlin-1894-lever-action-357-magnum

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