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200Apples
12-18-2013, 12:29 PM
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Who doesn't? Hee!

I've been looking for a lever gun for a couple of years but could never settle on chambering or brand... meanwhile it had become more and more obvious that one of the most influential versions was the "94 in 30-30...

I went to M.B. Retting to visit a shotgun I had jailed recently. The good feller behind the counter (Thanks, Rick!) has put up with my routine a few times now and said..."what do you need (another) shotgun for? You have to see this lever carbine we just put onto the floor..."

Winchester 30-30 Model 1894 saddle-ring carbine made in 1924:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131217_152125_zpsdff71fe3.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131217_152214_zps2feee4a7.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131217_152208_zps3aaae172.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131217_152202_zps116dd96a.jpg

Action is tight, bore looked pristine, rifling was sharp, screws on the receiver had not been buggered... blueing on the receiver is mostly gone, but I've learned from the educated fellows over on The High Road that these older receivers didn't hold blue very well.

Either way, it was roundly suggested I leave the gun as is, cosmetically, and I agree. Always wanted a good lever gun! I think I found it!

:-)

ZirconJohn
12-18-2013, 12:49 PM
BUY IT...!!! :yes:

golfish
12-18-2013, 1:01 PM
BUY IT FOR ME :)

Vu 308
12-18-2013, 1:03 PM
I got a lever 44mag I play with once in a while.

Longbow
12-18-2013, 4:24 PM
Liking on the lever guns; that '94 has some swank and history. go for it!

Cheers,
Longbow

jp1911
12-18-2013, 4:47 PM
I picked up my "94" in 30-30 a few years back. They are great guns, fun to shoot. The wife loves it and considers it hers.

Buy it or you will regret it !!!

DVSmith
12-18-2013, 4:48 PM
I have a Winchester 30-30 that is a hoot to shoot. Getting ammo is not so easy right now though.

Milsurps
12-18-2013, 5:11 PM
I Love Levers. I inherited My Fathers 1954 model 94. First center fire I ever shot at 10 yrs old. :D
I bought a a 336c in 1974, and the Wife bought 22 golden boy last month.
Levers are America !

MaHoTex
12-18-2013, 5:40 PM
Who doesn't like levers! I would love to get one in a 357!

Pally
12-18-2013, 5:45 PM
That is a cool gun!

'ol shooter
12-18-2013, 5:46 PM
That's a nice find. I have several levers, my son has my Dad's 1951 94 in .32 Win. Spl. They never did hold the blue very well, but that's just part of their personality. I haven't been to Martin B. Retting in decades, always a class act though.

poriggity
12-18-2013, 5:50 PM
that's a very cool gun! I was looking at a Henry. 22lr lever rifle to add to my collection, but an older 30-30 would be sweet!

repomanNWP
12-18-2013, 5:59 PM
I had an unfired Winchester 94 in 30-30 made in the 70's that my father originally bought... and like an idiot I sold it. I realized the error of my ways as I got older and have been enjoying a Marlin in 30-30 ever since. Congrats if you bought it, and you won't regret it if you haven't yet.

drdanno84
12-18-2013, 6:07 PM
289515
bought this from JB custom, very accurate and total length is about 24"

200Apples
12-18-2013, 6:53 PM
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Thanks, fellerz! She's already in custody! We swapped the DROS paperwork from the 11-87 Police for this '94; can't afford both at this time, dagnabbit.

Yes, both the lgs, Retting, and Big5 were sold out of 30-30, but my "go to" retailer/reloader has plenty of new Win SuperX. DVSmith, if you're willing to drive the hour north... they have plenty and for well under a buck a round.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131218_193040_zpse23dc6ae.jpg

RudyN
12-18-2013, 7:21 PM
You will like the 94. I have a Rossi repro of the 1892 in 45Colt that I use for Cowboy Action shooting and it is a lot of fun to shoot.

smle-man
12-18-2013, 8:10 PM
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Thanks, fellerz! She's already in custody! We swapped the DROS paperwork from the 11-87 Police for this '94; can't afford both at this time, dagnabbit.

Yes, both the lgs, Retting, and Big5 were sold out of 30-30, but my "go to" retailer/reloader has plenty of new Win SuperX. DVSmith, if you're willing to drive the hour north... they have plenty and for well under a buck a round.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131218_193040_zpse23dc6ae.jpg

You need to start reloading. You can do .30-30 for a lot less than a buck a round.

Nice carbine! I've owned several 94s, they are very handy and have the right 'look' to them.

The finish wears so quickly on the pre 64 carbines because of the nickel steel receivers which is difficult to blue and difficult to get the finish to stay.

Reelemup
12-18-2013, 8:17 PM
I have a 308 old Browning lever....it killed many things Simple work rifle.

Reelemup
12-18-2013, 8:18 PM
289515
bought this from JB custom, very accurate and total length is about 24"

Is that Photo Choped ?

JLM Ranger
12-18-2013, 9:33 PM
Bring it home! I have a Henry Big Boy in .357 and I love it. Just plain fun.

mark501w
12-19-2013, 7:25 AM
Start reloading good cartridge to start with. 94's are a real cannon!

TRAP55
12-19-2013, 12:36 PM
I can give you an accurate DOM on your Winchesters here:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=410211

200Apples
12-19-2013, 1:24 PM
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Thanks, Trap. Posted in your thread.

:-)

09cs
12-19-2013, 4:16 PM
love my '94 30-30 :D

200Apples
12-19-2013, 6:47 PM
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Again, thanks for your replies. :)



TRAP55

Made about Nov of 1922, with 15,722 made that year.


That is very neat to know! Using the "old" dating system, the seller put the date as "1924".

Thanks for your diligent work! and attention to these matters. :-)

MrElectric03
12-19-2013, 6:51 PM
Very nice gun, I have a 1941 model 94 30-30 and it still functions flawlessly.

TRAP55
12-19-2013, 7:06 PM
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Again, thanks for your replies. :)






That is very neat to know! Using the "old" dating system, the seller put the date as "1924".

Thanks for your diligent work! and attention to these matters. :-)
Your welcome! That thread has been fun, some of the dates have been way off. A few rare gems have shown up there too.
Bert Hartman has been doing a survey on the Model 94,55, & 64 compiling a vast amount of new info on them.
http://forums.gunbroker.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=325084
Michael, has one running right now on Model 92's that will be as comprehensive as the one Bert did. Every rifle submitted, puts one more piece to the puzzle together. So if ya got one, contact him at 2bitrifles@gmail.com
This is what he needs:
http://forums.gunbroker.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=606355

SOAR79
12-19-2013, 7:31 PM
oh nice!

gmbat
12-19-2013, 9:28 PM
Savage model 99 featherweight in .308, Winchester model 88 (black chrome) in .243. Love them both and have shot a fair number of deer and pigs with them. Can't find any info on the black chrome finish on the Winchester. My dad picked it up used and gave it to me for a Christmas present. Don't know if the black chrome finish is aftermarket or factory, but it looks good and wears like iron.

RAMCHARGER
12-20-2013, 8:27 AM
I picked up my "94" in 30-30 a few years back. They are great guns, fun to shoot. The wife loves it and considers it hers.

Buy it or you will regret it !!!

Yea what is it with that? Every woman I have dated or married has taken an attchment to my 30-30...

BTW I saw one like that at a pawn shop last weekend. I'm still thinking about going back for it. I love the look of a Winchester whith the blue worn off :)

RNE228
12-21-2013, 7:24 AM
Always like lever guns. I am a fan of the Savage 99. 300 Savage is a sweet round.

Would like to add on in 250-3000 to the safe some day...

tanglediver
12-23-2013, 5:50 PM
There are "leverguns", and then there are "slices of American Pie".
That, my good man, is one mighty fine slice! :) I like the saddle ring models.

I was never in a field unit, but I shot "expert" twice in the Corps 30 years ago, however I bought my first rifle earlier this year...Marlin 30/30. Love that thing!

diveRN
12-23-2013, 6:04 PM
I have a Remington 30-30, it's a great gun for deer that are down in the scrub. I'd love to add a .357 to the safe...

MackMan
12-25-2013, 9:21 PM
Looking for one in 45 colt !!

gunboat
12-25-2013, 9:53 PM
My94 thutty -thutty is a long rifle - oct barrel, made about 1912 -- Still has very good blue on all metal --
My adult grandaughter is dead-eye with it --
311316 and 311291 are its normal diet --

19USMC69
12-26-2013, 6:51 AM
Love my Marlin .44. Only drawback is the cost of ammunition.

JLM Ranger
12-27-2013, 10:00 PM
Shot my Henry Big Boy .357 today. It shot well and so did I ...Great Day.

Sosoomi
12-28-2013, 3:18 PM
Well...if you are going to start with Lever guns you better learn to reload because it is a slippery slope and everyone wants a turn and the ammo disappears... I tried to stay to pistol calibers but that said...we have 4 30-30's...lol....

My favorite.....

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q665/Sosoomi/Ruger%20Mark%20III/null_zps0c0805a7.jpg (http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/Sosoomi/media/Ruger%20Mark%20III/null_zps0c0805a7.jpg.html)

200Apples
12-28-2013, 7:01 PM
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Thanks again for the latest replies!

Sosoomi, gorgeous pic! Who makes the buttpad on yer Rossi?

Sosoomi
12-28-2013, 7:15 PM
Richochet Roy aka Kevin in Bermuda Dunes... Palm Springs area.....

Prices are good but don't forget to get the lever wrap..... Incredible difference in how the lever bites you....lol

http://www.rroldwest.com

Henry Shooter
12-28-2013, 7:18 PM
Be careful. Lever guns can become an addiction. I personally wouldn't know. Just a rumor I've heard. 14 is a small number. But, it's a start.

Sosoomi
12-28-2013, 7:22 PM
Lol Henry..... I hear...right there with ya!

jfwlb
12-28-2013, 8:29 PM
Henry Shooter,

I know the the feeling:

Started off with a Winchester .44 Mag Trapper.
currently have calibers:
.22
.32 Rimfire
.32 S&W Special
.32 H&R Mag
.30.30
.357 Mag
.38-40
.41 mag
.44-40
.44 Mag
.45 Colt
.45-70
Multiples in some calibers
It was America's first assault rifle "Load on Sunday and shoot all week long"

tonelar
12-28-2013, 8:35 PM
lever guns are as american as ARs

SpamNRice
12-28-2013, 8:45 PM
I have been itching to get one. I think my decision is down to a Henry or a Winchester

funnybookz
12-28-2013, 8:47 PM
I saw the pic before I read the post and thought "that floor looks like MBR." Heh.

I wish I had the funds for another purchase before the end of the year...

chairmnofthboard
12-28-2013, 9:03 PM
Better question is, who doesn't like lever guns?

dfletcher
12-28-2013, 10:37 PM
I guess I've got a liking for the "odd" lever actions. Marlin Cowboy Deluxe in 45 Colt and a 32 H & R Magnum, Savage 99 in 300 Savage, Winchester 88 in 308 and just grabbed a Browning 71 Deluxe in 348 Winchester.

200Apples
01-01-2014, 10:25 AM
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Ahhhh! What a neat shooter. Recoil is a gentler push than my shotguns, a wee bit more than my 7.62 X 39 bolt carbine.

I kept things mostly in the middle of the zones I was aiming at. Lighting directly over the bench is poor compared to downrange at the indoor range and I was not seeing the rear sight as well as I'd have liked when focusing on the front sight.

Brought my 1911 "Loaded" along as a nod to Sherriff Walt Longmire. Hahaha...

Fun day at the range, for sure!


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_125330_zpsc29e4627.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/Z63R/Mobile%20Uploads/20131229_195718_zps08a002c6.jpg


Gonna try to get to my favorite outdoor range later this week.

:-)

H2O MAN
01-01-2014, 10:46 AM
Not as cool as yours ~ my .357 Magnum Trapper Carbine with saddle ring.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac160/The_H2O_MAN/T56SHTF/94Trapper001.jpg

anti
01-01-2014, 12:40 PM
My step dad recently picked up a 1970 (no tang safety) top-eject Model 94 in .30-30. Cool little gun... haven't got a chance to shoot it yet but it's basically brand new; you can't even tell it's 44-years-old.

I really need to pick up a Mare's Leg in .357mag so I can shoot .38 all day.

200Apples
01-01-2014, 7:34 PM
Thanks, fellrz!

H20 MAN, why do you say that? That gun is very cool.

anti, one of the most fun days I had at the range was when shooting a buddies' .357 Marlin lever carbine. Easy, accurate, awesome. I'd sport on of those before a mare's leg, but to each his own!

Thanks for your kind replies.

:-)

TMB 1
01-01-2014, 8:09 PM
I have a Winchester 30-30 that is a hoot to shoot. Getting ammo is not so easy right now though.

Sportsman's Guide has PPU 150gr FSP for $13.29 a box of 20.

Whonu
01-01-2014, 8:34 PM
After twenty something years, I still kick myself for letting go my Browning model 92 in .357mag. Biggest mistake I ever made. I keep looking for one online, but they're rare as hen's teeth. Last auction went for well over $1100:facepalm:

3006mv
01-02-2014, 4:36 PM
These guys
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gI4v_8gjW04

7.62 FMJ
01-05-2014, 11:05 AM
This is my favorite lever gun. A Uberti 1873 in 44-40.
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