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Thelt 12-20-2009 04:56 PM

Winchester 94
How much should I pay for one of these? I want one chambered for .30-.30.

VitSports6 12-20-2009 05:00 PM

I was told that my post 64 Winchester Model 94 30-30 (1981 build) could be worth about $600.00 due to the condition, But that was just some guy who had been looking for one, So take that for what it is.
The older and more sought after pre-64's can go for a bit more, Also depending on the condition.

hunter Joe 12-20-2009 07:48 PM

I got my first Win. 94, 44 years ago and they were selling for around $100.00 new. Used post-1964 are selling for $135.00 (60%) to $275.00 (100%). MSRP is around $350.00.

Even though the Model 94 has probably killed more whitetails than any other firearm produced, it also has the distinction of being one of the most dangerous firearms ever produced. So do yourself a favor and try to find one with a cross-block safety. The cross-block safety makes the 94 a even better firearm.

Thelt 12-20-2009 08:51 PM

What makes it dangerous? I assume the safety has issues?

I am not looking for a collectors item so a more recent model might be better.

lonyaeger 12-20-2009 08:55 PM

I bought my 1952 model 94 for $300. That's about the going price for one of that vintage in "average" condition like mine. Bluing is just about gone, dings in the stock...a lot of character, just the way I like it.

30-30remchester 12-20-2009 10:27 PM

HUNTERJOE may I ask what you base your statement on about a 94 being such a dangerous firearm?

hunter Joe 12-20-2009 10:57 PM


Originally Posted by 30-30remchester (Post 202359)
HUNTERJOE may I ask what you base your statement on about a 94 being such a dangerous firearm?

The Model 94 has to be unloaded by jacking each round through the chamber and every time you do this the action cocks the hammer. Adults normally do not have a problem with this but in every hunter safety class that I have conducted in the past 13 years, at least half of the students under the age of 14 years drops the hammer on the dummy round when trying to make the firearms safe after loading.

There are a series of steps a person has to do to make the firearm safe after loading a shell in the chamber, squeeze the lever so that it engages the safety on the stock, pull the hammer back, squeeze the trigger, carefully let the hammer down on a live round, and put the firearm on half-cock. Here is where it gets tricky for small hands especially small cold hand wearing gloves.

I guess I base my assessment of the model 94 on many years of experience and observation. I believe that the Win. 94 is a great firearm only made better with the cross-block safety.

Dr. Marneaus 12-21-2009 10:09 PM

Am I correct in that Winchester has stopped producing the Model 94, currently? I know throughout the history of the rifle it has been in on-and-off production, but my research shows they are not currently in production?

ninjatoth 12-21-2009 10:32 PM

I looked up my dad's 1942 serial numbers,and in it's condition(very good)I could find them for no less than $1200.

M14sRock 12-22-2009 12:15 AM

Safe gun handling, with a focus on keeping the trigger finger off the trigger, is far more valuable than a cross bolt safety. Those who rely on mechanical safeties tend to be more casual in my experience. I grew up with lever action rifles and never had a single problem.

No flame intended.

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