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Old 04-10-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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Are there any websites (or books, people, etc ..) that could tell build years from the vin stamp? I have a Winchester Model 94 in .30-30 that's been in the family since new (I think) and has a 74xxxx number. From pictures and other for sale, I guess it's somewhere around 1913-1914. Could someone else shed some light for me?

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Old 04-10-2009, 05:01 PM   #2
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Yes, there is a small paperback book that I've seen at gun shows that can date your lever action...as I have used it to date my top eject Model 1894 to 1977

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Your rifle was built in 1914. If you need any more help just ask.

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here's some more light on the subject based on the condition it's in it could be worth these amounts

10%=$475 30%=$675 50%=$950 70%=$1500 90%=$2,300 98%=$3,250


could be worth more if its the deluxe model. I hope it's in good shape!

source: bluebook of gun values 29th edition

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Are there any websites (or books, people, etc ..) that could tell build years from the vin stamp? I have a Winchester Model 94 in .30-30 that's been in the family since new (I think) and has a 74xxxx number. From pictures and other for sale, I guess it's somewhere around 1913-1914. Could someone else shed some light for me?

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I am fairly knowledgable on winchesters, if you could post some photos I could help you identify and value your gun.
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Thanks for the info fellas. I'll snap some pictures of it a.s.a.p.

It's in decent shape. I got my first deer with it in '02

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I just took these photos. Apparently I was thinking of something else when I posted this. My serial number is 769xxx.

Here are the photos.

p1000967.jpg   p1000969.jpg   p1000968.jpg   p1000970.jpg   p1000971.jpg  

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that serial # shows 1914-1915 the blue book values listed above still apply

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Thanks. I'm thinking somewhere in the 10-30% range for this guy. Great shape mechanically and I still take it out once a year. Just doesn't have as much blueing on it anymore.

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MACHELIS your 1894 was built in 1915. What you have is a RIFLE not a carbine they are two different things. It should have a 26" barrel and it is in original condition. The stock has not been refinished nor has it been reblued. All in all a very nice sound original 1894. Dont sweat the fact the reciever is silver this happened quite fast with just a little use. It was because Winchester used high nickle content in their recievers and the bluing didnt aheare well. If you can stand some personal advice, dont mess with the rifle it is fine and any refinishing will completely destroy its caracter and value.

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