Condition - Fine, approximately 40% of the original blue on the receiver.The barrel has nearly 90% of the slightly faded blue finish with some very minor thinning on the top and left flat between the rear sight dovetail and the receiver.The forearm cap has about 60% of the blue finish; the balance is a smooth, blue-gray, patina. Historic Winchester 1894 Carbine .30 WCF s/n 8173 – 20" round barrel; full magazine; buckhorn rear sight; forged base front sight with pinned blade; straight grain oil finished walnut stocks with special ordered crescent buttplate. This carbine has Arizona copper mine history and was written up in an article by Rick Hill in The Winchester Collector magazine, Summer 2011 edition.
This information is no substitute for obtaining a Winchester Factory Letter from the Cody Firearms Museum (available for certain models and serial ranges) which in addition to the Serial Number Application Date, normally provide the original Received In Warehouse Date and Date Shipped from Winchester factory.
For purposes of determining if your gun is legally considered an “antique” (pre-1899 DOM), the BATF has told us they use the DOM dates published by the manufacture (Winchester).
Winchester 1894 Deluxe Antique Rifle .30 WCF s/n 229 – 26” round matted barrel; 4-Cartridge magazine; color case hardened receiver; three leaf platinum lined rear sight; Lyman ivory bead sporting front sight; fancy pistol grip checkered oil finished walnut stocks with rubber shotgun buttplate.
Factory records indicate 155 model 1894 rifles were made with a case hardened receiver, with only 16 deluxe case hardened rifles.
The hammer and loading lever have strong case colors with some silvering. The engraving is crisp and deep; the barrel markings are sharp. Receiver retains about 90% – 95% original bright blue with a few light scratches and some thinning on the bottom and top.
The fancy walnut stock and forearm are in excellent condition. Lever retains 70% thinning blue and the hammer retains 80% bright blue.
The checkering shows only minor handling wear and the carved scroll borders are sharp. marked sights have the later style catch design seen on the later MARBLE marked sights. Barrel retains 95% original bright blue with slight muzzle wear. See Special Detailed Description Winchester 1894 SRC .30 WCF s/n 9584 – 20" round stainless steel barrel; full mag; platinum-lines three leaf express rear sight; fixed bade pinned blade front sight; straight grain walnut stocks.
The stock and forearm are free from nicks and scratches and retain nearly all of the original satin finish. Stocks are sound and show moderate wear, light handling marks and retain generous amounts of their original oil finish.
When I hear some story told of a grizzled old cowpoke toting a Winchester, I know that it means a levergun, even though Winchester produced some of the finest single shot rifles of the nineteenth century.. I have Winchester leverguns dating from 1895 up through the little .357 Compact that I bought earlier this year, and I like them all. The only Winchesters that I wont buy are the ones produced for several years recently with that butt-ugly crossbolt safety. I understand their having to go to something like that, but it is still ugly.
Winchester has for years produced some fine shotguns and bolt action rifles. However, to most people, myself included, the name Winchester means lever action rifles.
Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "8599" and "CF"; left side of upper tang is stamped "MM" or "WW" w/matching assembly number and "94" are found in top tang channel of buttstock.