Vintage Firearms Inc


Winchester Model 1894 – SPECIAL-ORDER, SEMI-DELUXE


SKU: Winchester Model 1894 .30WCF sn223716 Categories: , , Tags: , , , , , , ,

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: Winchester, ,1904, .30WCF, 7lbs. 8oz., LOP 13 3/8″
Serial Number:  223716

Scan the internet for Winchester Model 1894’s and you will find many with wildly varying prices.  You will see many rifles with standard features, and even more carbines with 20” barrels, as after about 1936 the rifle was discontinued.  What is a “SEMI-DELUXE RIFLE” and why is it so special?  The “SEMI-DELUXE” refers to the special-order feature of a capped pistol grip stock and factory checkering.  Very few Model 1894 SEMI-DELUXE RIFLES WERE MADE.  This RARE 1894 Semi Deluxe Short Rifle, sn223716, was made in 1904 with several special-order features, including CAPPED PISTOL GRIP AND CHECKERED WOOD, 26” 1/2 ROUND/1/2 OCTAGON BARREL, HALF MAGAZINE, TAKE DOWN, AND WINCHESTER #34C REAR SIGHT WITH 2 FOLDING LEAVES.  Anybody that knows the Winchester Model 1894 realizes how rare it is to find a special-order rifle with this combination of features.  And of course, rarity and desirability are what drive the value.  We have thoroughly inspected this Model 1894 and it is factory correct in every way.  The photos will show the internal stampings of the matching “assembly numbers” on the top tang stock inlet and the side of the lower tang.  These assembly numbers assured that hand fit buttstocks could go to the appropriate finishing department and come back to the proper action and barrel assembly.  The Cody Firearms Museum factory information sheet details this rifle exactly as you see it (info sheet shown in the photos) and comes with the purchase of the rifle.  It is difficult to find a Model 1894 with much of the original factory finish remaining.  This rifle has not been molested in any way, retaining Winchester factory finishes on all metal, with likely some finish applied to the factory wood over the last 120 years.  The barrel blue is 97% with a shiny bore and crisp rifling (BORE RATES 9 OUT OF 10).  The action retains 80% of original blue, has perfect screws, the lever and hammer retain 70% case color (beginning to fade but all there), loading gate retaining most all its niter blue, bolt showing 98% factory niter blue.  The buttstock and forend retains most of the  factory varnish and strong checkering, with numerous field marks, no cracks or repairs.  This gun was used but carefully maintained.  The action functions flawlessly, being a VFI CERTIFIED RIFLE, stripped to the smallest part in our gunsmithing department, ultrasonic cleaned, each part scrubbed to bare metal, inspected for function and integrity, lubricated and reassembled, a $375 service in our shop.  From George Madis’ ‘The Winchester Book’, page 412 describes an almost identical Rifle, with the author noting that a part round barrel is a rarity as is a barrel length of 26″ on any Model 1894 rifle made after 1902.  Winchester lever guns have been very strong, investment quality tangible assets, and special-order rifles in high original condition are sure to continue gaining value.  Just imagine stalking a fine buck with this Semi-Deluxe Rifle in the very capable .30-30 caliber and taking game with a piece of American history!  Thanks for looking.

Barrel Length:   26″ 1/2 octagon; special order; 24″ standard
Bores:  excellent with strong rifling, light frosting; 9 out of 10
% Blue:   97% factory blue
Sights:  Marbles #52 front; Winchester #34C rear
Action:   lever
Receiver Condition:  80% factory blue
Screws:   perfect
Trigger Type:   single-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:   70% factory case color
Type:   capped pistol grip/long forend; factory documented
LOP:   13 3/8″
LOP To End Of Wood:   13″
Checkering Condition:   excellent
Butt Treatment:   factory shotgun butt
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on long guns. If it is a “VFI Certified” gun there is a 90 day mechanical warranty. Call or email us for more details or questions. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in CO, FL, MI, WI
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $155.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK.
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes. We accept C&R licenses for shipping on C&R eligible guns.
Terms of Purchase: Check your local and state laws before purchasing. It is the buyer’s responsibility to confirm his/her right to own the firearm or any item before purchasing.
PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. View all listings and our full inventory of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. Thanks for looking!We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs “tweaked”, let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns “as found” and others want them “just so”. We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
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