Winchester Model 1894 Deluxe Saddle-Ring Carbine

by
posted on March 14, 2014
winchesterfl.jpg

Gun: Winchester Model 1894 Deluxe Saddle-Ring Carbine

Condition: Approximately 50 percent (NRA Good)

Approximate Value Range: $3,850 to $4,350

Note: Original publication was in 2006, and information herein does not reflect current production status of Winchester Model 1894s or variants. -The Eds.

Now that U.S. Repeating Arms has stopped making Winchester’s longest-running production model after 112 years of manufacture, the Winchester Model 1894 and its many variations have suddenly received a lot more collector interest. This carbine, serial number 582407 in .30-30 WCF, was manufactured during 1911 and has many desirable characteristics, including being a deluxe model with extra-grade checkered wood, “button” half magazine and shotgun-style buttplate.

The 20" round barrel with a ladder-type rear sight still retains most of its original blue. On the other hand, much of the receiver bluing has flaked off due to adhesion issues with the high nickel content in the steel. Do not confuse this receiver flaking with normal wear and usage-some nickel Winchester lever-actions can be almost unfired but may show similar or worse frame wear as compared to this specimen. The deluxe checkered stock and forearm appear shinier than normal, indicative of the wood being refinished with a high-gloss lacquer or varnish.

At a recent trade show, several dealers mentioned that some of their customers were actively buying many recently manufactured new-in-the-box Model 94 variations for 20 to 35 percent over their previous retail values. This could be strictly speculation at this point, but my advice is to not get caught up in this sudden demand spike due to its discontinuance until we see what happens with this famous Winchester model.

There is still a possibility that Olin could license its Winchester trademark to another company (including Miroku in Japan), which means production would start all over again, even though it probably wouldn’t be at the famous factory in New Haven, Conn. Remember, there are already five categories for Model 94 collectors. They include antique production (pre-1899 manufacture), pre-World War II manufacture, World War II to pre-1964 production, 1964 to pre-1992 manufacture (without the crossbolt safety) and post-1992 manufacture. As usual, when a popular firearm make or model is discontinued and the public can’t get it anymore, a buying frenzy can develop almost overnight, typically creating unrealistically high prices in the short term.

-S.P. Fjestad, Author/Publisher, Blue Book of Gun Values

(Originally published July, 2006)

Latest

ARTV2908IHTOG 2
ARTV2908IHTOG 2

I Have This Old Gun: SKS Carbine

Watch this American Rifleman Television segment of "I Have This Old Gun" from 2020 to learn about the Russian SKS carbine, chambered in 7.62x39 mm.

Browning Buck Mark: A Rimfire Repeater Rooted In History

John Moses Browning invented yet another in the long list of firearms to his credit in 1914. This one was a semi-automatic rimfire pistol design that lives on to this day in the Browning Buck Mark.

Preview: Lee Precision Ultimate Lock Rings

Made for 7/8x14 TPI loading dies and designed to provide repeatable results each and every time, Lee Precision Ultimate Lock Rings are a must-have item on the loading bench.

Langdon Tactical Partners With Heckler & Koch

The lineup will include the P30, P30L and P30SK all in DA/SA and LEM options, along with the California-compliant P2000 model in DA/SA. In addition, Langdon will also be offering custom work on existing P30s and P2000s.

Preview: The Original Hammer Target

Steel targets and their respective stands are often cumbersome and heavy, making it a real chore to trek through rough terrain when placing targets, but Hammer Targets provides a simple solution with its target-and-stand system.

Handloads: A .338 Win. Mag. For Elk

Arguments never end about which cartridges are adequate for the hunting of elk. Nobody has ever said, however, that a bullet fired from a .338 Win. Mag. lacks enough power for that task.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.