What is the value of a 1966 Winchester Centennial Model 1894, new in box? I am told that this is a special commemorative version that was not available for sale to the public - only to those in the business.
Mine was a gift from Winchester to a sporting goods buyer for a major U.S retailer. A search of its special serial number (85434) indicates that it was manufacuterd in 1897, which is not the case.
Your rifle was very much available for sale to the general public. There were just over 102000 units made in either octagon barreled sporting rifle or caarbine configuration. With the box, papers and in unfired since production condition they are in the $550 to $600 range.
Thanks. I do know that the Model 94 was a common model, but I cannot find reference to a centennial model with a serial number of 85434 to determine which of the grades this rifle might be. I found reference to serial numbers for the 1966 Model 94 to range between 2894429 and 2991927, with 97,499 being produced. Maybe someone can direct me to a site where this serial number can be found within a range for a 1966 Model 94 centennial.
Attached are photos showing the engraving and finish if that may help to determine the grade of this model.
Good morning Bob,
Winchester began producing annual commemorative rifles in 1964. They were all Model 1894/94 style rifles each year. In 1966 the edition released honored the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the company. That is your rifle. Each commemorative edition run was only made in the year of its issue and therefore all the serial number from 1 to however many were made are from that individual year. They are separate from the non-commemorative serial number range. There were not different grades of these rifles produced. They are all exactly like yours. I have included a link to a site which deals in nothing but commemorative rifles so that you can see the long list of different issues by year. I hope this clears up the confusion. http://www.doublegun.com/roth.htm
I have not seen any with the polished mahogany stock shown in Bob's photo's. It is a good looking rifle! does this alter the value.
The wood used on almost all Winchester rifles for stock is walnut. Certainly special order woods could have been purchased but on these commemorative rifles all the guns are exactly the same and the wood is a higher grade of walnut. It is a nice looking rifle if you like them all gold and shiny!
Hi bob I like to buy that gun if you still have it