My father has this rifle. Could someone assist me in figuring the value? Its been in our family for a long time. It has not been fired in my fathers lifetime.
The wood is in impeccable condition and is gorgeous. Barrel is almost pristine. Only finish issue is what is seen on the front of the receiver in the pictures. It is NOT a takedown model.
This is what I can tell you by looking at it:
Lyman type flip up sight
Crescent butt plate
fancy pistol grip
Case color receiver
26" Round barrel
Full length magazine
If you are not sitting down, please do so now... and if your father is in the vicinity, have him sit down as well.
What you have is a Model 1894 Fancy Sporting Rifle, with several special order options. It has one special order option that is very rare, and consequently very very desirable. Of the 2.6-million pre-1964 Winchester Model 1894/94 rifles and carbines that were manufactured, there were only (157) of them that were special ordered with a case color hardened receiver frame, and your rifle is one of them. The deluxe 3X checkered walnut stocks are another one of the special order features.
Your rifle has a lot going for it;
1. Antique (pre-1899 manufacture)
2. Fancy Sporting Rifle
3. Case color finished
4. Deluxe 3X checkered stocks
5. 38-55 caliber
6. Special order rear sights
In my professional opinion, your rifle is worth (sit down now) a minimum of $30,000 . In a high-end auction, it could sell for a fair bit more than that. If it were mine, I would not consider any offer less than $30K!
If you do not yet have a Factory letter for that rifle, I highly recommend that you contact the Cody Firearms Museum research office and obtain one.
My final comment is this... that is one extremely desirable (collectable) Winchester Model 1894. It would be the absolute high-light of any top notch Winchester collection. It is simply flat-out rare, and it is worth a lot of $$$$$
Fortunately I was sitting down and I was actually on the phone with my dad when I received the email alert that you had replied to my post.
All I can say is thank you so much for the info. I'm very surprised and my father is as well. He is currently working to obtain a Cody letter on this rifle.
I would like to chat with you off-line about this rifle.
Again thank you so very much!
Please contact me through the PM (Private Message) option, as it will allow you to post your email address.
Bert, how do I do that? Do I need to register first? I dont see a PM button so I assume yes.
Yes, you will need to register.
Chris here. OK I'm registered.
Bert, more pictures of the receiver per your request.
What a wonderful old rifle! I have been looking at Winchesters for many years, including some very early examples (Model 66, 73, etc.) and I have never seen anything as rare and as nice as this.
I'm glad you got Bert to look at this. He is very smart and knowledgeable about old Winchester lever actions.
Enjoy and enjoy some more, your nice, rare, collectible rifle.
Thanks JP@AK. Bert has been a Godsend for sure!!
Great. Thanks for visiting the GVB.
I'm still in awe over this every time I read it...