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Thread: Win 1894 38-55 4 digit S/N Picking it up today!

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    Time sure flies.............Its been more than 30 years I've had this rifle! and she does shoot as well as I can see The smoke and big Boom
    is a great feeling.......the only one at the range!!!

    Ol Deuce
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverMax View Post
    Curious: Was the older 1894 38-55 barrels made of nickel steel?
    Winchester add more side material to the 1894 after the the external rail screw guns! so if they don't have the external rail screw ,they would be
    Nickel Steel for sure!!!!

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    I don't know when it started, but my 1903 manufactured model 94 in 30 WCF has Nickle Steel stamped in the barrel. My 38-55 which is S/N 5XXX was manufactured late 94 or early 95, but doesn't have the external rail screws. It is NOT stamped Nickel Steel. Doesn't mean it doesn't have it, but it isn't stamped that way. Now, it is my understanding that when they started making the 30 WCF in the 94 they were made with Nickel Steel to withstand the pressures of smokeless. The one think I am absolutely accurate on is, that it is easy to find someone who knows more about these than me.

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    With the introduction of the smokeless Powder is where all the changes were geared up to in the 1894 ! Haven't followed any of the other rifles of this
    error......(to many of them) lol...........Ol Deuce
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    I have 1894 32win spec,thought about having it bored to 38-55.Will see

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernlead View Post
    I have 1894 32win spec,thought about having it bored to 38-55.Will see
    NorthernLead Thats not a bad plan.....32WS is to small for a gong match but 38-55 is right on!!! You'll like it!! You should check
    with John Taylor He's good and He's part of the forum!!! John Taylor Machine ! Ol Deuce
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    38-55 is the BEST lever cartridge EVER!!

    I love my old '94, made in 1900. (I have others, but this one is my favourite!!)

    Once took a grouse with it at a paced off 48 yards... in heavy brush!

    took off the top quarter inch of its head with a 255 grain hard cast lead flat nose.




    I think the 38-55 is simply the best lever cartridge ever developed!

    I also have the 16 inch trapper version, but it's newish - from the 1990s. LOL


    The_Doctor


    Congrats on your purchase, Huntrick!!

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    Boy, if the rest of that rifle looks that good, you have a nice one. Not a lot of metal finish but the wood in the wrist looks good and no splinters.
    That tang sight is a #1 I think, from what I can see in the picture.
    Nice!
    Chill Wills

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check