... Is there such a thing? I have an aunt that is going broke and is contemplating selling her dads (my grandfathers) Winchester model 1894 30-30 (super low s/n) rifle he had owned from the age of 18 until he passed away. My brothers and myself have considered purchasing it to keep it in the family but we are military phirearms types; no old collectibles. I have no real idea what it's worth.
... We are trying to avert paying her too little or more than it's worth.
... Any suggestions?
Here's what I got from my Gun Trader's Guide:
Winchester Model 1894 Lever-Action Rifle……..$1595
Solid frame or Take-down, Calibers “25-35, 30-30, 32-40, 32 Special,38-55,
7-shot tubular magazine or 4-shot half magazine. 26” barrel, (round, octagon, half octagon). Weight: about 7.35 lbs., Sights: open rear; bead front. Plain straight grip stock and forearm on standard model; crescent shaped or shot-gun style butt-plate. Made 1894-1937.
Winchester Model 1894 Lever-Action Deluxe……..$2795
Same general specifications as standard rifle except checkered pistol-grip butt-stock and forend using high grade walnut. Engraved versions are considerably higher in value.
Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine……..$1395
Same general specifications as Model 1894 standard rifle except 20” barrel, carbine butt-stock, forearm and sights. Saddle ring on left side of receiver. Weight: about 6.5 lbs.
Winchester Model 1894 Standard Carbine……..$995
Same general specifications as Saddle-Ring Carbine except shotgun type butt-stock and plate, no saddle-ring, standard open rear sight. Sometimes called “Eastern Carbine”.
Winchester Model 94 Carbine
Same as Model 1894 Rifle, except 20" round barrel , 6-shot full length magazine. Weight: about 6.5 lbs. Originally made in calibers 25-35, 30-30, 32 Special, & 38-55. Original version discontinued in 1964, SEE 1894 Models at beginning of Winchester Rifle section.
Pre-WWII (under No. 1,300,000).....$995
Post-war, pre-1964 (under No. 2,700,000)...$550
All others (Win. 94s) listed range from $295 to $215.
Hope that is some help,
... Thanks Mike, this is excellent. I appreciate the time and effort you took to respond.
Happy New Year
Added information: According to a S/N search it was mfg in 1896. It has a nickle/steel barrel. I think this was first introduced for smokeless powders. We really would like to pin point a fair value if anyone else can help or recommend an appraiser.
Winston's brother, CHIPS
FWIW - from Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, 7th ed. (1998 – which is a bit old): (I made it a link to avoid slowing down the whole page.)
It is definetly the rifle version not carbine. I think that narrows it down to $550 - $1500. It is about 70% condition some pitting G-PA modified the stock with his Barlow. Nice Deer carving.