Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Storing wealth...... in a Winchester Model 94



Following my own advice, I remain ever vigilant for an exceptional bargain in shooting irons.

Recently, I hit upon just such a wee beastie.....

Visiting my favorite gun shop, I bee-lined for their 'junk rifle' rack, where the owner puts up the stuff that comes in with package buys and just isn't nice enough to go on the regular racks. It's also usually stuff not worth his time to put up on Gunbroker.  It's home to single barrel Iver Johnson shotguns and ancient Savage/Sears/Stevens .22s. All that said..... it's also where I find some great deals.

Like today.

This shiny thing is a Winchester Mdl 94, and is the 'Golden Spike' commemorative edition turned out in 1969.   It's been hunted, with the brass plating worn off some edges, lots of small dings in the wood finish, and blue wear at the muzzle from riding in a case.  Still pretty, and still all there with the exception of the saddle ring gone missing.

The price tag, well under $250, had me snagging the thing from the rack into my greedy hands... where it stayed until the paperwork was done and it became mine.

Easily worth almost twice what I paid for it, it's an instant profit that I can be quite happy with.   Besides that...... Shiny!




10 comments:

Borepatch said...

Sweet

Rey Brandt said...

What Borepatch said.

Bob said...

Nice find, indeed.

Bubblehead Les. said...

And it doesn't have that Crossbolt Safety that was put on the later models.

So I'd take the money saved as compared to purchasing a Freshly Made, NIB Marlin or Mossberg and purchase Ammo, Slings, maybe a Scope for it. Even at Today's Prices, one could have a Complete Set-Up for the price of just a new Lever Gun alone.

Nice Find!

Old NFO said...

LOL, nice one, and it's STILL a shooter!

Jon said...

Hey! Be nice to the old Stevens .22s. My Dad recently gave me the one he had as a boy, and even with open sights, that sucker is a tack-driver!

drjim said...

What caliber is it?

Carteach said...

30-30. If only it was a pistol caliber, but tis what tis.

drjim said...

Sweet!

I've got a Marlin 336 in 30-30, and with the Hornady LeverEvolution, it's a solid 175 yard rifle.

And I've got a Marlin 1894C in 357. Just about the sweetest little rifle I've ever owned!

Rabbit said...

Great find. It's a keeper, that's for sure.

Back in '66, my dad bought two Winchester Centennial '66 models - the 26inch barrel models- and a carbine version of the same, with my brother and myself the beneficiaries of his investment. I still have mine, new in the box with the original box sleeve. My brother experienced a devastating home fire several years ago and I'm not certain if he still has his (and the carbine- he received custodianship of most of Dad's firearms when he passed), but in the early 1980's his was stolen but recovered several years later, well-used.