I just came back from a Pre 64 Winchester quest over the last 5 weeks. There are some very nice pre64 shooters out there that are affordable, you just need to check often. I have found that many beautiful pre 64 M94's that have been traded in over the last 6 months due to the gun scare to get handguns. You will never loose money on a quality Pre64 and the quality is outstanding. I managed to find a one owner unmolested 1955 M94 for a good price. The journey was half the fun..... Keep your gun and find your self the lever action you really want to own, hunt with, and pass down to your grandkids.