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Old December 9, 2001, 11:06 PM   #1
Kryptonite
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Winchester Model 94 pre-64 32WS

I was told Harley is the man to ask for info on these two rifles:

What information/advice can you provide on valuation and care of 2 Winchester Model 94 32WS pre-64 rifles that my uncle owns? 32 Specials. One was manufactured around 1943 and the other 1949, according to this site: http://www.ibnd.com/winchester/serial94.html

I am not an expert on NRA classifications but the older one appears like it would be perfect if not for a small section on the wood near the lever where some oil or cleaner must have deteriorated and caused the wood to stick to the inside of the case, leaving a blemish with cotton/wool strands stuck in the grain.

My uncle wants to give me these rifles and I want to be able to care for them properly. What should I use to clean the blemish and prepare them for storage?

Last question: Do you know what these might be valued at or know of the best "blue books"/online resources for these types of rifles?

Thanks!
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Old December 10, 2001, 05:19 AM   #2
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Kryptonite, my guess is the Winchester Modol 1894's you're describing are similar to the one pictured above. These would be considered a Production Carbine model manufactured from about 1940-1964. They would have a 20" round barrel & full length tubular magazine with blued finish. A plain forearm and straight grip buttstock. And no saddle ring on the receiver.

The following values appear in the Blue Book of Gun Values Twenty-Second Edition, by S.P. Fjestad:

100% - $395
98% - $375
95% - $350
90% - $325
80% - $300
70% - $275
60% - $250
50% - $220

Of all the pre-'64 versions of the Model 1894 this is one of the most common which is probably why values are relatively low. Hope this helps!

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Old December 10, 2001, 06:46 AM   #3
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Hi Kryptonite!

Those two rifles sound priceless to me. I think that any kind of monetary value assigned to them would be an insult.

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Old December 10, 2001, 10:26 AM   #4
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That's the gun!

That gun shown is what I am talking about. Thanks. I am not going to sell them, but I want to know how much to itemize their worth when I call up my insurance agent.

Isn't there a difference between a model 1894 and model 94? I think that the 32 Specials are worth more than the more common 30-30s. I'll probably insure each of them for $500 or so.

Somebody told me a typical wood cleaner might work on that blemish but I think I might need a stronger solvent. Anybody know which brand(s) to look/ask for?
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Old December 14, 2001, 12:32 AM   #5
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I think I would consider a 32 special or a 30-30 both as a common cal in this model. The 32 was very popular for some years. The 32-40, 25-35, 22 WCF and other not made for years calibers would be "less common" in a 94. My brother picked up a 1939 vintage 30-30 in around 98% finish a bit ago for 150 bucks. I still think he stole the darn thing.
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