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Old June 13, 2013, 06:45 AM   #1
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Winchester (Miroku) Model 94

I've been pulling my hair out the last few days because a friend has offered me a new, never fired Winchester 94 for $800. MSRP for these guns is around $1200 and I've seen them advertised on the internet for around $1059. So it seems as if $800 is a very good deal.

My urge is to just buy it because it's too good a deal to pass up, but I have a couple of issues. One problem is that I already have a 1971 Model 94. I've owned that rifle for about 20 years. It's been a good gun and a straight shooter. It's in good condition but it does have some very minor pitting on the receiver, which is common for those years of 94's. It was that way when I bought it. I've kept it oiled and it's never gotten any worse.

Like a lot of people I'm also not happy about the tang safety on the new guns, or the fact that they are no longer U.S. made. That being said, it's still a very nice rifle. It really seems well made.

Anyway, I really don't need another .30-30, but it's hard for me to resist a nice lever gun.

What would you do?
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Old June 13, 2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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This is an easy one. If you can afford it, then buy it. I don't know how many attractive deals I passed up through out the years, and then later wound up mentally kicking myself.

Plus, depending on the laws for long arms in Ohio, it could be an "un-papered" transaction. And unfortunately, for the future, I see firearms becoming less available.
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Old June 13, 2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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I'd say buy it, IF you didn't already have a Winchester .30-30 - but, you do...................................

However, If you're one of those who climb a mountain just because it's there, by all means enjoy yourself & pop for the $800 - after all, it's only green paper, and most can usually get some more, later. .



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Old June 14, 2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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They vary in retail price depending if it is the carbine , short rifle , sporter , or takedown version.....however , $800 is an excellent price for a brand new Miroku made 94 ! If it's the takedown version its a steal ! The quality is excellent and getting used to the tang safety is no biggie...however , if your used to the older model then beware you may forget its on when that record buck is in your sights ! J/K
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Old June 14, 2013, 10:58 AM   #5
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Miroku makes firearms of exceptional quality IMO.

I hate to say it, but I feel Miroku makes a better quality 94 than most of the stuff Winchester was producing over the last 20 years.

If money isn't an issue, I would buy it for $800. You could probably re-sell it for more than that if you decided to get rid of it later.
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Old June 14, 2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input guys. I went back and forth about this rifle for a week, but in the end it was just too good a deal for me to pass up.

$800 out the door.



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Old June 15, 2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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You made a good decision. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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Old June 16, 2013, 06:20 AM   #8
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I'd rather spend my extra cash on hunts instead of hardware but that's just my focus.

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Old June 16, 2013, 07:18 AM   #9
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You did good. Miroku makes fine guns and at $800 you got a good deal. How does it shoot?
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Old June 16, 2013, 07:55 AM   #10
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Took it to the range Friday. I was there primarily to test a new .223 Rem load I've been working up, but I had the new 94 with me just to try out. I shot this (approximately) 2-inch group from 100 yards off a sandbag with the factory iron sights. I was using 150gr handloads. I was actually aiming at the orange circle that is above and to the left of the one I hit. So the bullets are hitting a little low and right for me. I didn't have my brass punch with me to adjust the windage so I stopped at 3 rounds. I'm happy with the group though. I figure it's not too bad for iron sights and 50 year old eyes. I'll get her dialed in next week.

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Old June 16, 2013, 08:07 AM   #11
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Nice! Enjoy it!
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Old June 16, 2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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I would have to get rid of that tang safety.
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Old June 16, 2013, 10:10 PM   #13
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The new AE receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts and some peep sights ( Skinner sights ).........I put some type of peep sight on all my Winchesters ! They also make a tang mount peep for the models with tang safeties....just for your information if you would like to try a peep sight someday !
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Old June 16, 2013, 10:54 PM   #14
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That's certainly minute-of-deer.
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Old June 17, 2013, 11:35 AM   #15
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Sounds like a good deal..but..I would be thinkin $800 would buy a really nice pre-64.....
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Old June 17, 2013, 12:19 PM   #16
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Don't know about the 94 but back in 1969 I bought two Miroku O/U skeet guns a 12 & 20 ga each has had 10,000 + rounds thru them, other then the bluing being worn off where my hands hold while shooting over all these years neither has given me a bit of trouble.
I think they make the browning citori shotguns also. Quality products for sure.
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Old June 18, 2013, 02:09 AM   #17
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Miroku also made many of the Charles Dailys sxs...
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Old June 18, 2013, 03:32 AM   #18
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Miruku make very good products. I wish some of the Spanish and Italian guns could put that precision in theirs. I even owned a .38 revolver from the once, it was tough as nails.
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Old June 26, 2013, 02:07 PM   #19
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An excellent price for a very nice rifle. You did real good, imo.
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Old June 26, 2013, 04:47 PM   #20
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Sounds like a good deal..but..I would be thinkin $800 would buy a really nice pre-64.....
Just paid 500 for a 1959 hasnt been shot more than 20 times
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