View Full Version : Win 94 pistol caliber question

November 20, 2005, 09:48 PM
I have a couple of Winchester 94's, one in .357, one in .44. I dearly love them both, but they both have a tendency that terribly irritates me.

Perhaps one round in 20 will "hang up." The bullet will jam itself into the top of chamber such that a very small portion of the bullet hangs up on the top on the breech end of the barrel.

Both of them do it with pretty much any bullet that has a flat point or is a hollow point. I was wondering if it would be possible to slightly radius the top of the chamber opening to allow the bullet to "slide" into the chamber easier. My concern is part of the chamber might then be unsupported.

Has anyone else seen this and how is it fixed?

November 21, 2005, 12:43 AM
I would smooth the chamber mouth up and make sure there isn't a sharp edge which will dig into the bullet or brass. I would then polish up the top of the chamber lightly and it should feed fine for you. A dremel or some other rotary tool can do the job just fine for you. Make sure you only slightly chamfer the mouth, just take off the sharp edge of it.

I would then use a felt fob with some rouge on it to polish the mouth and very top of the chamber. You just want to polish it, not remove any metal.

November 21, 2005, 01:11 AM
The 94 lever action is a lot stronger than most think. We just put upwards of 1500 rounds through one in .30-30 in less than three days and it never stuttered until the very end after not being cleaned and working loose. :eek:

Tom Matiska
November 21, 2005, 02:39 AM
One of my '94s has a similar problem that limits bullet selection. If I had to alter the rifle, I'd lower the ramp before I'd raise the top of the chamber.

November 21, 2005, 02:16 PM
All you are doing is chamfering the chamber mouth on the bottom and polishing the top of the chamber. He's getting a stub either from the case getting caught by a sharp mouth or the bullet is stubbing on the top of the chamber. Most of the time the ramp needs no more work, but the things I metioned need to be taken care of. The chamfer of the chmaber will most likley be all that is needed, but I would go ahead and polish the chamber up myself so everything slides as smooth as possible.