View Full Version : Adding Weight - Winchester 94AE

August 25, 2009, 09:36 PM
I have a Model 1894AE Winchester that was missing the entire lever assembly, but I managed to get all the parts required to restore it to a functional condition. It's probably my favorite rifle of the ones I have. Its fairly accurate, feels natural to fire, packs a nice punch and really fun to shoot.

Pic of it:

I do however have a couple gripes about it. It's recoil is a little rough, the front of the rifle jumps ALOT, and finally the barrel gets extremely hot after just 30 to 40 shots and there is no real guard for to prevent you from burning your hand like there is on say... A Mosin Nagant or Lee Enfield

If possible I'd like to put a heavier longer barrel on it and also an extended tube magazine to go with it. Preferably 3 to 6 inches longer than what is already on it. Next, I'd like to know if its possible to put a heat shield of some sort around the top of the barrel at the grip. I'd like to add 3 to 5 pounds to this gun so it's more accurate and has a reduced recoil. 9 to 12 pounds is a good weight for a rifle in my opinion

Are the changes I'd like to do to this rifle possible with a 300$ budget? If so where would be a good place to start in getting the parts?

August 27, 2009, 01:08 AM
no way in hell you will get a new barrel and magazine tube installed for 300 bucks, even if you did it yourself, and its not a matter of screwing another winchester 94 barrel on if you found a suitable one (although you might get lucky)barrel 2-300 bucks alone, chambering reamer another 70-100. To learn more google douglas barrels or rifle barrels also check out clymer chambering reamers.

Drill some 1/2 holes in the stock under the but plate and fill them with a mix of epoxy and lead shot (or powdered tungsten carbide) that should add weight real quick.

Dont be so quick to bash lightweight barrels cause they get hot, heavy ones get hot to AND STAY HOT LONGER.

As far as the handguard is concerned, if your barrel is getting to hot to hold, you should stop your string of shots and let it cool down. Getting a barrel that hot is not doing the steel any favours.