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Bon Scott
April 27, 2010, 07:29 AM

Does anyone have a link to serial number information about these rifles? I contacted Winchester, and was told that when they merged with Browning some years back, this data was misplaced. I have one in .375 Winchester that I would like to get a born on date for.

Thanks in advance for your replies, and sorry if this has been discussed before.

April 27, 2010, 11:03 AM
Winchester Big Bore 94s were introduced in 1981 in 375 Winchester. They were distinguishable from regular 94s by their reinforced receivers. Post the serial number and someone may be able to tell you when it was made.

Jack O'Conner
April 27, 2010, 12:04 PM

This photo illustrates the modified 94 receiver.

Older 94's have the year of manufacturer stamped on underside of barrel. But the forend and related barrel bands must be removed to view this area.


April 27, 2010, 01:36 PM
I'm sure I bought a Big Bore 94 XTR in .375 Win in about 1978 or 1979. I know it was a year or two before I left Alaska. A friend and I both ordered and received ours at the same time and they were new on the market. Sorry, I don't have it any more or I'd give you the SN.

April 27, 2010, 04:38 PM
The .375 Winchester (Big Bore) was introduced in 1978. It was discontinued in 1983.

April 27, 2010, 05:40 PM
Actually, some post-83 angle-eject BigBore's (BB94AE), with the bulged receivers, were chambered for the .375, also (besides the .307 & .356).

The original BB94's all had a "BB" serial number prefix.
The early BB94AE's had "AE" prefixes, with SN's running fron AE10001 to AE19000 before the AE's got serial numbered in with the rest of 94AE production.


April 27, 2010, 05:58 PM
PetahW, I'm interested in where you got your information. My source (Winchester Model 94 by Robert C. Renneberg) makes no reference to Model 94s being chambered in .375 Winchester after 1983. He said only "In the mid-1990's to the end of production other calibers have been noted such as the return of the 25-25, 38-55 and 44-40. There were also modern additions as well, e.g., .450 Marlin and .444 Marlin."
Do you have any specific data that proves the .375 Winchester was ever chambered in the Model 94 after 1983? Thanks.

April 30, 2010, 10:09 PM
Purchased mine new on 08/25/82, SN BB047XXX. Price was around $200. And no, I'm not interested in making a modest profit. It's an honest 98% gun.