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Old March 18, 2013, 09:22 PM   #13
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.357 lever action rifles

I just picked up an unfired, NOS Winchester Model 94AE Ranger Compact in .357 Magnum. It came in the original box with all manufacturers paperwork intact. The gun shop also had two new Rossi R92s in .357 - one blue & one stainless. The Winchester was priced about $200 more than the Rossis. I felt very lucky to find it, and negotiated a trade involving a Ruger Mini-14 I bought in 2005. From what I can tell my Winchester was made in the early 2000's - prior to the change to the tang safety in 2003, and discontinuation of the model in 2006. It apparently was a consignment rifle. I feel my "trifecta" of .357s is now complete. I have a S&W Model 27 8-3/8" that I bought new around 1980, a Coonan Classic .357 Magnum Semi-Auto 1911 (a gift from my oldest son this past Christmas), and now the Winchester Model 94. When I went back to the shop to pick-up my Winchester, they had a new Marlin 1894C .357 which came in during my 10-day waiting period. The Marlin was priced a little over $300 more than what my Winchester Model 94 had been priced ($500+ more than the Rossis). No other gun shops in my area have had the variety of .357 Magnum rifles that I've seen in this shop. The only other one I found was a Henry at $895, and it was gone when I went back to the shop a week later. Time to break-in the Winchester
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