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Old June 16, 2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Model 94 30/30 never fired

I have had a model 94 octagon barrel that I bought 40 years ago from a guy that had never fired it, it has been in my gun cabinet for forty years and still never had a cartridge put in it. The serial number is 30000--5, my question is, is it stupid to think that this gun is going up in value just because it has never been fired? Plus after looking it over carefully, all of those years I the gun cabinet have probably not been any kinder than the rifles that I have been using and actually got cleaned and oiled more often. It was supposed to have been some sort of special edition at the time that I bought it .
At 70 years old I am starting to think about some of my rifles and how much sense does it make for me to continue to keep them if I am not shooting them.
Another that I will post info and pictures of is a model 1884 octagon barrel 32 wcf that my uncle left me, will do it later. Thanks
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Old June 16, 2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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In my not so expert opinion it is worth more unfired, especially if it is a special edition. I've had friends that "invested" in the likes down through the years but lost track of them and don't know how good the return was. As for myself, I couldn't own a gun without shooting it.
Still, I would get an appraisle before shooting it. Also, if it is worth alot, I'd probably sell it in your circumstances. Is that not why you bought it?

Nice rifle by the way.
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Old June 16, 2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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Beautiful rifle, very nice wood!

This thread brought to mind an old story an associate told, about Elmer Keith.

Elmer had just received a custom made rifle. A friend said" Elmer, don't you think that rifle is too pretty to shoot"

Elmer was supposed to have said " Ever seen a girl to pretty to kiss?" I just thought I would add that cause it always gives me grin. I have never met a girl too pretty to kiss.
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Old June 16, 2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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An unfired rifle, with hangtags still on it, in the box with all of the original papers is worth quite a bit if it is an unusual rifle.

Without the box or papers a rifle that is still "like new" will probably sell for almost as much as one that has never been fired. It would lose some value, but not a huge amount.

I can only see a small portion of the rifle in the photo, but it appears to be one of the literally hundreds of Commemorative 94's that Winchester has made over the years. Most don't sell for much, if any more than a standard rifle. Unless you find someone who just wants that edition.
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Old June 16, 2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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Look online for people selling similar Winchesters...People DO collect them, and you could probably buy a good but not "collectable" 94 with what you get for it and still have a nice amount left over...(I recently bought a post 64 .30-30 M 94 with some wear from use for under $300 as a shooter.)

Works just fine.

I would not shoot it for another that you can use.

Check prices on some of these...

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Old June 16, 2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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Your serial number makes it a post-64, probably made in 1967. Those are still fine rifles, but they don't have the collectability panache as a pre-64. There might be a collector out there who values it, but it's simply a nice edition of a rifle that Winchester made in the late '60s. There is nothing particularly wrong with those rifles, I have two of them, and they're both great shooters. Very nice hunting rifles.

On the other hand, that model 1884 (are you sure that it's a Model 1884?, the Winchester records don't catalog such a model) might be worth something, but condition is everything with old Winchesters.
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Old June 16, 2013, 11:11 PM   #7
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Your rifle is called a "Classic". They were listed in the 1968 Shooters Bible that I have. They were made just before most of the commemoratives came out. They are pretty nice guns, with less of the shiny bright parts and stock medalians that some commemoratives had, with some nice impressed scroll engraving, extra nice finish, and very good grade wood. They dont sell for huge money, but the wood grade alone would cost nearly as much as the gun would be worth of you bought it today from a stockmaker. I've seen a Classic at the Cody Winchester Collectors show, its been there a couple years at $500 or $600. I dont know if its new or not, I never picked it up and looked at it. Very much nicer guns than the common carbines.
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You have a late 1960s Model 94 Classic. The 1964-1970 Model 94s had a terrible habit of spitting up their stamped sheet metal carriers. Pretty wood and good condition overall may make it more desirable, but it is still just a $450 gun. New carriers are generally not available for those rifles, so hope you find someone who is interested in looks.
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