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Old March 19th, 2017, 04:53 PM   #16
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If you look down into the receiver you will see grooves which the bolt rides on and a bit of lube/grease in that area will tend to smooth it up a bit. Caution for using any grease in cold hunting times for the grease can slow it down due to lubricity in cold weather, in those situations run her dry. Actually the rifle is pretty much maintenance free other than common sense cleaning of the bore and wiping down the outside to prevent oils, acids, etc. from handling working on the finish. Best sight system for one is the Williams rear peep sight and use one with no knobs sticking out for wind and elevation adjustment, they just catch on everything, it's not a target rifle is the point. A sourdough partridge blade front sight and that peep sight gives the user a very good picture for snap shooting as a deer/bear breaks out of the brush, or coming at you!! You mentioned the Marlins and for maintenance they are light years ahead of any competitors for very simple to take down and reassemble, but again that is a rare thing to do and not required to operate the rifle on a daily basis. The new pointed soft tip ammunition for these tubular fed rifles gives you some improvement in ballistics versus the square flat nose ones used for many a year in such rifles. Pointed bullets in the tube with point resting on the primer of the next cartridge is a ticket to a disaster and a big boom!!

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I have one of these as well and it shows it's age. Nothing to bad, but I'd really like to restore it to like new condition which means I'd say strip the wood and have it refinished.

Since this was passed down to me there is only sentimental value and could care less about collectibility.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 07:47 PM   #18
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I have one of these as well and it shows it's age. Nothing to bad, but I'd really like to restore it to like new condition which means I'd say strip the wood and have it refinished.

Since this was passed down to me there is only sentimental value and could care less about collectibility.
I traded a pistol for this rifle today, I like the character it has. But on the other hand I want to strip the wood and hand rub it just to see the woods real burl. I'm on the fence, I know it isn't a collector gun or anything great but i really like it. Another John M Browning work or art to me.

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Keep it clean like any other good rifle that you like, Hoppes! If you clean thru the muzzle just be careful of hitting the crown and wearing grooves in it. A bore snake is better. I have owned several of these, agree on the floppy trigger, no big. With that heavy oct barrel it should shoot pretty well. The .30-30 is actually a very accurate cartridge..if you load try some W748 and H335 and even 760 is good. I like the 170 gr bullets. Don't worry about having your face close to it, its a good rifle and unless you do something stupid it isn't gonna blow up on you.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 07:56 PM   #21
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Boy I have been wanting one of those for many years now...

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Old March 19th, 2017, 08:08 PM   #22
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Keep it clean like any other good rifle that you like, Hoppes! If you clean thru the muzzle just be careful of hitting the crown and wearing grooves in it. A bore snake is better. I have owned several of these, agree on the floppy trigger, no big. With that heavy oct barrel it should shoot pretty well. The .30-30 is actually a very accurate cartridge..if you load try some W748 and H335 and even 760 is good. I like the 170 gr bullets. Don't worry about having your face close to it, its a good rifle and unless you do something stupid it isn't gonna blow up on you.
1) it does have a heavy ass barrel, if it was still round they could have made a 20 ga. Shotgun from it.
2) I just got it as don't trust any bubbas that might have worked on it in the past LOL.
3) even though I only aim it and shot it twice today with reservation, I can tell it will shoot better than I can with the buckhorn sights which I do like.
4) 26 inches of that much steel is heavy but shootable, I read the book Tom Horn. He carried the earliest version of this very rifle, which makes it even cooler to me. The movie claims he shot a 45-60 or some BS but if you research it he had a 30 WCF, which is a 30-30.
5) I can use the same Otis tools for this that I use with my M1A,

Anyway off my soapbox and thanks again for the comments, this is just a cool piece of history for me to play with hands on.

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Thanks polack ill do that tomorrow, curious to know.

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Get one Steve, like mine after 64 they aren't that high dollar. I traded for this one but have less than $350 in the whole deal. It's totally different than a marlin. When you swing that lever down it looks like the whole thing is coming apart, but it was designed that way. Very crisp trigger is loose feeling but once you take up the slack it's like a quality single stage.

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I have been looking for a 40s era one or even a 50s..Tulsa Show is in a few weeks so I will be shopping...I don't deer hunt anymore but it would look good in the safe....I just need a good excuse to convince the wife that this is needed. Since she has been in America now for 20 years she use to say whatever you think is best for the family but has caught on now.

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Since it's not a pre-64, I'd say do what you want with it, you certainly won't destroy any of it's value by re-finishing the stock. If it was a pre-64, I'd say leave it as is. I have a 1939 built 94 in .32 WS that is about 75-80% NRA condition, the bluing is thin in some areas, but the wood is in excellent condition. Bought it at a LGS 20 years ago for $400.

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Leave it as is, Shoot it and enjoy. In old Winchesters that is known as character. Congratulations on a fine rifle

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Old March 20th, 2017, 01:29 PM   #28
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By the way yours is one of Winchesters commemoratives and I believe made in 1967. They sell for a great deal more than you have in yours. Hard to find a regular carbine in that price range now.

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MODEL 94 CLASSIC SERIES


.30-30 Win. cal., 20 or 26 in. octagon barrel. Approx. 47,000 mfg. 1967-1970.

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Old March 20th, 2017, 01:52 PM   #30
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I owned a lot of Winchester lever actions over the years. The commemoratives are the first I guns I collected. My father owned a car lot and one day one of the people who financed their car couldn't make the payment so he brought 2 NIB commemoratives in and asked my father if he would accept them for that months payment. My father gave them to me and that started my collection. I remember one of them was the Lone Star commemorative but can't remember what the other one was.
One good tip is; After cleaning the rifle, use some car wax on the receiver to protect the finish. Modern car waxes are really good for protecting the metal.

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