Dating winchester mod 94
Designed in the days of black powder by none other than the great John Moses Browning, the model 94 was designed to be the larger framed version of the model 1892, which was too short for the then new necked rifle cartridges.In 1894 black powder was still the predominant propellant. As a result the Winchester had to re-engineer the steel alloy used in the receivers due to the new smokeless powder cartridges having more power than the original .32-40 & .38-55 black powder cartridges that the 94 was originally chambered for.It was a culmination of the evolution of Winchester lever actions and proving to be an extremely versatile rifle.One of the most notable changes occurred in the 1960s when production costs of the earlier Model 94 design increased dramatically, the company made the decision to find less expensive methods of production or face pricing itself out of the hunting market, which made up a large percentage of retail sales.The reason for this significant changes was now, with the increased popularity of receiver mounted scopes, it was necessary as the older, top eject did not allow for a traditionally mounted scope.
These pages were scanned from documents compiled over the years by the customer service department of Winchester Repeating Arms.In 1919 Winchester abandoned numbering models by the year of introduction and assigned two-digit numbers, sequential beginning with 51 for rifles.Older guns still in production had their model numbers truncated, e.g. There was one exception: the unconventional "Thumb Trigger" rifle, which was not previously numbered, was given the designation 99.The post-64 Winchester model 94 begin with serial number 2,700,000.Additionally, competition from other manufacturers like Marlin with their model 336, lever action, Winchester changed over from a top eject to an angle eject.