Manufactured in 1898, making this Winchester Model 1894 rifle an exceptionally fine, highly desirable antique. As "the ultimate lever gun" for over a century, the Model 1894 has truly become the most famous and popular sporting rifle of all time, and this example would make for a worthy addition to any Winchester or lever action collection. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and two folding leaf rear sight marked "50" and "2" respectively. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester New Haven address ahead of the rear sight and "30 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang carries the three-line model/patent date marking, and the underside of the frame is stamped with the serial number. Mounted with plain walnut forearm and straight grip stock. The buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate.
Exceptionally fine, retaining 80% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance and the upper tang mostly a smooth gray patina. 25% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. Traces of original case colors remain on the buttplate. 70% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is very fine with a couple short stress lines at the upper tang and scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.
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