Antique WINCHESTER Model 1894 Chambered In .32 WS Classic REPEATER in.32 Winchester Special!
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Category: Winchester Rifles - Model 1894 Pre-64 - Winchester Rifles - Antique Lever
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Antique WINCHESTER Model 1894 Chambered In .32 WS
Classic REPEATER in.32 Winchester Special!
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle, made in 1898 in New Haven, Connecticut. The credit for the design of such a prolific firearm again lies with John Moses Browning, who lent his extensive design talents to a large number of weapon types throughout his career. The Model 1894 was the first Winchester rifle made for use with the new technology of smokeless powder and was developed as a hunting rifle. Over 7.5 million were produced from 1894 until 2006. While various cartridges were supported throughout the run of the gun, the .30-30 Winchester became its staple. In practical use, the Model 1894 became a favorite for general shooters and hunters alike. To this day, it remains a deer hunting favorite, and, in all likelihood, more deer have been taken with the 1894 than any other.
The .32 Winchester Special (or .32 WS) is a rimmed cartridge created for use in the Winchester Model 94 lever-action rifle. It is similar in name but unrelated to the .32-20 Winchester cartridge (which is also known as .32 WCF). This cartridge is based on the .30-30 Winchester cartridge of 1895, but differs from the .30-30 in bullet diameter. More significantly, Winchester decreased the rate of rifling twist in their Model 94 rifle, from 1:12 when chambered for the .30-30 to 1:16 when chambered for the .32 Winchester Special. Winchester used the slower twist to reduce fouling retention when creating a new cartridge for sportsmen who wanted to reload their own ammunition using black powder and cast bullets.
The overall condition is good. The blue finish on the barrel is 90% and it looks a bit less used than the rest of the rifle. The markings are clear. The walnut stock has experienced some hard use and has a bit of wobble wear it meets the receiver. The fore stock likewise shows evidence of the same hard use. The bore is bright and well-rifled. The action remains strong.
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Barrel is 26 inches.
Caliber: .32 Winchester Special
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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