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Old October 5th, 2018, 05:21 PM #1
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winchester 94 .44 mag

someone i know is selling a winchester 94 in .44 mag. all i know is that it is in really good condition (havent seen it in person yet). i tried to do some googling but couldnt find much. i know with winchesters theyre better pre 1964 and even better pre 1980 something but are the newer ones still decent guns just for a fun shooter? anyone ever have exerpience specifically with one in 44 mag?
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The issues with the later 94's are that the trigger geometry was changed and they basically sucked. If it is a later one with the coil spring, it is impossible to get a crisp trigger pull.

As for the .44 mag version, the only issue, if you have short arms, is that the receiver is full size and there is more lever throw than a 1892 or Marlin 1894. The Winchester has a good twist for the .44 mag, 1 in 30 as far as I recall, and will shoot 300+ grain bullets. The Marlins have a 1 in 38 twist and the heaviest bullet I could get to work past 50 yards was 270 grains.

If you are not trigger fussy, buy it.
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I just picked one up off United, the 1894 Centennial special edition. Its basically the same as the .45 and .357 I have both crossbolt safeties.

Its a decent quality gun Ive never noticed the trigger pull issue but I am not that sensitive to trigger pull and lever guns are generally pretty course as a bunch.

I think I was in $600 for a mint one that I cant find any evidence of having been fired. I thought it was a very fair price.

In a perfect world you want .357 followed by .45 but those command hefty premiums.
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I had a Marlin 1894pg. Crunchiest, nasty action I've felt in any lever action. I was told I got a bad one.
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Later Marlins(1990's on) needed a lot of polishing to make them smooth. Earlier models were smooth as glass.
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Are there feeding issues with the 1894 Winchesters IN PISTOL calibers? No problems with .30-30, .375 Win etc, but I heard of problems in pistol calibers. Is that true?

I know the 1892's feed well.
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Later Marlins(1990's on) needed a lot of polishing to make them smooth. Earlier models were smooth as glass.
when are you going to start teaching / sharing your knowledge with us not so knowledgeable people
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when are you going to start teaching / sharing your knowledge with us not so knowledgeable people
Enough people have posted videos to cover almost anything on the most popular guns. I am willing, and have been doing so, to answer specific questions for people. But, with a sick wife and two elderly inlaws, my gun time is severely limited.
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Are there feeding issues with the 1894 Winchesters IN PISTOL calibers? No problems with .30-30, .375 Win etc, but I heard of problems in pistol calibers. Is that true?

I know the 1892's feed well.
Some '92's will feed almost anything well but that is the exception to the rule. It all depends on the bullets that you plan to use. For some, especially the heavy ones with large meplat, you will have to adjust the rails. Just about all '92s need the elevator adjusted to feed bullets over 1.6 except for the bullets designed by Ranch Dog.

As for the 94's, I have found that they work well with a 250 gn or longer bullet. If you try to use them with the 180's or 200gn bullets you may have to adjust the guide rails.

FYI, when I say adjusting the guide rails, that means filing and stoning the front edge angles to accommodate a specific round. It is possible that when you adjust them, they will only feed that particular bullet reliability so you don't want to do this willy nilly.
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Your a good guy John, just trying to see if i could get sure anytime from ya.and yes you've have always helped me out in the past not to mention the sks goodies bag pm in-bond
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