North American Auction Company
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Legends of the West: Western & Native American Sale

Sat, Sep 23, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 197

Early Winchester 1894 .38-55 Lever Action Rifle

Estimate: $2,800 - $3,600

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Classic early Winchester 1894 rifle, with low serial number 427858, in rare and desirable big .38-55 caliber, made 1908. It is important to note that the .38-55 round was the initial chambering and introduced for the Model 1894 Winchester in the year 1894,. Originally a black powder cartridge, it made the transition to smokeless powder and for a time was even offered in a “High Velocity Smokless Powder Load” that was devastating on game within its rang limitations. This early production 1894 shows fine deep blue on the 26” octagon barrel along with the magazine tube. The uncleaned receiver also retains fine screws and displays fine lightly aged blue mixing with an attractive natural plum color. The stock and forend are generally excellent with very tight wood to metal fit. Additionally, this early 1894 has the standard Winchester buckhorn rear sight with factory blade front sight along with sharp and clear correct Winchester markings on the barrel and upper tang. The 1894 was one of the most popular of Winchester’s models and thousands are still used regularly today. The 1894 was also known as the “Klondike Model” as many found their way to the Yukon Gold Rush of the last years of the 1890s and into the 20th century. It was equally popular east and west of the Mississippi and big game hunter/conservationist Theodore Roosevelt was known to have used several Winchester 1894s. This example boasts a tight action and a surprisingly bright, minty excellent bore- unusual for such an early rifle in this caliber. Especially for such an early production example, this is a truly fine condition 1894 in better condition than usually encountered on the collector market today. The .38-55 caliber with superb bore condition makes this exceptional 1894 even more desirable. It would be a prize for any collector. Serial Number: 427858. This firearm qualifies as a Curio & Relic firearm, and requires FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.

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