Lot 106

Winchester Model 1894 32-40 Cal Lever Action Rifle

Estimate: $2,250 - $3,250

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
Featured in this lot we have an antique Winchester Model 1894 octagon barrel rifle in the rare and desirable .32-40 caliber. When the Model 1894 rifle was introduced in late 1894, it was chambered only in the black powder loaded calibers of .32-40 (.32 caliber bullet with 40 grains of black powder) or .38-55. Once Winchester perfected a barrel steel that would withstand the new smokeless powder pressures, along with copper jacketed bullets instead of lead slugs, the revolutionary, and still popular, .30 WCF (also known as the .30-30 Winchester cartridge) was introduced. This occurred sometime in 1895-1896. Within a few years, Winchester was still producing some .32-40 rifles, as this was still an accepted black powder round of the day, but the trend was to the new smokeless powder cartridges and the .32-40 began to see limited production numbers. The rifle displays a round 26" barrel, hard wood stock, and was manufactured in 1898. The top of the tang of the rifle is marked "Model 1894 WINCHESTER" with the bottom of the frame shows the Serial Number 142369. The top of the barrel is marked "32-40". Sights consist of the original standard buckhorn rear sight complete with intact elevation bar and a blade front sight. The walnut stock and fore-end are a nice reddish-brown, hallmark Winchester color. The stock and fore-end show good wood to metal fit, with some cracks and damage across the stock. The barrel and frame display a warm patina and some light pitting due to age. The rifle shows good condition overall with some light wear due to age and use. Serial Number: 142369. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.