Dating a winchester model 94 30 30
I am wondering why some Winchester model 94s that I see at various gun shows are listed for a few thousand dollars, and at other tables a similar rifle is listed for $700 or $800? A similar rifle, in perhaps slightly less-excellent condition was seen at a show yesterday with an asking price of $1500.
Click the image below to download the PDF document containing the serial number date-range information on many Winchester firearms.Did the rifles come that way from the factory, or did people add those on?In other words, does their presence decrease the value?Below is the download link for a special resource for dating Winchester firearms.These pages were scanned from documents compiled over the years by the customer service department of Winchester Repeating Arms.There are a number of things that contribute to the price of a 94. Collectors dispute the actual dates, but this list will get you close.
1- 1894-1899 2- 1900-1930 3- 1931-1945 4- 1945-1963 5- 1964-1982ish 6- 1983-1995 7- 1996-2004 8- 2004-2006 These dates may or may not mean something to collectors.
Are these rifles considered to be good collectors rifles?
Many of the model 94s that I see at shows have the little attachments on the butt stock and on the mag tube for attaching a shoulder strap.
Yet, I never see one being offered in decent condition for that price.
How can I tell what the real value of these rifles is when I see one for sale?
MANY of the rifles I see at shows have loose levers. Is this a notorious Winchester problem, is it uncommon, and is it anything to worry about anyway?