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    Default Winchester 94 Value?

    I have an opportunity to pick up an old Winchester Model 94 30-30, and am wondering what a fair price is for it. It was built in 1941 (the owner claims it was 12/7/1941 (and one of only a few they produced that day before being shut down because of Pearl Harbor) but I don't know who to verify the exact date). From what little I have read the pre 64 just about doubles the value of the rifle.

    So how much should I expect to pay for this? I am not sure of the condition of the rifle, but should be getting some photos soon. How much will that affect the value?

    Is there a way to verify the exact manufacturing date? I verified the year it was manufactured, but would like know if the date is accurate.

    Thanks for all the info. I'll try and post pics as I get them.
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    Cant value it without pics. You can easily do it yourself with a Gunbroker comparable search

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    You might try cfmrecords@bbhc.org found it on the buffalo bill historical center site. I have never used this and they might charge a fee but check it out. good luck

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    No way are you ever going to pin a "day" of manufacture on a 70 year old Winchester. Day it was shipped, maybe. Value is the same as any pre-64 in like condition.

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    I kind of figured that trying to pin the exact date was impossible. The guy is a story teller, and it gets a little hard to seperate fact from fiction with him (until you realise most of it is fiction). I have looked at a few of them on gunbroker.com, but will have to wait for pictures for a final say.
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    Don't forget on something like gunbroker a lot of sellers put a "fishing" price out there. With a gun priced as a collectible condition and originality is THE prime factor in price.

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    Assuming itís a 30-30 in reasonable condition $350 to $600 or so depending. 1941 is pre-war and usually gets a slight bump over pre-64 and stamped 30WCF (instead of 30-30) is older yet and gets another slight bump. Also things like a saddle ring, engraving, checkering, or non 30-30 chambering will bump it too. Add enough of these things together and there are some valuable 94s out there but there are thousands of the $400 variety for every $6-800+ model 94 out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagonyonok View Post
    I kind of figured that trying to pin the exact date was impossible. The guy is a story teller, and it gets a little hard to seperate fact from fiction with him (until you realise most of it is fiction). I have looked at a few of them on gunbroker.com, but will have to wait for pictures for a final say.
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    Andy,
    It is a 30WCF. Is there a difference between that and a 30-30? Forgive my ignorance, I normally by guns as tools (i.e. stainless synthetic etc...) this is the first one that I would consider more of a toy/collector.

    Smitty,
    Normally I wouldn't buy anything from him, but he is a close family friend, and is in a bind. I have learned my lesson in loaning him money, so now it is collateral or its not happening. I know the rifle has some sentimental value to him, it was his Grandpa's. I want to make sure I know a fair price so that I don't rip him off or get suckered into paying the "sentimental" price.
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    One more related question. The gun is in Utah and would have to be shipped up to me. Does it need to be shipped to an FFL? Or can I have it sent straight to me? I am leaning towards having it shipped to my gunsmith so that he can give it the once over before I take it out. I know it hasn't been fired in years, and would feel much better having someone look it over.
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    Must ship to FFL.Even beater old guns are fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagonyonok View Post
    Andy,
    It is a 30WCF. Is there a difference between that and a 30-30? Forgive my ignorance, I normally by guns as tools (i.e. stainless synthetic etc...) this is the first one that I would consider more of a toy/collector.
    30-30 and 30wcf are the same thing. Winchester invented the round and named it 30wcf (Winchester Center Fire) then Marlin and UMC copied it naming it 30-30-S-UMC or 30-30 Marlin. Itís had many names before it became universally called "30-30 Winchester." Iím not sure when Winchester changer their roll stamp from 30wcf to 30-30 but Iím thinking it was late 30s early 40s. Having 30wcf on a 1941 gun may be normal, or a changed barrel, or a barrel that was made earlier and installed in 41 . . . donít know but stamped 30wcf is worth a tad more than stamped 30-30.
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