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Old 07-08-2021, 06:09 PM   #1
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I have a 100 year old Winchester Model 94 30 cal.rifle that I inherited from my grandfather.

I would like to have a reputable gunsmith examine the rifle and do any required maintenance.

I don't believe the rifle was used often and maybe 80 years since it was last fired. It appears to be visually in great condition.

Since this has sentimental value and I really don't know much about firearms of this type I thought I should hire a pro.

Hope someone has knowledge in this area and can provide a quality recommendation.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-08-2021, 06:29 PM   #2
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Also, a rifle of that age has no serial number. Unable to trace. Itís a keeper


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Old 07-08-2021, 06:44 PM   #3
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I would bring it to Goodhue marine and firearms in Moultonborough. Not a gunsmith that I know of but very knowledgeable and could at least look it over.
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Old 07-08-2021, 07:25 PM   #4
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You might try the following. I do not know anything about them.

New England Custom Gun Service, Ltd
741 Main St.
Claremont, NH 03743

603-287-4836

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I think that all model 94 rifles had serial numbers starting in 1894.

https://www.winchesterguns.com/conte...-Documents.pdf

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Must clarify documented serial numbers to owners who with the state or feds


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I think that all model 94 rifles had serial numbers starting in 1894.

https://www.winchesterguns.com/conte...-Documents.pdf

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All firearms including Winchesters have serial numbers, the only reason they don't back further with Winchesters in that they had a fire that destroyed all the records prior.
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I have a 100 year old Winchester Model 94 30 cal.rifle that I inherited from my grandfather.

I would like to have a reputable gunsmith examine the rifle and do any required maintenance.

I don't believe the rifle was used often and maybe 80 years since it was last fired. It appears to be visually in great condition.

Since this has sentimental value and I really don't know much about firearms of this type I thought I should hire a pro.

Hope someone has knowledge in this area and can provide a quality recommendation.

Thanks for your help!

Give this site a look, I'm sure someone can point you in the right direction.
http://www.directorynh.com/NHRetail-...HFirearms.html
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Old 07-09-2021, 10:57 AM   #9
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To keep it local :

https://www.facebook.com/Anstey-Arms...3500969049714/

For vintage WW1 / WW2 weapons I couldn't fix myself or get parts for -

https://georgesguns.com (as you have something vintage there)

The 94 is a sweet rifle, but you for 100% sure want to be sure of the chambering. While you likely have 30 WCF (30-30 today) there were a bunch of options available, and you never know for sure what was done to it over the years until someone with the right tools and gauges checks it out.
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Old 07-09-2021, 12:39 PM   #10
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I have 3 rifles, no dates or model no. All have US Army on them, one made in Lebanon NH, and the other two were made in Windsor VT.
They were my great grandfather and he came from the Windsor area.

I never did anything with them until I saw this post. Took them out and look them over for any inscriptions. The only inscription was U.S. Army and place of manufacturer. A quick google and Wetmore of Lebanon and Windsor was noted for percussion target rifles. Whether these rifles were used during the war by sharpshooters is not documented but possible. They were made for civilian use. Not sure why these rifles have U.S. Army engraving.

On another note my great-great grandfather and grandfather were machinists. I was told that Vermont was once the machine shop capital of the world. When the early automobile factories needed precision parts, they would come from VT.
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Thank you Bigstan....I have made contact with George!

Thanks for all the replies!
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To keep it local :

https://www.facebook.com/Anstey-Arms...3500969049714/

For vintage WW1 / WW2 weapons I couldn't fix myself or get parts for -

https://georgesguns.com (as you have something vintage there)

The 94 is a sweet rifle, but you for 100% sure want to be sure of the chambering. While you likely have 30 WCF (30-30 today) there were a bunch of options available, and you never know for sure what was done to it over the years until someone with the right tools and gauges checks it out.
Very true and if it is 100% all original irrespective of it's cosmetic appearance it is really important to keep it that way as it will lose value, in some cases significantly if it is restored or parts are replaced. Usually the chambering is stamped on the barrel.

The 94 is a sweet rifle and if it is a pre-1964 DOM even better!
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Old 07-10-2021, 08:33 PM   #13
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Very true and if it is 100% all original irrespective of it's cosmetic appearance it is really important to keep it that way as it will lose value, in some cases significantly if it is restored or parts are replaced. Usually the chambering is stamped on the barrel.

The 94 is a sweet rifle and if it is a pre-1964 DOM even better!
Beware the barrel caliber stamp is what I should have said. In 100+ years you just dont know what craziness got done. I had a 94 Springfield thatís was .303 british instead of the 30-40 krag it should have been, and a 30-06 p17 Eddystone that somehow since 1917 morphed into a p14 also in .303Ö.if you have any question or arenít a gun guy always shell out a few bucks to be sure before heading off to the range was my point, just like the wise OP did.

But once the OP knows they have a 30-30 they should grab some ammo and hit the range, cause those are fun to shoot
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Try 2A Tactical in Barrington.
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I have a 100 year old Winchester Model 94 30 cal.rifle that I inherited from my grandfather.

I would like to have a reputable gunsmith examine the rifle and do any required maintenance.

I don't believe the rifle was used often and maybe 80 years since it was last fired. It appears to be visually in great condition.

Since this has sentimental value and I really don't know much about firearms of this type I thought I should hire a pro.

Hope someone has knowledge in this area and can provide a quality recommendation.

Thanks for your help!
Is this you Dennis?
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Old 08-10-2021, 08:04 PM   #16
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Call Jeff Anstey of Anstey Arms in Belmont.
Trained gunsmith, great guy and will treat you right.
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