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What can you tell me about my Winchester model 1894 serial

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What can you tell me about my Winchester model 1894 serial number 134623?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Blue Book of Guns, Firearms Appraisals
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 2 years ago.

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1. How long is the barrel?

2. What caliber is it?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
30- 30 caliber. Standard length barrel. I have the rifle at home and can not measure the lenth right now.
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 2 years ago.

There are two basic lengths: a 20-inch carbine or a rifle with a 24 or 26-inch barrel. Do you have a carbine or a rifle?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'm prety sure it's a 26 inch
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 2 years ago.

Ok - as long as it is longer than 20 inches, that's the key point. Back shortly with an appraisal.

Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 2 years ago.

August 3, 2015

Thank you for your interest in our Firearms Appraisal service. The information you provided was used to properly identify the information below. Here is the information you requested about your Firearm firearm taken from

Manufacturer/Trademark – Winchester

Model/configuration – Model 1894 1894-1898 Manufacture lever-action Rifle, .30-30 Win cal., 24 or 26 inch bbl., and blue finish.

Serial Number – 134623 mfg. circa 1898 (antique).

Additional Information – tube mag., round or octagon barrel was standard, straight grip stock, Model 1894 barrel marking changed just before ser. no. 500,000 circa 1908, tang marking changed after ser. no. 500,000, "18" was removed around ser. no. 1,000,000 circa 1927. Over 5,000,000, mfg. 1894-2006. The Model 1894 Winchester has the distinction of being the world's most popular rifle.

Value Range (based on percentage of original finish on the gun and in working order):

100% - $--
98% - $6,400
95% - $5,400
90% - $4,650
80% - $3,725
70% - $3,125
60% - $2,150
50% - $1,650
40% - $1,275
30% - $1,100
20% - $900
10% - $750

NOTE: Add 20% for takedown version.

I trust that this information will be of interest. If you have further questions, or require assistance in the future, please feel free to contact me via’s question service.

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This Firearm appraisal is a value estimate on the appraised firearm for the date of the appraisal. The value quoted is a real world market value (also known as a private party value) and is the amount you should expect to pay for the firearm. This is not an appraisal for retail or wholesale purposes.

The information and values in this appraisal are compiled from a variety of sources including the current editions of the Blue Book of Gun Values , my internal reference library, my network of Firearms experts across the United States, firearms auctions, and through various online sites.

The values in this appraisal are based on recent sales of comparable and similar firearms taking into account the rarity, desirability, and overall original condition of the firearm. In the case that a comparable sale is not readily available, the value is based on a projected amount that the firearm would be expected to sell for.

All information compiled in this firearm evaluation using the Blue Book of Gun Values online database and Photo Percentage Grading System is copyrighted 2015 by Blue Book Publications, Inc. and may not be used for any other purpose without written permission from the publisher. Any unauthorized usage of the Photo Percentage Grading System for the evaluation of firearms values and color photo percentage breakdown is also expressly forbidden by the publisher.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
i have this information from one of my books, i thought the expert would be able to give me information beyond what is readaly avalable to the novice.
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 2 years ago.

I provided the standard information that most are looking for when we are contacted. What kind of information exactly are you looking for?

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