How can you determine a winchester model 94 30/30 rifle "pre-64"? Is it by serial number and where can I go?
Looking at the gun does not settle it. Is there a serial number range for "post-64" rifles?
Bound's hubby here:
While checking the serial number can give you a definite answer, there is actually a "fast-track" method to gain an idea if you rifle is pre-'64 or post-'64.
The big difference that separates pre- and post- '64 Model '94 rifles is the manufacturing process and the fit of the parts. Pre-'64 rifles generally were hand-fitted and "tighter". Post-'64 rifles were machined for a drop-in fit and are "looser". If you hold your rifle, one hand on the fore-arm, and one on the wrist of the stock, shake the rifle and listen ... if there is a noticeable rattle, you have a post-'64 rifle ... if the rifle is relatively silent, you have a pre-'64 rifle.
As odd as this may sound, it does hold true. I have a early depression era Model '94 ... shake it and it is quiet! Some of the post-'64s I have handled makes me wonder why deer don't hear the hunter coming, just due to the rifle alone!
Good luck! Source(s): Master class competitive rifleman
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Yes, you can. I believe you can also tell by the extractor.
go under winchester .com under rifles
i jus want to comment that bond is a freiking genius. i recomend takin it to ur local arms dealer.
Go to Winchester's website and enter the serial number. It will tell you in which year the gun as made.
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