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Win Mod 94 question

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by ntgr8, May 7, 2012.

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  1. ntgr8

    ntgr8 Member

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    Auction coming soon with a mod 94 in 38-55 cal, is this possible? Did they make a 94 in 38-55 or is it a misprint?
     
  2. Texshooter

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    A very good Cal for cowboy shoots. May sell for a premium. Was the first cal offered in model 1894. AJ
     
  3. Model Number 12

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    They sure did.
     
  4. likemybrownings

    likemybrownings Active Member

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    Just turned down a comemerative Frontiersman in 38-55, guy liked it way more than it was worth! But yes is a legite caliber
    DaveB
     
  5. AL in MI

    AL in MI TS Member

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    I just finished up putting XS sights on a 375 Big Bore. Those 38-55's were nice guns too.
     
  6. Old Cowboy

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    Yes they did, it's not a misprint.
     
  7. Shooting Coach

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    An old favorite for heavy woods game hunting. Ammo is high, but is a champ to reload.

    Barnes makes their Original bullet just for the caliber. 38/55's generally take .379" bullets. They really ARE a 38 caliber.
     
  8. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The Winchester 1894, 94 and 64 were made in:<br>
    219 Zipper (basically a 30-30 necked to 22)<br>
    25-35 WCF<br>
    30-30 WCF<br>
    32-40 WCF (also known as 32-40 Ballard)<br>
    32 Winchester Special<br>
    38-55 WCF (also known as 38-55 Ballard)<br>
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    The post-1964 Winchester 94 was made in:<br>
    30-30 WCF<br>
    32-40 WCF<br>
    38-55 WCF<br>
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    Also in these handgun cartridges:<br>
    357 Magnum<br>
    44 Magnum<br>
    45 Colt<br>
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    Shotgun<br>
    410 2-1/2"<br>
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    Winchester 94 Big Bore was made in:<br>
    307 Winchester<br>
    356 Winchester<br>
    375 Winchester<br>
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    Only these cartridges are available as of 2012:<br>
    30-30 WCF<br>
    38-55 WCF<br>
    450 Marlin<br>
    (The handgun cartridges are now chambered in the Model 1892 line.)

    As for the 38-55, it's a good deer cartridge. It originally was a blackpowder cartridge, with much lower velocities than its later smokeless powder WHV (Winchester high velocity) versions. It is very accurate and is used as a blackpowder target cartridge by some. For long range silhouette it is considered the minimum cartridge that will knock over the metal targets. For Schuetzen, it is considered to be a little too powerful for that sport. The bullet diameter is actually .375" (.379 on early guns). The flatter shooting 30-30 was vastly more popular. Because the rim is the same and the cases are similar, some hunters in the old days ordered both a 30-30 and a 38-55 barrel set for their takedown 1894s. This was so they could shoot the 30-30, which used smokeless powder, which was not available to reloaders. So for reloads they shot the 38055, which could be reloaded with blackpowder. (This is why Winchester came out with the 32 Special - it was factory loaded with smokeless but could be reloaded with blackpowder. The twist on the 30-30 was too fast and fouled easily with blackpowder.) And the 38-55 was considered by some to be a better elk cartridge due to the larger and heavier bullet.

    Winchester has not always offered the 38-55, though it has often appeared on special runs.

    BTW, the 375 Winchester is a slightly shortened 38-55, with a stronger case and requiring a beefed up action. It has more velocity than the 38-55 WCF or 38-55 WHV.

    Unless you're into reloading, and particularly blackpowder cartridge reloading, there is no real reason for a 38-55 other than nostalgia. Reloading these old cartridges is a lot of fun. I reload the 32-40 with blackpowder and home cast bullets on antique molds, and use it for varmint hunting with a Winchester 1885 Single Shot with a 15x Lyman Targetspot scope.
     
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