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#13843528 - 05/23/19 Winchester 38-55  
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My nephew wants to send me an older Winchester in 38 -55 he claims.Octagon,long barrel blade front sight,but no side plate like a 73.
I have an old 1906 Marlin 94 that sounds the same, but he claims it is a Winchester. Would this be an early 94.I have no other info. Anyone have any photos or information on such a rifle?


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#13843876 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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If it's a lever action it would be the model 1894


The gauge of the gun is an index to the ability of the man to prove his manhood…If it is a 12-gauge, he is so-so. If it is a 16, he is pretty good. If it’s a 20-gauge, he is excellent, and if it a .410 he is bragging. -Robert Ruark
#13844121 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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OK thanks


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#13845106 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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They're worth a lot of money especially in 38-55.


The gauge of the gun is an index to the ability of the man to prove his manhood…If it is a 12-gauge, he is so-so. If it is a 16, he is pretty good. If it’s a 20-gauge, he is excellent, and if it a .410 he is bragging. -Robert Ruark
#13845311 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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I'm not a huge lever gun fan, although I've owned a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem for about 40 years, and have a Rossi 92 in 45 Colt. But, for some reason, I've always wanted a Winchester in 38-55.

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#13845542 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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This one followed me home today...
1894 Winchester - 26" half-ocatagon / half-round barrel, 38-55... S/N says it was made in 1901

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#13845574 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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Love it!


The gauge of the gun is an index to the ability of the man to prove his manhood…If it is a 12-gauge, he is so-so. If it is a 16, he is pretty good. If it’s a 20-gauge, he is excellent, and if it a .410 he is bragging. -Robert Ruark
#13845688 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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I am shipping several family heirlooms to my nephew and he says in return he will ship me that 38-55.I'm trying to wittle down my firearm count,but don't want to pass this up


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#13845904 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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I've never had so much fun as I've had with my Savage 1899 in 38-55. I shoot that thing across canyons at rocks and it's very intuitive. Like shooting a 22LR.


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#13846311 - 05/24/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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The 38/55 is very fun!


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#13846742 - 05/25/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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Lots of fun, my M336 rebored by JES gets used more than any other gun in my safe. Some of the original 38-55s can be troublesome to load for since groove diameter varied quite a bit. Cast bullets are the way to go, once you've got a throat casting to see what size to use. Loaded light, 10 gr either Unique or Universal, it is a great practice/plinking round. Heavier hunting loads, 4198 or even heavier with 3031, get the job done well out to reasonable iron sight ranges. Starline makes brass in two lengths, I use the 2.082" with complete satisfaction.

#13847108 - 05/25/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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Are the rifelings in the model 1894 38/55 Winchester shallower than modern firearms or is the barrel on mine worn?

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#13847323 - 05/25/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: Angus1895]  
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Originally Posted by Angus1895
Are the rifelings in the model 1894 38/55 Winchester shallower than modern firearms or is the barrel on mine worn?


Yes they were shallower but it's probably worn as well.


The gauge of the gun is an index to the ability of the man to prove his manhood…If it is a 12-gauge, he is so-so. If it is a 16, he is pretty good. If it’s a 20-gauge, he is excellent, and if it a .410 he is bragging. -Robert Ruark
#13848345 - 05/25/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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That is a big assumption.

Surely it is like new in box if I own it!

Just kidding!


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#13853854 - 05/27/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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Great news today.

Me and my brother got together built some cartridges for my 38/55 1894.

She shoots just Jim dandy!!!!!!!


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#13855342 - 05/28/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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That's good to hear.


The gauge of the gun is an index to the ability of the man to prove his manhood…If it is a 12-gauge, he is so-so. If it is a 16, he is pretty good. If it’s a 20-gauge, he is excellent, and if it a .410 he is bragging. -Robert Ruark
#13858811 - 05/29/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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Thank you!

The barrel is very evenly pitted, but very nice groove and lands exist.

She shot cast sized to .379 with 22 grains h 4198 R.E.M. 9.5 primers. Under two inches 50 yards 5 shot group.

I was extremely happy!


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#13860415 - 05/30/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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Good to hear. Some bores are so pitted they lead up right away and you can only fire a few shots without cleaning. Usually though a rough bore will still shoot jacketed alright.


The gauge of the gun is an index to the ability of the man to prove his manhood…If it is a 12-gauge, he is so-so. If it is a 16, he is pretty good. If it’s a 20-gauge, he is excellent, and if it a .410 he is bragging. -Robert Ruark
#13861054 - 05/30/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: Angus1895]  
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Nice, I have to shoot cast bullets at .380" in mine, love it too, Congrats!


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#13861848 - 05/31/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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I shoot .379 or .380 bullets in mine depending on which gun I am using ( I have 6 or 7 38-55 rifles), 10 grains of Unique or Universal in Starline 2.082 cases. Great fun.
Starline also makes a 2.125 case but that is for black powder or breech loading use and not the best for cast bullets.

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