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Winchester 38-55 #13843528 05/23/19
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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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If it's a lever action it would be the model 1894


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OK thanks


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They're worth a lot of money especially in 38-55.


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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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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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Love it!


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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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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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The 38/55 is very fun!


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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.

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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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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: Angus1895] #13847323 05/25/19
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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.


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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13848345 05/25/19
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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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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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That's good to hear.


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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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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.


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Nice, I have to shoot cast bullets at .380" in mine, love it too, Congrats!


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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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