Gear Review: Winchester Model 94 Sporter & Short

Winchester fans unite! In 2010 Winchester Repeating Arms brought back the longtime popular Model 94 lever-action rifle to their line of rifles.  For 2011 — two new Model 94 rifle models will be added to the line, a Sporter rifle and a handy Short rifle. And sportsmen have a reason to be excited.

The new Winchester Sporter 94 will feature a 24-inch half-round, half-octagon blued barrel.  The rifle has a traditional straight grip stock with a crescent butt and blued steel buttplate.  The satin oil finished walnut stock is finely checkered in the familiar pattern with double-lined bordering.  The Sporter 94 has a semi-buckhorn rear sight and a fine gold bead on the front.  Each receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts and the hammer is drilled and tapped for a spur extension.

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The Sporter comes in either 30-30 Winchester or 38-55 Winchester.   Both have a magazine capacity of 8 rounds.   The 30-30 model has a 1 in 12 inch rate of twist and the 38-55 has a 1 in 18 inch rate of twist.  Both have an overall length of 42 ½ inches.   Suggested retail for both guns is $1,299.99.

The Winchester Short Rifle Model 94 was a favorite for many hunters and shooters and the new model is sure to be a popular addition to the new line of Model 94 rifles.   The Short Rifle 94 is fast to the shoulder, quick-swinging, lightweight and a pleasure to shoot.  It was and will be popular with the range rider who needs to snatch the gun from a saddle scabbard and fire quickly.

The Short Rifle 94 has a compact 20-inch deeply-blued round barrel and straight grip walnut stock.   It has a rifle-style forearm, black grip cap and full-length magazine.  The sights are traditional with a semi-buckhorn rear and Marble Arms® gold bead at the muzzle.  The rifle is also drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

The Short Rifle 94 has an overall length of 38 inches and weighs 6 ¾ pounds.   It is available in 30-30 Winchester and has a suggested retail price of $1199.99.

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