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Old 04-23-2021, 08:25 AM
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Winchester model 94AE in 44 magnum.



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I’ve been dealing with a gentle mainly in rim fire rifles but I do love rifles in 44 magnum. He has the rifle listed above I believe a 2001 or 2002. I’m interested in it as I do love 44 magnum lever guns. Any one have any advice? Hard asking $750 for it. Picture below.
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Old 04-23-2021, 10:37 AM
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Kind of funny the timing of this but I just bought a like new condition Win 94AE Trapper 45 Colt yesterday. I paid $690 for it and figured it was just kinda an average-ish price. I bought the exact same Trapper model but in 44 mag 15 years ago and paid $500 for it and a Trapper in 357mag about 10 years ago that I got for much less but that was a rare deal so it doesn't really count.

I'm not familiar with the value of that particular model of Win 94 I'd say if you are comfortable paying the asking price and you want it, buy it!

This is the AE94 Trapper 45 Colt I bought yesterday to add to my Trapper model 44 and 357.
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Old 04-23-2021, 10:47 AM
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Steverl, that is a fine and distinctive looking model, not yer average 'saddle gun' or 'trapper'. As a 44Mag & Spl fan my guess is it would be great with cast bullets.
Remember, out dollar is becoming worth less (worthless?) by the day. If you can afford it without sacrificing your other responsibilities, do it.
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Old 04-23-2021, 04:46 PM
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The rifle in the OP is fine looking. The price is pretty decent considering the overall low availability of firearms and the prices on the market. If it was me, I'd buy it.

I really like that style with the pistol grip and curved lever. Nice!
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Old 04-23-2021, 05:42 PM
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IMO that rifle is very very undervalued. LMK if you pass on it.
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Old 04-23-2021, 05:43 PM
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I am sure they are fine rifles, but; Winchester's stubborn refusal to reintroduce the 1892, while Browning's 92 and Marlins were brisk sellers is long time sort point with me. Today, Winchester is under foreign ownership and 1892 are available again. As are Italian copies. You can guess what I am going to say net: get a proper pistol cartridge lever. Light weight and right all around.

To make me an even worse old curmudgeon, the whole angle eject idea is and was and even bigger gripe. They could have at the least built them both ways.

And a big ugly push button on the side. They hit the trifecta.
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Old 04-23-2021, 05:57 PM
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It's certainly worth what the seller is asking given the current market conditions. I don't think you'd find it for less. If you like it, just buy it.
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I’m leaning more towards buying it. Nice looking rifle. The cross bolt safety doesn’t bother me as I have a newer Marlin 1894 in 44 mag with the cross bolt. It actually is a fantastic shooter and the fit and finish is awesome for a Remington made rifle.
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Iíve been dealing with a gentle mainly in rim fire rifles but I do love rifles in 44 magnum. He has the rifle listed above I believe a 2001 or 2002. Iím interested in it as I do love 44 magnum lever guns. Any one have any advice? Hard asking $750 for it. Picture below.
Nice looking Winchester 94, but @ $750 it's priced a little steep. I use to have a regular Winchester '94 in .44 Magnum that I bought back in 1970 paying under $125 (New). Great little rifles but in .44 Magnum they kicked like the devil.
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Two questions:

Do you have ammo for it?

What are you waiting for?


Any new 44 magnum lever gun is going to cost you more, and once you buy it its going to be used anyways. So why not buy that nice used Winchester. Cause after you buy it , its going to be used anyways.

Me, I like 357 lever guns, not as much kick . Equally true with the obligatory matching caliber side arm.
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Old 04-24-2021, 06:03 AM
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I’m leaning more towards buying it. Nice looking rifle. The cross bolt safety doesn’t bother me as I have a newer Marlin 1894 in 44 mag with the cross bolt. It actually is a fantastic shooter and the fit and finish is awesome for a Remington made rifle.
There is a very neat filler and screw to replace the Marlin safety. I will look for a link and paste it in if I can find it. I did that with my two safety Marlins.

Unfortunately, due to the big ugly dish cutout that is not an option with the Angle Eject 94.

https://beartoothmercantile.com/basi...-marlin-rifle/

Not cheap, but; I feel you get what you pay for. Tang safety, but; such is life in 2021

https://www.winchesterguns.com/produ...odel-1892.html

Uberti? Rossi?

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I have spent a lot of time on the later Winchester 94ae.
The later models lack in the crucial hand building time at the factory.
There is a critical point where the lever link at the final part of closing the bolt should be completely over ridden by the rising rear lug.
Often on later models the link still has to much bearing on the link pin through the bolt.
Believe me, this has an adverse effect on accuracy and at best will make the rifle load sensitive, or put another way, difficult to find good accuracy!
The answer is simple though. The lever link eye is simply relieved in the right place so it does not push on the pin that is through the bolt when the gun is in battery.
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Old 04-24-2021, 11:05 PM
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Thanks again. I’ve checked out a lot of these models but haven’t seen one with a 3/4 mag tube. I think I’ll get it.
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I have a Browning 92 in .44 Magnum, a good shooter but with the butt plate on it no fun to shoot, also have a Ruger 96/44, an even better shooter but also no fun to shoot with its hard butt plate. Buy what appeals to you not what someone else thinks you should buy.







I had a Marlin 1894 in .44 Magnum, went missing 20 years ago, I have my suspicions but no proof it was stolen.
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:34 AM
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That stinks! I also have a Marlin 1894 in 44 mag. It’s a Remington build. 2019 but is a great shooter. Actually the fit and finish also pleases me. I’ll not lose or if I can help it.
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