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Firing a Scoped Winchester Model 1894

Though they aren't exactly common, it's not unheard of to find a scoped Winchester Model 1894. 

Chambered in .30-30 Winchester, the legendary Winchester 1894 rifle is one of the most popular lever-action rifles in North America. Unfortunately, since they eject from the top (instead of the side) they're tough to mount a scope on. However, Winchester introduced their "angle eject" model of the famous rifle a few decades ago. So, while a scoped Winchester Model 1894 is still somewhat rare, they're not impossible to find. 

Still, it's a little weird for me to see a Winchester 94 with a scope mounted on it.

Watch the video to see what sort of accuracy a scoped Winchester Model 1894 is capable of.

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Not bad. That's probably a really effective deer rifle.

All things considered, it's still a little more difficult to mount a scope on a Winchester Model 1894 than on a Marlin 336.


Even though the newer Winchester Model 1894 rifles eject spent cartridges at an angle (instead of straight up), they still eject from the top. On the other hand, the Marlin 336 has a flat-top receiver and ejects spent cartridges from the side.

Basically, the Marlin 336 was originally designed to accommodate a scope and the Winchester 1894 wasn't. For this reason, it's just a little more complicated to do so with the Model 1894.

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