[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h6″ accent=”true” style=”margin-top:0px;”]Basic Specifications[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]Length: 965mm
Barrel Length: 508mm
Magazine Capacity: 6 plus 1 in the chamber[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h6″ accent=”true” style=”margin-top:0px;”]CALIBRES[/x_custom_headline][cs_icon_list][cs_icon_list_item title=”30-30 Win” type=”crosshairs” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]30-30 Win[/cs_icon_list_item][/cs_icon_list][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h6″ accent=”true” style=”margin-top:0px;”]Winchester 30-30 Variants[/x_custom_headline][x_raw_content]Winchester 30-30 Short
Designed by John Browning in 1894 (hence the Model 94), this model was a rifle of firsts. Originally known as the 30 WCF (Winchester Centre Fire), it was the first commercially produced American rifle to chamber the smokeless powder. In production for 112 years, it was the first sporting rifle to sell more than 1 million copies, and by the time it was discontinued in 2006 by the closing of the Winchester factory in Connecticut, it had sold over 7 million copies. The first to do so, and dare I say, possibly the only that will.
But enough about the history, let us look at what it has to offer to the Australian hunter. Being compact, lightweight, easily carried and quick to the shoulder, could this be the perfect close quarters pig and mid-size deer rifle that exists today? The simple answer is yes! The Model 94’s rugged construction has also proved popular with the farming and outback communities, as well as those that have the need for a gun behind the bench seat in the ute or on the tractor on their property, just in case. Also having a reasonably light report and kick is perfect for the wife or younger children to use, without compromising on the suitability for hunting larger game, such as more traditional beginner calibres, such as the .22lr or magnum. This simply means that taking the Mrs. and/or kids out for a pig shoot need not be a hassle, or end with a sore shoulder.
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As for mounting a scope, whilst I do not see the need on a close range, repeating lever action, a no drill scope/tactical rail option is available as an aftermarket accessory, and this rifle is easily drilled and tapped if need be.
As much as I don’t like pointing out a fault on such an iconic rifle, the only downside that I could find was, in particular on the earlier models, was that the “V” notch on the rear sight was ineffective for some users. I have never personally found this to be the case, and used within their limitations, I found the sights more than acceptable for the type of rifle that this is. After all, if you wanted a long range rifle, you would not buy a Model 94.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]Conclusion[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]If you are looking for a rugged, reliable, lever action rifle perfectly suited to Australian conditions, there would be few that could argue against the Model 94 Winchester chambered in the ever popular 30-30 calibre. From pigs to deer in Australia, and Whitetail deer to who knows what worldwide, discontinued or not, this rifle is and continues to be a most popular addition to any hunters collection.
*As a footnote, the Model 94 is still produced by Miroku in Japan, and to a high calibre, however, this is not recognised by many of the original Winchester fans, and mainly comprise of commemorative models.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]