Review: Winchester Model 94 .30-30

Winchester Model 94 .30-30

We all gathered in the Adirondack mountains for our deer hunting trip. It was just like old times, with my friends and family all around. I couldn’t help but reflect on how much had changed since we’d last been together. My uncle, who had always been the life of the party, was now gone. And my cousins, who were just kids when we’d last been together, were now adults with families of their own. But even though so much had changed, one thing remained the same – the sense of family we shared while hunting in those woods.

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As morning broke, we all went out into the woods for the days hunt (except for my one cousin who had to stay back and watch the camp and prepare our lunch/dinner). I was paired up with my cousin Jake, and we slowly made our way through the trees, scanning for any sign of movement. We hadn’t been still hunting long when Jake suddenly stopped and motioned for me to come over. There in a clearing ahead was a large buck. We carefully approached until we were within range, then I took careful aim using my Winchester Model 94 .30-30 and squeezed the trigger. The buck walked off as if nothing had happened. Without getting too anxious, we waited what seemed like forever but was only about 15 minutes. Jake and I walked over to where the buck had been standing and picked up the blood trial. We followed the blood trial for about 25-35 yards when we found him…It turns out I had hit him right in the heart. He was a nice 8 point buck and weighed in at about 135-145lbs. We field dressed him and then dragged him back to camp where we hung him up before butchering him.

It was a successful hunt, and we all enjoyed venison that year. As we sat around the campfire, sharing stories and laughing, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the time we were able to spend together. Even though so much had changed, one thing remained the same – our love for hunting and the bond we shared as a family.

I couldn’t help but reflect on how much fun I was having spending time with family and friends in the outdoors – something that I would never take for granted again. They say that the thirty-thirty has killed more deer in North America than any other caliber…I don’t know about that but for me, it will always be the caliber of choice for deer hunting. Thanks for the memories. PDG

Features and Benefits – Model 94 Trails End Takedown

  • Walnut Stock with satin finish, authentic straight-grip styling
  • Classic rifle-style forearm with forearm cap
  • Traditional takedown mechanism
  • Triple-checked button rifled barrel
  • Round locking bolt trunnions
  • Bolt relief cut
  • Radiused lever edges
  • Hammer is drilled and tapped for a knurled hammer spur extension (included)
  • Marble Arms® front sight and adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight
  • Steel loading gate
  • Articulated cartridge stop
  • Drilled and tapped for optional scope mounts

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Winchester Model 94 .30-30?

The Winchester Model 94 .30-30 is a lever-action rifle that was first introduced in 1895 (produced in 1894). It was specifically designed for the then new .30-30 Winchester cartridge, which was a very popular hunting round. The Model 94 quickly became one of the most popular hunting rifles of all time however, production was ceased in 2006. For me, it will always be the most iconic American hunting rifle.


Is Winchester bringing back their Model 94 Takedown?

Yes, Winchester is bringing back their Model 94 Takedown lever-action rifle in 2020. It will be available in both .30-30 Winchester and .32 Winchester Special calibers.


Why would someone still use a lever-action rifle over a bolt-action or semi-automatic rifle?

It is personal preference. For me it is the nostalgia of hunting with a lever-action rifle that my father used. It also harkens back to a simpler time when things were not so high-tech. Besides, the .30-30 and .32 Special make damn good brush guns.


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