winchester 30-30 Model 336 is the icon of the deer woods. The 336S is chambered in 30-30 Win, and features Micro-Groove® rifling, ensuring that tags will be filled, mouths fed and the reign of America’s ultimate woods rifle will continue going strong.
Winchester offered John Browning’s best and most popular lever action, the Model 1894 (later 94) in five different versions early on with a range of additional factory options including:
Sporting Rifle: 26-inch round, octagonal, or half barrel; solid frame or take down; full, 2/3, or ½ magazine; plain walnut; straight/pistol grip stock; crescent butt plate; plain capped forearm
Fancy Sporting Rifle: 26-inch round, octagonal or half barrel; solid frame or take down; full, 2/3, or ½ magazine; fancy walnut checkered straight/pistol grip stock; crescent butt plate; checkered fancy capped forearm
Extra Lightweight Rifle: 22 or 26-inch barrel, round; ½ mag; plain walnut straight grip stock; shotgun butt plate; plain capped forearm
Carbine: (aka Saddle Ring Carbine) 20-inch round barrel; plain walnut straight grip stock; carbine style butt plate; plain uncapped forearm with one barrel band; solid frame only; if prior to 1925, had saddle ring on left side of receiver; (premium for saddle ring)
Trapper’s Carbine: 18, 16, 15, or 14-inch round barrels; buttstock, forearm, and saddle rings the same as carbines
Guns with serial numbers less than 111,453 are considered first models. Those less than 14,580, known as first runs and produced in 1894, are worth twice as much. There is also a premium for take down models.
Caliber is also an important factor in determining collectability and value. The Model 1894 was first introduced in two black powder calibers: .38-50 and .32-40. Both were quickly eclipsed by the introduction of the .30 Winchester Center Fire (WCF) smokeless powder later known as the .30-30, which became synonymous with the Model 94, and the .32 Special, introduced in 1899. A wide range of other calibers were added over the years.
Since the .32-40 was the least popular of the early cartridges, fewer were made. This makes it rare and desirable among collectors. There were only 12,186 rifles and carbines chambered in the .32-40 and only 2,758 as take down rifles.
Barrel type and length of magazine also affect value. Up until serial number 300,000, octagonal barrels were more popular than round. Winchester offered octagonal barrels from the first day of production, Oct. 20, 1894 until December 1937. Half round/half octagonal were the most expensive and are now the rarest. In terms of magazines, they were available as full length, coming within 1/8-1/16 inch from end of barrel; 3/4, which are rare; 2/3 which are popular and aesthetically pleasing; and 1/2 also known as “button magazines,” which terminate at the end of the forearm.
While typical butt plate configurations (crescent or shotgun style) are outlined above, they could be swapped out and treated as a special order. As could both front, rear, and tang sights.