Winchester 94 30-30

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Ginger3030
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Winchester 94 30-30

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I just traded for a early 80s model 94 winchester 30-30. Im have trouble decocking it. I have to squeeze the lever really hard to get it to decock. Is this normal? This is my first Winchester, all my others are Marlins. Is there a easy way to fix this issue?
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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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No, it isn't normal. I have a 94 I bought new in 1956 plus a model 64 like new also made in the early 1950`s. I handled a couple post 1964`s and haven't seen the problem. I suspect it needs looking at if you cant live with it. Evidently it isn't locking up tight enough to compress that whatchamacallit tooth that hangs down to where the lever pushes it up when closed.
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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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why squeeze the lever to uncock? just hold the hammer back, squeeze THE TRIGGER, and let the hammer go forward slowly.
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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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Was I reading this wrong? I assumed he first tried lowering the hammer like Grizz described. Was he trying to drop the hammer by squeezing the lever extra hard after the lever was already closed?
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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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I've owned two 94's of 1980's vintage and both required the lever be firmly squeezed to activate the trigger. I eventually got used to it, but it took a while, and neither rifle became a favorite of mine because of this "feature".
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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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The 94's from the late 70's / early 80's had some issues with misaligned trigger return and lever lock springs. These springs need to be aligned so that they do not rub on the side of the channel of the lower tang.
Remove the stock, and look carefully at the springs. If they are misaligned simply realign them. It's not hard to do, although you might have to remove the lower tang to do so.

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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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J Miller wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:26 pm
The 94's from the late 70's / early 80's had some issues with misaligned trigger return and lever lock springs. These springs need to be aligned so that they do not rub on the side of the channel of the lower tang.
Remove the stock, and look carefully at the springs. If they are misaligned simply realign them. It's not hard to do, although you might have to remove the lower tang to do so.

Joe
Bingo! I've run into this too. When I did the half cock FCG on my 44 trapper, the return spring dragged on the channel in the lower tang, making it stick.
I swapped it with a carbine from 68 and it fixed the trapper. Now the other one does it. Thanks for reminding me I have to fix it. :D
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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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COOL. I learned a heap about those critters, thanks.
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Re: Winchester 94 30-30

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I can't decock it like normal. I have to squeeze that daylights of the lever while pulling the trigger and lowering the hamming.
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