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Thread: Winchester 94 AE 307

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    Member Rock river arms hunter's Avatar
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    Winchester 94 AE 307

    Hi folks!

    Got a query of sorts for those in the know.

    A good mate of mine has a original Winester 94 (AE?) In 307 winchester With the straight grip on it.

    Anyway to cut a long story short he has 70 rounds left and she's in used condition but tidy.

    What I'm wanting to know is where could one source components to keep this old Bush gun alive for hunting. As it stands I believe in its current state it would be worth a pretty penny as opposed to potentially re chambering it to 308 MX. which would be sacreiligous.

    It has the original length barrel etc and has a optic on her with the hammer changed for that.


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    they are a good rifle...70 rounds is 70 empties to reload once you have shot them off...pretty sure you can still get new brass and with flexytips the round could really hum along nicely....you can have whatever you like for chambered round . 99% sure loads are only slightly below .308 in power/velocity levels.

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    Yeah, it’s pretty much a rimmed .308 with slightly less case capacity, between a 303 Savage and 308 from memory so far as capacity is concerned. 308 or 30-30 projectiles, some 2206H and you’ve got the brass already.
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    More meplat, more better.

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    Nice rifle. I’ve got Winchester big bores in 356 (basically the rarer 35 cal version of 307) and 375 Winchester Big Bore. I used to have a 307 as well but sold it as it was not quite collector grade - I’ll buy another one day.

    Just to expand/confirm above posts - a 307 is simply a 308 with a semi rimmed case - it is reloaded with actual 308 dies and a 30/30 shell holder. Ditto a 356 being loaded with 358 dies.

    The Big Bore action was designed to handle higher pressure - but be sensible - work up to 2 or 3 grains under standard 308 loads max. It was not designed for super crazy hot loads and nor is the gun a real long ranger (although using Hornady FTX projectiles will help with that)

    Brass is obviously hard to come by. It may still be on the occasional production list by Winchester but I doubt it. Try Bertram brass. If not (1) it can be formed from 444 Marlin if you can source it (plenty on Google on this) but an intermediate die (e.g. 356/358 Winchester) will generally be required; or (2) given the only difference is the rim I have heard of some people successfully cycling 308 cases through a 307 - if you go down that route I would not exceed 308 starting loads and be careful...

    Round or flat or Hornady Flexi tip (FTX) projectiles only given the tube mag...

    Hope that helps.
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    the .307 Winchester is semi rimmed to aid in extraction. I believe it does not headspace on the rim but on the shoulders, like the .308 Win. See if it will cycle .308 and you should be OK for brass.



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