Winchester Model 94 Short Rifle in 450 Marlin

Winchester Model 94 in 450 Marlin

Winchester Repeating Arms announced the company was now selling a Model 94 Short Rifle chambered for the 450 Marlin cartridge.

The new guns will have a walnut stock with a satin finish and straight grip. The 20″ barrel is ported to help with recoil and the stock has a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad added to help cushion the shoulder. The barrel and receiver are blued.

The hammer is drilled and tapped to allow for the installation of an included hammer spur extension if a scope is added to the gun. The receiver is drilled and tapped so you can easily add one.

A Marble Arms front sight and adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight are standard. The MSRP is $1,229.99.

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  • Anonymoose

    Still can’t use it for deer here, because of the belt. :

    • flatdick


      • M.M.D.C.

        If the external dimensions are similar to another cartridge, a new cartridge is sometimes given a extra rim near the base to prevent it from being loaded into the wrong firearm.

        • Grindstone50k

          I totally missed this. I know Ohio restricts the use of necked cartridges for power reasons, but what would a belt have to do with it? Is it just the way the law is written?

      • Grindstone50k

        Maybe he means neck? I’ve never heard of “belt” before.

        • jcitizen

          Lots of magnums use belted cartridges; I just figured that was what they were talking about.

    • Gabe

      Are you referring to the belted cartridge?? What state / region doesn’t allow that?

      • Indiana?

      • Nashvone


        • Grindstone50k

          I know you can’t hunt with a necked rifle round in OH, but I’ve never heard of “belt” before.

          • Nashvone

            I don’t hunt there but I have friends and family that do. Maybe they misunderstood the regulations?

          • Grindstone50k

            I don’t know, I’ve just never heard the term “belt” used in cartridge description before. Seems somewhat logical that “belt” = “neck”.

            EDIT: Nope, see MMDC’s post below.

  • Goody

    Ported barrel, decelerator pad, 450 Marlin, all good examples of modern technology. Why top it off with a buckhorn sight? :/

    • Tom

      Because tradition… oh yer I see where your going with this.

      • Joshua

        buckhorn sights were developed to be a fast acquisition sight for close range shooting, usually in the bush. A role they still fill well, while being lighter and lower profile than a red dot or reflex sight

  • Amanofdragons

    Not bad. But seriously? 450 recoil isn’t that bad. To me ported is overkill. The recoil pad, not necessary, but definitely better than a steel or brass butt pad. Don’t be a pansy.

  • Don Ward

    Oh my! I’m digging new lever gun technology. Although for $1,229 that weapon better have a SMOOOOTH pre-1964 style action.

    • puhiawa

      Believe me. The pre-64 actions were hardly smooth out of the box. Winchester has that hard second push that will not change. A lot of shooting and a Dremel will make any Winchester smooth enough for one hand…with practice.,

    • Zebra Dun

      I have a 1973 model 94 and compared the action with a 64 model, it wasn’t less or more smooth.
      The difference is mostly the loading port cover’s material that it’s made of.
      I’d like to have a 64 model though!

  • Tim Pearce

    I thought this round was all but dead. Even *Marlin* dropped their own round.

  • Swarf

    Well, it’s already been said, but if you’re going to go to the trouble to upgrade a lever action rifle with modern technology– which I am all for– why curse it with some dogshit buckhorn sight?

  • HenryV

    I didn’t realise these were scope-able. Is it only after market mounts? Are all Japanese Winchesters scope-able?

    • Anonymoose

      The Angle-Eject models are. The 1873 and 1886 are all still top-eject as far as I know, but you could probably put an offset mount or scout mount on those if you really wanted to.

    • Secundius

      @ HenryV.

      The First Rifle the Japanese “Scoped” was the Type 97 Sniper Rifle in 1939 (6.5x50SR) variant of the Type 38. When the Japanese Surrendered in September 1945. The Practice STOPPED, Japan started to Rearm in 1947. And First Scope Mounted Rifles, started appearing around 1970. But NO EXACT DATE is given or known…

      • HenryV

        Thanks. I meant Japanese built Winchester lever actions. 🙂

        But thank you for taking the time to answer.

        • Secundius

          @ HenryV.

          My Bad! Didn’t know that you were being specific. Miroku Firearms Corporation of Nankoku, Japan. Miroku, has had a Long-Standing Cooperation with Browning and Winchester, dating back to Founding of Japanese Company in 1893. Post WW2 production of the Model 94, started just before 1964 in .38-55Win (.3775-caliber/9.59×53). But actual Scoping of Models, again was sometime in the early 1970’s. No Exact Date can be found at this time…

          • HenryV

            I know it is anathema to many to scope lever guns. But at the end of the day the object of the exercise is to throw a lump of lead at close to a distant spot as we can. And I know I miss whole lot better with glass than open sights………… 🙂

            I wish Rossi would start to think about a pistol calibre carbine which is scopeable more like a Marlin or a modern Henry. They do it with their Rio Grande models ( .45-70 / .410) and do it well.

            The Marlin situation here in the UK is easing a little now the Remlins are “adequate”. And I am hoping our Henry importer brings the steel Big Boy; the shiny brass being a bit too shiny.

            Thanks for taking the trouble to reply again.

          • Secundius

            @ HenryV.

            No problem at ALL! I’m a “Confirmation Reader”, I get most of my Information through Reading. LOT’S OF READING. That and having had a Stroke, I need to keep my Mind Active. To prevent, possible Second Stroke…

          • HenryV

            Good for you. 🙂

  • This is a perfect example of one of those guns that I’d absolutely adore shooting, but wouldn’t ever in a million years spend money on.

    • Brett

      Like a STG-44 clone.

      • Hmm…I may have a little more trouble saying no to one of those!

        • Brett

          Now a registered nfa STG44, oh the dark and devious thing I would do to get my hands on that. However a clone or replica starting at several grand, that is beyond me.

      • Secundius

        @ Brett.

        Try Cemte of Spain or FNH of Belgium…

  • Secundius

    Make a “Mare’s Leg”, and you got even Shorter. 12-inch barrel and ~24-inches in length…

  • BigR

    Why a 450 Marlin? I thought it was discontinued by Marlin. The price is out of sight for any of today’s Winchester lever actions.

    • Secundius

      @ BigR.

      Try Wild West Guns of Anchorage/Las Vegas, Which produce the Co-Pilot (Take-Down Stow-Away) Model about ~$3,000.00 USD. or the Alaskan Guide, ~$2,300.00 USD. are “loosely” patterned after the 450 Marlin…

  • Zebra Dun

    I’d like to have one, but $1229.99 is a bit steep.
    I owned an 1894 Marlin once in .44 magnum which was really a nice setup.
    I have two lever gun Winchesters already one is a W9422M and the other a M-94, I actually don’t live anywhere I’d need a .450 Marlin caliber.
    But still I’d like to have one.

  • dltaylor51

    In 45-70 would have been better but at that price they can keep it.

  • Secundius

    @ BigR.

    Way to Rich for me As Well…