Date Your Model 70 and 94

Date Your Model 70 and 94

Winchester's Model 70 bolt-action rifle is without a doubt, one of the darlings of the American rifle shooter. There are more than 2 million Model 70s out there, and it is often a standard by which other rifles are judged. Features such as controlled-round feeding and the three-position safety--not to mention classic good looks and a reputation for quality and accuracy--are just some of those measures.

In March 2006, U.S Repeating Arms Co. announced that its New haven, CT, plant was being shut down and that the Models 70 and 94 would no longer be made. Since then, a long-term license agreement has been struck with Browning to manufacture and distribute Winchester-brand rifles and shotguns. It should go without saying that one of the new guns is a Model 70. You can read an extensive shooting review of the new gun by picking up a copy of the May/June issue of RifleShooter magazine available on newsstands now.


The most collectable Model 70s and 94s are the "pre-64" guns, manufactured before a significant production change in 1964. For those Model 70 and 94 owners interested in when their specific rifle was made, the tables below show serial number range by year made.


Winchester Model 70 Production Dates
YEAR APPROXIMATE LAST SERIAL NUMBER
1935 19
1936 2238
1937 11573
1938 17844
1939 23991
1940 31675
1941 41753
1942 49206
1943 49983
1944 49997
1945 50921
1946 58382
1947 75675
1948 101680
1949 131580
1950 173150
1951 206625
1952 238820
1953 282735
1954 323530
1955 361025
1956 393595
1957 425283
1958 440792
1959 465040
1960 504257
1961 545446
1962 565592
1963 581471
1964 740599



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Winchester Model 94 Production Dates
YEAR APPROXIMATE LAST SERIAL NUMBER
1894 14579
1895 44359
1896 76464
1897 111453
1898 147684
1899 183371
1900 204427
1901 233975
1902 273854
1903 294506
1904 311363
1905 337557
1906 378878
1907 430985
1908 474241
1909 505831
1910 553062
1911 599263
1912 646114
1913 703701
1914 756066
1915 784052
1916 807741
1917 821972
1918 838175
1919 870762
1920 880627
1921 908318
1922 919583
1923 938539
1924 953198
1925 978523
1926 997603
1927 1027571
1928 1054465
1929 1077097
1930 1081755
1931 1084156
1932 1087836
1933 1089270
1934 1091190
1935 1099605
1936 1100065
1937 1100679
1938 1100915
1939 1101051
1940 1142423
1941 1191307
1942 1221289
1943 to 47 No records
1948 1500000
1949 1626100
1950 1727295
1951 1819800
1952 1910000
1953 2000000
1954 2071100
1955 2145296
1956 2225000
1957 2290296
1958 2365887
1959 2410555
1960 2469821
1961 2500000
1962 2551921
1963 2586000
1964 2797428