Have a 30:30 Winchester that is having problems with the action. 2 years ago I missed shooting a buck because the trigger could not release the hammer. Took it to a gunshop and they said all they could find was one screw was backed off about a quarter of a turn. It worked fine until today. This morning a six point came out and stood for about 4 minutes. I could not fire the gun because of the trigger not being able to release the hammer. I can pull all I want it will not shoot. So I left the woods and went back to the gun shop. All the screws were tight. He thought maybe the stock had released a small piece of wood and when he took the stock off that released pressure and it worked fine. Went back to the woods and it is having the same problem I do notice that the lever has a small amount of play in it.So when I apply a lifting pressure slightly then the gun does shoot. What causes this?Could there be a worn piece in the action?
Mine was that way from new.It's an added safety device.Mine always went off because manual told me to hold the lever tight when firing.I don't think the gun has any issues.Provided it is used properly.May be you should download a users manual for it.
Thanks for the responses. I have had this rifle for over 12 years and it worked fine. Do I hold the lever up against the stock? This seemed to help today.
If you look under the lever, there is a pin the protrudes from the grip area of the stock. If that pin is not pressed up into the stock the gun will not fire. That is the purpose of holding the lever tight when firing. Some require more pressure than others.
I am surprised that a gunsmith would not know about the lever safety mechanism on the Winchester 94. I have two..one is pretty touchy and can be difficult to fire, the other one I have never had a problem with it.
Now this really get me ticked. I have had two incidents like this with this rifle and the gunsmith never mentioned it. His answer was a loose screw and then a small sliver of wood from the stock. I happened to see a man hunting today and he says he can adjust this "tang" so that it will not take much pressure to let it fire. Is this good? Thanks to all the replies.