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#6198963 - 02/20/12 Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR
Skullworks Offline
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I have someone that wants to trade a Winchester 88 in .308 serial number in the mid 15,000 range for a new unfired Browning BLR straight grip in .308. I picked up the Browning in a trade. No box or anything. I love a Model 88 and wondered if you all think the trade is good. 88 is all original with 80-85% bluing and original condition stock. The butt pad has been replaced. Any thoughts?



Here is the 88.
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#6199040 - 02/20/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Skullworks]
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It's all about what you want really. Is the BLR steel frame or alloy? I assume alloy. I personally don't like alloy framed nearly as much as the steel framed BLR's. I would go for the 88. You can always just buy another NIB BLR. Then again, that might be the answer too. whistle
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#6199100 - 02/20/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Mink]
Just a Hunter Offline
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Having had both I would go for the 88.

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#6199217 - 02/20/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Just a Hunter]
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If it were a Belgium-made BLR AND I liked the way the BLR handled then I might consider it.

Otherwise, no way. I have an 88 and it is a quality firearm in manufacture and materials. The newer BLR's can't hold a candle to them, IMHO.

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#6199809 - 02/21/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: John_G]
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keep the 88. oops let me update this trade him!


Edited by winchester88 (02/21/12)

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#6200301 - 02/21/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: winchester88]
Skullworks Offline
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Originally Posted By: winchester88
keep the 88


He wants to trade me an 88 for the BLR and it sounds like I need to do that. smile
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#6200434 - 02/21/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Skullworks]
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I've had both, still have the 88 Winchester, the BLR went down the road. The only lever gun I'd consider trading the 88 for, would be a Sako Finnbear. Those are cool.

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#6200852 - 02/21/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Dirtfarmer]
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Check the 88 stock for cracks on the receiver sides. The wood is thin there and I have seen several that had cracks there. Real Winchester replacements are not to be found.
I know this :-(

P.S. NEVER take it apart... :-)
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#6219944 - 02/25/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Dirtfarmer]
Mink Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dirtfarmer
I've had both, still have the 88 Winchester, the BLR went down the road. The only lever gun I'd consider trading the 88 for, would be a Sako Finnbear. Those are cool.

DF


Think you mean a Finnwolf, the Finnbear was a bolt gun. This is mine, albeit in a Bishop stock.

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#6219945 - 02/25/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Skullworks]
Mink Offline
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Originally Posted By: Skullworks
Originally Posted By: winchester88
keep the 88


He wants to trade me an 88 for the BLR and it sounds like I need to do that. smile


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#6220201 - 02/25/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Mink]
interthem Offline
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The pad has killed the collector value of the 88, also the most common caliber.

It was never as good a rifle as a 99 EG, R or RS.

If you want a rifle that will work, you can get fixed and plan to hunt hard, stick with the BLR.

Too bad the 88 isn't a .284, swap and flip !
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#6221753 - 02/26/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: interthem]
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Originally Posted By: interthem


If you want a rifle that will work, you can get fixed and plan to hunt hard, stick with the BLR.


I couldn't disagree more. You can get an 88 fixed, although it's less likely to need fixing, as it'll hunt a lot harder than a BLR (compare the quality of materials).

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#6224492 - 02/26/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: John_G]
interthem Offline
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If you say so, too many stamped parts for my taste. It'll never be a Savage 99 and if the name on it were not Winchester, it might not command the prices it does.
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#6225098 - 02/27/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: interthem]
Just a Hunter Offline
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True Winchester does command more than others, but of the four 88s I have had all shot better then the one BLR I had and the triggers were equally bad. I did have the 88s trigger worked on and they became better. Having said thet I did like the BLR I just like the 88s better.

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#6225351 - 02/27/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Just a Hunter]
Skullworks Offline
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He backed out after his wife talked to "someone that knows a lot about guns". LOL! I think he envisions it being worth $1000+.
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#6225358 - 02/27/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Just a Hunter]
Dirtfarmer Offline
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Triggers are hard to adjust on both the Win 88 and BLR. Of the two, I like the Win 88 better. The ones I've fooled with have been accurate. Not a betting man, but if I was, I'd put money on the average Win 88 shooting tighter groups than the average BLR.

DF

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#6225403 - 02/27/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Dirtfarmer]
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Stick with the 88.......BLR's are a dime a dozen!!!
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#6231872 - 02/28/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: rahtreelimbs]
interthem Offline
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Stick with Savage 99s. Better made and worth more every year.

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#6247025 - 03/03/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: interthem]
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once again it's all a personal preference. I would not own any lever action but a winchester.

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#6249938 - 03/04/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: winchester88]
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I have had a fondness for the 88, but some of them had a problem, a trigger problem, they just went off for no apparent reason, the only close encounter with this problem I had , close, not me, had his 88 slung on his shoulder, safety on , chambered round, we were walking, not over particularly rough ground, and it fired, this was in the mid 70's, we, and several smiths, and ww, never figured why, I heard of similar ocurrances, with other 88 winnies, mint ones, worn ones, as far as I know, it was a problem a cure was never found for, not sure if design or tolerances were the problem, but for some reason, Winchester stopped production of it and the 100

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#6271667 - 03/09/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Mink]
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I like the 88, plus they grow in value every day!

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#6277121 - 03/11/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: theduke308]
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The 358 winchester is tough to come by as well.

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#6344940 - 03/28/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: Skullworks]
reddnek Offline
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I'd take the 88 in a minute. The Browning is just too ugly for me.

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#6360988 - 04/02/12 Re: Win Model 88 vs Browning BLR [Re: yosam]
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Never cared for the looks/feel of the BLR, but I hear good accuracy reports. The 88 is overly complex on the inside. Vote Savage 99, but that was not on OP's ballot! jack
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