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Winchester Model 88 #14218039 10/21/19
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Tried to find the old threads on the M88, but my search abilities turned up nothing. Got mine back out for the start of rifle season here, dropped a doe last Thursday morning with a neck shot. This old rifle keeps making meat for me. Odessa

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Very nice.

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There is something about the 88 that I like. Maybe it's because I like lever-actions. Lever-actions that act like bolt-actions are nice to hunt with. I have had them in all the calibers they came in and now have a .358 rebarreled from a .308 and a .284. This is the first year in a long time one or the other isn't going to be taken out hunting. Mainly, because I don't have much time this year and I'll be doing part of my hunting with another old lever -action, a Winchester M64 in 30-30 made in 52. Love the levers.

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I got my 88 in .308 Win, when I was 14 years old (1966 )I retired it in ‘82, and gave it to my son 2 years ago. My son doesn’t hunt, it will probably never be “hunted” again! memtb


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I have a Winchester Model 88 in 308 Winchester (post '64). I really like the rifle.


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Re: Winchester Model 88 [Re: Odessa] #14221322 10/22/19
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Very nice Odessa! Your 88 looks new. What cartridge is it chambered for?

I have one in 308.

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Re: Winchester Model 88 [Re: Odessa] #14222331 10/22/19
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Thanks gents. Mine is a 308 WIN made in 1963. This one is my second one; the first was an early one from 55/56 - it was more prone to jamming as it lacked the cartridge lifter on the bolt head and had the flat bottom magazine. I traded it for this one about 25 years ago (1995 at Shuman's Guns in PA). This one is very accurate with a handload - Hornady Interlock 165 grain BTSP and IMR4064. It will not shoot worth a damn with any factory ammo I tried. The finish is getting thin on the wood but it is in overall good shape - however when you examine it closely you can see the finish is gone near the buttplate. I am guessing the rifle got the new style stock in 1964 (transition era) or that a prior owner broke the original stock and ordered a new one after the checkering change. Serial number is from 1963. It's been my favorite deer rifle a long time - I own one Ruger M77 in 270 WIN and three pre-64 M70's (270 WIN, 308 WIN, and 30-06 SPRG) but deer hunt almost exclusively with this rifle.


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Odessa-how's the trigger on your 88? I bought one in .243 and it had a very heavy trigger. Just never could be satisfied with it. Hunted with it one season and then sent it down the road. I'm a 99 guy. I always thought the 88 was a good looking rifle.


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Well done, Dessie

She looks tasty

I tend to like the basket wewve 88 stock better. Know its pressed but just dont GAS


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Re: Winchester Model 88 [Re: gophergunner] #14235770 10/28/19
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Originally Posted by gophergunner
Odessa-how's the trigger on your 88? I bought one in .243 and it had a very heavy trigger. Just never could be satisfied with it. Hunted with it one season and then sent it down the road. I'm a 99 guy. I always thought the 88 was a good looking rifle.


I'd call this trigger "decent". It is not as clean or smooth as my pre-64 M70's, but it isn't the creepy, crunchy, 8 lbs. trigger you hear about so often with these rifles. This one has never been worked on (in the 25 years I've owned it), measures 5.5 lbs. on my old RCBS Trigger Pull gauge, and frankly I never even think about it when shooting a deer.


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Re: Winchester Model 88 [Re: WillARights] #14235772 10/28/19
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Originally Posted by WillARights
Well done, Dessie

She looks tasty

I tend to like the basket wewve 88 stock better. Know its pressed but just dont GAS


Thanks Will, I like the pressed checkering too - but as the old folks used to say, there ain't no accounting for taste!


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Re: Winchester Model 88 [Re: Odessa] #14245713 10/31/19
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My 4-digit 88/.308 is going to Kansas for a December deer hunt.

Hunting value increased with a nice black recoil pad and push-button sling swivels. Some owner cut out a chunk of the stock where a receiver peep sight should go but no evidence that the screws were ever removed to mount it. It currently wears a 2x7 Redfield with a post. Collector value? Meh!

I’m not the greatest shot, but I’m consistently getting 3 shots into 2 inches at 100 yds with 165 gr SPBT. Unless Kansas whitetails are wearing Kevlar this year, I won’t be under-gunned.

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