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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-27-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Winchester model 88

Anyone know anything about this gun?

If its outdoors I'm willing to give it a try.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-27-2011, 10:03 PM
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Re: Winchester model 88

some are very collectable, 284 and 358 ?
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Re: Winchester model 88

I just received a 243 that I believe is a pre-64

If its outdoors I'm willing to give it a try.
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Re: Winchester model 88

Good deal hold onto it. It's worth a couple bucks.

Not the greatest lever action design. Non-adjustable trigger. Nice that it is mag feed. Many say it is not as accurate as desired. Prob one of the best looking lever guns. Some say it was made just for Pa hunters ( ). You hear about good ones a bad ones like many other firearms.
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Re: Winchester model 88

well I will never get rid of it. Belonged to my Grandfather and I just received it. Just sitting here looking it over and how much character this gun has means more to me than any new rifle will ever give me.

If its outdoors I'm willing to give it a try.
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Re: Winchester model 88

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I believe is a pre-64
PM me your serial number and I'll get you a DOM. If you want to know.
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well I will never get rid of it. Belonged to my Grandfather and I just received it. Just sitting here looking it over and how much character this gun has means more to me than any new rifle will ever give me.
Thats great to hear. I know how you feel. It's like a walk back in time to hold one of your relatives firearms!

We've got some 88 professionals here on HPA so I'm sure they will chime in any min and tell you more than I could.

I only have one 88 (pre-64). I mostly collect model 70's.
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Re: Winchester model 88

They are handsome guns. Good feel to them too. A lot of older guys still hunt with them.
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Re: Winchester model 88

Easiest way to tell pre-64 on those is the checkering pattern. Cut checkering is pre 64, Oak leaf and scrolls is post 64, unless someone changed the stock. Fantastic guns, very accurate with a good trigger job, which is possible, but very tricky. Factory spec. as a non-adjustable trigger, but it can be done by the right gunsmith. I never felt the need to get the trigger done on any of mine, but have handled and shot some fine custom ones that would rival most bolt guns. Treasure it !

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Re: Winchester model 88

They are great guns. Many are just like yours, family treasures rather than true collector pieces. I inheritted one that was my father's. I take it out every once in a while to admire, clean it up and pur it back in the safe. . Someday I will hunt with it again. I actually bought another in .308 at a gun show that was a hunt gun not a collector item that ive take out a few times to hunt with.

The checkering does give it away as to the age pre vs post 64.
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