Another classic rifle I'm a big fan of is the M88 Winchester lever action. This gun is very similar in appearance to the M100 semi-autos. The stock is very similar and with a quick glance, only the addition of the lever makes one take notice.
Fri, 2010-12-24 16:54
Model 88 Winchester lever rifle
Made in .243, .284, .308 and .358, it covers a good number of popular cartridges for those fans. The most rare guns are the .284 (virtual ballistic clone of the .280) and the .358 Win. Any rifle found in these two chamberings is a special find, indeed.
The rifles changed little from pre to post '64, unlike the M70 Winchester. Pretty much only the stock's checkering changed from a simple point pattern to a stamped basket weave and oak leaf pattern.
Two versions, a 22" barrel rifle and a 19" barreled carbine model were made. Far fewer carbines are found as they were made in much smaller numbers. The carbines had smooth stocks, completely devoid of any checkering. The M88 was one of the first lever rifles utilizing a magazine able to accept spitzer type bullets (the first being the models 95 and 99 Savages)
They both were discontinued, along with the M100 in about 1973. Most don't know that the model 88 Winchester was the 3rd highest selling Winchester lever rifle, after only the M94 and M92.
I've owned two M88s in .308 and have enjoyed them both immensely.