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WINCHESTER MODEL 88

Does anyone have any comments regarding the Winchester model 88 lever action rifles? Do they have a good trigger; are they accurate?  Are the post-64 rifles better than the pre-64 models? I think they were made in .243 Win., .308 Win., .284 Win., .358 Win., all good rounds.

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Hi Max,

 I've owned two M88s over the years and still own one, a standard, post '64 rifle in .308. My opinion? It's a great rifle, much nicer than most made today, zero doubt to me (and I now own about 60 big game rifles). The POST '64 is actually better than the pre, unlike other Winchesters made in that era. A few minor improvements made it that way. The checkering changed from hand checkered to pressed in 1964, but I think the pressed actually looks better.

Just to let you know, some felt the M88 recoiled harshly, but I never have. None the less, many have been fitted with recoil pads over the years, but NONE were ever made that way. The most prevalent caliber available, always is the .308, the most versatile. If I had lots of $$, I'd build one in .358 & .284. I own both those cartridges and prefer both over the .308.

Just for grins, I'd suggest you also look at the M88's 1st cousin the M100. It's also a great rifle and I own two of them, a rifle and a carbine. I'd bet you'd like it as well!!   Thumbs up

Here's a couple of pics of my M88 & my M100s :

 

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I'm always amazed at all the

I'm always amazed at all the fine rifles you own or have experience with. I have looked at a few 88's and would love to own one in .284 but have yet to find one. And all the ones I have seen over the years around here in .308 have all had recoil pads installoed like you mentioned and all have been done very poorly with a lot of stock damage. I'm not actively looking for one but if I ever spot a good one for the right price I will grab it. Thanks for sharing the pictures of yours.

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I'm always amazed at all the fine rifles you own or have experience with. I have looked at a few 88's and would love to own one in .284 but have yet to find one. And all the ones I have seen over the years around here in .308 have all had recoil pads installoed like you mentioned and all have been done very poorly with a lot of stock damage. I'm not actively looking for one but if I ever spot a good one for the right price I will grab it. Thanks for sharing the pictures of yours.

 

Thanks. I'd also like to have a .284/88 as I had mentioned. I already own a M77 in .284 and it a very good cartridge. However the prices of most M88s in .284 are through the roof. Only way I'd ever get one is to find an old beater M88/.308 and have it rebarreled. Or, I'd suppose you could locate a .243 and have it re-bored/rechambered to .284. I also would like to locate a Carbine model M88, but like the .284s they are way expensive. Whistling

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Hey, Tndeerhunter,   You want to sell the M77/.284?   I greatly appreciate your reply to my query on the Winchester 88.   I have owned several in the past, but, like a dummy, I let them get away.  I am now 72 and would like to have one to hunt with plus leave to my great-grands.   The .284 is a really good round; the first one I owned was a Melvin Forbes' Ultralight Arms Model 20.  A Air Force General in Fort Worth, Tx, made me an offer on it I couldn't refuse - gave me a blank check.  He was crazier than I was that day.   Another .284 I posessed for a while was a Alpha Arms with a laminated stock, that was a nice one.  It went down the road to a friend in Alaska.  If you won't sell me the Ruger 77/.284, can I at least have a picture of it?   Take care.    MAX

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Ruger M77 in .284 Win

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Hey, Tndeerhunter,   You want to sell the M77/.284?   I greatly appreciate your reply to my query on the Winchester 88.   I have owned several in the past, but, like a dummy, I let them get away.  I am now 72 and would like to have one to hunt with plus leave to my great-grands.   The .284 is a really good round; the first one I owned was a Melvin Forbes' Ultralight Arms Model 20.  A Air Force General in Fort Worth, Tx, made me an offer on it I couldn't refuse - gave me a blank check.  He was crazier than I was that day.   Another .284 I posessed for a while was a Alpha Arms with a laminated stock, that was a nice one.  It went down the road to a friend in Alaska.  If you won't sell me the Ruger 77/.284, can I at least have a picture of it?   Take care.    MAX

 

Hi Max, I got the M77R about 2 yrs ago as a NIB, with all paperwork, gun. I also got it for a ridiculously low price for such a rare cartridge in the M77. The gun was made in 1984. When I took it to the range the first time, I paused for a moment before firing the first shot, knowing I'd lowered the value maybe $300-$400. from what I'd paid for it. Sorry it's not for sale, but here's a couple of pictures of it underneath a Ruger MKII RSM in 30/06 I also own. I have a Leupold Vari-X compact 3-9x33 scope on it now. Here's the pictures & thanks for the reply! 

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Those are some great guns! 

Those are some great guns!  Very nice!

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