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    Default Winchester model 88

    I inherited a Winchester model 88 in .308. It sat in my parents closet for quite a few years. Then it sat in my closet for several years. Recently I purchased a Bushnell Trophy XLT 3-9x50 scope for it and took it to the range to sight it in. It is in like new condition. I'm not sure it had ever been fired before.
    It doesn't seem to be on anyones list of the best guns of all time, but it seems like just about everyone that owned one and got rid of it whishes they still had theirs.
    When I put the scope on it, my intention was to keep it as my "zombie" gun, but I'm still not sure it is the best choice for that.
    Any thoughts on this and any idea what it might be worth if I decide to sell it and get something else.

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    Keep it. It sounds like a good one (IMO)


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    Winchester Model 88

    Introduced in 1955, sixty years after Winchester's last all-new lever-action design, the Model 88 was unlike any previous lever action; it was really a lever-bolt hybrid. A short-throw underlever operated a three-lug rotating bolt, and rounds were fed vertically from a detachable box magazine. These bolt-action features in a "lever-action" permitted the use of high-powered modern short-case cartridges with spitzer bullets: .243, .284, .308 (7.62mm NATO) and .358 Winchester. The 88 did not prove to be especially popular, although it has its share of devoted enthusiasts, and was discontinued in 1973. It is, however the third biggest selling lever action rifle in Winchester's storied history, following only the M1894 (1st) and M1892 (2nd). The later Sako Finnwolf and Browning BLR have similar actions. A Winchester Model 88 in .308 Caliber was used to harvest the current World Record Typical Whitetail Deer.
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    A while back I made it a priority to acquire one of every manufacturer's lever action rifles chambered in .308 Winchester. I accomplished my goal.

    That being said, you will be hard pressed to find a lever action rifle, chambered in .308 Win., that is better designed, better made or lower priced than the one you already own. I know of only two lever action rifle manufacturers whos' rifles reach the design and quality of the Winchester Model 88. The two companies are Browning and Sako (Sako no longer manufactures a lever action rifle). Their rifles cost CONSIDERABLY more money than does the Winchester Model 88. Go figure.

    Keep your rifle. You will not find a better lever action rifle.
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    The model 88 is a fine rifle, reasonably accurate , too bad it's semi auto sibling , the model 100, wasn't.
    I recently traded my 88 to my brother in law, no regrets, I got a 722 Remington in 257 roberts for it.
    Another well designed, accurate , dependable lever action 308 is the Savage 99, I might be wrong (again) but I believe it is the longest running , high powered (308) lever action ever built

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    I own a model 99 Savage in .308 Win. I have also had them in .300 Sav. and 30-30 Win. The model 88 Win. looks to me to be very simular. If you get as much enjoyment out of it as I've had with the Savage you're in for a treat.

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    ill buy it for 200! :) ive been looking for a 308 lever action....

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