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I havent seen one for a long time but they were a beautiful rifle and would sell well if produced again today. Anyone have on or have experience with one of these fine rifles?
 

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The were produced in 380 and 243 I believe. Did they produce other cals as well?

I did a little research and discovered that they made the Model 88 in four cals. They made about 284,000 of the rifles from 1955-1973 in 243, 284, 308 and 358 cal.

They made both a 22" barrel rifle and a carbine with a 19" barrel. Production stopped shortly before the Savage model 99s went the same direction.
 
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I recently acquired a really nice pre 64 model 88 in .284. These are such a nice rifle, makes me wonder why they were never more popular.
 
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Just doesn't look lever Winchester,but rather like a cheep Savage clone,and that was it's demise,it kicked hard and the butt plate was way to small,along with the trigger finger Boo-Boos on recoil.
 

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I got this one for $250.00 from "A friend of a friend". It has an older steel tube Weaver KV-60 scope. The gun only had a couple of boxes of shells thru it, and was like new. It will print under an inch all day if I do my part. These were really well made guns. I got an extra mag for it from Brownells. They sell ones that are made on the original tooling. Original magazines are hard to find and can sell for up to $100.00 each. Bill T.
 
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My Model 88 is a post '64 in 308 Winchester. I wanted one of these rifles for years and just could not find one in this area. One day I walked in my favorite gun shop and there in the rack was an 88. The owner walked over smiling and said, "I thought you would spot that rifle pretty quickly." I don't think I put it down until I began filling out the required paperwork. This 88 is in really nice shape and shoots great groups with factory ammunition. Since buying it, I have scoped it with a 4x and intend to make meat with this old girl come deer season.
 

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Longhunter said:
My Model 88 is a post '64 in 308 Winchester. I wanted one of these rifles for years and just could not find one in this area. One day I walked in my favorite gun shop and there in the rack was an 88. The owner walked over smiling and said, "I thought you would spot that rifle pretty quickly." I don't think I put it down until I began filling out the required paperwork. This 88 is in really nice shape and shoots great groups with factory ammunition. Since buying it, I have scoped it with a 4x and intend to make meat with this old girl come deer season.
That would be my choice in the model 88 also, one fine rifle. I am sure that if they brought it back into production it would be a big seller today.
 

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I have one chambered in .308. It will shoot Minute of Mammal with about any factory ammunition I tried. It does have a tendency to kick a bit.

I got it because I was trying to aquire one of every model lever action rifle chambered in .308 ever manufactured. I never did get the Sako FinnWolf.
 

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It will shoot Minute of Mammal with about any factory ammunition I tried.
"Minute Of Mammal". I like that! Somes up most all of my Ruger rifles. Bill T.
 
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I had a nice pre-64 with some tasteful blond inlays chamberedin .308 until I remarried and introduced my lefty bride to shooting. Then darn if she did not go and steal it and I have to ask to borrow it!!! She has tken a few deer and a couple of feral hogs with it right handily. Truthfully it is really a lever actuated bolt action.
 
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