SOLD FOR: $1126
Year of Manufacture: 1956, C&R
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “- WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 88 – / -MADE IN U.S.A. -”, “-CAL. 308 WIN.- / — WIN. PROOF STEEL-” and features a Winchester proof mark. The left side of the receiver is marked with the same proof and the serial number “19694”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated ramped riser that is installed with a protective hood. The rear sight is a flip-up adjustable “U”-notch dovetailed onto the barrel. The top of the receiver has two pairs of drilled, tapped, and filled holes. The left side of the receiver has a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes at the rear.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a capped pistol grip, straight comb, checkered black plastic buttplate, and sling swivel studs front and rear. There are a few scattered little compressions, scratches, and small scrapes. The most noticeable defects are on the comb and sides of the buttstock. There are some scattered light handling wear. There are a few little spots of finish loss, the most noticeable are on the top of the wrist. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is mostly sharp. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition. Type of Finish: Blue Finish Originality: Original Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are one or two light marks on the barrel. The receiver has some a few little draglines and a couple of tiny little marks through the finish. There is some thinning on the edges of the lever. There is standard operational wear. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine Plus condition. Mechanics: The action functions smoothly and correctly. The action is tight. This rifle has a cross-bolt safety located at the front of the trigger guard. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards. Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a single 4-round magazine. Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 88 lever-action rifle with a 22” barrel chambered in .308 Winchester. This model was made from 1955 to 1973, and was about the only lever-action model chambered in a rifle cartridge without an external hammer that Winchester ever made, and had a removable magazine vs. the tubular magazine used on its other lever-action rifles – a descendent of the Winchester Model 1895. This rifle is in about FIne Plus condition with a lot of its original finish remaining. Anyone who hunts in the woods will appreciate its short 22” barrel and fast handling characteristics for fast shots on running game. That said, this pre-64 production rifle would also make a nice addition to a Winchester collection given its high condition. Please see our photos and good luck!