SOLD FOR: $1225
Year of Manufacture: 1958, C&R
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “- WINCHESTER- MODEL 88 -”, “CAL. 308 WIN.-”, “–TRADE MARK– –MADE IN U.S.A. – 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 “63497”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated ramped riser that is slotted for a hood (none present). The rear sight is a flip-up adjustable “U”-notch leaf with a white diamond aim guide that is dovetailed onto the barrel. The top of the receiver is equipped with a one-piece Redfield rail equipped with two rings for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is one-piece checkered wood with a capped pistol grip, sling stud front and rear, a fluted straight comb, and a checkered black synthetic Winchester buttplate. The wood appears as though it was refinished at some point. There is a small repaired chip at the toe. There are evenly dispersed light draglines and tiny compressions throughout, though most notable on the left side of the forearm above the mag well. The checkering is generally well defined with some compressed checkers on the left side of the forearm. There are no cracks or chips. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition as refinished and repaired.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The rifling is sharp. There is scattered light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 94% of its finish. The receiver shows light thinning at the leading edges. There is also thinning around the crown. There is some lacquer spill over on the rear of the receiver from refinishing the stock. There are some light scratches on the top of the receiver. The barrel shows some sparse marks and freckles of oxidation. The bolt shows a small amount of light oxidation. The markings remain clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, this rifle is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a cross safety on the front of the lever. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The rifle comes with a 4-round magazine. The magazine shows finish loss and light erosion. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 88 lever action rifle with a 22” barrel chambered in .308 Win. 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 condition with the vast majority of its original finish remaining and scattered light wear in the stock. The .308 Win. cartridge is versatile and easy to find ammunition in a variety of loadings. Anyone who hunts in the woods will appreciate its short 22” barrel and fast handling characteristics for fast shots on running game. Please see our photos and good luck!