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I know some folks don't care for 'em because they aren't traditional enough. Me, I like 'em (at least they have a lever!) but hadn't gotten around to think about getting one until after prices had started going up, up, UP.

A year or two ago, I managed to snag one in .308 for somewhere in the upper $600s, including tax, and was pretty well pleased with myself.

Took it hunting last fall and it got to go first in the rotation. Got a decent doe to fill one of the antlerless tags.

Having filled one tag, it was time to switch guns; the .444 Marlin filled a second tag and I was done making meat for another year. I hunt in SW Wisconsin and it's about a 4 hour drive to get home. Stopped at a Gander Mountain, mostly to get in a bathroom break, stretch my legs and just look around. Casually asked what the tag said on a scratched-up looking Model 88 on the used rack. Left with it for less'n $500, including tax.

I guess I needed a spare, anyways.

Finally got around to putting a little time into the stock and giving the bore and action a good cleaning. The old Bushnell 3-9X that was on it came off and I robbed one of my BLR's to get a scope to match the old Redfield 2-7X the other one wears. And off to the range.

Look Ma, twins! (the fixer upper is the one with darker wood)

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So, anyone else have one or several or even a whole flock of Model 88s they want to talk about or show off?
 

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I know the collectors have finally started noticing them, that and the M100. Especially the earlier real checkered ones, more than the later basket stamped versions.

The interest behind "non traditional" lever guns kind of bounces around. Sako had one there during those years, it took a double look to tell them and the 88 apart. I dont think I have ever seen more than a couple of the SAKOS in real life.

And I notice more 100s than the 88.

As far as popularity, the Sav 99 I suppose had the high pressure lever gun market in the bag. It had to be rather stiff competition for the 88

I see the entry level prices on the 100 and 88, in nice condition guns, around the 750 range at the shows in this area. Minty guns bring a bit more.
 

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One fo our Mods has one, maybe he'll show up and give his opinion.
Jaaaaay?
 

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This isn't mine, but is one in 308Win that I have an intimate relationship with. I have done all of its handloading since 2005. Exclusively 180gr Hornady Interlocks over a stiff charge of IMR4064. A few elk, a moose, a wolf and an mountain lion all said "good night".

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I just got my Model 88 last month or so. Its a post-64--a 1966 model in 308 Win. I have been very impressed with it so far--fit/finish/function are very good. I just got back from Afghanistan and hope to get it out to the range next week. The previous owner told me it loves 165 grain Speer bullets with various IMR powders.

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Those are two very good looking rifles, the Redfields are a perfect match. Have one first year production 88, which is a shooter. The goal here is to have a representative of each model centerfire levergun made between 1950 and 2000. Interesting to compare the various manufactures. Still looking for a SAKO, Winchester 71, Mossberg and a couple Marlins.

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I have a 1962 model that has killed more deer than I can count and a few elk along with many coyotes and a few turkeys. Mine loves 165 gr. btsp and is one that has a good trigger and is sweet shooting. This is one gun that will not leave my family.
 

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71s are almost in the "classic" lever mode, since they did not come in "modern" chamberings, but they are no longer available at an econo price either.

Probably not one shooter in a hundred has ever even seen a 348, but it certainly did the job for a lot of the previous generation. It wasnt "sexy" but the critters did not know the difference.
 

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There's a .308 Sako Finnbear, Finnwolf, Fenris Wolf or whatever-it-was that they called their levergun (yeah, I COULD've looked it up) in a shop about an hour's drive from me. It's been restocked in a grey pattern laminated hunk of wood. Restocked, no scope or mounts, only the one magazine and they still want something like $1,400 for it. It'd be neat to have one, but not enough for me to get past that price. Used to be a gun and pawn place in the area that had one in .243 on the shelf for a number of years and it, too, was priced out of my league.

I've already started the process of handing the family .308 Savage Model 99C on to the next generation. My Dad used it pretty much exclusively his last years of hunting and I've shot some deer with it but figure it's time to pass it along. It seems appropriate that it go to the only nephew that's got any interest in guns and hunting and was the son of my oldest sister that once got a bad case of scope eyebrow from this particular gun.

Got a couple of BLRs, one old-style with the droopy magazine and a BLR-81. The earlier one's in .358, but the later one's another .308

Still, given my druthers, I like the Model 88 best of this field. I'm not at all unhappy that the later ones with the impressed basket weave and oak leaf "checkering" aren't as highly regarded by collectors as the earlier ones: it's probably all that made my twins affordable.
 

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I always liked the looks of the 88 (the 100 too) but I passed on the only chance I had to get one many years ago. I just might start looking again.....
 

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The interest (price) in 308/338 Marlin JMs and big bore JMs has increased to point where decent shooter Winchester 88 or 100 seems a real bargin these days.
 

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Every modern manufactured gun, from any maker, complete with plastic stocks, and fake wood grain and pot metal sights, makes EVERY single classic weapon, more valuable each day.
 

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I have owned a couple of 88's in 308 and they are good guns. The ones made before 1964 have the regular checkering and the ones after 64 have the floral design on the stock. One of the 88's I had broke the firing pin and luckily I found a brand new one for 25 dollars at a gun store that the owner had been holding on to for 10 years. seems a guy had ordered one and had not picked it up. I felt pretty lucky being able to find the firing pin locally. I think that some of the 100's had trouble with the sears or the firing pins. A guy got on the bench next to me with a 284 in a Win 100 once and I wasn't paying much attention to him but when he shot it sounded extremely weird and when I looked over there were 4 shiny brass laying on the concrete and he had a look of atonishment on his face, the gun had gone full auto. He packed up and left shaking his head.
 

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I had never seen an 88 until yesterday. I walked into the LGS and saw a '62 in 243 on the used rack. It had a $699 price tag on it. I remembered seeing, but not reading this thread just the same morning.
 

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I had never seen an 88 until yesterday. I walked into the LGS and saw a '62 in 243 on the used rack. It had a $699 price tag on it. I remembered seeing, but not reading this thread just the same morning.
On that note, went for a ride yesterday and worked the route to include stopping at the gunshop I mentioned earlier in the thread. They're asking $1,350 on their restocked .308 Sako lever action. Their shelves now also hold a Model 88 in .308 that someone restocked with his own three hands priced about $495.
Also stopped off at the Rogers, MN Cabela's store. Found another Sako lever, this time in .243, wearing one of the old B&L external adjustment hunting scope/mount setups. Essentially asking $2K.
Gotta admit that I was more likely to go for the Model 64 deluxe in .32 Special with a Redfield 294 scout-type scope system on it at $1,200 that they also had.... Sure, the scope hurts the collector value and makes me wince to see on this particular model, but my eyes have forced me to come to an accommodation with such things. If I only had the money or the guts to throw it on the plastic.
 

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Some one mentioned FP breakage. When I had an active walk in shop, I used to keep a couple of F Ps for the 88 in the parts cabinet. That and the extractor and plunger assy.

Both were common enough issues to have the parts on hand. So there must be more of them around these parts than I recalled.
 

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I too read this post yesterday and when I went to the LGS this morning for some gun porn, what did I see a Winchester 88 stuck behind a lot of other guns. I asked to see it. It looked pretty good but had a lot of ware. Probably around 70 percent value. You could not tell this by the sticker price $950. It was a 284 caliber. A friend of mine had a 243 version, a rifle.
 

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A really good 284 can bring a couple grand...

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Thats the thing, few LGS have prices written in stone on used guns. Offering less, is always part of the game, but they know a lot of novice buyers are afraid to say anything.

Alls fair in love and gun buying guys.:biggrin:
 
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