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Newly Acquired Pristine 1957 Model 88 in .308
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I put this in lay away back in December of last year and recently paid it off and picked it up today, cause I got a few other Winchester’s I am paying on as well besides this one.  Got a Model 75 Sporter from 1942, and a Model 69 in lay-away with another dealer as well lol.  Wifey has her dresses, shoes and purses, so a fella has to do what he has to do! 
 
This is absolutely an unmolested All Original Model 88 in .308 caliber.  It may have had a few rounds, if that, put through her literally.  Fella that had it, a dealer in PA.  Glad I was able to strike a deal with him, He said it was as clean as he had ever seen one and he wasn’t just saying it either.  I am beyond happy!
 
Anyways, I am amazed at how clean this 88 is!  It is spotless, basically a brand new rifle.  No wear in bluing, the action and the bolt, bolt face has no wear hardly at all, tight action, just a few handling marks here or there on furniture, checkering is clean and crisp.
 
I know most are into older lever actions, I like them as well don’t get me wrong, but these Pre-64 Model 88’s are my favorite.  I am drawn to the 50’s era mostly, but I love them all.  The addiction is strong!  Bad thing IS I like ammo boxes, advertising posters, magazine ads and such as well.  I might need an intervention in the near future Wink    
 
Serial Number 40271, which makes it an early 1957 Model 88.
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Furniture and bluing is stellar!  The checkering is crisp and no wear whatsoever. 
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Lever Action shoes hardly any wear at all.
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Magazine well no wear.  Magazine although not pictured here looks as if it has never had a round loaded into it even!
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Barrel Crown doesn’t even show signs of being fired!
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Original butt plate isn’t even blemished!
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That’s a fantastic looking 88, pretty much brand new. I have one from 1961 in 243 that my father bought new. I need to take a deer with it someday in his memory…. just one more thing on my bucket list.

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Thanks Pdog!  I almost bought a pristine 243 few months back.  It was a toss up between it and this 88 I bought.

And for the record I took the unblemished sling swivels out as I don’t want them to scar the stock.  I never use a sling anyway, unless hunting, and this one won’t be doing that.

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