Winchester Model 88 Lever Action - 1959 Mfg
2/20/20 - This is an original Winchester Model 88 that was manufactured in 1959, and comes with the mounting rail for a scope. This example shows almost no bluing loss, but there is surface rust on top of the barrel, and a little more on the lever action. The stock has several nicks and minor handling wear, but no major chips or cracks. Minty bore. The action is very smooth. Comes with a nice sling, too.
The Model 88 was a completely new design in lever actions. It had no visible hammer; the bolt rotated when operated by the lever, locking up with three lugs just aft of the chamber similar to a bolt action. It fed from a 4-shot detachable box magazine. Its 22" barrel had a featherweight profile leading to the rifle’s 7 1/4-lb. weight. Cartridges ejected from the side, allowing a scope to be mounted center over the bore. To cap it off the one-piece walnut stock with a pistol grip borrowed much of its lines from the bolt-action rifles of the day, sleek and fast-handling. Winchesters marketing guys even called it the “bolt action rifle with a lever.”