Post 64 Winchester 88 358 mag

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  1. sharpinvestments

    sharpinvestments New Member

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    I'm chasing a rather rare bird...it's a Winchester model 88 rifle, post 64, in 358. It's in 99% condition...only a couple of minor dents in the stock. I've have found information that Winchester did a couple of "clean ups" of 88 parts in 1965 and in 1972 to make 300 to 400 88's in 358. So, since it's considerably rarer than the pre-64....will it bring the same big bucks ($3000. to $3500. or more? thanks for your opinions.
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    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    The Blue Book doesn't list the post-'64 Model 88 in .358 Win. Just in .243, .284, and .308., and the Standard Catalog of Firearms doesn't list it at all.
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    Maybe someone on WinchesterCollector.org in the rifle forum might know about the clean ups

    This link http://www.chuckhawks.com/winchester_88.htm has lots of information on the Model 88, (1955-1973), chambered in in 243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .358 Winchester and .284 Winchester. The 358 chambering was discontinued in 1964.
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  4. williamd

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    My blue bookl lists the M88 in 358 as pre-64 only. And, I have owned all four calibres. Great rifle. 284 is my fav.
    BB says 358 was manuf '56 - '62. BB has NO 358's after that.

    For Pre-64
    100% = $3750
    90% = $2100
    80% = $1800


    Doing a little digging ...
    The other M88 I want is a carbine in .358 Win. Unfortunately it will have to be a custom job as the .358 cartridge was only offered in standard rifles, and dropped after 1963. They command big bucks on the used market. Nearly 284,000 model 88s were made before production ended in 1973. I'd love to see it come back, but realistically that's not going to happen.


    EIGHTY-EIGHT: WINCHESTER 88 COLLECTORS
    Learn all of the nitty gritty about the 10 versions of the 88. 50 pgs.

    Item No: B15509 0-DMP-20 0 Softcover
    Author: Doug Murray
    Price: $25.00


    BUT ..... Winchester Model 88's

    Model Caliber
    PRE.64
    Model Caliber Post 64 Model Caliber Total
    Model 88 308 * 74556 Model 88 308 * 35733 Rifles 308 # 110289
    Model 88 243 * 38561 Model 88 243 * 35733 Rifles 243 # 74294
    Model 88 284 * 2925 Model 88 284 * 32405 Rifles 284 # 35330
    Model 88 358 * 35636 Model 88 358 ** 473 Rifles 358 # 36109
    Model 88 Carbines 308 * 10660 Model
    88
    Carbines 243 * 10660 Model
    88 Carbines
    284 * 7010
    Model
    88
    Carbines
    358 * NONE Total
    all
    carbines
    All *** 28330 Total
    All
    Rifles
    All *** 256022


    * Number produced by caliber
    ** Produced in 1965
    *** Total number of 88's produced
    # ---- Total produced by Caliber
    The total production of 473 Post 64 Rifles in 358 caliber that have Basket Weave Stocks were Shipped to Canada and were never shown in the Catalog.

    1955 -- Model 88 was introduced by Winchester in 308 Caliber serial number 4 was the first gun produced . The 308 was the longest running caliber with the last ones produced in 1973 .
    1956-- Caliber's 243 Winchester and 358 were added to the Model 88 line. The 243 was produced through 1973. The 358 was produced through 1962 except the parts clean up in 1965 when 473 more 358's were produced .
    1957-- By January 1957 most all the engineering modifications were made to the 88 mechanism , after 80,000 serial all 88's had the modifications made.
    1962-- 358 Discontinued at years end . There were approximately 35,636, 358's produced between 1956 through 1962. All 358 's had hand cut checkered stocks. Serial range of 358's serial numbers are from 35,999 to 142,917
    1963 --284 Winchester Caliber introduced. The hand cut checkered stock on the 284 caliber was only made in 1963 making it the rarest hard to find variation. The serial range for the 284 is 139,600 to 151,693. The 284 Caliber was manufactured from 1963 to 1972.
    1964-- Impressed Checkered basket weave stock introduced on all caliber's. The pistol grip cap was changed to the red W on all models. The lowest number with impressed wood stock is 151,300 and are mixed with hand cut checkered stocks. By serial number 151,694 all stocks were impressed with basket weave pattern until end of production .
    1965 -- 473 Winchester 358's were manufactured as parts clean up with impressed basket weave stocks and shipped to Canada and are uncataloged and extremely rare
    1968 -- Model 88 introduced as a carbine in 243 Winchester , 284 Winchester and 308 Winchester caliber's . The 284 carbines were manufactured 3 years only 1968 -1969-and 1970. The carbines in 243 Winchester and 308 Winchester were manufactured 1968 to 1972 . The wood stock pistol grip cap was changed from a Red W to a plain flat cap with a scroll on it .
    1970--284 chambering discontinued at years end only 7,000 were produced making it the second rarest variations. Serial number range 216,934 to 259,001
    1972-- 284 rifles discontinued at years end. There were approximately 35,300, 284 rifles manufactured from 1963 to 1972 . There were 2,925 with cut checkering stocks and 32,400 with impressed wood stocks. The serial number range for rifle's is 139,600 to 277,257. Model 88 carbine production ceased with caliber's 243 and 308. There were approximately 10,600 of each caliber manufactured from serial number 216,394 through 277,257 . A total of 28,300 carbines were manufactured.
    1973-- Model 88 production discontinued at years end at serial number 283,913. Last caliber's manufactured 243 and 308 with 74,300, 243 Winchester caliber made and 110,300 308 Winchester caliber produced over the 19 years that 88's were produced .
    1975-- Clean up of parts and receivers ran until serial number 284,971 the last serial number produced.

    Source H & H Shooters Supply
    Middletown Pa.



    You headline sez 358 mag ... it ain't .. just 358W.
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