Winchester Riot Gun Times Two

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  1. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 New Member

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    3 guns + 2 trades + 1 scope = 1937 Model 1897 solid frame riot gun!

    Living in Jersey it is hard to sell or trade a handgun.
    Even if you sell it on ********* it is very hard and expensive to ship.

    1) Took 2 handguns that would have netted me $550 on a good day, added $125 and came home with a Winchester 88 (1955 in .308)

    2) Added a Leupold scope that cost me $125


    Note: I don't hunt and the hard kicking Winchester 88 was no fun at the range.

    3) Went to a gun show and traded the Winchester 88 for a 1937 solid frame Model 1897 Riot gun.

    Here it is with my 1957 Model 12 Riot:
    Isn't America great!
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  2. lonewolf204

    lonewolf204 Active Member

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    Good lookin guns! The 88 does kick like a mule. :D
  3. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 New Member

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    Anyone hunt with a .308 88?
  4. Inthewind1976

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    I hunted with one for YEARS; my father's 4-digit serial # 88 with a Weaver K4 on it. Everyone who shot it for the first time, got an extra eyebrow from the ocular lens. HELL YEAH, they kick! But that aint nothing; try a .35 Whelen on for size, with a #2 barrel and a nice trim stock!! lol
  5. Bushmaster1313

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    My 88 in .308 was also a 4 digit that had barely seen use.
    I still let it go. Just no fun at the range.
  6. Claudius Valarium

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    BM1313, I have a story similar to yours. I picked up a Winchester Model 88 in 308 several years ago for about the same cost and later added a Leupold for $100. It's from 1959 and I really like the gun - very well balanced. I wouldn't consider giving it up without a real good reason.

    Yes, it does have a kick to it, but mine does have a butt pad, though I have been "scoped" by it with the older scope (not the Leupold) that was on it when I got it. The pad is original to the gun and will eventually be replaced. And, though I don't hunt right now, the Model 88 would definitely be one of my choices depending on what is being hunted.

    I am loading up 308 for this gun right now and am looking forward to getting to the sweet load.
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