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.358 Win. caliber that year.
In 1963, the .284 Win. was added,
completing the lineup of pre-1964 Model
88s.
More than 151,000 Model 88s were
sold by the end of 1964, with .308 the
most popular caliber.
Reducing the length of pull often eased
recoil for Model 88 owners. Recoil also
was further dampened with aftermarket
recoil pads.
Popular pads were Pachmayer and
Hawkins, most of which were red and
remain on many Model 88s to this day.
The rifle's trigger is average, but its
feel, with regard to creep and over-travel,
would hardly meet Winchester's standards today or back then.
The lever mechanism provided challenges to do-it-yourself gun owners,
because of its complicated assembly.
Yes, all the parts can be removed.
But, reassembly can be difficult without
a gunsmith's expertise.
In 1964, Winchester decided to alter
its manufacturing practices.

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For the most part, production changes
were cosmetic.
On the Model 88, the most significant
post-1964 change was Winchester replacing the cut-diamond checkering with a
pressed oak-leaf basket-weave. And the
pistol-grip cap was upgraded to include
Winchester's trademark red "W."
With the changeover from checkered
to the pressed oak-leaf design, there was
some overlap to close out stocks on hand.
The lowest serial number on a rifle
with the pressed motif is 151,300. For a
brief time, stock treatments were mixed.
That ended with serial number 151,694.
By 1967, the price of a Model 88 had
increased to $139.95. In 1970, the cap on
the pistol grip was replaced with one that
exhibited a scroll design.
Based on the success of the Model
88, Winchester in 1968 introduced an 88
carbine. The rifle had a 19-inch barrel
attached by a band to a plain stock.
When introduced, carbines were
chambered for the .308 Win. and .243
Win. The .284 Win. also was offered from
1968 to 1970.
Carbines chambered in .308 Win.

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