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Old January 8th, 2017, 02:00 PM   #1
 
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Possible gun swap

Hi guys I have Lever Action Itus really bad, I found a very nice Winchester Model 88 pre 64 in .243 with Redfield scope base & rings and two 4 round mags. It also has the original sling swivel setup as well. The seller collects these Rifle I think he realized he has enough of them. Looking at this rifle original wood stock and checkering this rifle looks very nice bluing etc. My trade I have two Marlin 1894 .357 lever action's the one I am thinking of trading just sets in my gun safe collecting dust. A Marlin 1894 Cowboy Limited 24 inch octagon barrel all original this rifle does have the cross bolt safety but is a JM stamped rifle. I also have a 1894 C pre-cross bolt safety in excellent condition as well this rifle I want to keep lighter has a scope easier for me to use. So opinions on value to value trade etc. The Winchester Model 88 is priced @ $750 with out scope base & rings and the extra mag vs my Marlin 1894 CowBoy Limited what do you guys think......I am going to give this thought tonight so comments much welcomed thanks!!!



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Old January 8th, 2017, 02:46 PM   #2
 
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The Marlin 1894 cowboy in .357 with 24in. Octagonal barrel usually brings in the neighborhood of $800 to $1100 on Gunbroker.com
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Agree, my 1894 C pre-cross bolt also brings about the same. I guess I need to see. The value of a pre-64 Winchester Model 88.
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Value is subjective, if you are happy with the trade, do it.

But personally the 88 just doesn't have that classic lever feel for me. I'd rather have the 94.

I'd find a more affordable bolt action in .243 and keep the 94. It's just too hard for me to part with any lever.
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I would personally have a difficult time trading off 357 levers of that make. They are too much fun.
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I would personally have a difficult time trading off 357 levers of that make. They are too much fun.
What he said.
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Yes what he said I am not going to do it, I found values from $899-$2500 on a Cowboy Limited rifle plus I also have the original box. My other Marlin 1894 C .357 pre-crossbolt isn't much difference in value either. I might consider selling the Cowboy Model if I can get a decent deal on either a Miruko aka Winchester Model 73 carbine in .357 or a Uberti Model 73 Winchester in .357. My other favorite is a Winchester Model 92 action that would be a more affordable option just to keep what I have and add to the collection with a Rossi Model 92 .357 they are very nice as well!!! Plus what Frontiersman has stated I already have a really nice Bolt Action .243 that I got a steal of a deal on just before Christmas wood stocked Mauser Action Interarms Mark X wood stocked with Nikon scope for $300.oo so I cannot complain! A Winchester Model 88 is very heavy after just getting a Savage Model 99 in .300 Savage the Savage action might not be quite as smooth but its a strong action & I think the Savage 99 is a lighter rifle.
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The winchester 88 is for people who like lever guns but want spitzer bullets. Savage sold many model 99s for the same reason.
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