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Old January 8th, 2017, 01:00 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, 01:46 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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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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I think you made a good choice. There is no way that I'd do that trade.
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Made a much better swap, traded my Kahr CM9 9mm for a Savage Model 99 in .300 Savage. I posted pictures of my Savage in another thread titled Found 2 Savage Model 99's. I took my Savage Model 99 to the LGS found out it was made in 1936. I was told I really came out much more in value on this trade!!! One I can live with!!!
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Sounds like you made a good deal, lets us know how you like it.
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Correct me if I am wrong but as I remember it Pre 64 only pertains to Winchester model 70's. control feed pre 64 and push feed 64 and after.
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Correct me if I am wrong but as I remember it Pre 64 only pertains to Winchester model 70's. control feed pre 64 and push feed 64 and after.
Factory burned to ground in 1964.....(I think) So supposedly guns made before the fire hold little more value I may be wrong, but that has always been my perception.
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Factory burned to ground in 1964.....(I think) So supposedly guns made before the fire hold little more value I may be wrong, but that has always been my perception.
I guess I've been wrong all these years....wiki:

"By the 1960s the rising cost of skilled labor was making it increasingly unprofitable to produce Winchester's classic designs, as they required considerable hand-work to finish. In particular, Winchester's flagship Model 12 pump shotgun and Model 70 bolt-action rifle with their machined forgings could no longer compete in price with Remington's cast-and-stamped 870 and 700. Accordingly, S. K. Janson formed a new Winchester design group to advance the use of "modern" engineering design methods and manufacturing principles in gun design. The result was a new line of guns which replaced most of the older products in 19631964. The immediate reaction of the shooting press and public was overwhelmingly negative: the popular verdict was that Winchester had sacrificed quality to the "cheapness experts,"[5] and Winchester was no longer considered to be a prestige brand, causing a marked loss of market share. To this day, gun collectors consider "post-64" Winchesters to be both less desirable and less valuable than their predecessors."
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