When Was the Winchester Model 88 .308 First Introduced?

When Was the Winchester Model 88 .308 First Introduced?

The Winchester Model 88 in .308 was first introduced in 1955. The Model 88 is the third-best selling lever action rifle in Winchester's history. Production was discontinued in 1973.

The Model 88 was designed for the then new Winchester .308 cartridge. A lever action rifle with bolt action features such as a four-shot detachable magazine, it allowed the use of high-powered, short-case cartridges with Spitzer bullets. Its manual action and front-locking bolt also made it popular with reloaders. The original Model 88 featured a one-piece pistol grip stock, point-checkered at the pistol grip and forearm. In 1964, the design was changed to an acorn and basket weave design.