Lee PrecisionADvertise hereMidSouth Shooters SupplyRepackbox
Titan ReloadingWidenersInline FabricationRotoMetals2

Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Winchester 88 triggers

  1. #1
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    52

    Winchester 88 triggers

    I have an '88 and recently I measured my rifle triggers and got the '88 at 8.35 lb while my lightest rifle trigger on my Vixen is at 1.85.
    I dont mind it that much per se but the difference is annoying. I always have to do a couple of dry fires with the Vixen before I actually load it to get used to it.

    How are your '88:s, is mine high or low?
    Is it worth buying some good punches to disassemble and hone?

  2. #2
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Moorhead, MN
    Posts
    391
    I'd Google "Winchester 88 trigger gunsmith". I suspect it isn't an easy or obvious fix.

  3. #3
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    402
    I have an amazing gunsmith - who refused to work on my 284. Told me to order a trigger shoe, which gives one the "feel" of a lighter trigger pull.


    Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    Boolit Master pietro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    4,005
    .

    +3

    IME, Winchester 88 triggers are virtually impossible to tune/adjust/refine like the triggers on most other guns are.
    Experience is a wonderful thing - It lets you recognize a mistake, when you make it again.

  5. #5
    Boolit Grand Master Texas by God's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    9,601
    No experience with the 88, but one of my brothers has a model 250(the rim fire lever action contemporary) and it’s trigger is terrible. If I remember right, the trigger travels with the lever when cycled.

  6. #6
    Moderator



    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Oregon Coast
    Posts
    6,533
    No gunsmith in his right mind wants to tear one apart. I had a so-called gunsmith call me and want to borrow my Winchester 88, since he had one apart and couldn't get it back together. I asked him why he wanted mine, and he said he wanted to take it apart so he could see how to put the other one back together. I rather impolitely told him he was out of his mind if he thought I was going to let him tear my 88 apart too, and he hasn't spoken to me since. And mine also has a hard trigger pull. They are what they are.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
    After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. - William S. Burroughs.

  7. #7
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Moorhead, MN
    Posts
    391
    Look up BLR trigger gunsmith. The Browning BLR's trigger travels with the lever, and as far as I know, there's only one gunsmith who is good with them. He also works on Remington semi-auto triggers. If he says no, I'm guessing the answer is live with it.

  8. #8
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    261
    As I recall, you'll need slave pins to reassemble the trigger group. It's been a long time since i worked on an 88, but that's what I remember.

  9. #9
    Moderator



    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Oregon Coast
    Posts
    6,533
    Slave pins are definitely required to put a Model 88 trigger group back together. I'm told it can't be done without them. There are some Youtube videos on the Model 88 available, if someone really wants to tear into one.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
    After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. - William S. Burroughs.

  10. #10
    Boolit Man
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    79
    I too have a 22 version of the 88 (a Model 150 carbine, same receiver as the 250) and had an old school gunsmith (now dead) tune the trigger. Pull wasn't changed much but let-off and feel was much better. No idea what he did other than something about welding on certain parts and regrinding. Done over 25 years ago.

  11. #11
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    52
    Thanks guys, the '88 is configured as a short range rifle and at least it's a "safe" trigger with the heavy pull
    I think I'll raise the trigger pull on the vixen instead to lessen the difference somewhat.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check