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Posted: 2/25/2006 12:58:14 PM EDT
Local gun shop has one, .308, 18.5" barrel, with scope rings and blondish colored stock. Asking $275. I was kind of looking for a deer rifle, so was wondering if this is a good deal or not. I know they haven't been made since the early 80s. Thanks.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 1:31:10 PM EDT
A really good rifle that shoots pretty accurately. It does not get the appreciation it deserves. The gun rag 'experts' never really liked it as it has rear locking lugs and they thought this would make it less accurate than the 700. That is, and was not, true. I like them myself and I can build anything I want.

Charles the Gunsmith.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 1:45:19 PM EDT
solid carbine...good shooter and good choice for backwoods mountain climbing where the terrain is really rugged...
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 2:12:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 2:13:07 PM EDT by Jason280]
I am a big fan of the 788 rifles, and I have been looking for one identical to the one you are describing (I've sent you an IM concerning it). I have one in .243, and its a very accurate little rifle. Mine will do 1" with factory Rem and Win 100gr loads, and will do much better with handloads.


Link Posted: 2/25/2006 3:04:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 3:16:56 PM EDT
I have one in 22-250 and wont give it up. Great truck gun. I heard once that remington quit making it because people were buying 788 instead of 700.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 3:58:03 PM EDT
Had the same rifle in .308, hands down my favorite all around rifle, It was neat to be able to carry
loaded magazines for a bolt gun in your pocket

With a good synthetic stock and Picatinney rail set-up it would be a "good to go" set-up today.

Still have a spare magazine for a 243 if anybody needs it IM me and it's yours.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 4:19:49 PM EDT
Thanks for the replies guys. I am seriously thinking about this gun. Wish it was a tad cheaper. I guess it is acutally $279, and that's before the $10 background check. So I would have $289 into it OTD. Doubt I could get it for much cheaper than that, since it is on consignment and it hasn't been there that long. We'll see.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 4:24:19 PM EDT
Are they still charging $10 for background checks? I thought they did away with that, or is it only in Georgia?
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 4:53:40 PM EDT
I had two Rem 788's, one .243 and a .308. I just traded my .308 in for a new Savage Model 10 youth package in .243. The wife was shooting it and would not let me cut the stock down on it.

I decided to get rid of the the .308 for the reasons that are the most weakest. The rear locking lugs allow for cases to stretch conciderably over a front lugged action like the 700, Muaser, Win Model 70 or the Savage.

Don't get me wrong, it is a VERY accurate rifle, I was able to use mine out to 800 yards very effectively. I just had to be very careful about what ammo I would use. Hirtenberger, both surplus and .308 would be so hot for it, the bolt woul have to be hammered open. Lower powered factory loads gave no real fits though. Light Magnum Hornay loads are another ammo the gun didn't like.

I haven't found to many loads that the .243 doesn't like so far. I also bedded the action and have had wonderful results with it. It will shoot .5 MOA all day long if I don't go hammering rounds out to fast.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 4:54:08 PM EDT
I had one in .308 years ago with an armored scope on it, I should have kept it, I regret sellign it, and if I find one again I will definately keep it, after buying it of course
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:22:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 6:22:37 PM EDT by Bushwacker85]

Originally Posted By Jason280:
Are they still charging $10 for background checks? I thought they did away with that, or is it only in Georgia?



Oregon charges $10 for the background check. I think it's because the check is done through the state, and not the NCIS, or something like that.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 5:34:27 AM EDT
Interesting. I thought it was done by the same group (Feds) for the entire country, but I could be wrong.

Anyway, $250-275 is a pretty good deal, especially if the rifle is in good condition. I would buy it in a second!
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 7:09:35 AM EDT
I sure like my 788 in 6mm.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 7:51:24 AM EDT
I had a left handed version in .308. Never should have sold it. Very accurate rifle. Sold it 20 years ago. Big mistake.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 3:35:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 11:46:50 PM EDT by GI_Brat]
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 4:47:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 9:15:35 AM EDT
Me and a friend shot his 788 in 22-250 this weekend. WWB 45gr loads shot just under 1 inch 5 shot groups at 100. Nice looking gun that comes with a DM.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 9:31:09 AM EDT
Well, I went back this morning to buy it and it was gone. Had to have sold in the last hour they were open on Saturday or very early this morning. Guess that's what I get for hesitating. Oh well, more money to put towards a 1911.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 3:03:27 PM EDT
Damn, you missed out!
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