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Old 07-11-2012, 03:29 AM   #61
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Default 788 walnut stock

I bought a 788 in, I believe, 1979. It has a walnut stock and I was told that was the last year they were offered. It is 22-250. I feed it Barnes Varmit Grenade in 36 gr. on top of 38 gr. of Varget. 4130 fps and VERY inpressive groups. Hit a coyote with this and it folds up like a window blind. One of the best and most dependable rifles I own.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:13 AM   #62
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Default remington 788 22-250

I was left a 1968 model 788 22-250 when grandfather died has been the best shooting gun imagined. Holds a quarter sized group at 200 yds all day long. FYI does have walnut stock and never had issue with bolt handle or any other issues. This rifle has even amazed me at 400 yds plus
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:21 AM   #63
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I own a REM788 in .222 which I bought brand new about 35yrs ago and still have it with the original barrel. I've shot Kangaroo's foxes,crows,pigs and cats with it. It loves 45gn and 50 gn projectiles and will group at least 3/4" if I do my bit. I've only bedded and floated it and haven't touched the trigger yet. A brilliant cheap rifle that will give a higher class rifle a run for it's money accurracy wise. I topped it off with a Redfield 3-9x variable recently.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:55 PM   #64
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Default Ejection issues with Remington 788

The 788 is a great little rifle. It is accurate, handy and relatively inexpensive. The 788 ejects shells at a very high angle. Often empties hit the scope and bounce back into the action. Some common recommendations are to use high scope rings or turn the scope 90 degrees to the left (yuk).

My recommendation is simple. After firing turn the entire rifle 90 degrees to the right. Ejection port should face downward. Run the bolt back. The shell will fall free. Turn rifle back to firing position. Run bolt forward. You are ready to fire again. This takes an additional second or so but works like a champ.

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Never have I experienced such a problem with any of the three 788’s (later models, 18 ”) I own now for over 30 years. Am using Redfield JR1 one piece steel bases and Redfield medium dovetail steel rings on two of them in .308 (1981) and 7mm-08 (1980) with a Zeiss Diavari-C 3X9 (GERMANY) and a Bushnell Banner compact 2X8 from the early 80’s respectively. The other rifle, a .243 (1981) has Weaver 2 piece steel bases and medium steel rings, which came with the Weaver K4-50 50th anniversary scope. The only problem I ever encountered was a head-spacing problem with the .243 very early on back in the early 80’s; a Dremel tool took care of that.
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:20 PM   #66
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In reference to an older post here, the Remington 788 rifle was discontinued in 1983.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:27 PM   #67
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My '76 308 has never had issues ejecting brass. Just give it a smooth pull to the rear My rings are weaver short rings with a equally as old 2.5-10 bushnel on it . Still a real solid accurate hunter today .
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Default Rem 788 Ejection Issues

I own two scoped 788's. One in .223 and a walnut stock version .243 and neither have ever given me this problem. BTW, they're both extremely accurate rifles!!
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I also have a 788 in 223. It was given to me from my grandpa when I was younger and to this day it's a tack driver. I'm comfortable shooting groundhogs out to 275-300 yards all day long. I've been looking at replacing the walnut stock with a Boyd's. I will never get rid of this gun. I wish I had a couple more mags for it!!!!


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Mags for the .223 are available on e-Bay; for .243, .308, 7mm-8 and I believe 6mm they are interchangeable.
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