Is that an aftermarket barrel? looks kind of heavy contour for stock. I have never owned a 788 of my own but that is one rifle that has been on my wish list for some time, along with a Savage 99, a REAL Marlin 336, and an oldschool Remington 600. I don't think there is any modern rifle that can best a 788 not even my superb Tikka T3 or my (FN) Winchester 70 Featherweight.
I also noticed the barrel looks a little long and thick.. But, if you take a good look at the barrel on my 788 it is kind of thick also. I just know they are great shooters.
I've got one in .222. The only thing wrong with it is the trigger but other than that it earned me quite a few dollars fox shooting for skins years ago and I still use it now.
It's mounted with a Redfield 3-9x 'scope and loves 50gn pills. It'll hold around .5" group if I do my bit.
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How difficult was it to install? Does it improve the saftey design?
It takes about 15 minutes to install the trigger but I had about 30 minutes of stock filing and sanding to do as well. The part of the cut-out in the stock where the trigger is will likely require some light filing \ sanding for the safety lever to move forward & backward smoothly. It's not an area that will be visually noticeable unless you have the stock off the rifle. The safety operates the same but I find the Timney safety to have a more positive feel when engaging or disengaging it. If you have any questions just let me know and I'll get you to PM me.
Thanks....it hasn't been in the woods a lot....did some ground hog hunting with it a few times when I lived out east. Don't have any prairie dogs around here where I live, although it would do good on coyotes and we have a lot of them in AZ. Maybe I need to get hold of my friend that goes coyote hunting and get it scratched up a bit.