I have a Remington 788 in .243 that I bought in the early 80s. It is one of the models with a 18 1/2" barrel. It is in great shape because I haven't shot it much over the years and have maintained and stored it well. It is a very simple rifle but very accurate. I have had a few people try hard to persuade me to sell it to them, offering more than the price of some current rifles. One even offered to trade me an M-1 Garand for it, although I doubt it is in good shape. I am curious. Is the Remington 788 somewhat of a collecible or shooter favorite? I don't plan to sell it but would like to get more info on it.