Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by Bridgy » 03 Jan 2019, 9:28 pm

I have a 22, a 243 and a 30-30 (and a 12G) and my time is pretty limited lately, so I decided I was better off selling the 222 and putting the money towards something nice for my son. I loved shooting the 222 though, I bet I'll have another one eventually!
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by Rod_outbak » 04 Jan 2019, 9:52 pm

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Hey Bridgy; yea I’m real impressed with it. Would you say the trigger has had any work done to it. Liking the idea of a timney though. Really looks the part now with the vortex on top. Taking for a proper run Wednesday mate. Will let u know the results, also I registered it the next day I picked it up lol. If ur ever up this way and wanna have a shot you can just need some notice.
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Mate, I sent you a private message this arvo, but then realised you mightnt have gotten around to figuring them out.
I found the parts(left them with the LGS in case someone else might have a 788 and need parts), and there is an EGW picatinny rail, a Timney trigger, my original trigger, possibly 2 wooden stocks, at least a couple of spare mags, and my old bolt, which has been modded for a Sako-style extractor, as well as a heap of other bits & pieces.
LGS also tells me he has received another 788 .223 there that he needs to chop, so we are going to have a look at whats worthwhile on that one as well.

I'll likely not get the chance to get into town until mid next week to retrieve them, but if you can PM me with a mailing address, I'll get them in the post when I get the chance.

Cheers,

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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by Dossa456 » 04 Jan 2019, 11:00 pm

Hi Rod yep still thumbing my way around the forum, have sent you a PM
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by Dossa456 » 10 Jan 2019, 6:45 am

Hi all took the 788 out last night with an hour of sunlight to sight it in and just have a play and do my vineyard lap.
Let’s just say I am very impressed. When I work out how to put up pictures I’ll show you some targets shooting factory ammo sighted in at “roughly a fox away distance” think I stepped out 75-80 paces. As mentioned only an hour of sunlight so was the most rushed shoot of the back of the Ute effort with a slight breeze into my face and but still over the moon with how this 788 shoots. My mate who came with me also has the 788 we made a few comparisons which was also good learnings. The trigger on mine is considerable amount lighter. Got me thinking of the history of this rifle and the Many kms it has travelled and the many more it will travel as I won’t part with it now.
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Post by Stix » 10 Jan 2019, 10:54 am

Did someone say "Seven Eightee Eight".....???

Made my ears prick up & my head swivel around...(in days gone by that used to happen when someone said 'tits', now it happens if someone says 788...!)

Love mine...was the ol' mans.
Everyone tells me to sell it, but it doesnt shoot no more...some of the pics below show me draining some of the last bits of life out of her.

As has been mentioned, they have a name for bad triggers, & its interesting what Marksman says about them being dangerous....because, i developed a flinch from shooting this one. (may sound weird but its true).
Unbeknowns to me, i was starting to flinch & eventually honed in on it being due to the trigger releasing at different tension--in other words, i couldnt tell when it was going to release the shot.
Everyone says i was nuts & making excuses, so i took it to someone who had a trigger pull weight doova thinggy-bob & it showed the trigger releasing anywhere between approx 2.2lbs to 3.8lbs, but was mostly between the 2.5-3 mark...

My ol'man told me he had the trigger done on it which didnt make sense, so i got it cleaned out & now...let me tell you...whilst i dont know much about the mechanics of the trigger, it is one of the crispest triggers on a production rifle that ive shot...
I have my Tikka's wound back to as light as possible with the factory spring, & although my 788 is a little heavier (bit over 2-maybe 2.2-2.5 lbs from memory) it is every bit as crisp as the Tikka trigger.
A few people who owned &/or shot the 788's in their day, who have shot mine initially thing it must be an aftermarket trigger in it.

Ill have to watch out for the cleanliness of it though, although i knew it was just dirty, its good to know about the danger so thanks Marksman... :thumbsup: :drinks: (not that i shoot it anymore)

Id really like to get it re-barreled one day & have a fancy custom chamber in an AI version or something, but i struggle with the cost of doing that vs just trying my luck with buying a Howa.



Anyway, Dossa456, you are a lucky man if Rod is offering you bits & pieces...and you are making me enviuos in that i wish mine still shot well...i really love mine...!

At 70-80 yards you will blow big holes in the foxes even with a 222...once you get used to it, try get comfortable with her out to 200 yds then you'll really start having some fun... :clap:

If you dont want all the bits n peices Rod has let me know & i mite buy some off you...!!

Happy to meet up if you like...most shooting i do is at bunnies between 100-250 yds & i love hunting my foxes with a spotlight...so if you're in to that... :unknown:

Mine is a 22-250 :thumbsup:

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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by Dossa456 » 10 Jan 2019, 11:10 am

Yea mate no worries; happy to just pass on parts mate and see stuff go to good homes and keep these old girls going. Yea after sighting in at 80 yards did a vineyard lap. Resulted in cleaning up game out to 100-120 maybe and was very accurate, I’ll tinker with it a bit more probably on the weekend, and get the vortex /788 combo tack driving out to 200. Last night was really that first play experiment trouble was the sun didn’t stay up long enough.
Funny u mention the trigger I really like the way mine shoots but now I recall I remember saying to my mate “ s**t I wasn’t meant to let that shot go of just yet” resulted in a 2 inch flyer from the rest of the group. I’ll drop the timmney in straight away. As my mate also has the 788 and some spare parts I’ll pm you once we go over Them all, this most likely will be my go to rifle once tinkering complete.
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Post by Rod_outbak » 10 Jan 2019, 11:26 am

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Yea mate no worries; happy to just pass on parts mate and see stuff go to good homes and keep these old girls going. Yea after sighting in at 80 yards did a vineyard lap. Resulted in cleaning up game out to 100-120 maybe and was very accurate, I’ll tinker with it a bit more probably on the weekend, and get the vortex /788 combo tack driving out to 200. Last night was really that first play experiment trouble was the sun didn’t stay up long enough.
Funny u mention the trigger I really like the way mine shoots but now I recall I remember saying to my mate “ s**t I wasn’t meant to let that shot go of just yet” resulted in a 2 inch flyer from the rest of the group. I’ll drop the timmney in straight away. As my mate also has the 788 and some spare parts I’ll pm you once we go over Them all, this most likely will be my go to rifle once tinkering complete.
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Heh....

Yesterday, I found the parts I had stripped off a previous 788 .223 the LGS was chopping, and he still has the parts of mine incl the Timney trigger and modded bolt (Sako-style Extractor) waiting for me to collect. I'll pick them up tomorrow when I get into town.
LGS also has a third 788 .222 that he is happy for me to strip parts from as well, so you might end up with a lot of bits & pieces.
If any of them are of use to other 788 owners, then happy days.
There is also a half-decent wood stock that I have partly stripped and sanded, but the jobs not complete.
Is that something you'd want as well? It looks in decent shape overall.
Not sure if I'll get them into the mail tomorrow; depends on the other stuff I've got to get done in town first. Sometime mid-next week at the latest, though.
[Got to find a freaking box long enough to fit them all in!]

Cheers,

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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by bladeracer » 10 Jan 2019, 12:28 pm

I wish I still had paperwork with my serial number, somebody must still have mine somewhere!
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by Dossa456 » 10 Jan 2019, 1:26 pm

Hi Rod
Yep would be great , I’ll go through all the bits then ensure I pass on to others that need.
Also just PM me the postage cost and I’ll ensure I cover that mate. I’ll put up on this thread for the 788 guys. And yea stix happy to meet. Two foxes went down to the spotlight last night mate, PM if u want. Still a to hesitant to put locations and photos ect up on a public forum. Not usually my thing but this post has taught me a bundle and buy the generosity is also going to extend the life of the 788 for a bit longer yet.
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Post by Dossa456 » 10 Jan 2019, 4:54 pm

Worked out how to upload a picture .
Here is the first 5 shot group i have shot out the 788-
80 odd yards, sun nearly down of the back of the ute, with a slight breeze in my face also after after running back from checking a few sighters as i chucked a new scope on her. This is why i was impressed. The circle is 1inch- used factory 50grns - I shot a good 3 round group with some 40grn stuff me mate had but the sun was down by that point, was a good arvo untill the spotlight switch on the 140 fell into the handle, luckily in the on position.
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Post by Dossa456 » 10 Jan 2019, 5:13 pm

and this was the 40grn hornady stuff- didn't check the packet exactly just grabbed 3 rounds of my mate and sen them down.
Really keen to a actually spend a few hours at a 100-150 now and get her shooting sweet.
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by gunnnie » 11 Jan 2019, 7:16 pm

Good to see 788's getting some lovin'.
My first 788 was also my first rifles after a barren 5yrs thanks to my ex & needing to sell my toys!
Loved that rifle, didn't look great but it shot like stink.
After picking up the 788 in 22PPC I needed to add a few more. A 222 with no stock turned up then the 22-250. I'm going to chase Cameron H up for a couple of stocks to give both these old gems a new lease on life.

Would like to get one of the 7-08 models. Will have to chase up a couple of Timney triggers too.
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by bladeracer » 11 Jan 2019, 8:06 pm

gunnnie wrote:Good to see 788's getting some lovin'.
My first 788 was also my first rifles after a barren 5yrs thanks to my ex & needing to sell my toys!
Loved that rifle, didn't look great but it shot like stink.
After picking up the 788 in 22PPC I needed to add a few more. A 222 with no stock turned up then the 22-250. I'm going to chase Cameron H up for a couple of stocks to give both these old gems a new lease on life.

Would like to get one of the 7-08 models. Will have to chase up a couple of Timney triggers too.


I wanted the 7mm-08 when I was a kid to go with my .222Rem, but I just didn't have any need for back then. It's the reason I made sure I got the 7mm-08 this time around :-)
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by gunnnie » 11 Jan 2019, 8:10 pm

Haven't seen a 788 in 7-08 in years. Keep trawling thru the various second hand gun sites but nothing yet. I'm patient though, one will turn up eventually.
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by Stix » 11 Jan 2019, 8:32 pm

bladeracer wrote:
gunnnie wrote:Good to see 788's getting some lovin'.
My first 788 was also my first rifles after a barren 5yrs thanks to my ex & needing to sell my toys!
Loved that rifle, didn't look great but it shot like stink.
After picking up the 788 in 22PPC I needed to add a few more. A 222 with no stock turned up then the 22-250. I'm going to chase Cameron H up for a couple of stocks to give both these old gems a new lease on life.

Would like to get one of the 7-08 models. Will have to chase up a couple of Timney triggers too.


I wanted the 7mm-08 when I was a kid to go with my .222Rem, but I just didn't have any need for back then. It's the reason I made sure I got the 7mm-08 this time around :-)


Yes guys...i keep a lookout for them in 7-08 as well...!!
However im waiting on a give-away 22-250 or 308 that is shot out....
I csme across a couple a year or so back, but he wanted too much for them & they really had been butchered...

And Blade...whats this pityful crap about "not needing one back then"...as if you NEED 90% of what you have now... :lol: :lol: :lol: sorry mate...that excuse coming from you just doesnt wash mate...!!! :roll:
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Re: Remington 788 -anyone here got one?

Post by bladeracer » 11 Jan 2019, 9:13 pm

Stix wrote:Yes guys...i keep a lookout for them in 7-08 as well...!!
However im waiting on a give-away 22-250 or 308 that is shot out....
I csme across a couple a year or so back, but he wanted too much for them & they really had been butchered...

And Blade...whats this pityful crap about "not needing one back then"...as if you NEED 90% of what you have now... :lol: :lol: :lol: sorry mate...that excuse coming from you just doesnt wash mate...!!! :roll:
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Yes, I didn't think I'd sneak that past even while I was typing it :-)
I had eleven rifles and shotguns when I was seventeen, which I thought was rather a large haul back then :-)
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