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#2924886 - 02/01/16 11:22 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: Winny Fan]
CAFR Offline
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Registered: 06/19/10
Posts: 369
Loc: Prescott Valley, AZ
Nope. 3 digits and a decimal point is fair.
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#2924923 - 02/02/16 12:46 AM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: CAFR]
Rocky1 Offline
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Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 11518
Loc: ND/FL - USA
Originally Posted By: CAFR
Originally Posted By: Rocky1
Uhmmmm... The action on a 788 is probably the worst part of the gun. Why would you get rid of all the rest of it, and build off the action? lol


Seriously, there are way better actions to build off of, not to mention parts aren't readily available for the 788 already. I'd leave the 788 alone myself, unless it had issues, and build on a newer, stronger action. It would definitely be different, but I don't know if that would be a good thing in this case.


Take no heed of this man's advice concerning 788s. He's obviously biased and has been heavily influenced by the internet. The 788 action is one of the strongest out there and is less influenced by action screw torque than the 700 or clones.




Oh, I know it's a strong action, to an extent, dependent upon caliber, but it's a sloppy action. The one I had, you'd have sworn the bolt was going to fall out of it, every time you pulled it back. Smooth was not even remotely in its vocabulary, crankin a round in the chamber was kinda like shifting gears in a '48 International Truck.
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#2930930 - 02/12/16 10:11 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: Rocky1]
SixsixtyMags Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 02/01/16
Posts: 632
Loc: Pocono Mts.Pa.
Lets put it this way: I have a 788 in 22-250, and I wouldn't molest or get rid of that rear lugged crowbar for anything!
Kind of like my ugly duckling that shoots! smile

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#2932148 - 02/15/16 11:39 AM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: Rocky1]
CAFR Offline
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Registered: 06/19/10
Posts: 369
Loc: Prescott Valley, AZ
Originally Posted By: Rocky1
Originally Posted By: CAFR
Originally Posted By: Rocky1
Uhmmmm... The action on a 788 is probably the worst part of the gun. Why would you get rid of all the rest of it, and build off the action? lol


Seriously, there are way better actions to build off of, not to mention parts aren't readily available for the 788 already. I'd leave the 788 alone myself, unless it had issues, and build on a newer, stronger action. It would definitely be different, but I don't know if that would be a good thing in this case.


Take no heed of this man's advice concerning 788s. He's obviously biased and has been heavily influenced by the internet. The 788 action is one of the strongest out there and is less influenced by action screw torque than the 700 or clones.




Oh, I know it's a strong action, to an extent, dependent upon caliber, but it's a sloppy action. The one I had, you'd have sworn the bolt was going to fall out of it, every time you pulled it back. Smooth was not even remotely in its vocabulary, crankin a round in the chamber was kinda like shifting gears in a '48 International Truck.




Sloppy action? The only thing that counts for accuracy is a solid lockup, which the 788 has. If the bolt is too sloppy for you when you work it, you might want to buy a Mannlicher. Super smooth bolt and a solid shooter, for about $2000.00, and it still won't perform as well as a 788. Sorry, but your argument is invalid when it comes to accuracy. Haters gotta Hate, eh?
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#3228599 - 01/16/20 07:41 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
shanedogg Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 1634
Loc: arizona
You got the last word on this one old man. You were the biggest 788 fan ever. Your collection of originals and rebuilds were impressive. I got on here after a long break to sell some things and see what chat buddies were around. Saw your last post here and laughed.Figured I would sign off for ya. Your boy is still one of my best friends, and I talk to him weekly. That SOB moved to a lil town south of Tucson, so we don't get to make stands and hunt birds every weekend like we used to, but life is life, and we will always be close. Your Grandsons are strong, respectful young men. I'm sure your proud. Gus is gonna be 6'4" at least, which would tower over your short a$$. Your brother delivered an awesome eulogy, I know you heard and would have changed some things, but hey, it was solid.Other than some minor details, and everyone having to find another Smith, its all the same round here. Anyway, I'll let you get back to doing what you do best-BS'ing. Take care Alan Newberry, RIP........
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#3228628 - 01/16/20 09:31 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
2506master Offline
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Registered: 06/21/15
Posts: 10
Loc: New york
788 has the fastest lock up time of any factory rifle, or did at its inception,
Its a great choice.
Id go Lilja on the barrell, jewel trigger, and a mcmillan stock.
cant go wrong with 223, or 308.
especially now that you can make remington Accellorators from the recipies and supplies offered for sale now.
22 caliber projectile, 30 caliber sabot, 308 case.
4000 fet per secont...PERFECT predator round.
Good luck.
P.S. get the metal cryogenically treated, 400% wear reduction. $65...whats to think about.

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#3228630 - 01/16/20 09:33 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: Rocky1]
2506master Offline
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Registered: 06/21/15
Posts: 10
Loc: New york
788 ACTION IS EXCELLENT.
FASTEST LOCK UP TIME OF ANY PRODUCTION RIFLE IN ITS DAY.
I COULDNT DISAGREE MORE.
IVE OWNED 2 OF THEM, AND NEVER MISSED ONCE WITH THAT RIFLE.

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#3228635 - 01/16/20 09:40 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
shanedogg Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 1634
Loc: arizona
see Alan? people only read 788 instead of my post and here they are.... 788 Truth!
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#3228646 - 01/16/20 10:08 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
Ackman Offline
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Registered: 09/28/01
Posts: 1095
Loc: No. Utah
Originally Posted By: pyscodog
I have three 223's, the latest being a Rem 788. Been kicking around the idea of buying an X-caliber barrel in 20 cal and making a 20 Practical or 20 Tactical. Probably a new Boyd's thumbhole or Prarie Hunter stock and a Timney. Its still going to be a 788 no matter what I do to it but thinking it will be a really cool 788. I know I could use a 700 action or Savage or????? action. I just thought building it on the 788 would have a bit of cool factor. Whats your thoughts??


It would be a good one, if it would work. But it won't. One of my favorite truck guns is 788 in .223. I'd have made it an AI, but that case won't fit in the magazine. A 223 magazine has a vertical rib on each side just forward of the shoulder, and the 223 case fits fine. But move the shoulder forward just a bit, as in the AI version and it's a little too long and won't fit. The 204 shoulder is much further forward. That case won't go in the 223 magazine. Maybe if those ribs were somehow flattened, but that's not something I'd want to be doing.

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#3228684 - 01/17/20 07:37 AM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
K22 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 10/19/03
Posts: 2224
Loc: Western NC
I had a 788 in 223 I acquired several years ago. Not having much use for another 223 I had it rebarreled to a 17Rem. ...............I don't regret it.
The main complaint I have with it is it's to darn heavy for a sporter, but it shoots very well and feeds great.
One of my Grandson's now has it and loves it. He did tell me the other day, man, this thing is heavy. He was comparing it to his Ruger American 243. LOL

My vote is to do it.

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#3228696 - 01/17/20 09:15 AM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
G Anderson Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/16/01
Posts: 401
Loc: Clinton, Indiana
I say go for it...I had a 788 in 20 Tactical in a McMillan Sako style stock. Sold it to a friend and wish I had not done that. It shot great and never had any feeding problems. It killed a ton of coyotes and the new owner is still killing coyotes with it.
At the end of the day it still will be a 788 and nothing more. I know there is a cult like following, but life is too short to "just say" you have an original 223 788...around here, they might get $300...nothing that you can pad your retirement on for sure.
You won't be disappointed re-barreling it and it will work just fine.

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#3228701 - 01/17/20 09:53 AM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
musky Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 57
Loc: Wi
Thought I read somewhere that Remington was coming out with a 788 varmint, sometime soon.

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#3228726 - 01/17/20 12:29 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: pyscodog]
SlickerThanSnot Offline
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 5144
Loc: stuck in a fence
lol

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#3228732 - 01/17/20 12:57 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: SlickerThanSnot]
spotstalkshoot Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1620
Loc: so.mn
I would build off a 783 before a 788, and I hate barrel nuts.

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#3228769 - 01/17/20 04:24 PM Re: Opinions on a 788 build [Re: Ackman]
Ackman Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 09/28/01
Posts: 1095
Loc: No. Utah
Originally Posted By: Ackman
Originally Posted By: pyscodog
I have three 223's, the latest being a Rem 788. Been kicking around the idea of buying an X-caliber barrel in 20 cal and making a 20 Practical or 20 Tactical. Probably a new Boyd's thumbhole or Prarie Hunter stock and a Timney. Its still going to be a 788 no matter what I do to it but thinking it will be a really cool 788. I know I could use a 700 action or Savage or????? action. I just thought building it on the 788 would have a bit of cool factor. Whats your thoughts??


It would be a good one, if it would work. But it won't. One of my favorite truck guns is 788 in .223. I'd have made it an AI, but that case won't fit in the magazine. A 223 magazine has a vertical rib on each side just forward of the shoulder, and the 223 case fits fine. But move the shoulder forward just a bit, as in the AI version and it's a little too long and won't fit. The 204 shoulder is much further forward. That case won't go in the 223 magazine. Maybe if those ribs were somehow flattened, but that's not something I'd want to be doing.


In a later pyscodog post I saw mention of .204 and got it mixed up with his 20 Tactical/Practical post. I wish the 788 magazine was a little different and would accept a .204 case. But either of those .20's on a .223 case would be a great idea. Maybe it was a cheaper gun but the 788 is really a good one. I've had mine since the early 80's, wore out a .222 and rebarrel to .223, and wouldn't think of selling it. Just shoots too well. With no guide rails cut inside, a long threaded barrel shank, and a smaller ejection port it's a very stiff, accurate action. With detachable magazine it works really well for a truck gun. Were I to build a .20 it would probably be on that gun.

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