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Old January 20, 2014, 10:58 AM   #1
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Remington 788 (243)

I just got a Remington 788 in 243 yesterday, traded a Glock for it. I shot it twice to check the zero on it at about 75 Yards, it did well. With the rifle, a leather sling, 40 rounds of PMC ammo, and a Bushnell "Sportsman" Variable zoom scope. I really like this gun, not sure if the trigger has been worked on, but it has no creep, is a little heavy but very short and crisp squeeze. The rifling and bluing in about 80% condition. The wood I would rate about about 65-70%. Should I buy a new stock or refinish the current one? I only intend to shoot for fun with it, but it might end up in the woods at least once. I was considering applying camouflage pattern cloth tape to it... is this blasphemous? Any other recommendations?
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Old January 20, 2014, 12:12 PM   #2
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Remington 788's are universally great rifles. I have owned several over the years and all have been very accurate.

From what you describe, if its going to be a keeper, I would refinish the stock. Later on consider having the metal re-finished as well. I am not a huge fan of any "spray on" finish. I like the traditional hot bluing process and that is what I would do. Conversely I also like Parkerization on a hard working field rifle and that may be an option.

No doubt you will be happy with your purchase.

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Old January 20, 2014, 01:05 PM   #3
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Ugly as sin, cheap as hell

Yet, highly accurate and well regarded by collectors and shooters. You did well.
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Old January 20, 2014, 02:25 PM   #4
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Old January 20, 2014, 07:45 PM   #5
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Did great for what a little I have fired. I am new to TFL, I assume to post pictures I have to find an image hosting page and paste the link?
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Old January 20, 2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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I have a 223 and a 308. Hated the Beech stocks, so put RamLine on both. The 243 will be a great fun, vermin, and deer rifle. Put a better scope on it. The Weaver and Redfield scopes are a couple steps up and not much more in price.
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Old January 20, 2014, 08:20 PM   #7
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If I only intend to shoot around 300m or less, how much magnification do I need? I am partial to fixed magnification scopes, would this be less than ideal for this gun? Fixed 6x or somewhere around there?
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Old January 20, 2014, 08:30 PM   #8
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Would a "scout" scope put be appropriate?
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Old January 20, 2014, 08:44 PM   #9
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No a scout scope would not work well. If this is mainly gonna be a "fun" rifle that you won't hunt with much, a higher magnification scope, like a 6-24x or anywhere in that range would be appropriate. Magnification (as long as you have clarity with it) is your friend when shooting targets. If you want a scope that's good for hunting, a 3-9x40 is great out to 300 yards. Anything more can be too much on those close range shots.
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Old January 21, 2014, 04:34 PM   #10
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Old January 21, 2014, 08:35 PM   #11
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Scout would not be worth the trouble of installing a mounting platform. A Weaver 4x sits on my 308. It has a 38mm bell and 5 inches of eye relief.
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Old January 21, 2014, 08:42 PM   #12
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I have a roll of that camp cloth tape, I like it. Doesn't mess up the gun at all, and it's reusable. Can't hurt I guess
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Old January 21, 2014, 08:56 PM   #13
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I've got 2 788's (.243 and .308) and love them. Actually looking for a .44mag version. A scout mount would not be worth the effort for these rifles. I've got a 3-9x52 Redfield Revenge on my .308 that works well to the 300 yard range. I would not hesitate to put another one on my .243 as well. I do recommend a trigger upgrade. Mostly due to the safety on these rifles will wear out and get weak. I've got Timney's on both and they are very easy to install. Enjoy.
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Old January 22, 2014, 12:19 AM   #14
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I had a .243 about 39 years ago and sold it to a roommate. I still have a .223 which I have glass bedded. I shortened the buttstock and refinished the stock. With a Bushnell 3 x 9 it is a MOA shooter (even with the original factory trigger.) My recollection is two factors account for the accuracy reputation of the 788. First, the barrel is fairly large diameter and, therefore, very stable and accurate. Second, although the trigger pull is not good, the lock time (the time from trigger pull to firing pin striking the primer) is very short.
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Old January 22, 2014, 09:25 AM   #15
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In the early 1970s when I had my gun shop in Indiana the 788 was the most popular rifle of the day. Accurate and inexpensive. I thought it was a great combo. Most popular round (in that part of country) was 22-250. However, the 788 does not retain value. For whatever reason they can be bought inexpensively and you cannot get a big price when trying to resell. I wouldn't put much investment into cosmetics for it. It is a user not a show piece.
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Old January 22, 2014, 09:19 PM   #16
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Paid $100 for a "pre-owned" .243 M788 back in 1979. That thing will flat shoot. I looked in to replacing the trigger years ago and was told nobody made one. I will have to check in to that again as the factory trigger is marginal. Never been a fan of the .243 for deer, but have shortened the life span of a few prairie poodles and misc. other varmints. Nice paper puncher too. Congrats.
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Old January 23, 2014, 09:29 PM   #17
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From what I have read around the net, Timney makes a kit complete with safety and is a drop in part. As far as retaining value, I'm not saying you're wrong but a lot of other people seem to think they appreciate in value as time goes on. I don't know either to be fact, but I do know that I don't be finding out. Mine is not for sale.
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Old January 23, 2014, 09:38 PM   #18
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Well, sort of. I paid $104 for my 308 LH in 1972. They've posted consistently for 450-500 on Gun Broker for the past several years, depending on the condition. A 30-30 or 44 Mag will go much higher.
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Old January 23, 2014, 09:52 PM   #19
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Let me see. You got a decent utility rifle that works well and is accurate. Then you want to spend time and money on refinishing it so you can cover it up with camo-tape. Sheesh!

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Old January 23, 2014, 10:02 PM   #20
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Not exactly, I was thinking either/or not both.
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Old January 24, 2014, 09:16 AM   #21
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I wouldn't do to much to it but thats just me. It was meant to be a working mans pick up truck gun from the get go. But then again almost all of my hunting guns are "beaters" from being dragged around the woods constantly.

I got mine in 6mm (almost identical to .243) about 1.5 years ago on a craigslist trade. It was someones varmit gun with a harris bipod and a 4x16 scope on it. When I first shot it, factory remington ammo was grouping at a little over an inch. Then I got a decent load going for it and group size is now right around .5. The first time I cleaned it I found out that it had been glass bedded and the barrel had been free floated. Its a fun groundhog/coyote rifle and for 50 bucks and an old washing machine a pretty good deal.
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Old January 24, 2014, 10:27 AM   #22
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FWIW: Frankly as is. I'd find something to scope it with. Nothing fancy. Even a good used scope would be sufficient with decent rings & mounts.
Then just plain enjoy it. Who knows. By covering up its history marked stock. You also may be covering up its Good Luck Charm for those who carry it afield.
243 is a great little cartridge to tune up anyone shooting skills with. I'm sure you will be pleased with its accuracy. You can always buy another Glock. But 788s are getting a bit hard to find. Hopefully you received from its previous owner a spare clip or two for this rifle. As original factory clips are indeed hard to come by.
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Old January 25, 2014, 11:46 AM   #23
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I actually only have one magazine, I assume though, that for a 243, the 308 and 243 mags will work. They have the same parent case... like 40sw and 357sig mags.
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Old January 26, 2014, 09:48 AM   #24
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I painted the stock on my 788 .308 , that beech is just plain ugly . They are a real bear to stain , and have look halfway decent afterwards . Sealing before staining helps some though . Much easier to paint ,and to touch up afterwards should the need arise . I have a 6-24 Bushnell on it , and it's a killing machine . It'll ring the 500 yard gong every shot , all day long if you want . It's my beater/truck gun , and is perfect in that roll . The only mod I made was grinding the top of the recoil lug to conform with the barrel , when I CeraCoated it . It looks like brushed stainless , pretty sharp with the painted stock .
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Old January 27, 2014, 08:09 PM   #25
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Correct about the .243 and .308 mags are interchangeable. I had to use one for both of mine for a short time, until I could get another replacement.
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