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Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

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Unread 01-18-2009, 07:22 PM
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Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

I've almost signed off on buying a used Remington 788 in 22/250. Does anyone have stories about using one. For and against appreciated.

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Unread 01-18-2009, 08:59 PM
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Re: Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

I've owned several. Now have .223, 22-250, .243, 7mm-08. Glass bed & change trigger to a timmney. Fast lock time! Used to be able to pick them up for $100. to $150. I had to give $375. for the last one. I have no trouble getting them to do 3 shot .250 most of the time. Buy it!
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Unread 03-06-2009, 09:35 PM
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Re: Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

Great gun I was given one when I was 15 years old by my father as my first gun. I shot that thing at everything that moved and lots that didn't. I could hit any thing running or stopped off hand out to 300 yards. I shot it for about 15 years then I kind of move on to other things. A few years back I started shooting again and took it out to the field to see if I could still shoot it. Well I could still hit the odd thing with it but the barrel had been shot out very badly. Back when I was kid we just shot we never even thought about barrel life.
I took the gun and had it rebarreled and chambered to a 22-250 A.I. It was like having a old friend from my youth back with me it just flat out would shoot. I guess maybe I am not totally objective when it comes to a 788 22-250 but I have to say I just love that gun and after having one for close to 35 years now I would buy another in a heart beat if I had the chance. (as long my wife didn't find out).
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Unread 03-06-2009, 11:58 PM
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Re: Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

I'm shooting one that I really want to redo to a 22-250AI but it shoots to good.
55gr rem soft points never go over .5 if I'm shooting half way decent. I haven't done the trigger yet but that is one point that could really help. The magazine limits some of my loads but if I stick to the one load everything is cool.
1-14 twist is kinda slow, 55gr is about as big as mine will shoot. I love it though. Grandpa used it to cull deer with for years and used it for years on elk, I've used it 15 years on deer and coyotes and I just can't get the barrel worn out enough to justify a new one. I say pull the trigger!
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Unread 03-07-2009, 12:32 AM
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Re: Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

Back in the day........when the 788 was a new thing and the Idaho jack rabbits were plentiful (bunny bash days) my buddy has one in 22-250.

It was a sweet shootin' machine. Super accurate, consistent ext.

It was loaded pretty hot and accounted for many jacks.

Only down side was that accuracy absolutely vanished at about 1500 rounds.

I'm confident with a little better care and some common sense regarding bullet velocities the barrel would have lasted much longer.

There is a reason that the 788 is still popular.......
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Unread 03-07-2009, 10:51 AM
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Re: Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

Bigngreen I did my 22-250 in a A.I. and I love it. If you go that way I would be sure to go to a 1:8 twist. Up here we can use 22 cal on deer, now I am not saying the everyone or every 22 cal is ok on deer but with 80gr VLDs this gun is hitting will just over 1000ft/lb at 400 yards, In the right hands this gun is a deer killing machine. I use 75 vlds and 75 amax on coyotes and have kills over 600 yards with it. If you can range it out 800 you can hit it with this gun.
Barrel life is down a little I find that mine goes from under a 1/2" to over a 1" in between 1600 and 2000 rounds depending on how you shoot it.
I ended up getting a 223 to shoot every day to help keep the round count down on the 22-250. The 223 should get over double the rounds before it needs a new barrel. But if I really want to reach out and touch something the 22-250 A.I. comes out.
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Unread 03-07-2009, 03:37 PM
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Re: Remington 788 in 22/250 cal.

20 some years ago I started both of my sons with 788's. One in .243 amd one in 6mm. In my opinion Rem. should never have quit making them if these two rifles were indicative of all 788's accuracy. They both just flat shoot well for a off the shelf cheaper rifle. They have both moved on to bigger and better rifles now but they still have them in their gun safes and every so often they still use them. I say buy it and if you decide otherwise send me a PM and I'd be interested.
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