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Old 05-07-2006, 11:42 AM
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Thoughts on the Remington 788

I currently have one that has been rebarreled by Atkinson in 7mm Mauser. It will soon be rechambered in an improved version of this cartridge.

A shop in my old hometown (Phoenix) went out of business yesterday and a friend picked up another 788 for me. Currently chambered in .243 I had him purchase it as I already have a Canjar trigger and scope bases for it.

While I won't be building a thousand yard hunting rifle on this action, I am thinking it might make nice 6.5x284 or similiar.

Thoughts on this action for an inexpensive project?

Thanks,

Mike
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Old 05-07-2006, 11:50 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

I would not build a 6.5 x 284 on a short action. Unless you don't mind pulling the bolt to eject a loaded round. If you seat those long 6.5 bullets deep enough to funtion in a short action, they'll be way down in the case and eat up powder space. JMHO
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Old 05-07-2006, 02:13 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

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I would not build a 6.5 x 284 on a short action. Unless you don't mind pulling the bolt to eject a loaded round. If you seat those long 6.5 bullets deep enough to funtion in a short action, they'll be way down in the case and eat up powder space. JMHO

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Doc,

I will probably punch paper with this rifle. The 7mm Mauser I already own has the same problem you mention. I have just gotten used to it. Pulling the bolt on a 788 is easy.

I haven't really settled on a calibre yet. Everything else I load for is .224, .284 or .308 bullet diameters. I might stick with them since I have components, or try something new. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I am really looking to see if there is a good reason NOT to use this action. My first one shoots great, but 10+ years have passed since I built it.

Mike
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:47 AM
 
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

That is a lot of ctg. for a 788. I have one in 243 ackly and it doesent like warm loads. The rifle has been blueprinted. I think it is do to bolt compression considering the rear locking lugs.
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Old 05-09-2006, 12:34 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

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That is a lot of ctg. for a 788. I have one in 243 ackly and it doesent like warm loads. The rifle has been blueprinted. I think it is do to bolt compression considering the rear locking lugs.
Old Bear

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The bolt compression is an issue I had never considered. Makes sense. I don't think it will be an issue in this particular case, as I don't intend to push it all that hard. My initial plan (posted in another thread) was to do a minor rework of my existing 7mm Mauser 788. Having been away from rifles for a few years it was an inexpensive way to get my feet wet again. This "new" 788 was cheap, has scope mounts and I already own a Canjar trigger to put in it.

I will most likely not go with a top end barrel. Maybe a Shaw or maybe a factory pull off 700 barrel shortened, threaded and rechambered in something like 7BR. I have a Shilen barrel in 7BR, but it is for a 700 action and will save it for that.

Thanks for the tip on bolt compression. I will keep that in mind and go for a larger capacity case (A.I. maybe) or a short cartridge like the BR (30BR sounds interesting) and keep pressures at a moderate level.

Best regards,

Mike
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:03 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

Why not shoot the 243 first and see what it does. I have a 788 in 243 that shoots small groups (.3-.4moa) with the 87gr Hornady BTHP or the Sierra 85gr SP. All I did was glass it and get a trigger job. Everything else is factory.
Just a suggestion. You may have a shooter on your hands already.
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Old 05-14-2006, 05:18 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

I wouldn't worry too much about "bolt flex" on a 788. The 243 is just as highpressure a cartridge as an AI will be. The NRA Tech staff has a 788 that has multiple bbls fitted. They used this set up for years to test loads, bullets, etc.
This rifle exhibits extreme accuracy in such chamberings as 308, 243, and 22=250.

PS You will be amazed at the 30BR.
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