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Old 05-14-2006, 05:05 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

i thought a 788 was the same action as a 700. only difference was a swirreled finish on the bolt. a 700 will handle cartridges up to and above 100 gr of powder.i don't think bolt flex is an issue.
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:46 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

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i thought a 788 was the same action as a 700. only difference was a swirreled finish on the bolt. a 700 will handle cartridges up to and above 100 gr of powder.i don't think bolt flex is an issue.

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The 788 has rear locking lugs similiar to the Weatherby
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:53 AM
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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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I have thought about keeping it as a .243. Simple answer would be "How much fun would that be?". As most folks around here, I am a handloader. Thru some sort of karma I have ended up with alot of components in .284 and .308. So dies and brass is all I would need for these calibers. The .243 would mean starting from scratch.

I will be glassing it and installing a Timney or Canjar trigger. (I already have one of each and only one other 788.)

Final caliber selection will be governed by what pull off barrel I can find. I would like to find a heavy barrel in one of the magnums so when I cut the chamber off I still have sufficient barrel length.

If I find a 7mm barrel I think I will build a .284 Win, if I find a .308 barrel I think I will build the .30 BR.
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:57 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

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The 243 is just as highpressure a cartridge as an AI will be.

PS You will be amazed at the 30BR.

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At this moment I am not concidering an AI cartridge. Either way, I won't be pushing any of them very hard. I will stay in the moderate range on pressures.

This rifle is kind of a refresher course for me. If I decide to take up true long range shooting/hunting I will build another rifle on a different action.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:17 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

I have a 788 in a 6mm ai. It's the most accurate rifle I have ever owned!!! Mcmillan stock, Hart barrel, Canjar trigger. The reason I used it is someone gave it to me, I'm glad they did. I wouldn't hesitate to build another one on a 788 action.
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:11 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

make sure your cartridge choice will work through the magazine, its an expensive ordeal to convert the 788 to a blind box setup like the 700, not enough meat in the bottom of the reciever to machine the rails like other blind box types.
I know a 284 with a 150 gr bullet will fit in the 788 mag but is the oal longer in the 6/284?
when I rebarrel my 788 it'll be in a 6mm AI. now that I found a couple new mags thats the direction I'm going.
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:19 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the Remington 788

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make sure your cartridge choice will work through the magazine, its an expensive ordeal to convert the 788 to a blind box setup like the 700, not enough meat in the bottom of the reciever to machine the rails like other blind box types.
I know a 284 with a 150 gr bullet will fit in the 788 mag but is the oal longer in the 6/284?
when I rebarrel my 788 it'll be in a 6mm AI. now that I found a couple new mags thats the direction I'm going.
JS

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This rifle didn't come with a magazine (not that big of an issue) so I will likely made an aluminum or walnut insert to set the rifle up as a single shot.

With the barrel I have found, it looks like I will be building a .30BR.
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