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Old 01-11-2014, 12:29 PM
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Re: Caliber/Range/Animal Question

I use an older Remington Model 788 in 22-250 and sometimes a 12 gauge with 3" Magnums in #4 Buck for the thick stuff where shots will be under 40 yards.
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:45 PM
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Re: Caliber/Range/Animal Question

I'm with Midwest and Damol on this one, it's a two gun thing. It's pretty tough to find something that'll reach 500yds effectively without tearing em up on closer shots. I like the 6mm rem and a 12g shotgun, mine happen to be a Remington 788( it's funny how many guys love the 788 despite the bolt handle issues) in 6mm shooting a 70g vmax and a Mossy 500 12g with hevi-shot dead coyote,( it's spendy, but awesome) in my lap. If it's 5feet or 500yards, it's dead. The 6mm isn't always what I'd call fur friendly, but it puts em down like the hand of god. I'd stick with your 223AI and a 55gr vmax for saving fur.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:21 PM
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Re: Caliber/Range/Animal Question

What's the issue with the bolt handle?
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:07 PM
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What's the issue with the bolt handle?
The 788 was Remingtons try at a cheap yet accurate rifle. Good barrels, but the short cuts they took to keep cost down weren't all effective, and this led to a pretty short production run. The bolt handle being the main thing. The weld between bolt and handle is known for breaking. Both my dad and I have 788s in 6mm (I got mine because I liked shooting his so much, groups anything you feed it under an inch) We've both had the bolt handle break off. It's really no big deal, I spent something like $40 to have it repaired and dads was even less. Both done by the same smith, but nearly 20 years apart. Once the bolt issue is fixed, they're absolutely awesome little guns. For this reason, 788s have a die-hard fan club, so much so that they're becoming increasingly hard to come by. I'd love another in 22-250... If I could find one that was a reasonable price.
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Re: Caliber/Range/Animal Question

Gotcha. I had never heard of that problem with them. I have had this one for about 20 years and while it is heavier than I would for lugging around it shoots everything well and has taken lots of coyotes, javelina and a few Doe's.
I like that is has the nine locking lugs and probably still the fasted lock time of any production bolt action although the trigger is a bit heavy.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:45 AM
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Gotcha. I had never heard of that problem with them. I have had this one for about 20 years and while it is heavier than I would for lugging around it shoots everything well and has taken lots of coyotes, javelina and a few Doe's.
I like that is has the nine locking lugs and probably still the fasted lock time of any production bolt action although the trigger is a bit heavy.
I hear ya. The trigger could stand to lose a little weight on mine as well, but is does break clean. I'd heard that there was a time during the 788 run that was better for the bolts than the rest of the run, sounds like you got lucky, or maybe I just reef on my bolts too hard.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:56 AM
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Re: Caliber/Range/Animal Question

According to Remy the 22-250 was only produced in 1967. I find that a bit odd but I can see how it kept production costs to a minimum.

http://www.remington.com/products/ar...model-788.aspx
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