I know a lot of you LRH guys may giggle about this, but hear me out. I was given a REM 788 in .243 as a teenager. I still have it today. It has carried me through a lot of shooting years and taken a lot of deer. Long ago, we worked up a load it likes and I have never had to change it. I love the rifle and buy spare parts when I come across them.
Recently, I picked up another one in .308 that has been worked over by a now deceased self-professed home gunsmith. It has the original barrel and the bore and chamber look good. No crap, gouges, pits. The barrel has been threaded and now has a Herter's muzzle brake. The stock is really rough. I can't tell if it's the original that has been glassed over or if it is an aftermarket. The mag well is so tight that the magazines won't insert unless forced. Removal takes even longer.
I would like to turn this into a shooter. I know the rifle itself is only capable of so much, but I'd like to wring out whatever accuracy and distance I can. I'm only into the rifle $200, but don't want to poor money into a paper weight. I shoot a lot of .308 at work, and know what I can do with the round.
The only stock I can find for this rifle is the few Ram-Line's that are still around. Not fond of that idea at all. I'm looking to those that are much more experienced than I for advice, suggestions, parts leads, etc.
"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." - Edmund Burke (1729-1797)