Re: Rem. 788 action for build?
been around then quite a bit, and the 788 is a great action (actually considered to be stronger than the 700). It has some problems as many will point out. The trigger is zilch on a good day! The rear bolt locking lugs can create another problem with bolt flex, and this is why most guys build rifles with smaller calibers in them. But the bolt flex issue can be tackled with some elbow grease. One guy I know reworked the bolt body in front of the lugs to tighten it up, and also added the Borden bumps. I figured he'd ruin the bolt, but it seemed to work very well. He was shooting low .30" groups with a 6 HLS improved (similar to a .243AI but reamed with a 6mmAI reamer in a short chamber). He just cut the barrel back and rechambered it (factory Remington barrel). It took forever to get the bolt lugs lapped in (used 5a and 7a Clover compound). He did all his trigger mods himself, and all I know is there was some welding involved with a lot of hand profiling. I honestly think that rifle would shoot in the very low twos without much trouble and a better barrel. Another guy I know had Dwight Scott do one in .243AI, and constantly fought it. The rifle still shot quarter inch groups with a Shilen match barrel. Dwight reworked the trigger group for him, but his problem evolved around bolt flex and case design. He later rechambered it to 22-250 AI (he did the work himself), and shot quarter inch groups as well. But it still ate cases all the time.