Rem Model 788 build

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by chas3stix, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. chas3stix

    chas3stix Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    I have an old Remmington Model 788 that needs re-barreling. It has a badly pitted barrel that is 30 caliber. Is it worth re-barreling? I'm no fan of .308 Win round....maybe a 260 Rem or 7-08? Or would I be better off starting from scratch?
  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    Sure it is! It's a weird action with less than optimum bolt recoil lug configuration. All the ones I've known of shot lights out. Especially in 22-250. Plus it has a great lock time.

  3. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    My cousin rebarreled one for his mother. It was a great shooter...
  4. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    788 are great little actions, my hunting partner has on in .223, really shoots great. I have heard "through the grapevine" that with the recoil lugs in the rear, the actions can possibly stretch? I have never seen this personally.....

    Rebarrel that 788, & enjoy a classic piece of Remington history.
  5. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    the one downfall of the 788 is the rear locking bolt, but on the otherhand the action is known to be stronger in design than the 700. It has the fastest lock time out there for any production rifle. They seem to be harder to bed right, and really need a better stock. Another problem with the 788 is the front half of the bolt assembly. If you can tighten it up; it will seriously improve your groups size. I know of one that still has a factory .308 barrel (the short one at that), and shoots in the high fours. I've seen a rebuilt one that was chambered in .243AI, that would shoot .250" groups.
  6. mrbigtexan

    mrbigtexan Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2009
    i was gonna rebarrel a 308 one to 22-250 but absolutely could not get the action apart from the barrel. i believe that remington must have pulled the threads, but it shot great! i finally traded it off but kinda miss it, shot my first 4 deer with it.