A good friend picked me up a rifle recently. He say's it's payment for taking care of his dogs. We'd been talking some time back about rifles and I told him otf the 788's I had and how much I liked them. Well he showed up with one a week or so ago. Somebody did a bad job of refinishing the stock and cut the front action screw to short and lost the rear one and replaced it with a short bolt with the same threads. It had a Weaver K4 on it and looking at the metal, this rifle has been fired very little or the metal was recently re-done. It's a 308, a favorite of mine, with the 18 1/2" barrel. I cleaned up the stock some and sprayed on some finish for the winter.
Will strip it well next summer and do a good oil finish on it. Remover the Weaqver K4 and put on a Redfield 1-4X I got new about 1972. Still a darn nice scope! Don't have any more 308 cases as my son got them all when he gor my olf 308, so picked up a new bad of cases the 23rd while I was in bend. Have a couple boxes of 308 bullets, 165 and 180 for sure. Probably will save the 180's for my 30-06 in case I ever feel the desire to shoot jacketed stuff from it again. Looked around and found a can of W748 I forgot I had. Then called a gunsmith in Bend and he has the action screw's, I just have to wait till I need to go to Bend again to pick them up.
Gonn be a hoot working up new loads for the old thing, built in 1973. Some of the best shooting rifles I've ever had were 788's. never with this short a barrel though.