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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.

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Sounds like a great little

Sounds like a great little rifle to add to your collection, and it should be a sweet shooter. 

I wish that some of my friends would repay me the same way but they always offer a bottle of whiskey and then help me drink it. 

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It really suprized me. I

It really suprized me. I thought he was just showing me a new rifle he'd got. Shoot taking care of his dogs is no problem at all. And having Duke as long as I did was great.

Gonna have that rifle up and running in the nex week or so. Going to Bend the 6th and will get the new action screw's then. Also get some stuff to bed it and relieve the barrel channel. Sprayed on some finish to seal it up good for now and next summer gonna strip it and hand rub some good gun stock finish. Gonna be nice shooting a 308 again and using this old scope.

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Congrats on the new

Congrats on the new rifle.

Your friend has an admirable quality. The ability to listen to a person and remember what he was told. You did him a favor and were rewarded with his thoughtfulness and generosity.

For what it's worth I shoot a 16" .308 and don't care for it much past 200 Yards on live game. The 18" barrel on your's will get you out a little further than that but I've grown to prefer 24" as my minimum barrel in 30 calibers of any sort. It's just me but I'd want to keep my shots no further than 250 Yards or so with the 18" barrel. Bullet selection will be crucial as well in my opinion.

Congrats again and enjoy.

 

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18" barrel

BikerRN wrote:

Congrats on the new rifle.

Your friend has an admirable quality. The ability to listen to a person and remember what he was told. You did him a favor and were rewarded with his thoughtfulness and generosity.

For what it's worth I shoot a 16" .308 and don't care for it much past 200 Yards on live game. The 18" barrel on your's will get you out a little further than that but I've grown to prefer 24" as my minimum barrel in 30 calibers of any sort. It's just me but I'd want to keep my shots no further than 250 Yards or so with the 18" barrel. Bullet selection will be crucial as well in my opinion.

Congrats again and enjoy.

 

Biker

My last 308 was a Rem mod 660 with a 20" barrel, loved that rifle. But if I have any problem with this barrel I'll swap it out for a 22" barrel. Keep's some of the handling qualities and holds a bit better when shooting.

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Those rear-lugs always blow

Those rear-lugs always blow my mind...  However people seem to swear by the 788's accuracy.

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I think this is my fourth

I think this is my fourth one. Each one was an unbelieveabe shooter. I used to plink sugar cubes at 100 yds with my 222. I've heard the rumor that Remington dropped the 788 because it out shot their 700. Don't know that I believe that but they do shoot.