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I was raised on Remingtons, and, as has been mentioned in another post, their quality has degraded over the years. I developed a love affair with the old model 788 way back, years ago. I've owned several in .243(thank God I still own two). I purchased a Sportsman 78 brand new when they quit making the 788. It is in .270, and in my opinion, is every bit the tack-driver that the 788 was. I also own an old 700BDL in 270, and it is awesome. My last purchase was an old, beat-up 788 in 30-30. I re-scoped it, and as far as accuracy goes, it is better than any lever 30-30 I've ever fired(and it's been through hell). For any of you folks out there that don't own one of the older Remingon bolt-actions, and you want to purchase a "new" rifle to hunt with, go onto one of the popular internet gun sites, or check pawn shops or gun shops that deal in trade-ins. I'd rather own an old, used tack-driver than a new, plastic, mass-produced piece of crap. But that's just my opinion. Gunbroker is a good site to search.

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I've owned several 788's, a few 600 series and several 700's. Even one Mod 7 and would never get another of them. The problem I have with Rem is I've got a couple bad rifles in a row and Rem customer service wasn't helpful at all. A 223 Mod 7 that wouldn't put three shots into under 2" and they said it was alright. Then a 700 ADL in 243, same problem, same answer. Took a lot of work on the stock but the 243 finally shoots well. The 223 never did and I got rid of it.

The 788's and 600's and a 660 were among the most accurate rifles I ever owned.

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Sorry to hear that you've had problems with Rem. I've never contacted them for anything. On that 788 30-30, the only thing I have noticed is that the barrel assembly has just a little 'play" in the stock, or channel. The stock screws are all tight. I think that some wood channeling has been damaged a little, and that's allowing the slight movement. But, all metal to metal parts are tight. As for the 788's, they are hard to find now, and they bring a hefty price.

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I dealed with a three customer service reps at Remington last March. This was because of a function problem I was having with a brand new 870 Express. All I can say is that two reps didn't know anything about guns and the one rep that did know just didn't seem to care. I found them to be extreamly useless as far as helping out a cutomer who got a defective new gun. Instead of sending it to Remington I just sent it to the nearest authorized warranty repair center which turned out to be SportsWorld in Tulsa Oklahoma. UPS'd the gun to them, they made the repairs under warranty and had my gun back to me in under two weeks.

I hear that if you have to send a gun into Remington to get warranty work done, they only handle about 5% of the returned repairs. The rest they just send it off to one of their authorized warranty repair centers located in various cities across the country. Those are privately owned gunshops who's gunsmiths have a contract with Remington to do the repair. Gee Remington can't even repair most of their mistakes themselves!!!!

I think that Remington still uses good quality parts, they just don't assemble them into a gun properly. Lately I've seen a lot of bad stuff on brand new guns that are on the display racks. This just leads me to steer clear of Remington until they can get their act together. Sadly I don't think that will happen. They'll either fold-up or become stricktly just an importer of Russian made guns.

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I see myself as a big Remington fan.....however....there is definitely a difference in quality and fit of the older guns compared to the newer ones. I own (4) Remingtons. A Nylon 66 that I bought new as a teenager, an 870 Wingmaster I bought slightly used in 1980, a 700 Mountain Rifle I bought new in 1988 or 89, and a Mohawk 600 I bought well used last year. There is no comparison in the smoothness of the operation of the bolt between the 600 and the 700. The 600 bolt is tight and smooth as glass w/o a lot of wobble. The 700 bolt feels rough and flops all over the place when open. Both guns shoot well so I can't complain about that. The 870 is probably a mid to late 70's gun. I like it. The Nylon 66....well....what can you say about them? I've shot a ton of rounds through it, thoroughly cleaned it once, and it doesn't jam. And it's probably worth way more than it should be.

I've never had to deal with customer service at Remington but I have dealt with Winchester. They get a C- in my book. The first time I had to call them about a new, non-functioning Model 70 they were no help whatsoever. The second time I called them to get the CR muzzle weight for the BOSS thing they were pretty good, they sent it N/C.

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It is really a shame that some American-made guns have gone down-hill over the years. I AM glad to hear that Savage is still on top of things. They make a good rifle. I have seen some older Remington Rifles in pawn shops before, and have been tempted to buy one, but didn't know much about the model. If I remember correctly, it was the model 721. Looked to be from about the 50's. Do any of you know much about that model? They looked to be well-made.

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The only two Remingtons I own are .22's made in the 1930's. They will shoot every bit as good as any new Remington rimfire of similar style.

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I had a 722 in .244 which I believe (?) is the short action version of the 721. Mine dated back to the 50's as well and it was still in use by my nephew until this last year. It was by far the most accurate rifle I've ever had. I'd tell you the group sizes I used to get out of that thing but you wouldn't believe me if I did. It's sitting in the cabinet back home and I was thinking about ressurrecting it. Hmm.

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