Remington 788


February 5, 2006, 03:03 PM
I was woundering what you all thought of this particular model. I am interested in gun collecting and My pops told me these were getting harder to find and maybe a deligate to add to the collection. He said they were built with cheap parts but were very accurate. Travis

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February 5, 2006, 04:15 PM
Great rifles.
For collecting I would look for 788 rifles in .30/30 and .44 Magnum.
These are less common than the .222,.223, and .308 caliber rifles.
Extra magazines will come in handy too.

February 5, 2006, 04:42 PM
The .30-30 Winchester version. The detachable box magazines alone are worth a pretty penny. :(

February 5, 2006, 05:36 PM
I don't think the Remington 788 was built with "cheap" parts. They were not "pretty" but they were very functional (to some functional is pretty). Everything that I've read and heard about them has been good.

I would concur abought the calibers to search for, 30-30 and 44 mag would be good shooters and are more scarce than other calibers.

Wish Remington would ressurect this model:)

February 5, 2006, 05:52 PM
Magazines for 30-30, 44 mag and 6mm are worth $100. Its getting hard to find 788s in original condition (with iron sights and no sling swivels).

I've got 788s in 222, 223, 22-250 and 308.

February 5, 2006, 06:45 PM
I have 3 of these great rifles. 2 of them are in 30-30. I use them for cast bullets only, and they as near perfect for this as any rifle I can think of. The other one is a 223, with Control mounts,and a nice 3x9 scope. What a shooter!!! :) I have a couple of other 223 Bolt action rifles but the 788 out shoots them by a good margin...:) Nice rifles, I'm always looking for another one of most any caliber. I've never had any problems at all with any of them. I"ve bought all the 788's in 30-30 that I've ever seen. And the best of only a couple of 223's that I've ever seen. They are getting hard to find!!!

February 5, 2006, 08:51 PM

Heh, heh, heh. I only have one 788, and it was abused as a child. It's not original, but now that it's been told that it's loved & had TLC lavished upon it, it shoots. Really good.

As for the rarity, well it's a 6mm Remington - left hand bolt.

:D 900F

February 5, 2006, 09:06 PM
As said above, the 30-30 and 44 are the hardest to find, with the 6mm and 7-08 being the next hardest. The 22-250, 243 and 308 are the most common, but good luck finding extra magazines for any of them.

They are really great rifles that will most often shoot just as good (or better) as a model 700. Their only real downfall is the lack of an adjustable trigger.

I own 5 and would like to have one in each caliber, but the wife has different ideas for our money.

If Remington was smart, they would bring the model back, but I am not holding my breath.

February 5, 2006, 09:09 PM
There's not much of a collectors market for 788s. I have a bunch of them including 2 30-30s and a 44mag. Those two are more desirable as a "collectible" but in reality there's no real market for any of them.

They are a very high quality if plain rifle. The ones that I have in varmint calibers are very accurate indeed.

The 788 was an "entry level" rifle that was built to a certain price point for folks that couldn't afford the higher priced, better equipped model 700s..

However, Remington realized that the 788 was competing against their own higher priced rifles because they performed as well or in many cases better at a much lower price.... they discontinued them so they could sell more of the higher priced 700s.

February 5, 2006, 11:54 PM

I like 788s, but for your own education on them, first start with this pessimistic opinion ( That way you will be prepared for the potential difficulties. The 788 can be a cool gun no doubt, but it is not without its problems.

As to collectible callibers, .222 is fairly rare too. Most I see are .308, followed by .243 and .22-250. I see more in .223 than .222, but even .223 is something I rarely see. For a shooter, I would take .222 or .223, since they are both at the low end as far as bolt thrust is concerned.

Be aware that some people think just because something is uncommon it is automatically worth $700+. These people usually don't sell many guns, but they will waste a lot of your time, and your money too if you let them.

February 5, 2006, 11:54 PM
I have a first year of production 1967 .44 mag. It has a decent quality Walnut stock. I paid $50 for an extra mag 15v years ago! I use mine once or twice a year from my deck usually. I shoot a 320 grain cast wide point bullet at about 950fps over some Unique powder. I makes a big "POP" and deer standing up on my apple trees fall over:evil: It has a same year vintage 2-7 weaver scope with post and prints 1" at 50 yards with most loads.I have the trigger cranked down to a 2.5# icicle. I have been offered $500 for the rig and ain't sellin!:)

February 6, 2006, 02:08 AM
I have an early 788 in .223 Rem. that is a tack driver...

And, No, it's not for sale...


February 9, 2006, 07:38 PM
I've had a couple of 788s over the years and always kind of liked the simple, "homely" appearance. One was a real tack-driver chambered in .243 Win. One rap on them had to do with the rear-locking lugs which supposedly contributed to excessive case-stretching; a negative, of course, if you did a lot of reloading. Such, however, was not my experience.
I can tell you one thing for sure: nobody ever whined about the (especially early) 788 triggers. All the ones I ever handled had really nice ones.

February 9, 2006, 08:35 PM
I've had a couple of 788s over the years and always kind of liked the simple, "homely" appearance. One was a real tack-driver chambered in .243 Win. One rap on them had to do with the rear-locking lugs which supposedly contributed to excessive case-stretching; a negative, of course, if you did a lot of reloading. Such, however, was not my experience.
I can tell you one thing for sure: nobody ever whined about the (especially early) 788 triggers. All the ones I ever handled had really nice ones.

I've handled one 788 in .22-250 that had about the worst trigger I've ever felt on a rifle. :D Was that trigger adjustable? His was creepy as an SKS and broke about 10 lbs. We had a good gunsmith here at the time. I sighted it in for him cause he didn't belong to a range. I suggested he take it to that smith cause he was good and could have tuned it whether it had adjustments or not. However, that guy never kept anything more'n five minutes and I think he sold it.

But, that's my one an only experience with a 788. I was a danged accurate MOA capable rifle, though! I was rather impressed with its accuracy for such a beat up looking old gun. His looked like it might have done time with a seal unit in Nam or something. LOL.

October 29, 2009, 11:30 PM
If your interested in collecting the 788 then I say go for it.
I've had a 243 in the modle 788 ever sense my 11th birthday and that was a long time ago. I just picked up two more 788's this week. One in 22-250 and one in .223. Both of the guns have had less than 200 rounds shot through them. I couldn't believe it. The bluing on these guns looks like there brand new. I couldn't be more excited than I am right now. I have alway wanted a .223 and now I have one.
The guy I got one the the guns from told me that he knows of a guy down in IA that has a complete collection of the 788's. I would love to see it some time. Good luck in your new adventure!

October 29, 2009, 11:35 PM
Well I never showed a picture of my beloved weird .44mag 788 I posted about on this thread 3 years back! I wish Kali allowed silencers!Notice the old Redfield flip up peep sight? That is a 3x Weaver widefiels with a big post that is icicle clear!

October 30, 2009, 12:02 AM
Fantastic rifle, just one of the factory best ever. 9 locking lugs to the rear of the bolt, made for a very strong , straight , and true lockup. Serious rear step rear site assy., along with the massive sharkfin front site assy. Still the best factory setup ever made, in my opinion. weird chamberings, but the 6mm, the 22.250, and the 222, were all known for superfine, even world class accuracy, especially on the 222.
Now then, the wood, could have been made from any old tree growing out in the back field of the factory I suppose, but the trigger assy., more than made up for it. This trigger group, to this day, is still one of the fastest trigger lock times, ever made, and that is for a factory trigger. If you ever get a chance to dry fire one, try and pull it slow as you can a couple of times, just to get the feel of it. then when you think you got it down, try the pull again, super slow motion. When you feel the trigger ' break' try to listen for a space of time, between the break, and when you hear the firing pin go click. You can't!!! You just can't do it, and it will amaze you and freak you out a little, once you understand just how fast that trigger is.
The big prob with it was, it was put into a plastic housing. So if it got fired a whole bunch, or was not cleaned and dried, and treated well, after a hunting trip or such, the pin holes, and pivot holes and the like would get wallowed out a bit, and then the trigger pac gets slow and squishy. Also in that trigger pac, you can adjust it for pull weight, and sear geometry, very cool.
so when you get a chance to handle one, try the trigger game mentioned above, if it does not blow our mind when you do it, then don't get that one.
Or if you just have to have it, Timney Triggers makes a replacement pac for them, and they work very, very well.
You can still find these rifles in the 300's, and the mags will cost you a bunch, especially if you find origional mags, and even more so, if they are in a weirdo caliber like 3030, or 44 mag, or 350, or such.
I have one in 243, and I have allready decided, this rifle goes to Heaven,
with me. Accuracy with plain jane blue box Federal ammo, is just off the charts awesome.
Alot of bench shooters have made rifles with these actions; some will say, that with the hi pressure rounds, like a 22.250 or 243,or even the 6milly, that the bolt face, and the throat area, erode down faster than they like. I am not sure about that, maybe it is so, for a benchrester who shoots a ton of bullets; but who knows how many shots my 243 had taken before I bought it, and I certainly have not been shy to target shoot, and hunt with it, and it is a frickin 1 hole punch, when I do my part.

October 30, 2009, 12:07 AM
Oh yeah, if you get a 308, or 243, or 7.08, all the mags, whichever way they are marked, are interchangeable, so that is good; I think the same thing for a 22.250 mag, and a 6milly, but I could be wrong on that one.
And to the dude above, with a 6milly and a left hand bolt? That was factory made?
Dude that is totally sick , if that is true...
Anyway, yes go out and get one, and find out what a truely great made rifle looks and feels like.
It's not that they used cheap parts, the wood was cheap, and the receiver was easy to make, because it was basically a round tube, and the bluing was nothing special.
But they were time and labor intensive, with lots of metal, and no cast or stamped parts, lots of usage of bar stock steel. And the sights were considered weird, especially the front shark fin.
But in the end, they were not cheap to make, remmy just price pointed them so low, they did it on purpose, to destroy the low end market of Savage, and Mossberg at the time. Once they accomplished this, they discontinued the rifle.

Just check this beauty for sale in 6milly , for example, I love that rear and front site, man!

and this could be the finest thing ever; a 788, new in the box!!!! in 222 as well!

October 30, 2009, 12:18 AM
i have one in 22-250 that i got for 400 bucks..the guy i got it from got it from his dad..after it had 8 rounds through it...when i got it 20 somthin years later, it still had only 8 rounds through it...but i dont collect guns, i wanted a shooter, and a shooter i got, i put a bushnell elite 3200 on millet rings and that sucker is accurate, as to the previously mentioned lock times, i can un scientifically attest to that, shooting clay pigeons on the berm at 220 yards, with iron sights freehand standing...i would have to say that the good lock time helps there.

on another note..i wonder how difficult i would be to maybe 3d print or fab up somehow a mag well filling block, effectively turning it into a single shot bolt action, as an alternative to these rare mags,

but i did read somewhere there is aftermarket magazines available now



but I could be wrong on that one.

sorry but you are :) the 308 family is the only set that is interchangeable

October 30, 2009, 12:25 AM
I got a 22-250 and 7-08 both are tack drivers. I think there was a break somewhere along the way when they shortened the barrels. I missed a sweet 223 a few yrs ago with a handful of spare mags for $350. That seems to be the going rate if you can just find em.

October 30, 2009, 12:27 AM
i am considering getting a laminated thumbhole stock for mine

October 30, 2009, 01:22 AM
Get one in 6 mm Remington. Tackdriver as what a friend of mine uses.

October 30, 2009, 01:22 AM

Mine is my regular hunting rifle, although I own much more expensive rifles.

October 30, 2009, 09:05 AM
Fella's, and Rangerruck;

If you go to the Wikipedia site & search for "Remington 788", you'll pull up the article. Then look on the right hand side of the page in the box titled "Production History". At the bottom of the box it has "variants", and lists the 6mm and .308 as being available with a left hand bolt. The ejection port is still on the right though. And yes, I have a 6mm in LHB. And yes, it shoots very nicely indeed.

Wyohome, that's some nice wood on that gun. Where did that stock come from? Frannie?


October 30, 2009, 09:10 AM
I got my 788 in .308 with a bushnell 3-9x40mm scope on it for 200 but I later one found out why it was 200 dollars and why my dad didn't want me to buy it from his ex girl friend. I found that my dad had over tighten screws on the bottom plate and broke the weld on the bung off, (he over tightens everything) but I got it fixed by a gun smith for $50 and I also got new screws and a bottom plate for $36, so after all the hassel I got a great hunting rifle for $286 and I just got my first deer with it last week, then this week I rewarded the rifle and myself with a new Nikon buck master 4-14 x 50mm scope and new scope rail and mounts. I'm glad to have this rifle and I'm glad that I didn't listen to my dad about it.

October 30, 2009, 09:40 AM
...that's some nice wood on that gun.

I bought it that way from at a gun shop in Oregon from a private party, he wanted to trade it for an A-Bolt and I gave him what the dealer offered without the paperwork. I got a better rifle.
It really works, I shot this little buck from the ridge on the right. One shot, DRT.

October 30, 2009, 10:05 AM
yep, there are aftermarket mags, but even those aren't cheap, and they are plastic. Yech... doesn't go with the theme of the rifle, as in, lots of heavy steel.
One more thing; if you look at those pics above, notice the bolt handle?
The end is hollow, and supposedly is just braized onto the handle not very well.
So if you really jerk one of the bolt handles around, supposedly you can knock the ball off. Some dudes I know just resolder it better anyway...

October 30, 2009, 11:52 AM
It is good to hear of so many 788 lovers . I to have had one of around 38 years in .308 cal and would not trade for any new remington made. This is one rifle that just never carred what ammo it shot, all shot well with some just great. I did copper the barrel one time when barnes first came out with the X bullet but thanks to them getting the bullet right and kroil oil to clean the bore after all these years it is still my favorite hunting rifle and bullet. I do keep looking for other 788's but allways seem just a bit late in getting to them. Oh Talked to remington and they still have a good choice of mags for the 788 but thats all.

October 30, 2009, 01:05 PM
Oh Talked to remington and they still have a good choice of mags for the 788 but thats all.
I'm calling bull, you got a phone number or web address at Remington? Prices?

October 30, 2009, 05:11 PM

You want mags for 788's? Go to I got a steel mag for my 6mm for $27.00. And made honorable mention in Ripley's believe it or not, because of it.


October 30, 2009, 08:40 PM
Dude! That is a sick sick price, for a 788 mag, really...

October 30, 2009, 08:43 PM
That is a sick sick price, for a 788 mag, really...
When you consider that the rifle with a mag only cost about $100 new.

October 30, 2009, 10:53 PM

OK, just went back to gunparts, that's the new term for Numrich by the way. Brought up Remington 788 & the schematic. The magazine is part #27, and the 6mm version is now up to $28.35. Have at it guys, the one I got works well.


October 31, 2009, 01:53 AM
CB I went there as soon as I read your post and got a couple 22-250's. I had been checking that site in the past and always comming up empty so I gave up. I have a bunch for my 7-08 but only one for the 250. The ones I had seen before online and at gunshows were $50-$80 a piece. Thanks that gun can now go on killing coyotes for many more yrs.

October 31, 2009, 02:01 AM
Wow. I love revived older threads.

This one is an example of why:
had it not been revived,
I'd have never known about
this bolt gun that shoots .30-30.
(Click on "levers" in sig line for relevance.)

This kicked up my interest on a rare night off.

Doing a bit of search, I found this brief summary/history (

Not likely to buy one - being a lever guy 'n all -
but interesting to know that they exist.

IV Troop
October 31, 2009, 02:22 AM
The 788 in 6mm is a great coyote gun. Not the smoothest by any means, but it shoots quite straight. Mine is topped with a 2.5x10 Weaver. I mostly keep it on 2.5x for moving targets.

The flat shooting 6mm is at home on the high desert:

October 31, 2009, 02:46 AM
Troop, those pics of the
high desert are spectacular.
Basalt everywhere.

I'm a desert rat.
I learned desert rat skills
first in NM, then AZ and NV.
Most recently, eastern OR.

Big sky country
where you'll die w/o water.

I love my 30 30 for the forests of the west side,
but in that big country east of here,
I want a flat shooter.

For the longest time,
I thought that'd be 7mm08.

Might still be, but 6mm has my attention.

IV Troop
October 31, 2009, 04:01 AM

I am glad you enjoyed the pics. Eastern Oregon has a lot of country that is quite similar. The range around Jordan Valley comes to mind.

I simply have a thing for 6mms, but the 7mm08 is a really great cartridge.

October 31, 2009, 04:15 AM
The range around Jordan Valley comes to mind.Troop, when I looked at your two last pics, I thought of the west side of Steen's Mountain, just east of Jordan Valley.

It's a scarpment, the steep side of which faces east to a playa
(the only range in OR that does that; all others face west),
but the major water drains west.

October 31, 2009, 10:05 AM
If you can get a 6milly with a 1/9 twist; you really have something, even a 1/10 twist would be okay, should handle up to 100 maybe 105 grainers.
Faster than a 243 by about 200 fps, a real laser shot. Plus a bit easier on the throats, as the 6milly brass has a super long neck.

October 31, 2009, 08:04 PM
Gunparts now has repro M788 mags for every application. Have seen some, they appear to be identical to the originals. Considering what used ones were bringing, new ones are a bargain.

October 31, 2009, 08:35 PM
I got one for sale 22-250

October 31, 2009, 09:18 PM
I have two 788's in .222 and 6mm that are great guns on Prairie dogs.

November 14, 2009, 12:15 AM
Nice to see some 788's in use! I've owned my .223 for 10 years and other that an ejecting problem (empties would hit the scope and fall back into the action) it has been flawless.I took my first coyotie, fox and even deer with it. Now I'm off to search for a magazine due to the fact i lost mine somewere in Texas.

November 14, 2009, 12:34 AM
I got 2 new from early this week. They are brand new and I couldn't tell the difference with the original. $28 a piece
Its funny you should show yours with the paint job since I just did mine yesterday.

November 14, 2009, 02:43 AM
I got one from them for my 44MAG and I can't see any difference between them at all, in fact with them side by side I can't tell which one is the original one.
I really lucked out to get my 788, a friend of mine had it and he liked my sporterized British 303, so we traded. I had no idea what a 788 in 44MAG was worth, he gave $75 for it about 6 years ago and thought he was giving me the short end of the stick so he threw in a couple boxes of 44MAG shells.:)

November 14, 2009, 09:44 AM
I've owned a M788 going back 31 years and now have several. While I'm happy with all of them, no way I will pay $400 or more for one now. If that much money is in play, it'll get spent on a used M700 which truthfully, is a far better rifle.

My "priciest" M788 is the 243 I picked up two years ago for $300. It was also the one that was in the worst condition (butchered stock, some minor rust). Restocked it for $69, performed some TLC and it's as accurate, if not as purty, as the others are. Purty is a subjective phrase, where any M788 is concerned. The beauty is generally all down range. ;o)

The one I bought new in 1978 (22-250), cost $132. Paid $165 for a like-new one in 222, back about 1986 and $265 for another minty one in 22-250 in the late 90s that had a "pro" trigger job done on it. Had to make some minor alterations to that trigger job, since the trigger/sear engagment had been done incorrectly.

November 14, 2009, 01:59 PM Larry B... sinner...(an homage to C. Farley)
you should feel about as super guilty as anyone I know. Does the friend now
know what that rifle is worth?

November 14, 2009, 02:30 PM
X-Rap, I just checked and they are still out of .223 mags. Off to search other corners of the Internet.

November 14, 2009, 08:33 PM
Keep checking, I tried over a year ago and gave up until I read this thread and checked again and there they were.

November 14, 2009, 10:25 PM
YES, he does and he said no big deal , a deal is a deal and he's happy with the one he has, in fact we were shooting it this afternoon. the 303 not the 788, I'm having the stock refinished on it so it is out of service at this time.

November 14, 2009, 10:49 PM
I have a 788 sitting in the closet, in .223, with a broken bolt handle. I bought it that way and the seller had thrown away the busted off handle.

One of these days I'm going to find someone with a lathe that can turn a new handle for me to weld on. Or should I say someone who is a better welder than me (with proper heat sinks, etc.) to weld on.

November 15, 2009, 12:02 AM
I have had several of them in 6mm,243, 22-250 and 223. Sold all of them for one reason or another but should have kept the 6mm. I did get a brand new unfired one from a dealer friend of mine a couple of yrs ago and put about 10rounds through it last yr. Seems to be pretty accurate but one day I will shoot it alot more. The 6mm and 22-250 were exceptionally accurate. I just didn't have time to load for everything that I have and especially not 2 of the same thing. RG

November 15, 2009, 12:34 PM
Lucky me! My buddy in Texas called last night to tell me he found my magazine!!! Now I have a little more time to find a spare and hopefully I won't have to spend $100 on it!

Anyone looking to sell a .222/.223 mag for this rifle PM me. I will pay $50 each.

November 15, 2009, 04:07 PM
I have a 788 sitting in the closet, in .223, with a broken bolt handle. I bought it that way and the seller had thrown away the busted off handle.

One of these days I'm going to find someone with a lathe that can turn a new handle for me to weld on. Or should I say someone who is a better welder than me (with proper heat sinks, etc.) to weld on.

Check these guys out. They can do the bolt handle repair the correct way. They may have an original bolt knob as well.

November 15, 2009, 04:58 PM
I traded for a 788 in .223 a couple of years ago. It has a custom monte carlo stock and a nice, crisp trigger. I have read many comments about 788s have poor triggers. I looked at my with a bright light and noticed the trigger is brown, not blue like the rest of the gun. Is it possible it's a custom trigger? Thanks

November 15, 2009, 08:22 PM
Original triggers can be anything from brownish black to dull blue. Remove the barreled action from the stock. Original M788 trigger housing is aluminum and is "unfinished", with steel trigger in one of the above hues. See if the housing has had any adjusting screws installed in it. If it does, then someone has tinkered with it.

Most untouched M788 triggers are crispy and hard to pull. I disassembled the trigger parts and stoned/polished them in my first M788, which improved the trigger. Now two of them have had that done, plus replaced springs and adjusting screws for travel and pull weight.

Timney now makes an adjustable replacement trigger, but they're fairly pricey in my opinion. Canjar once did, but quit making them years ago, IIRC?

November 16, 2009, 12:29 AM
if it is a factory trigger, and hasn't been jacked with, and has been taken care of; as in lightly cleaned lube and dried once in a while, this is one of the best factory triggers ever made. but if shot a lot, or not taken care of, or oiled too much,or put away wet or dirty, then the housing for this, will wallow out the pin holes, and screw holes and such; then it becomes all mushy and icky.I think the housing is either a light aluminum, or maybe even ... plastic!!! But a good factory trigger on these , is an amazing thing.
timney makes a replacement trigger for about 80 bucks, and I have used one to fix a remmy; I must say it is darn good. make sure you have your serial number handy if ordering; I think IIrw, there is a diff in a few of the models, like an older, or newer version, and you need to get the right trigger pac.

November 16, 2009, 12:32 AM
does anyone know who makes aftermarket stocks for the 788? thanks, RG

November 16, 2009, 11:25 PM
I took it apart last night, and I am sure it is a stock trigger. I am just amazed how smooth and crisp it is. I wish my AR trigger was as good! Thanks for the replies.

November 17, 2009, 12:04 AM
does anyone know who makes aftermarket stocks for the 788? thanks, RG

Ramline still makes synthetics; some of the major aftermarket makers once offered walnut replacements, don't know if any still do or not? There is an outfit in Dushore, PA that makes them and they're not all that expensive.

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