Remington 788 Carbine in 7mm08 or Savage Axis/edge


January 5, 2011, 08:21 PM
My wife says I can get a rifle for my BD this year... my budget is low as I'm saving for an AK hunting trip next summer.

I've found that I can get a new Savage Edge with a 3x9 scope for $299 and the reviews I've seen are pretty decent... but...

I was over at another gun store and they had a VERY nice Remington 788 carbine in 7mm08 with a Weaver K4 scope in good condition mounted on it for $295. The carbine length is nice and it points well.

So... What the heck do I do here? I'm teetering.. go new and entry level or go classic old entry level..

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January 5, 2011, 08:24 PM
Go used midlevel, if you look a little harder you might find a nice Remington 700, or Howa M-1500, maybe a Tikka if you look hard enough.

January 5, 2011, 08:25 PM
I'd buy the Remington.

January 5, 2011, 08:31 PM
The 788 is a sweet shootin' rifle. I have a 308 carbine version and its killed alot of whitetails. That's a good price even if it didn't have a scope.

January 5, 2011, 08:40 PM

January 5, 2011, 09:16 PM
I have a 788 carbine in 7mm-08 in my safe right now, belongs to my friend. She's put 3 elk in the freezer with it 3 years straight! I've heard that they have some issues, but it sure has a lot more character than an Edge.. If the bore & the mechanicals are good, I'd say the 788.

January 5, 2011, 09:24 PM
Although the 7mm-08 is not my flavor I can say that if you can get it for that price buy it immediately before the owner changes his mind.
It's worth much more than the asking price cause they simply did not produce that many of them in that caliber or carbine configuration.

January 5, 2011, 09:24 PM

January 5, 2011, 09:25 PM
700 action on a poor man's stock = awsome gun. I love my lefty in .308.

January 5, 2011, 10:21 PM
I've heard you shouldn't load the 788 too hot since the lugs are at the rear of the bolt (in the back of the action), just food for thought. Factory loads should be GTG.

January 5, 2011, 10:24 PM
Go with the 788! I've got one in .223, the most accurate rifle I own, bar none!! Like was mentioned earlier, stay with fac. ammo.

heeler, no they quit making them when they started making the 700 series, no more to be made.

January 5, 2011, 11:47 PM
788, they are way better looking than the edge and that one is worth more than the asking price.

January 6, 2011, 12:20 AM
Those are in 18 inch barrel s , right ? Wonder what velocity they go at the muzzle end.

January 6, 2011, 12:26 AM
If your saving for a AK hunt. And need a rifle I would not limit my choices to a new budget 7MM/08.
I really like the 7mm-08, but if you have to low ball everything for this hunt look at used guns. You will find many more choices in common 308, 7MM Mag, 30/06, 270.
Factor in the cost of ammo. Common stuff cost much less.
Only you will know the differance when you pull the trigger. The meat will taste the same.

January 6, 2011, 07:27 AM
700 action on a poor man's stock = awsome gun. I love my lefty in .308.

I agree that the 788 is an awesome gun, but it has a completely different action than a 700. The only thing they have in common is "Remington" stamped on the side.

January 6, 2011, 07:43 AM
I lean towards the Remmy with the weaver scope. Those package deal scopes are usually pretty crappy. My only concern on the Remmy is it is used so check the crown real close for abuse

January 6, 2011, 07:54 AM
Ham,you have your facts wrong.
The 700 Remington was produced from 1962 to present.
The 788's production started in 1967 thru about 1980-81.
The carbine version was produced in 1980 at the end of the 788's day.
In the carbine version it was offered in .308,243,and not so many 7mm-08 as that cartridge was making it's onstage debut.
I suspect since the barrels on the carbine version is the same length(18.5") as the 600 Mohawk,which ceased production in 1979,I would not be surprised if Remington just used up the remaining 600 barrels by making a carbine version of the 788.
No doubt about it the 788's are renown for their accuracy.

January 6, 2011, 07:59 AM
I would buy that 788 in a heartbeat.

January 6, 2011, 09:01 AM
I would buy that 788 in a heartbeat. as would I....wouldn't even consider the savage a fair comparison!!

January 6, 2011, 09:26 AM
I go along with the vote for the 788. I own a Savage Edge in 7-08 and am not happy with it at all. The reason they quit making the 788 is it proved to be too much competition for the 700. Every 788 I have owned over the years proved to be very accurate. I had to work at making the Edge shoot the way I thought that it should.

January 6, 2011, 09:40 AM
The 788 was ahead of its time in how well it fit a market segment price point, and how well it performed. It does have some issues with a safety that is not very positive in detent and can be brush OFF inadvertantly. The bolt handle can also break off if the action is roughly cycled.

Blue Line
January 6, 2011, 10:28 AM
The 788 is the way to go but I will say that 7mm-08 ammo is kind of pricey unless you reload

January 6, 2011, 12:04 PM
Had a 788 for 35 years and has been one heck of a rifle. Kinda a ungly but will out shoot most other rifles costing way more money.

January 6, 2011, 12:15 PM
I still have a 788 in 308. About the only bad thing I've heard is that the bolt handle is brazed onto the bolt body and will break if you use hot handloads then use a hammer to get the bolt open. Used 788 bolts are scarce!
A few observations:
You can improve the trigger by drilling & tapping the trigger housing for a couple of set screws (sear engagement and overtravel.)
The magazine does tend to dig into your back when you're slinging the rifle.
Some people are turned off by the wobble when working the bolt.
You can still get molded synthetic Ramline NOS stocks too.

January 6, 2011, 01:01 PM
Grab the 788 and move on. Put a good 2X7 on it, and shoot, shoot, shoot. 7mm-08 will kill 90% of all we hunt with one shot, has great ballistics, and fairly mild recoil.

Wonderful, wonderful rifle the 788.

January 6, 2011, 04:17 PM

I am the proud owner of a Remington 788 Carbine in 7mm08.

Went over the crown and re checked the weapon thoroughly. Its in super great shape.

Can't wait to take it out and shoot.

Thanks guys!


January 6, 2011, 05:58 PM
Wonderful, wonderful rifle the 788. I agree! While I love the Savage line of rifles,I would definitely choose the Remmy 788 in 7mm/08 without even thinking about it. Especially at that price WITH a Weaver scope.

January 6, 2011, 10:43 PM
See..... I knew you'd listen to me!! LOL

January 6, 2011, 10:55 PM

I stand corrected young man, my forgetter seems at times to blink at the wrong times. I'm glad the young man listened and bought the 788, he'll be pleased.

January 7, 2011, 01:40 PM
Its good to find so many 788 fans out there. Nothing like an ugly duckling that can out shoot rifles costing way more money

January 7, 2011, 09:14 PM
Natman - thanks for the correction.
Everything else in my post should be accurate - that is; I love my lefty 788 in .308 and it's an awsome gun.

Wow - I learned something so early in the year! :-)

January 8, 2011, 06:57 PM
I bought two 788s in .243 18 1/2 barrels back in 1982 and would LOVE to find another one in 7mm-08. I'd buy that gun just for sentimental sake, sight unseen, for that price. Last year at a gun show I saw a nice 788 in .243 for 600.00 but, the guy wouldn't bunge. I agree with an above statement that they were out shooting the 700's. Yes, the triggers are really rough.

January 8, 2011, 08:01 PM
I put a little $$$ down on a 788 in .308, it is in great shape but I could not get them down off the price. Oh, well...guess I will go ahead and get it.

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