Remington 788 - Good Buy?


December 27, 2011, 05:26 PM
Hey, I am visiting some relatives and I found a pretty good condition Remy 788 carbine in 7mm08. The barrel and action look pretty good, while the stock had some scratches. The guy wants $250 for it. Does it sound like a good buy?

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December 27, 2011, 05:34 PM
hell yes its a good buy. i have 3 788 rifles...they have a "cult" like following and are dandy shooters...not unusual to see these rifles in the 500 to 600 dollar range assuming they are complete and functional..

December 27, 2011, 05:41 PM
You'll never lose a dime on it.

December 27, 2011, 05:42 PM
$250 sounds like a heckuva good deal. A shooting buddy had one in 243 and it was a real fine shooter. He harvested a lot of deer with that gun.

December 27, 2011, 05:55 PM
250$ is a good deal. Ive owned a couple 788's and they are highly underrated. Smooooooooth action, very accurate light and handy. I'd just make sure the rifling looks good. Buy it!!!!

December 27, 2011, 06:00 PM
Run and buy it now. I have a 308 bought new in '76. Still a better than fine shooter. Spend a little time sanding on the stock out and tung oil with about 4 to 7 coats and wood wax. Makes for a nice looking stock.

December 27, 2011, 06:04 PM
A few months ago a buddy of mine was looking for his first hunting rifle. I scouted some LGS's and found a nice 788 in .308 WITH a decent Bushnell scope, great rifling and a wood stock for $250. I told him when he went to buy it to not listen to a word the salesmen were going to say because they were gonna try to sell him a new Savage or somthing. Wich they did and he bought the 788. He could not be happier and shoots it all the time. BUY IT! hahaha or ill find out where it is and steal it from you!

December 27, 2011, 06:37 PM
Wish I could find one for $250.

December 27, 2011, 06:51 PM
That guy is asking way to much money for it.
Give me his phone number and I will belittle him for trying to take advantage of you. ;)

December 27, 2011, 06:57 PM

December 27, 2011, 09:11 PM
Ok I will grab it tomorrow. I bought a used one in .243 in 1978 and it has killed about 30 deer. I wad not sure about a carbine model, and price.

December 27, 2011, 09:33 PM

December 27, 2011, 11:55 PM
I meant to add that a 788 cleans up nicely with a good hunk of wood.

December 29, 2011, 05:30 PM
What everybody else says. HURRY, HURRY. And pick up extra mags whenever you find them.


December 29, 2011, 08:03 PM
Nope. 7-08 is the least desirable configuration of the 788, right next to .30-30. Run away as fast as you can right after sending me contact information for the seller.......................BUY IT!

December 29, 2011, 10:40 PM
The most accurate rifle I ever owned was a 788 in .222 Rem. That thing would put 5 shots of Winchester factory ammo into one ragged hole at 100 yards. Never should have sold it! I could never get hand loads to shoot as accurately.

December 29, 2011, 11:21 PM
Well, are you convinced yet? One of mine, a .243 carbine (19" bbl), does 5/8" groups with cheap PMC 100 gr. First load I tried and I never found a need to look for another. That's darn near deer-eyeball accuracy... There may have been one, but I've never heard of an inaccurate one...

December 30, 2011, 10:48 AM
My dad had one in .22-250 that was a less than 1/2 moa rifle with handloads, no modifications.

December 30, 2011, 11:30 AM
My .308 788 carbine is a very accurate rifle. I would expect the same of a 7-08.

Mine has been an NRA over-the-course High Power match rifle, scoped hunting rifle, a pseudo-scout rifle, trainer, truck gun ... It's just a good all-around rifle.

December 30, 2011, 11:37 AM
I bought an 788 about 20 years ago, .223, most accurate rifle I own! My buddy had one, a .223, told me about it, so found one at a gun show, best $200 I ever spent. I put a new Timney trigger on mine about a year ago, now hole into a hole shooting session is very common. Go buy it!

January 1, 2012, 01:45 AM
You better believe thats a good deal i had one in 243 & itwas a flat shooting booger

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