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Remington 788 Carbine in 7mm08 or Savage Axis/edge

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Stillwater97, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Stillwater97

    Stillwater97 Active Member

    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..
  2. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    I'd buy the Remington.
  4. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

  6. GJgo

    GJgo Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Durty

    Durty Well-Known Member

  9. littlelefty

    littlelefty Well-Known Member

    700 action on a poor man's stock = awsome gun. I love my lefty in .308.
  10. GJgo

    GJgo Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    788, they are way better looking than the edge and that one is worth more than the asking price.
  13. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    Those are in 18 inch barrel s , right ? Wonder what velocity they go at the muzzle end.
  14. earplug

    earplug Well-Known Member

    Why ?

    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.
  15. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. sansone

    sansone Well-Known Member

    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
  17. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Offfhand

    Offfhand Well-Known Member

    I would buy that 788 in a heartbeat.
  19. Davek1977

    Davek1977 Well-Known Member

    . as would I....wouldn't even consider the savage a fair comparison!!
  20. dodge

    dodge Well-Known Member

    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.

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