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#5436760 - 11/22/14 08:13 AM Thoughts on the 788 action for a build?
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The factory guns are/were VERY accurate rifles right out of the box. I think Remington was rather surprised by it all. Thinking of picking one up from one of the auction sites and re-barreling it into what I want (.243). Any problems doing something like this with the 788 action? Anything I should be aware of that could cause problems down the road or add to the cost factor?
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#5436811 - 11/22/14 08:42 AM Re: Thoughts on the 788 action for a build? [Re: Bbear]
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Pretty sure they make a 788 in a .243.
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#5436818 - 11/22/14 08:45 AM Re: Thoughts on the 788 action for a build? [Re: Bbear]
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Go for it. There have been lots of customs built off the 788 and some very accurate ones. One thing I would not do is flute the bolt on one, with the rear locking lugs the bolt body handles all the rearward pressure to the lugs. Would also not remove any metal from the receiver for the same basic reason.

The main problem with the 788 is the bolt handle coming off, it is tac welded to the bolt. Have seem some held on with JB Weld after the handle came off.
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#5436824 - 11/22/14 08:49 AM Re: Thoughts on the 788 action for a build? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Pretty sure they make a 788 in a .243.


243 and 308 were the most popular calibers in the 788.

22-250,6mm, 222, 223, 7mm08, 30-30 and 44Mag were some others with the last 3 being the rarest to find
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#5436952 - 11/22/14 10:23 AM Re: Thoughts on the 788 action for a build? [Re: Bbear]
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A lot of br guns were built of that action at one point.
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