I’m not very familar with the Remington 788. The first I’ve heard of them was probably 5+ years ago when my Dad bought one chambered in .243 Winchester. My Grandpa had been using them for different Bench Rest competitions in Montana before that. I have been told the 788 had a reputation for being an excellent shooter and was substantially more affordable than the model 700. Fellow members of SniperHide.com have mentioned one of the reasons the 788 was discontinued is because the inexpensive rifle would out shoot the premium model 700 offerings. Now I don’t know if that is true first hand or not but it certainly adds to the legend.
One of the first things you will notice about the 788 action is that it has the lugs at the rear of the bolt, similar to what you would find on a Steyr SSG. It has 9 lugs total aligned in three rows, three lugs per row and has a nice 60 degree bolt lift. The receiver is big and beefy for short action cartridges and doesn’t have internal race ways. It has a narrow port and a over sized recoil lug. The rifle is fed by a single stack 3 round magazine.
When I started on the rifle I was thinking it would be like moving heaven and earth to remove the old barrel. Some of the Remington 700 donor actions Dane and I have used took a act of god to get them apart. Much to my delight, with the help of my team mates Dane and Bill we were able to get the barrel off the action with very little drama.
Once we got the barrel off we noticed it has a very long tenon and finer threads compared to the 16 threads per inch found on a model 700. The tenon reminded us of a Savage pre-fit barrel. We figured the finer threads and long tenon made a rigid connection between the barrel and receiver. Normally the 788 requires less machining than a 700 because you don’t have to cut a bolt nose recess but because we were using a barrel blank for a Remington 700 it ended up requiring more. The tenon diameter is 1″, it is 1.56″ long and is threaded 20 tpi.
We re-barreled the rifle with a Brux 1-10″ twist barrel finished at 18.5″. Once the new barrel was on the action my Dad and I had a little stock fitting to do. The Brux barrel is slightly heavier than the factory barrel we removed. We ended up increasing the barrel channel of the fore stock so the barrel was free floated from the recoil lug forward. After fitting the barreled action to the factory stock we headed to our team mate Ty’s house to have barreled action Cerakoted. To maintain a factory look we decided to go with a slightly gloss finish.
When it was done after prep and baking the rifle looked brand new. We were very happy with the result and thankful he was able to help out with the project. Playing with the rifle we all thought it was very handy and great for deer hunting. The short barrel made it fast handling and perfect for kicking around in the woods with. The only thing left to do now was develop a load and see how it shoots!
- Remington 788 .308 Winchester
- Brux 1-10″ twist #4 contour 18.5″
- +0.002″ head space PTG standard reamer
- EGW 20 MOA 1 piece picatinny scope base
- Factory trigger
- Factory wood stock, bedded
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