Remington 788 Bolt action .308 Build Thread

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    Remington 788 Bolt action .308 Build Thread

    A couple months back I posted in an old thread about a Remington 788 rifle in .308 that I purchased. It's serial number puts it at about 1979 to 1980. It is a short carbine version with the 18" barrel.

    I have started the build however, I have been busy selling an old vehicle and fixing up its replacement, and missed some of the documentation but I am still early in the build stage.

    So far I have cold blued (Dicropan T4) the barrel and action, cleaned up the bolt and lapped the lugs lightly. This gun is pretty tight and looks as if it was used very little.

    I have installed a new Timney trigger assembly which is absolutely awesome! I also found a great price on a Bushnell Elite Limited Edition scope and have installed that. Lapped the rings too.

    I have stripped down the old finish and almost competed the sanding/finishing. At this stage I installed a new recoil reducing pad and fitted it to the stock. I am about to start the forend tip job as soon as I find a suitable piece of burled walnut. I also need to add a poly spacer to the grip and fit it to install the nice Remington grip cap medallion I bought.

    I will get some pics when I get home tomorrow and have good light.
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    Most likely the most accurate bolt action out of the box ever built.
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    Great rifle that embarrassed Remington when it would outshoot their pricier Model 700. I have one in 223 and a rare 44 Mag model and would not part with either. Sounds like you will have a beautiful tack-driver when you finish.
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    I have a friend who's really into 788s. He now has 4 that he got at bargain prices because they have an ejection problem. They are made to eject at a very high angle. If you use a low mounted scope the ejected round bounces off the scope turret and right back into the ejection port. There are a couple things you can do to avoid this. Use a higher scope mount, find and use a scope with the smallest turrets, and if all else fails turn the scope 90 degrees left. This will make the adjustments work the opposite of the way they are marked but they still work. He uses Weaver K6 scopes on his with high rings without any more problems. I have to agree with others that they are great shooters but a lot of them are sitting unused because of the ejection problem has turned them into single shots. If your Elite has the target turrets you may have to turn yours right off the bat. Good luck DR

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    Really? Never had that issue with my 788 .223. And I've put many a round thru mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post
    I have a friend who's really into 788s. He now has 4 that he got at bargain prices because they have an ejection problem. They are made to eject at a very high angle. If you use a low mounted scope the ejected round bounces off the scope turret and right back into the ejection port. There are a couple things you can do to avoid this. Use a higher scope mount, find and use a scope with the smallest turrets, and if all else fails turn the scope 90 degrees left. This will make the adjustments work the opposite of the way they are marked but they still work. He uses Weaver K6 scopes on his with high rings without any more problems. I have to agree with others that they are great shooters but a lot of them are sitting unused because of the ejection problem has turned them into single shots. If your Elite has the target turrets you may have to turn yours right off the bat. Good luck DR
    I am aware of this issue and have tested mine with ejecting a full live round but, since I have yet to fire it, I have not tested a spent round.

    The live heavy round did indeed hit the scope turret. This perplexed my good friend who has a 788 in .223. He said his has never done this.

    I won't be able to turn this scope as it has three turrets.

    Can the ejector be tuned differently? I have not yet tried to research this but I would think that, if it was possible, someone would have posted something on correcting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Great rifle that embarrassed Remington when it would outshoot their pricier Model 700. I have one in 223 and a rare 44 Mag model and would not part with either. Sounds like you will have a beautiful tack-driver when you finish.
    I keep getting sidelined with low paychecks or fixing up my "new to me" Nissan D21. Right now I am trying to grow some gonads and get this forend tip figured out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    I keep getting sidelined with low paychecks or fixing up my "new to me" Nissan D21. Right now I am trying to grow some gonads and get this forend tip figured out!
    This may help ypu out on the forend tip. Gunsmithing - How to Install an Ebony Forend Tip on a Gun Stock - Repeat in a loop
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I am having an issue finding a suitable piece of walnut that is large enough and no cracks. Thanks for the link!

    I have watched a hundred or more of Larry's vids! Those are an excellent resource.
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    For wood you might try these folks, they have all types and sizes of wood at reasonable prices. Just give them a call and they may have what you need.

    Woodworking Plans & Tools | Fine Woodworking Project & Supplies at Woodcraft

    http://www.woodcraft.com/product/200...25-x-1425.aspx
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    Sweet!! They have just what I wanted at a great price!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    Sweet!! They have just what I wanted at a great price!
    Glad to help, I am lucky to have one of their stores near me where I purchase my pen turning supplies and tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    I am aware of this issue and have tested mine with ejecting a full live round but, since I have yet to fire it, I have not tested a spent round.

    The live heavy round did indeed hit the scope turret. This perplexed my good friend who has a 788 in .223. He said his has never done this.

    I won't be able to turn this scope as it has three turrets.

    Can the ejector be tuned differently? I have not yet tried to research this but I would think that, if it was possible, someone would have posted something on correcting it.
    The longer cartridges are worse, 308, 270, 30 06.... I have not heard of any tuning that will redirect the case. but you might try a taller mount. DR

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    Pictures!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Pictures!!!!

    As requested!

    This is the stock after most of the finish removed and most of the sanding done. It was basic brown color. Still some exotic wood inlay left to do.


    rem_788_02.jpgrem_788_01.jpg
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