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Thread: The Remington 788

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    I picked a 6mm LH a while ago and finally resigned myself to do load development last week.

    Got out all sorts of powder, all sorts of bullets, took it all to the picnic table.

    Consulted volumes of the books and made notes on loads.

    Set up the scales, primed a bunch of brass, and came up with a 1st test load of Varget and 100grSGK's.

    Loaded up 5 rounds and dropped them in a quarter size circle at 120.

    I repeated the same load and repeated the group.

    So I loaded up the rest and put it all away.

    Most anti-climactic session I had in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWE View Post
    I picked a 6mm LH a while ago and finally resigned myself to do load development last week.

    Got out all sorts of powder, all sorts of bullets, took it all to the picnic table.

    Consulted volumes of the books and made notes on loads.

    Set up the scales, primed a bunch of brass, and came up with a 1st test load of Varget and 100grSGK's.

    Loaded up 5 rounds and dropped them in a quarter size circle at 120.

    I repeated the same load and repeated the group.

    So I loaded up the rest and put it all away.

    Most anti-climactic session I had in a while.
    Mine takes a case full of H-4831 and 100 gr. Hornady interlock BTSP's and spits them out with monotonous regularity at a touch over 3000 fps and less than 1 MOA. I love the 6mm Rem.
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    I got it because a friend of mine wanted to do antelope in Wyoming, and in my mind, nothing says, "dead antelope" like a 6mm. Why I don't know, but that's what came to mind.

    But he knocked up his wife and that trip got the axe.

    So I figured on using it on Carolina Whitetail from the back yard stand overlooking the cut corn where I can put a respectable 300 yarder in play if the situation presents.

    Farmer just cut the corn, so I'll probably set up a target at 300 and see what I'm looking at. I didn't even chrony the varget load, but I'll unbox it when I try the oolong shot.

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    I like the .243 Winchester. I LOVE the 6mm Remington. IMO it's better in every way except popularity. I'm severely right handed but I would absolutely snap up a LH 788 6mm (or .308)- the only calibers offered in portside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWE View Post
    I got it because a friend of mine wanted to do antelope in Wyoming, and in my mind, nothing says, "dead antelope" like a 6mm. Why I don't know, but that's what came to mind.

    But he knocked up his wife and that trip got the axe.

    So I figured on using it on Carolina Whitetail from the back yard stand overlooking the cut corn where I can put a respectable 300 yarder in play if the situation presents.

    Farmer just cut the corn, so I'll probably set up a target at 300 and see what I'm looking at. I didn't even chrony the varget load, but I'll unbox it when I try the oolong shot.
    That pronghorn in my avatar was taken with my LH 788 in central Montana. I restocked the rifle with a pretty piece of Bastogne Walnut. That load is pure poison, shot was 265 yds.
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    That is a great goat there, Rick! Since you've teased us, how about a pic of your rifle?

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    Thanks to all for the info on the 788; this thread has been interesting reading.
    I confess to not knowing much about these, but do have a Remington 540/580 .22LR so I can see some similarity.

    That .44Mag really sounds dandy; what was the twist rate ?
    I see that those were chambered only in 1967-70. I'll probably never see one for sale, but at least I can keep my eye out for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hodges View Post
    ?......"....I restocked the rifle with a pretty piece of Bastogne Walnut. .......
    Would love to see a picture of your restocked 788. Been thinking about a replacement of mine. Great rifle... ugly stock!
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    The pic's don't pick up the full grain but you get the idea.Click image for larger version. 

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    Rick Who said you can't make a silk purse out of a pigs ear?

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    I think that is the nicest looking 788 I've seen. Including the two that I have restocked myself!

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    I LOVE the REM 788 models. I own 2 of them. 1 in .222 and one in .243 ( carbine) . The .243 is responsible for pretty near 120 whitetail homicides. It is a deer death Ray. The .222 is a tack driver as well.- CASTER
    In regards to shooting safety.Until you are ready to fire, keep your booger hook off the bang switch.

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ID:	204903 Here is a typical 5 shot group from my .222
    Shot at 100 yards off of bags.
    In regards to shooting safety.Until you are ready to fire, keep your booger hook off the bang switch.

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ID:	204905 This is my .222 and the squirrel tail is from the fox squirrel i head shot at 75 yds. from right where the gun sets.
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    In regards to shooting safety.Until you are ready to fire, keep your booger hook off the bang switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hodges View Post
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    Now that is a nice looking 788.... very nice. I'm going to start looking at stocks for mine.

    Thanks for the pictures!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASTER OF LEAD View Post
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ID:	204905 This is my .222 and the squirrel tail is from the fox squirrel i head shot at 75 yds. from right where the gun sets.
    Nice picture and story, CASTER! Thanks for sharing it. Treetop
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel4k View Post
    Thanks to all for the info on the 788; this thread has been interesting reading.
    I confess to not knowing much about these, but do have a Remington 540/580 .22LR so I can see some similarity.

    That .44Mag really sounds dandy; what was the twist rate ?
    I see that those were chambered only in 1967-70. I'll probably never see one for sale, but at least I can keep my eye out for one.
    Kestrel, I have a LH Remington model 581 as an understudy to my LH 788s. It's so identical that the trigger groups are interchangeable. I bought 2 Timney aftermarket triggers and used one on my 581.
    My 581 is < MOA at 50 yards but with one caveat! It is extremely sensitive to stock screw pressure! Mine will only shoot these groups when the single stock screw is torqued to 12-14 inch pounds. Also it prefers CCI Mini Mags. Sorry if this is drifting off topic... Treetop
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    My 581 (baby 788) is very, very accurate. The magazine is worn out but still out works the 10 shot replacements.

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    I forgot about that. A 581 was my first gun. Also a tack driver. Probably why I liked my 788 so much

    I also lapped the lugs on both of them. Didn't really improve accuracy that I could tell, but, it made me feel better

    I liked the Mannlicher stock on the 788. The short barrel seemed like it was made for that kid of stock.

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