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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2010, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Remington Sportsman 78

When I turned 13 (1988) my dad bought me a brand new Remington Sportman 78 in .308 Winchester at Laurel Sports Shop in Bedford.

He got a heck of a deal on it. I was looking at it last week and noticed something strange about it. All other sportsmen 78's I have seen were a plain Jane rifle. No checkering on the stock and a very dull finish.

This one has a very nice stock on it, high gloss finish and a monte carlo cheek piece. Never have seen another one like it. It does not have the hinged floor plate for unloading. Could Remington have put a higher grade stock on it instead of a regular Sportsman 78 plain Jane stock. I will try to attach a picture later this week.

I do know one thing, that gun is one accurate shooter for such a great deal. Any thoughts??
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Re: Remington Sportsman 78

All the Sportsmen 78s I've seen, were in plain birch stocks.

IIRc, they were only offered for a few years, right after the M788 was dropped? 78s had a dull blue/black metal finish similar to the finish on the M788s.

Sounds like you have one that somebody installed a M700 ADL stock on, as they were walnut, had pressed checkering, cheek piece and a similar finish as BDLs do, at one time.

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Re: Remington Sportsman 78

You are correct, the barrel has the dull finish on it. The stock would have to have been installed by the factory, as the gun was bought new in the box.
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Re: Remington Sportsman 78

Maybe an after market stock? I was under the impression that the 78 was a no frills 700 ADL.

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Re: Remington Sportsman 78

If it came that way NIB, chances are they ran out of birch stocks before they ran out of barreled M78 actions and may have finished out the production run with ADL stocks, then?

At any rate, you made out on the deal.

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Re: Remington Sportsman 78

A friend of mine picked up a NIB M78 in 223 a year or
two ago, I think he paid 275 for it.
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Re: Remington Sportsman 78

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If it came that way NIB, chances are they ran out of birch stocks before they ran out of barreled M78 actions and may have finished out the production run with ADL stocks, then?

At any rate, you made out on the deal.
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Re: Remington Sportsman 78

I just sold one in 30-06 that was the plain birch stock. I've never seen one with the checkered stock your referring to. I'd have to agree with Denny in that there was a shortage and that you made out on the deal.

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Copy and paste the the link in another window and it should show the pictures of my unique Sportsman 78.
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