funny, I just happen to have setting here beside the computer, a 1972 Remington Peters catalog (remember when all the gun companies gave them out) and that gun retailed at $99.95. left hand was $104.95. sling and swivels $5.40, and extra clip $4.50. times sure have changed.
Mine is in .243, bought around 1970 for $99.95 at Miller's Auto Parts and came with a scope! Never any problems except once many years ago I had some mis-fires with some handloads. He checked my reloads out to make sure thgey were sized correctly. Gunsmith said they were prone to getting dirt in the bolt since it is an open design. He tore it down on a clean white sheet and found nothing, put back together and never had any more trouble? Most accurate rifle I own.
Never had much luck with 788's....Bought a mint 243...best it would do was 1 1/2" groups....Had one in the rare 44 magnum...grouped 2 1/2"...I love them but as yet am not sold on the accuracy potential despite all that I have read..My cheap Savage bolts shoot much better.
I've had mine since '72 and it's used every year. As a kid, my dad had someone reload a box of ammo for me and they were VERY difficult to extract after being shot. The bolt held up well to some pounding to get it open. After the third one or so, the rest of the box got taken apart. I'm fine with the safety and very satisfied with the accuracy.
I had one years ago; also in 22-250. The factory trigger was a nightmare, but after I had it replaced the rifle was a real joy to shoot. Accurate, dependable and an all time favorite woodchuck rifle of mine.