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Remington 788 .243

What do you all think would be a fair price to purchase a Remington 788 .243 in fair shape , nicks in stock , missing blueing , has a cheaper scope, hardware store has one like this for 425.00 is this too much? I've been told these guns are tack drivers and have always wanted one but this one is going to need some work and wondered if I should wait for a better condition one. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Re: Remington 788 .243

I can't say what the gun is worth,but I will tell You that I love mine. It IS a tackdriver even with Me shooting it. Buy a Boyds stock and a good scope for it, and have it re-blued. From a performance standpoint, I doubt that You'll regret it.

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Re: Remington 788 .243

with the work you described it sounds a bit steep. that is if your going to refurbish it back to new condition.
if your going to just leave it be and shoot it then maybe. take a look at what the work you feel needs done is going to cost you and then decide if you would pay that for the gun if it were already done.

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Re: Remington 788 .243

Look on Gunbroker.com and see what their prices are and go from there. Maybe you c an haggle on the price.

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If you do the math a Boyd's stock is about 125.00 a bluing job 200.00 price of gun 425.00 plus tax 25.00 = $775.00, that's money that you will have a hard time getting back if you want to sell the rifle at a later date. Also if the scope is a cheap one it may have to be replaced if so that is another 250.00 so now you have $1025.00 in a accurate but homely gun. But than again it may not be as accurate as you would like, as you know everyone's gun shoots one hole groups when there are no witnesses.
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Re: Remington 788 .243

Great info from drags.

Personally I would not spend that much on a 788 project gun. If the gun is just showing its age with some normal stock dings and thin bluing at spots the price doesnt sound bad. On some guns a few scuffs and dings just give the gun some character.

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Re: Remington 788 .243

Pile of money in a homely gun 'bout nails it.

I have several M788s and only one was bought new (1978). All the others were bought used at good prices for the time and in mint condition, but for the last one.

That was a 243 (22" bbl, newer ones had shorter tubes) that I got about four years ago, for $300 at a gun shop. Butchered stock, otherwise in excellent condition w/Weaver bases. Some clean up and a $69 synthetic black Ramline stock, good to go. Already had a new spare magazine for it, so all in all, happy with that deal. And it shoots.

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243 in fair shape , nicks in stock , missing blueing , has a cheaper scope, hardware store has one like this for 425.00
While I'm fond of M788s, price dictates whether or not buying one is a good move. I'd pass on one in that condition at that price.

Maybe 16 years ago I bought another one in 22-250 for $265 at a rural shop, that was also in mint condition, w/bases and a pro trigger job. Same time frame, similar M788s were priced far higher at local gun shows that I'd been to here at home. So that was a no-brainer.

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I purposely set out to buy a 788 in 243 and the one I bought was mint......Could not get better than a 1 1/2" group out of it even with extensive handloading of ammo....I was very disappointed because of all the good stuff you read about them.
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Re: Remington 788 .243

Assuming there are no other issues, try floating the barrel.

Did that to all of mine, none are glass bedded, merely removed enough wood from the barrel channel to float the barrel.

When I bought the first one (22-250), the end of the stock was rubbing one side of the barrel. Shot pretty goods groups right off, but floating the barrel made it more consistant and accurate.

Also sealed the barrel channel after I'd removed some wood. Haven't touched it since.

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I purposely set out to buy a 788 in 243 and the one I bought was mint......Could not get better than a 1 1/2" group out of it even with extensive handloading of ammo....I was very disappointed because of all the good stuff you read about them.
IF you still have it, try copper foul-out. I had one in the 80s. It shot into an inch, but since I was never a 243 fan, ended up trading it in the early 90s.

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