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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Any 788 fans out there?!?!....

For some reason I've caught the "788 bug" recently.

Something to be said for plain wood and cold blue steel.
No intricate engraving or checkering...

Here they be from T to B...

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One of the most accurate Remingtons ever produced, and very under rated. You used to be able to scoop them up cheap, but not so anymore. Nice rifles !

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I have 3 of them, .22-250, 6mm and a .308. .22-250 shoots way better than me anymore and other two are close behind.

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Re: Any 788 fans out there?!?!....

My brother used one in 7MM-08 which he gave to me a couple of years ago. It hadn't been fired for quite some time. When cycling the action (yes in a safe manner), I heard the firing pin click every time the bolt gets closed. Any ideas what is wrong? I am guessing the trigger needs to be cleaned/replaced, but just checking in to see what suggestions anyone can offer.
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I have one in the .222!

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I would take that rifle to a competent gunsmith immediately.

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They have a weak retaining pin for the bolt, a common flaw in the design. See if you can remove the bolt by pulling it back firmly, if you can, don't fire it, your pin is broken.

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Re: Any 788 fans out there?!?!....

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When cycling the action (yes in a safe manner), I heard the firing pin click every time the bolt gets closed. Any ideas what is wrong? I am guessing the trigger needs to be cleaned/replaced, but just checking in to see what suggestions anyone can offer.
Cleaning would be my first plan of attack. It sounds as though the sear or trigger (both?) aren't resetting fully from a accumulation of oil and curd.

Buy a large bottle of Ronson lighter fluid, pull the barreled action, remove the bolt and start drenching the trigger. You can see and get at the sear through the bottom of the bolt race in the receiver. Don't be cheap, dump it in Continue pouring it in until nothing but clean fluid runs out.

While you at it if you can't or don't know how to dissemble/reassemble the bolt give it a bath too. Pour the lighter fluid in and around the cocking piece and in the firing pin hole. Again, don't frugal, pour it in!

After your done, don't apply you favorite "slip and slide" oil in the trigger or bolt. The oil left behind from the lighter fluid is all the lubrication they will need.

If that doesn't fix the then pay your favorite gunwreaker a visit!

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Re: Any 788 fans out there?!?!....

Thanks for the suggestions. I haven't found the time to look at it yet. Great gun though. Served my brother well for quite a while. I was hoping to use it for one of my two boys who will soon be joining me in the field.
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Re: Any 788 fans out there?!?!....

I agree with WildBill, a few years ago, I cycled a shell and closed the bolt on my 788 .308 win carbine at the range and the gun fired. That night I took the stock off and looked at the trigger group and it was gummed up, I believe from years of sitting muzzle up in a cabinet. I cleaned the trigger group with brake cleaner and did a funtion check and that cleared up the problem. A gummed up trigger group may work properly or may not depending on the air temperature. Give it a good cleaning and see if that makes it work properly. I use a safety pin to remove the firing pin group from the bolt, but you have to have the trigger group working properly first. Close the bolt on the rifle, on the back end of the bolt there is a small hole, for the safety pin or other pin of suitable size. Slide the pin through the hole, from left to right, and a little out the other side. Open the bolt and remove from the gun. Unscrew the firing pin and spring from the back of the bolt.

I have since put replacement timney triggers on this gun and my 788 .22-.250
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