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Old 04-21-2010, 08:01 PM
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Default Remington Model 788

What would be the approximate value of a Remington Model 788 in .22-.250 caliber with a Bushnell scope? I am going to look at it now and assume good condition. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:26 PM
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The cheapest one I've seen in a long time was a .308 (rough looking, looked like it had lived in a pickup truck for a long tme) for $350, and it went quickly. It was in a shop that had that rifle and a 1980's vintage Remington Model 700 in .308, both priced at $350, so I went with the 700....

They have a good reputation for accuracy, I had one a few years ago in .223, and it shot sub-moa, less than 1" at 100 yards. A rifle I should have kept....
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I had a 788 in 22-250 about 40 years ago. It was about the most accurate gun I had.
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I located one of these for my cousin. It was a .243. It was his son's first gun and worked out great. This is one of those rifles that were plain economy rifles that everyone who owns them gave rave reviews. As attested by the previous responses here from guys who, unlike me, actually owned one. I'm left handed and flirted with the idea once of getting a lefty .308 at one time. Didn't these come in two barrel lengths?
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yep I had one with a 18 inch barrel in .308 very accurate
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I picked up the 788 a little while ago. Also got an older Marlin bolt action .22 mag. Both have scopes. Not immaculat pieces but good plinkers. May keep the Remmy as a deer rifle/varmint gun.
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I had a cousin who had one in .223 and one in 6mm Rem. They were both super accurate, and he killed a boat load of deer with both of them.
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I had a lefty and stupidly sold it. Great rifle. It was a little strange...left handed-bolt, right-handed ejection. But it was an accurate little rifle.
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I own a right handed .308 (I'm a south paw ) probably my all time favorite rifle bar none.
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I bought a .308 M788 for a buddy once, it shot straight and kept its zero well. I forget the scope, but it wasn't an expensive one, just a 4X. It might as well have been a M70 or M700. ZERO complaints.
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They have a super accurate reputation due to a very fast lock time. The best groups I ever shot was with one in 22-250 years ago with a cheap tasco scope. Cant even remember selling it!
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Over thirty years ago, a "non shooter" friend of mine bought a Rem 788 just out of the blue. He also got some of the old "Lee Loader", hammer operated loading dies.


I helped him load some .22-250 with those old Lee dies, took it to the range and it was the most accurate rifle I've ever shot, with the exception of a custom, high dollar bench rest rig. ( IIRC, we loaded some Hornady 52 gr .224 varmit bullets.....don't remember case, primer or propellant.)

Put ten shots, off the bench, in one ragged hole, that could be covered by a dime, at 100 yds.

He kept it a few years and got rid of it!

Damn! I could scream.

The design looks cheap, but it must work. I've never heard anything but good about them.
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Rem made the 788 in 30-30 also. Bench rest shooters had a ball with that rifle & load. All sub MOA. groups.
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788, the original .44mag bolt action. Joe
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Default In answer to your question on value

The 788 has developed something of a cult like following. One in excellent condition in that caliber will bring $400-$500
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