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remington 788 6mm

pabiggun300pabiggun300 Member Posts: 33
edited January 2014 in Ask the Experts
I have chance to buy 788 6mm new unfired,always wanted a 6mm , but for price I can probably buy a new 700 in 243 is 788 so iam tossing and turning over what to buy

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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Check the completed auctions, for actual selling price(s) on NIB 788's. If you can find any. At this late date, years since they were in production. One NIB, would be sold as a collectors item, not a shooter. IMHO.
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    tsr1965tsr1965 Member Posts: 8,682 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Right now, there is no way you could convince me to buy a new anything Remington...especially in favor of that NIB 788. You never said what the price is, but if it is under $1000.00 I would definitely grab it.

    Best
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    pabiggun300pabiggun300 Member Posts: 33
    edited November -1
    he wants 850.00 for it , iam planning on using it for hunting deer , from everything I read , its very accurate rifle , I am leaning towards buying it , just seeing if iam thinking right , couple friends think I should get the 700 in 243 , I know ammo is limited , I don't reload at this time , but this gun might get me started
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    charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 6,579 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If new in the box you could likely make money on it. 788's have a reputation for accuracy far beyond their original price point.

    I think it will shoot inside their ring, not around it.
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    pabiggun300pabiggun300 Member Posts: 33
    edited November -1
    there is no box , but its unfired, been in a gun safe for years , I checked serial number made in 1976, think iam going to just go get it ,
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    babunbabun Member Posts: 11,054 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Buy it!!! And when the other guys on the firing line make fun of your "cheapie" 788, just load a few rounds and shoot rings around their groups.
    The only bad thing, about that 6mm 788, IIRC, was a change in rifling twist. It may not have what you are looking to do with hand loads. Check the twist rate and load for it.
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    MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,860 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Just my opinion but I wouldn't pay that much for a collector gun and then take it hunting(or even shoot it on the range). While there's not a lot of 6mm rifles out there, there's bound to be a "using gun" at a more reasonable price. Heck, I know a guy who has one(788 in 6mm) in nice shape who might sell for some less than that figure.
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    Hawk CarseHawk Carse Member Posts: 4,374 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have two 788s. You could have either for $850 in a heartbeat. (Not an offer to sell within forum rules.)
    Neither is NIB but .30-30 is rather scarce and the .223 has a Story.
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    pabiggun300pabiggun300 Member Posts: 33
    edited November -1
    no thanks , Iam really interested in the 6mm , but your 30 30 is rare, I don't know what kind of shape its in, but you should list it , I seen a 44 magnum go for 900.00they are the 2 rarest ones, from what I read , iam no expert , but been doing a lot of reading on the 788 , I know there ugly, the bolts tend to break , cheap piece of crap stock , but shoot like a laser , that's why iam going to buy one instead of buying new Remington ,
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    Manoa-FishermanManoa-Fisherman Member Posts: 190 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by babun
    Buy it!!! And when the other guys on the firing line make fun of your "cheapie" 788, just load a few rounds and shoot rings around their groups.
    The only bad thing, about that 6mm 788, IIRC, was a change in rifling twist. It may not have what you are looking to do with hand loads. Check the twist rate and load for it.


    When Remington brought out the 244, the rifles made for it had a slower twist for lighter bullets (1 in 12). To stabilize the heavier (100 gr.) bullets a faster twist rate was needed and at that time Remington changed the name to the 6mm. Most Remington rifles marked as 6mm Remington have a faster twist, supposedly 1 in 9.
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