- Remington 788
name= Remington 788
caption= Remington 788
designer= Wayne Leek
production_date=1967 to 1983
number= approx 565,000
variants= Left-hand in 6mm Remington and .308 Win.
.222 Remington .223 Remington .22-250 Remington .243 Winchester 6mm Remington 7mm-08 Remington .308 Winchester .30-30 Winchester .44 Remington Magnum
action= Bolt-action repeater
feed= 3-rd, single-column box magazine
The Remington 788 is an inexpensive yet accurate hunting rifle developed by the
Remington ArmsCompany to compete with other gun companies' less expensive rifles and marketed alongside their more expensive Model 700 line. The 788 utilizes a single-column detachable magazine holding 3 rounds. A .22 rimfire model was also produced known as the 580, 581, or 582 depending on its method of feed. A target version of the .22 caliber 58x series, the 540X, was used by the US Military [American Rifleman magazine, may 1976, pp 42] as a training rifle and later disposed through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
The distinguishing feature of the 788 is its rear-lugged bolt. The bolt has 9 lugs in three rows of three lugs each. They lock into the receiver behind the magazine well. Because of this design, the bolt handle lifts only 60 degrees on opening giving more clearance for scopes compared to the 90 degrees required for the Model 700 and other two-lugged bolts. The distance the bolt travels rearward is also reduced because of the rear lugs. Finally, the diameter of the receiver is smaller making the receiver stiffer and potentially more accurate.
The 788 was made in many calibers up to the length of the
6 mm Remington. Magazines in this caliber are extremely rare. Most common calibers encountered are .308 and .243, but less common bolt-action calibers are available such as .30-30 Winchesterand .44 magnum. [http://www.remington.com/library/history/firearm_models/centerfire/model_788.asp Remington Model History] ] These rifles differed slightly in the design of the magazine and the bolt. The front of these bolts did not rotate.
Remington made extensive use of 'screw-machines' in the manufacture of this rifle. The 788 was discontinued in the 1980s. In its used form, the 788 retains a strong following amongst benchrest shooters and hunters alike for its low cost and accuracy. [http://www.snipercountry.com/HotTips/Remington788.htm Sniper Country article] [ [http://www.fieldandstream.com/fieldstream/shooting/article/0,13199,1139635-6,00.html Field & Stream article] ] [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3197/is_n5_v35/ai_9056905 Gunsmithing the model 788 Remington] by William Schumaker, Shooting Industry, May 1990]
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