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I had a friend of mine about 20yrs ago give me his step dads Remington 788 chambered in 6mm Rem. Rifle shoots great, but the stock is low end, scope is junk on a set of Weaver look through scope rings so you could use your iron sights...which have been removed BTW. Other than maybe a small bit of surface rust or imperfection here and there from normal use over the decades from his dad, it has sat in my safe most of that time.

I was thinking of turning it into a project rifle, upgrading the stock, possibly barrel too. It got me thinking though. 6mm Rem is darn expensive and hard to find and with all the new 6mm and 6.5mm on the market, how hard would a conversion be? Would I have the mags modified or just change them out completely? What to use? Seeking advice from the SIFforum Brain Trust.


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Posts: 3480 | Registered: July 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The Remington 788 is a notoriously accurate rifle, spoken about in whispers among those that know to keep the secret.

I'd be on board with making the stock and scope to your liking, but I'd leave the rest as original as possible.

You might be able to get an original barrel in a different caliber of the same action length, but to get a gunsmith to change it any other way would add too many variables for my comfort.
 
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New stock, rings and scope and rock on. My 788 in .223 shot amazingly well for a cheap bolt action. I used mine on crows out to 200 yards. And of course, like a moron, I sold mine.


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Permit me to assist:

https://www.boydsgunstocks.com/product-configurator

I tried to max out every option, and came up with a $547.00 new stock. You could probably edge that up a bit.

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The Remington 788 is a notoriously accurate rifle, spoken about in whispers among those that know to keep the secret.


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This!

My dad bought one in .243 for my little brother way back in the day. I couldn't tell you how many mule deer & antelope we've taken with that rifle. I'd either refinish or replace the stock & upgrade the scope. Apart from that, I'd leave it alone.
As a matter of fact, he's taking one in .308 on a black bear hunt this week back home in Montana.


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If one was a reloader, the 6mm should be easy to deal with. I’d spruce it up & leave it in 6mm.

Like one of my 284 Winchesters, taint gonna find ammo at Walmart.

If you use it for occasional hunting, no need for that much ammo.
 
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I am a huge fan of the 788. For me I would keep it as original as possible. If the stock is original and in good condition I would have it refinished.
I am a bit traditional. So that is my take. Congrats. I too would leave it in 6mm.Smile



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how hard would a conversion be?


No!

Please don't destroy a rare and enjoyable chambering.
 
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Sounds like spending $1k to turn a $500 rifle into a $400 rifle.
 
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Sounds like you are about to become a reloader. That’s what I’d do.



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Posts: 10172 | Location: Temple, Texas! | Registered: October 07, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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buy 6mm reloading supplies and enjoy it.

Only accurate rifles are interesting.

New rings and A stock refinish (or even painting if it is really plain wood) would be about as far as I would go.
 
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toss the crap rings, which were considered awesome back in the day,

find a nice vintage Weaver scope, or just put a new leupold on it,,

decent (standard weaver are fine) rings,


good scrub and clean,


buy a single stage press, brass, bullets, powder and reload,


no need to try to turn it into a big fancy custom rifle, just let it do what it was meant to do with some upgraded glass, and enjoy



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Years ago, I had a 788 carbine (18") in .308 with a simple Weaver 1x3 on it for deer hunting in New England (most shots well under a 100 yards). I still kick myself for selling it. I'd get some new rings and an updated optic and otherwise leave it alone.
 
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Years ago, I had a 788 carbine (18") in .308 with a simple Weaver 1x3 on it for deer hunting in New England (most shots well under a 100 yards). I still kick myself for selling it. I'd get some new rings and an updated optic and otherwise leave it alone.


Full disclosure, my dad gave me almost the exact same (4x Weaver though) as my first big game rifle and I still have it.
If I'd known then, I would have scooped up as many of them in different calibers as I could.
 
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If you are a hunter, how many rounds are you going to put through it? Just buy the ammo.

New scope, new rings. New stock if you insist, but if it shoots good in the stock on it . . .




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I just did a medium search, didn’t see any 6mm ammo in stock at normal vendors. I imagine gunbroker & likely gun-shows would have some, priced accordingly.

A WTB add may bring some possibilities. Reminds me of when 284 Win factory ammo was impossible to find a few years ago. A local WI guy was hurting, since I like my reloads better I sold him a few boxes of factory ammo.
 
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I traded a guy a Sig Mosquito for this 788 in .243 that had moved from California to Ohio (shotgun state) & wanted a .22 for his son.
Refinished the stock & reblued it, photos were posted on here years ago.
Love this rifle.
I’ll be odd man out here & say rechamber it. Wink










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Nicely refinished, Grumpybiker


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6mm Rem is darn expensive and hard to find and with all the new 6mm and 6.5mm on the market, how hard would a conversion be? Would I have the mags modified or just change them out completely?


Magazines are caliber family specific. A 6mm clip is not the same as a 243 or .22-250. A set of dies and a scrounging program for brass would be a lot simpler than a major caliber change.
 
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My vote is refinish the stock with one of those kits, they work well. Get new rings and a trim vx-3 and start hunting 6mm ammo.
 
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