I just picked up a barely used rem 788 in 308 win at a local gun show. I also got an old redfield base and Vari-II 2-7 Leupold. All put together it is a sweet package. I figured it would make a nice rifle to leave in the trunk and something my wife could use to hunt with. All my other rifles ligtweights in bigger calibers and kick too much for her. I think the 308 is a little light for moose but I'm sure it will work fine with decent shot placement.
On looking it over I can't help but notice the quality difference between what was considered a cheap gun years back and the stuff they turn out today. The 788 compares to the reming 710 of today but is about 10x better quality, I'd say it is even better than most 700 adl or sps. Its plain, no frills, but well made.
I took it out to the range today too see how it shot. I was using Federal classic 180gr SP ammo as it was cheapest and generally tends to shoot well. As normal I shot three groups on one target 3 at 100 yards, 4 at 200 yards and 6 at 300 yards. The first 3 at 100 yards sat in anice tiny cluster. How many stock 700s off the assembly line today would shoot so good. After finishing zeroing it in 2.5" high at 100 yards I shot the 4 shot group at 200, would have been 3 shot but lost count . Then I ran it out to 300 yards and shot two more 3 shot groups. I think this rifle is quite a shooter for a "cheap" stock sporter at 7x. I've had a few customs that would do better but with much higher power optics and several times more expensive. Its sad that quality standars have dropped so much over the years.