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    Default Remington Model 788

    I am considering buying a used Remington 788 in .243. This gun appears to be in fair condition. The stock looks good, the barrel has lost some of it's blueing. It has a scope, but it is a piece of junk and I'll have to replace it. I am taking it out to see how it shoots this next week. The guy selling it said he bought it for $350. What would be a fair offer? I want a good deal, but I also don't want to cheat him out of anything. Any ideas on the value of a gun like this would be great.
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    There are several up for sale on gunbroker.com right now. If you can get a real clean one bought for under $400.00 then you've done well. Gunbroker also has several clips for sale for this rifle.

    Timney now makes a nice after market drop in trigger for the 788.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainhunter View Post
    I am considering buying a used Remington 788 in .243. This gun appears to be in fair condition. The stock looks good, the barrel has lost some of it's blueing. It has a scope, but it is a piece of junk and I'll have to replace it. I am taking it out to see how it shoots this next week. The guy selling it said he bought it for $350. What would be a fair offer? I want a good deal, but I also don't want to cheat him out of anything. Any ideas on the value of a gun like this would be great.
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    I have the same rifle and it is awesome. The 788 is a very accurate weapon indeed and the .243 has more punch than I thought it would have. I once used it to take a whitetail deer at 80 yards and the 100 grain Sierra Boattail had a clean pass-through and the deer took two steps and crumpled like a piece of foil.

    I agree with the previous poster that anything under $400 would be a good deal. Congratulations.

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    Pretty easy to shoot loose,due to the rear locking lugs and mags are getting spendy. I've a few.

    The 700 is a better Mouse Trap,both in the short and longterm..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Stick View Post
    Pretty easy to shoot loose,due to the rear locking lugs and mags are getting spendy. I've a few.

    The 700 is a better Mouse Trap,both in the short and longterm..................
    I agree about the 700.... you will be happier if you wait and get one of those. The 788 is a good deal with the original purchase price being lower than the 700, but long-term (especially with hot loads) the 788's have proven more problematic. You can get a 700 for a little more and know you are going to have a lifetime shooter.
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