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capturedlive
02-13-2012, 10:55 AM
Up 'til now I've only purchased handguns but I've been interested in adding a rifle to the collection. The last one I had was in 1978, a Savage over-under .22/20ga, which I gave to my first wife's brother and regretted it ever since (not long after I gave my first wife back to her parents, which I've never regretted).

The original plan was to buy a Ruger 10/22. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about it and thought it'd be perfect to get back into rifle shooting. Instead, this past Saturday I bought a customized left-hand Remington 788 a buddy brought along to sell at a gun show we were going to. When he showed it to me in the parking lot, I immediately had to have it. He bought it new in 1969 as a 6mm Remington, then had it customized into a .358 Winchester. Here are the modifications:

Barrel: German-manufactured. Tinken Steel. 1-14" twist for 200, 225, 250 and 280 gr. Bullets- shoot into 1" @ 100 yards with factory Winchester 200 gr. Silvertips. Less than 140 rounds fired in over 36 years.

Stock: Fajen-mfg. "A" Fancy American Walnut (Marksman model with left-hand cheek rest).

Gunsmith: Benko Alexander of Gartman Arms, Wrentham, MA

Trigger: Factory-original 788 trigger, set at just less than 3 lbs.

Condition: 98% This rifle has been stored in a safe for 36 years. Near-new and extremely accurate.

Scope: Tasco #0mm "Euro-Class. 1.5-6x42 w/30mm rings.

The rifle is currently zeroed @ 100 yards to be 2.5" high and 'on' @ 200 yards with Winchester factory loads. The recoil is very mild (less than a .308). It came with a soft case, BORE-Stor bag, sling and several boxes of ammo.

I was convinced there was no way I could afford it. Imagine how my heart rate skipped when he offered it to me for $650. It wasn't about the money, he said. It was about the gun going to a good home. :)

capturedlive
02-13-2012, 11:00 AM
BTW, I know nothing's bonafide until a picture's attached. I'll try to get one up today.

BRO
02-13-2012, 8:13 PM
I have a Remington 788 in 223 and it shoots great. That is one good rifle and the caliber you have, is one solid hunting round. If your into hunting that is.

capturedlive
02-14-2012, 7:24 AM
BRO, I'm not a hunter, which is a shame 'cause I understand the caliber is good for deer, wild pig and black bear. I guess I'll have to decide if I just want it for target shooting, or actually start hunting.

SR-71 BLACKBIRD
02-14-2012, 8:34 AM
Welcome back to the rifle club. I have an old Savage over under .222/20. Love that gun. My son will own it some day. I understand how you feel. I will never part with that rifle/shotgun. I can't believe they are selling for close to 500 bucks on gunbroaker.com

NorCalK9.com
02-14-2012, 8:42 AM
Now go bananas and buy 15 more! Heres a list I made for you.
AR15
AK47 variant
AK74 variant
HiPoint995 in 9mm
Keltec su16
Keltec sub2k 9mm
Rem700 308
And you can ad the rest!

h0use
02-14-2012, 8:44 AM
congrats on the new rifle

capturedlive
02-14-2012, 11:56 AM
SR-71 Blackbird, yeah, I was told recently that there are guys out there willing to pay for that rifle/shotgun. Amazing, I think I spent something like $80 on it.

NorCalK9.com, yeah I think I could add a few more to that list. A couple of milsurps, definitely. Thanks for the recommendations.

Thanks, h0use. :D