View Full Version : Got my first rifle

02-13-2012, 9:55 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. :)

02-13-2012, 10:00 AM
BTW, I know nothing's bonafide until a picture's attached. I'll try to get one up today.

02-13-2012, 7:13 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.

02-14-2012, 6:24 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.

02-14-2012, 7:34 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

02-14-2012, 7:42 AM
Now go bananas and buy 15 more! Heres a list I made for you.
AK47 variant
AK74 variant
HiPoint995 in 9mm
Keltec su16
Keltec sub2k 9mm
Rem700 308
And you can ad the rest!

02-14-2012, 7:44 AM
congrats on the new rifle

02-14-2012, 10:56 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