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coelacanth

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I'm thinking its time . . .
« on: February 29, 2020, 03:02:58 pm »
.  .  .  to begin rebuilding the old beater hunting rifle.   Its an old Remington Model 788 in .308 Winchester and is in need of a new stock as the original has warped badly.  I recently picked up a used Timney trigger unit to swap in for the stock unit and am trying to collect everything else I will need to complete the project. 

I'm still trying to decide on a replacement stock and I think I may need some new bedding compound as is mine has been around a looong time. 

Anybody got any helpful tips to share for an amateur gun mangler before I get started?
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    Re: I'm thinking its time . . .
    « Reply #1 on: February 29, 2020, 05:35:15 pm »
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Remington-Model-788-308-Short-Action-Stock/313013140274?hash=item48e1097b32:g:N6kAAOSwIGleWW~u ?

    From this search: https://www.ebay.com/b/remington-788-gun-parts/bn_7024880775

    Boyds Stocks also makes 'em, if you want to go laminate or crisp, new wood.

    Good luck!

    My .308 build is on hold until I get the basement at least framed in, so I have a spot to put the workbench.

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    Re: I'm thinking its time . . .
    « Reply #2 on: February 29, 2020, 06:58:36 pm »
    Thanks for the links bro'.   :thumbup1   I'll be checking them out.  I have looked at Boyd's already and they are a possibility but there are some older, smaller shops out there that seem to have a few oddballs left like stuff for the 788 so the selection process is dragging a little. 
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    Re: I'm thinking its time . . .
    « Reply #3 on: February 29, 2020, 10:17:28 pm »
    The Boyds AT-One I have for my Howa is a well made stock - what I don't like about it is some of the design.  The more traditional designs should do fine, and fit the action like a glove.

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    Re: I'm thinking its time . . .
    « Reply #4 on: February 29, 2020, 10:24:19 pm »
    Yeah, most of the stuff I've seen for the 788 is semi-inletted so its going to require some finishing work and bedding.  I toyed with the idea of letting a professional do it but the job would probably end up costing more than the whole rifle is worth at this point. 

    It looks like the trigger is a fairly easy drop in arrangement as long as the sear engagement isn't worn.  The final stock fitting and finish work are going to be the time consuming things but hunting season isn't until fall so I should be OK if I get off my a$$ets and get busy.   :whistle
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