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I have a .222 Remington caliber Remington 788 rifle that is a hand me down from my late father. I have been having problems with cartridge feed from the magazine to chamber with the bolt ramming the nose of the cartridge into the area below the chamber, denting the lead point and/or pushing the bullet back into the neck of the cartridge. My father had not complained about this problem and looking at the internet I don't see others complaining that this is a problem with the 788 so I am puzzled. I have checked that the magazine is inserted fully and tried this with three different magazines with 1 and 3 cartridges in the magazine (so spring pressure isn't the issue). This is in a controlled environment, I would really be having trouble if I was trying to get off a quick second shot at a target. Any ideas?

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Check the area where the nose of the bullet is striking,to insure a smooth transition into the chamber.That part is normal but pushing the bullet further into the hull is not.Are these factory loads? have the bullets been seated properly?I bought some factory federal rounds that were not seated properly seated and when loaded in the chamber and then ejected from a 98 action they would pull the bullet from the hull.Check the seating of the bullets.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have seen this particular problem with probably 20 or more 788. This used to be a common rifle up here and you would see many every week at the turkey shoots, they were excellent shooters for the most part. On some guns the bevel at the mouth of the chamber was virtually non-existent and would cause the bullet to hit the square edge of the chamber mouth. I used a hand tool to correct this issue. Any competent gunsmith can handle this with no issues. I definitely do not recommend that you slam the bolt reward as you might tend to do with many hunting rifles. The rod that extend up through the receiver to stop the bolt travel rearward is prone to break with repeated hard slams. I still have one of these rifles with a 24x target scope and a pillar bedded action. I haven't shot it for many years but it was a one hole shooting rifle from the bench when I managed to do my part.

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from Hobob wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

My 6mm 788 does the same thing with factory ammo. It is incredibly accurate though but I do have to concentrate on chambering the round. Because it is my most accurate rifle I deal with it because I shoot slow at the range anyway. A gunsmith would be the best option for a fix I have found them to be money well spent and frustrations much avoided

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have that problem on my 22 when I use a 25 round clip, the clip has enough wiggle room that sometimes the clip gets pushed back and the bullets are not parallel with the barrel. I have to make sure that the clip is leaned forward so the bullets are tilted more back than forward. What I guess I am trying to say is wiggle the clip forward and see if it still jams.

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from 788Ham wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

avturk, follow alabam-outlaws advice and have a competent gunsmith look at it. I have an 788 in .223, have never had this problem, but possibly just having this area trimmed a little will remove all problems. Good luck with your rifle, the ones my Pop left me are good shooters too.

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from 788Ham wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Sorry about that last post, I should have given credit to libertyfirst instead of alabamaoutlaw!! Sorry for the pudgy fingered typing!

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from Hobob wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

My 6mm 788 does the same thing with factory ammo. It is incredibly accurate though but I do have to concentrate on chambering the round. Because it is my most accurate rifle I deal with it because I shoot slow at the range anyway. A gunsmith would be the best option for a fix I have found them to be money well spent and frustrations much avoided

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Check the area where the nose of the bullet is striking,to insure a smooth transition into the chamber.That part is normal but pushing the bullet further into the hull is not.Are these factory loads? have the bullets been seated properly?I bought some factory federal rounds that were not seated properly seated and when loaded in the chamber and then ejected from a 98 action they would pull the bullet from the hull.Check the seating of the bullets.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have seen this particular problem with probably 20 or more 788. This used to be a common rifle up here and you would see many every week at the turkey shoots, they were excellent shooters for the most part. On some guns the bevel at the mouth of the chamber was virtually non-existent and would cause the bullet to hit the square edge of the chamber mouth. I used a hand tool to correct this issue. Any competent gunsmith can handle this with no issues. I definitely do not recommend that you slam the bolt reward as you might tend to do with many hunting rifles. The rod that extend up through the receiver to stop the bolt travel rearward is prone to break with repeated hard slams. I still have one of these rifles with a 24x target scope and a pillar bedded action. I haven't shot it for many years but it was a one hole shooting rifle from the bench when I managed to do my part.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have that problem on my 22 when I use a 25 round clip, the clip has enough wiggle room that sometimes the clip gets pushed back and the bullets are not parallel with the barrel. I have to make sure that the clip is leaned forward so the bullets are tilted more back than forward. What I guess I am trying to say is wiggle the clip forward and see if it still jams.

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from 788Ham wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

avturk, follow alabam-outlaws advice and have a competent gunsmith look at it. I have an 788 in .223, have never had this problem, but possibly just having this area trimmed a little will remove all problems. Good luck with your rifle, the ones my Pop left me are good shooters too.

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from 788Ham wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Sorry about that last post, I should have given credit to libertyfirst instead of alabamaoutlaw!! Sorry for the pudgy fingered typing!

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