I also shoot a 788 at P-Dogs I swicthed to 52 gr. A-Max from H.P. they really do make more MIST. Longest measured shot 750 yrds. I filled in the bottom loading port made it a single shot, converted an H. S. Precision stock with 9 slots in bottom of forearm for coolimg. Put a break on the 26" barrel so I could see bullet impact better. Mounted a 6.5x20 scope it is wonderfull to shoot. Also use a 700, it has an H S Precision stock A 26" barrel with break. got 800+ out of it. I use H380 powder (38.5gr.) .030 of lands. both guns shoot same load. They are glass-bedded and floated with target crowns. I reworked the 788 trigger (drilled housing for adjustment screw to remove creep and lighter spring) 1.5 lbs. the 700 has a Kepplinger single set trigger, on set it's somewhere around 6 oz. going in May to make MIST can't wait. AlI wanted a "good shooting" rifle to use on prairie dogs, I've got a Rem. 700 22-250, it shoots well, just something better. A friend and I went to a gun show, I saw a Rem 788 in .223, the guy wanted $ 135.00 for it, have had it for 10 years now, outshoots the .22-250! I put a Harris bi-pod on it, can knock the snot out of pd's at 500 yds with no effort, some I've hit further out, not having a range finder, I can only guess. Best little rifle I've ever owned, it sure likes Hornady 52 and 53 gr HP's, the pd's don't though, but the vapor mists left tell a different story. Remington should have stuck with this model, their thoughts about improvement didn't really come true.
"He was just too high strung" Doc Holliday