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When my Dad pasted away several years ago he willed me his Rem. 788 in 222 cal. that he had custome built.... Is it possible to have a gunsmith change the Calibur to something I could deer hunt with ?? .243, .308, 30-30, 35 rem.?
I would really like to use it for hunting...
 

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With the small bolt face, you're pretty well limited to a cartridge of similar size - .222 Magnum, .223 Remington and such for standard chamberings. You can have it rebarreled and chambered in various wildcat cartridges (any of the TCU's as an example). Take it to a gunsmith and see what he would recommend.
 

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The 788 is an awesome and underrated action. A friend of mine rebarrels every one he gets his hands on to .223 Ackley Improved.
 

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I love mine in 223. One other thing you have working against you in the 222 action is that I don't think the ejection port is big enough to use other cartridges in. All that being said, my grandfather killed a pile of deer using his 222. He'd shoot em in the neck and they'd drop like a sack of potatoes. Ya gotta be picky on your shots and know your limits if your going to do that, it works, but it isn't easy.
 

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If your dad's .222 is a shooter I'd consider leaving it alone. One of the most accurate factory rifles I've owned was a 788 in .222. 30 years later still kicking myself for trading it. Just for what it's worth, there may came a time you'd want a varmint or prediator rifle and it could fill that need nicely.

The last several years 788's are showing up at local gun shows with price tags in the $400 range. Not bad for a rifle that sold new for around a hundred dollars.
 
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