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Doubs43
10-23-2011, 03:16 PM
These are a couple of days late but I've been busy.

This rifle has obviously been used a lot. Still, it's accurate and the only thing I had to replace was a broken firing pin (the tail was broken cleanly) which still worked about 90% of the time. The new one has a longer tip that should make it 100% unless the cartridge is defective.

I've obscured the last two digits of the serial number.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i99/doubs43/Rem_540X_Composite.jpg

col b
10-23-2011, 03:24 PM
Very nice!!

djb25
10-23-2011, 03:37 PM
Nice. Did you get that at the south store?

How much - $400?

Doubs43
10-23-2011, 06:55 PM
Nice. Did you get that at the south store?

How much - $400?

Thanks to you and Col b for the comments. I did get it at the SS on 5 Oct and the price was $400. There were several to select from at the time. I got there about 10:30 AM.

surplusshooter
10-23-2011, 07:46 PM
Congrats, nice find. I have one just like it. It is super accurate. The Remington model 540X Target has a fully adjustable trigger and a super fast lock time. The stock is one of the most comfortable and well balanced stocks of any target rifle. You might also say that it is the father of the Rem. 541 Sporter, (same action). The Rem. 540X is also rather rare, only made from 1969 to 1973 and only had a total production of 6,375 rifles.

enfield
10-23-2011, 08:41 PM
Awesome rifle!! Was it U.S. marked? Thanks for posting.

Doubs43
10-23-2011, 08:46 PM
Awesome rifle!! Was it U.S. marked? Thanks for posting.

No US markings. The only "proof" to tie it to military service of any kind is the CMP paperwork showing that I obtained it from them. Sadly, the book by Batha doesn't include the 540X. Either he didn't know about them or he didn't think their numbers qualified them for inclusion.

I plan on using it in our local .22 steel silhouette matches where it should do well. That's why it has the scope. Otherwise I'd put original type iron sights on it.

nozero
10-23-2011, 08:49 PM
Those Irons are pricey- Redfield olympic front= $30- The right Redfield ( the real high one) #75 rear = $150+:eek:

Doubs43
10-23-2011, 08:53 PM
Those Irons are pricey- Redfield olympic front= $30- The right Redfield #75 rear = $150+:eek:

I'll be getting a Redfield Olympic front sight and #75 rear sight. The Olympic has been ordered through the E-Store and I'll wait for the CMP to release the rear sights later. I think #75 sights are overpriced because of the release of CMP rifles but should come back down in time.... I hope! I also have a 513T so the sight will interchange.

nozero
10-23-2011, 09:05 PM
This is the #75 sight for the 540X it will probably be too high for the 513 and the #75 for the 513 will be too low for the 540X

http://www.thebullethole.com/auctions/images/18863.jpg

binlookin
10-23-2011, 11:36 PM
Cool! I just joined last week, I had picked up a 541X, 521T, a kimber 82Gov and two 853 air rifles at the North store.
I'm currently working on sights and magazines for these and will be bending your ears quite a bit.
BTW: Sure wish mine looked half as good as yours! Hopfully some day it will at least look decent? Since this is my first venture into 'military' collectable firearms. I'm going to take it real real slow and hope that I don't look back and wish I hadna did that!!!
If it's not too much trouble? How about posting a couple more views of that/those sights? It looks like I'm going to have to scrounge a bit to find sights and I need to 'fix' them in my head as much as possable so that I know what I'm for shure looking at/for? {Before someone ask, I'm a senile old goat and still don't know much about posting pictures! But I'll eventually get there:-)
Thanks, binlookin

Doubs43
10-24-2011, 12:40 AM
This is the #75 sight for the 540X it will probably be too high for the 513 and the #75 for the 513 will be too low for the 540X

http://www.thebullethole.com/auctions/images/18863.jpg

The sight you show is called the "Scope" height sight. The other, more commonly seen, version is called a "Standard" #75. That is according to Nick Stroebel in his book "Old Gun Sights".

binlookin
10-24-2011, 11:11 PM
I apprciate your help I'm into a completly new field for me with these military .22's and loving every minute of it!

Doubs43
10-25-2011, 12:53 PM
Yesterday I took the 540X to the range and sighted the scope on paper for the NRA metallic silhouette distances of 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters. Then I set up the NRA targets and shot a "match". I scored 5 chickens, 3 pigs, 5 turkeys and 7 rams for a total of 20x40.

As I shot, I began to realize that my sight settings, obtained over sandbags, resulted in shooting a bit low off-hand. I increased elevation at each distance slightly and with the remaining 10 rounds in the box I shot 5 straight pigs and 3 chickens for 8x10.

The rifle weights 9 pounds even with the scope mounted so I'll have to shoot it in standard class. That's OK; I think I can do well with it.

surplusshooter
10-27-2011, 08:46 AM
More information about the Remington 540X single shot target rifle. The list price for the 540X when first introduced in late 1969-early 1970 was $ 116.90. This included Redfield's #63 front and Redfield's #75 rear sights, sight inserts, sling strap and front swivel block assembly. Total weight was 8 and 1/2 pounds. It has a 6 lug bolt lock up, full free float heavy barrel, target crown, match chamber and a 3 screw fully adjustable trigger that will adjust down to ounces. One of the most interesting things about this rifle is that the Remington engineers stated that the 540X has the fastest lock time of ANY target rifle (as of 1970) the lock time is: 1.4 milliseconds. WOW !!! That is faster than the Winchester 52D or 52E and even faster than Remingtons own flagship model, the Remington 40XB. This rifle was marketed for the intermediate and junior shooter, however it is no slouch, with a good shooter behind the trigger and the right ammo, it can hold it's own with target rifles costing three times as much.

Doubs43
10-27-2011, 04:24 PM
That's great information Surplusshooter; thanks!

At the range yesterday I shot my 540X 50 rounds off-hand while others sighted in their rifles. Then four of us shot an NRA .22 silhouette match for fun. I wasn't as steady as I had been two days prior and only scored 18x40. Anyone who shoots the NRA match can testify that 18 isn't really that bad but I want to do better!

surplusshooter
10-27-2011, 05:12 PM
You are more than welcome 'Doubs43", What size 5 shot groups will your Rem. 540X do off the bench @ 50 yards ?

Doubs43
10-27-2011, 06:47 PM
You are more than welcome 'Doubs43", What size 5 shot groups will your Rem. 540X do off the bench @ 50 yards ?

I'll get back to you on the 5-shot groups. When I got the rifle it had a broken firing pin and although it sorta worked, I had maybe 15 - 20% misfires. I did some bench shooting with it like that but now that I have a new firing pin and 100% ignition, I want to try it again.

I may not be the best shooter to make a judgment from as I'm old and not as good as I was 30 or 40 years ago. But, I'll sure give it a go! :)

col b
10-29-2011, 09:35 PM
Thanks to you and Col b for the comments. I did get it at the SS on 5 Oct and the price was $400. There were several to select from at the time. I got there about 10:30 AM.

I probably saw you at the SS on the 5th. It was a tough day on the pocketbook! I was surprised at the selection that still remained after the Wed Frenzy!!

gunny
10-29-2011, 09:55 PM
Aw..go for one of the Unertls.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac215/alabamagunny/40x/40x3.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac215/alabamagunny/40x/40x2.jpg

Doubs43
10-30-2011, 12:27 AM
I probably saw you at the SS on the 5th. It was a tough day on the pocketbook! I was surprised at the selection that still remained after the Wed Frenzy!!

That wouldn't have been you at the end of the picnic table telling stories about the Air Force, tent city and hotel rooms, was it? :)