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Old 10-16-2019, 06:06 PM
jmm jmm is offline
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Originally Posted by SpearheadOrd View Post
I shot a .22LR 40XB heavy barrel for 4 years on my University ROTC rifle team in in 25yd 3P competition. Used a GI green canvas shooting coat, leather weak hand shooting glove, adjustable hook butt plate, and M1907 leather sling sections. We only used half of the slings and hooked into the rail mounted front hand stop.


Substitute Win 52D for 40XB and you have me in '83-'84 at college. There were a couple of Kenyon and Canjar triggers mixed in there on a few of the rifles.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:52 AM
superdave269 superdave269 is offline
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I used to shoot my 40-X HB & Wra 52D the same way as you guys did. However I retired them when I started using my 40=X USMC with the normal profile barrel. It weights less and as I got older it was easier to hold my position.
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Old 10-18-2019, 12:15 PM
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I shot on my high school ROTC rifle team back in 1961-1962. We shot 4 positions. Prone, sitting, kneeling and standing using mostly 40-XS standard barrel and we had one 40-XH heavy barrel rifles based, I believe, on the early Rem 721 receivers. The 40-XS was better for position matches because of the lighter weight but the 40-XH was not that much more difficult to use when shooting all positions except for Standing, it tended to tyre your arms and back in the standing position. We used a shooting Coat, a tight sling in all positions and added a palm rest for the standing positions. Those 40-X rifles were, I believe the most accurate rifles I have ever fired.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:09 PM
Ted Brown Ted Brown is offline
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I've shot both the Remington 40X and Winchester 52c in competition. Both are fine rifles, but I always found the stock on the Winchester a better fit. My 52C has a bull barrel and is very heavy especially when used with a 2 inch Unertl, but I still won a state championship with it.
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:12 PM
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Default 40x

One helpful feature of the 40X is the buttstock with a fairly high comb and a noticeable angle to the butt which, when in position, keeps the butt from sliding down on the shoulder.
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:08 PM
Danny Danny is offline
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Originally Posted by DRAGON64 View Post
For reference, I am referring to the 40-XB heavy barrel (700 action) rifle... Today, shooters will tell you that the 40-X is nothing more than a bench gun. Due to the size and weight, it is not recommended for positional disciplines like prone, sitting or standing.

So back in the day, how was the 40-X utilized?
Whoever would say that those rifles were intended for bench shooting is full of it, and in fact, I consider it to be an insult to the legacy of those rifles to be seen languishing on some "shooter's" bench.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:36 AM
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Default 40X Heavy Barrel

While it is heavy, weighing in at about 11 1/2 pounds, the Anschutz 1413 Free Rifle, a contemporary of the 40X weighs 13 1/2 pounds and is regularly used in position matches.
Those who claim the 40X is too heavy are not familiar with hardcore position shooters....
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