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Old 01-05-2019, 06:23 PM
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My daughter recently bought a house. Today while helping to clean out the garage of old brooms, broken snow shovel, various old boards and such, I found in the corner muzzle side down on the cement floor, a Remington 541S Custom.
It had mounted an old Bushnell scope.

Firstly, yes I was very pleased!

On quick inspection the stock and barrel were very good, minimal surface rust and hopefully just in need of some thoughtful cleaning up.


Now, my reason for the post....its missing the bolt. I haven't dismantled it yet to check the trigger mechanism, nor have I looked down the barrel.

What I need to know is, where can I get a complete bolt assembly?



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Old 01-05-2019, 06:43 PM
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SCORE!

So, to be clear, you were helping your daughter clean out her garage or was this your garage?

As far as finding a bolt, I'd start with regular searches on eBay.
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Old 01-05-2019, 08:07 PM
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I just happen to know where an extra and an "original" 541-S bolt is ... !!
I may even part with it, but have to look through everything first and then go from there.
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:50 PM
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Just a fyi, a common way to try and deter gun theft in the old days{ww2 guys} was to remove the bolts and hide them elsewhere, it never worked btw. Next step to finding the bolt for the gun is look for a note under the buttplate with a name and address{another common anti-theft scheme that never worked}, if there is a note there you might have trouble getting them to give you the bolt but at least you'll know where it is.
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:05 AM
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would a regular 581 bolt fit or was the 541-s bolt special for that rifle.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:22 AM
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would a regular 581 bolt fit or was the 541-s bolt special for that rifle.
Yes, a 581 bolt will fit, but would really make the rifle look like crap. A 581-S bolt would at least have the same curved handle, the correct style bolt head with the firing pin return spring / slot.

The 581-S bolt has the machined ring on the end of the knob, and a blued bolt head, the 541-S does not have the ring and has the shiny, maybe chromed head
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:14 PM
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" . . . in the corner muzzle side down on the cement floor . . . "



You might want to check the muzzle inside and out very closely for rust ---
cement wicks moisture with a vengeance.

I hope that's not the case but do know that it can be.

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Old 01-06-2019, 06:28 PM
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Thanks for the comments.

It was in my daughters recently purchased house garage.
I cleaned up the 541s pretty well today. A beautiful piece. Not pristine, but very nice.

Next concern, the trigger mechanism seems 'frozen'?
Not being gifted with 'gun smith' innateness I'm not quite sure what the problem is.

I suppose I'll wait until I fit it with a bolt to see if that gets things moving.


The barrel surface rust all but disappeared with OOO steel wool and G96 Gun Treatment. 2 butt stock screws and 1 grip end screw could use replacement. The checkering is perfect.
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Old 01-06-2019, 08:40 PM
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Next concern, the trigger mechanism seems 'frozen'?
Not unusual. A good soaking with a degreaser/solvent will work, though removing the trigger for a soak and cleaning is better.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:55 PM
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Like cowboy4 said. The G96 you mentioned should work on the trigger mechanism. Those triggers often freeze up because the factory grease dries out over the years. I have had several and helped a friend who had a gun shop free up several more. Put in a dose of G96 and then be patient and let it soak in and do its job. Then try the trigger again. When things get freed up the clean mechanism with solvent. If you try to remove the trigger loosen the set screw at the front of the trigger housing before trying to punch out the pin that holds the trigger housing to the action. The stud on the bottom of the action can break off if set screw is not loosened.
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:35 PM
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Its been a while since this post.

I could not locate a 541s bolt, but I did find a 581 bolt and with the frozen trigger mechanism sent it off to a gun smith for refurbishing.

The bolt turned out to be as much of a mess as the trigger....needing replaced bolt stop,new firing pin, extractor spring, retaining pin, and firing pin retension spring.



The results were very good. 2 1/2 lb short crisp trigger pull.

All things considered, gives a little more life to this otherwise great condition piece.
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:46 PM
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Excellent! Hope you get years of enjoyment from your Rescue Remington.
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Old 11-16-2019, 04:51 PM
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Happy ending to a good story! Did you check the attic?
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:27 PM
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My daughter also just recently purchased a home . All we found in the garage was an old vacuum cleaner & a couple bags of trash .
You did far better ! ...nice find & it certainly cleaned up well ...looks good.
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:02 PM
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My daughter also just recently purchased a home . All we found in the garage was an old vacuum cleaner & a couple bags of trash .
You did far better ! ...nice find & it certainly cleaned up well ...looks good.
Better dig through those bags of trash!!!!
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