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Old 07-29-2021, 05:19 PM
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Got her at an LGS that , unless its the newest fad, has NO clue what they have...
She's in literal n.i.b. condition. Not a mark. Not a ding and the finish on the operating surfaces is 100%. Even the barrel breech lacks the customary dry fire ding. Got her for $255. There is a '80s production Bushnell Sportview 4x mounted, but wasn't close to zeroed. The rear sight was removed for the scope.
Took her to the range, to get acquainted. Shot some CCI standard velocity long rifles and some Eley Force 40 grain.
3 round groups at 25 yards were 3/16ths to 1/4 inch. If it weren't for pulse bounce, they'd have been one holers. The CCIs shot best.
I've had several 581's before. All very nice and quite accurate. This is my first " S" and is by far the most accurate. Once I get her squared away, and perhaps better glass and mounts, I'd be surprised if she doesn't turn out to be the most accurate .22 I've owned.
BTW. Those Eley Force rounds, labeled for semiautomatic, are a snappy load. They actually have recoil! Not a lot, but noticeably more than standard velocity.Shot them in my Ruger Mark 1 target and Savage 6A. Decent accuracy. But CCI standard velocities are the best, followed ( very) closely by Eley primed Aguila Super Extra 40s.
I consider a 581S in this condition a bargain at $255. Do NOT like the plastic magazine though... Oh well. At least its reliable!
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Old 07-29-2021, 06:25 PM
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Great deal on a great rifle. Been looking for a 581 or 582 for years here in SWVA, they dont show up often. Enjoy it!
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Old 07-29-2021, 08:19 PM
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Old 07-29-2021, 09:23 PM
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I know the 581, but what makes it a S model?
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:29 AM
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I know the 581, but what makes it a S model?
Basically, the 581 became the 581-S when Remington started the Sportsman series in 1986. Not sure about actual differences in the rifles themselves but I think it's when Remington started including the single shot adapter with every rifle. I have a copy of John & Roy's book on my phone. I'll look at it at lunch
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:30 PM
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Here we go! This Remington is an absolute keeper!
The target is her first time at 50 yards. Always has to be one flyer, and it was absolutely me. The scope was mounted when I bought her, and the crosshairs aren't quite vertical. Didn't compensate for the cant on that shot...
I used a piece of paper behind the target, that I moved between groups, to be able to measure each group individually. Once I saw the first group, I figured it'd be a good idea.
She does like CCI standard velocities! Being able to keep 10 rounds at 50 yards on a squirrel's head, from an untuned. 22, is quite a hoot. I'm a bit nervous about dismounting the stock so I can lube the trigger and check for gremlins. Be just my luck...
So. $255 for a rifle that, at first blush, can hold its own with newer and far more expensive rifles is proof of the bargain.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:44 PM
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Thumbs up Great find!

I was offered and accepted $500 for a NIB one! No scope with it, either. Not sure if the S series had the white lithium grease stuffed in the trigger box, but cleaning it out if it does is a must. It hardens into a lump and makes for a ridiculous trigger pull.
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Old 07-30-2021, 02:32 PM
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Nice gun for the money at $500 it would be no deal. 581-s version is a cheaper version of the orig 581 should have a single shot adapter in the box great shooter.
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Congrats on a great buy!!!
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Old 08-01-2021, 10:31 PM
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I think you did well and I like the one I own.
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Remington sold 20,319 581-s Sportsman rifles through 1996.
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Old 08-02-2021, 06:54 PM
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That is so nice! And it's really special to find one that old that has remained in like new condition.
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Old 08-02-2021, 08:30 PM
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There is nothing fancy or exotic about the 581, but it is such a NICE rifle. Gussied up it is a 541, but that 581's skinny pencil barrel surprises many people at how well it shoots. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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Old 08-06-2021, 04:44 PM
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The S version should have a firing pin retraction spring, also secures the front half of the bolt from turning when you try to re-insert the bolt by pressing the back of the pin into a detent in the rear half of the bolt.

Without that spring to retract the firing pin, your 58x can have misfires as identified at the top of the second page of this thread: https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...1208833&page=2

I THINK the S model was the introduction to that firing pin spring, but not 100 percent sure.
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