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Old 03-27-2019, 06:08 PM
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I have a 40X 22 rimfire with a tapered 24" barrel ending at .875 at the muzzle. The serial number on the rifle ends in an "R". Any idea what the ""R" designation stands for? Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:45 PM
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I have a 40X 22 rimfire with a tapered 24" barrel ending at .875 at the muzzle. The serial number on the rifle ends in an "R". Any idea what the ""R" designation stands for? Thanks.
At the point in time yours was made ( circa 1980's ), the R stood for Rimfire, at the same point in time there was a C model, that stood for Centerfire.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:34 PM
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I guess I should have thought of that. I suppose that pretty much eliminates my hope that this was a super rare 40X and that I somehow had lucked into the holy grail of rimfire rifles. Thanks for the quick reply.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:48 PM
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Some might think your 40X is the holy grail -- enjoy it -
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Old 03-28-2019, 02:36 AM
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Is it one of the green stocked benchrest rifles?
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:15 AM
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That would be the holy grail. JMHO

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Old 03-28-2019, 10:37 AM
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40X serial number question

When I acquired this rifle it was in a Fajen thumbhole stock. I have since put it in a traditional Remington stock. No way of knowing if it originally was in the green kevlar stock although I believe it probably was. I base this on information regarding the barrel contour.
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Is it possible that the "R" at the end of the SN is actually a "B" ?

On the 40X rimfire rifles if the SN ends in B, that would designate it is a 40XB model which is based on the Remington 700 action. If there is no letter at the end of the SN, then it would be a 722 action.

Does your rifle have a swept back bolt handle with an oval knob with inset checkering? If so, that would also be peculiar to the 40XB (40X knob is round and smooth). Also, the stock inletting for the swept back bolt handle would also be swept back on the 40XB but would be straight down on the 40X.

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Does your rifle have a swept back bolt handle with an oval knob with inset checkering? If so, that would also be peculiar to the 40XB (40X knob is round and smooth). Also, the stock inletting for the swept back bolt handle would also be swept back on the 40XB but would be straight down on the 40X.
Lots of these have been mixmasterized so that the serial number is the only reliable indicator, IMHO.
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Old 03-29-2019, 02:32 PM
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The digit at the end of the serial number is definitely an "R". I have several 40Xs and I'm aware of the difference in the X and the XB. I just haven't seen one ending in "R".
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Someone here, more knowledgeable then myself opined, “the XR’s are a interesting variation”. Have one of the ISU position stock XR’s made in 1979. Love the stock design, really nice for offhand. Thinking these were more common then the BR version. It’s too bad we can’t get a breakdown of rimfire production numbers for the 40X series. Anyway you look at it, the XR is the last of the rimfire 40X target series (non sporter). Be nice if you could find an original green Kevlar stock for yours.

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With the R it should be a 24" barrel vs. 28" for the B rifles. The one I had was .880" muzzle diameter and a '78 barrel date code. 044XXXXR but I haven't yet found exact SN. Cannot remember what month it was either. Near identical barrel contour as the centerfire Varmint Specials of that era and would fit in those stocks.

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Old 03-29-2019, 05:16 PM
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Recently sold to one of our forum members a NIB 40XR. It had a wood stock and s/n ended in "R". I have 2 other used 40XR's and both of those end in "R" as well. They both have wood stocks as well.
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Old 03-30-2019, 08:40 PM
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Thanks for all the info. I'll continue to look for a correct stock for this rifle. Complete serial # 055133R, barrel code "BC" which indicates it was manufactured in January, 1982. Thanks again for all the great info
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