My trusty old Remington 512

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by Snakedriver, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver Active Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    SW. Florida
    I went out shooting with my .22’s this last Friday and had a ball blasting away with my two 10/22’s and my trusty old Remington 512 Sportmaster bolt action rifle.

    The Remington 512 was the first real firearm I ever owned. My Dad gave it to me when I was 10 years old to begin honing my marksmanship skills. It’s really been a reliable old friend. He got it in 1942 just before he shipped out to WWII. After that he said he never really shot it very much, it just sat around in the closet until he gave it to me.

    Since my eyes just aren’t what they used to be, recently I decided to mount a .22 rimfire type scope on it to help my precision shooting out a little. The results were better than I expected. I drilled and tapped the receiver for a couple of Weaver #43 Top- Mount Bases and then added a couple of Leupold Rifleman see-thru rings. For the scope, I know a lot of people will disapprove, but I used a Wally-World CenterPoint 3 X 9 .22 Rimfire with a mildot illuminated reticle. For the $54 price it seems remarkably clear and accurate. Putting a real expensive scope on a $150 gun just didn’t make any sense to me.

    When I zeroed it in at 50 yards I was happy to see I was getting nickel sized 3-shot groups using Federal 550 bulk ammo. If I used quality match grade ammo, it would probably shoot one ragged hole. The mildot reticle allows me to use a two-dot holdover and be on target at 100 yards.

    Now I think I will have to spend some more afternoons renewing my friendship with my trusty old rifle. Here are some photos of the rifle and typical groups I was getting:

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  2. Telcotech

    Telcotech Member

    Aug 6, 2008
    North Central Iowa
    Heh....don't feel bad about putting a $60 scope on a .22 rifle like yours. I too have given up on open iron sights for most my shootin', unless its 30yrds. or less.....the old eye thing is my problem also. Believe me I've had excellant luck w/ the Tasco Buckhorn and the Simmon's 3-9x 40 or 50's scopes. I have had them mounted for over 4yrs on seven of my .22 rifles and also have scopes for my treasured 1963 Hi-Standard Tournment(Bushnell Banner 2x32), and just recently added a 2x32 Burris to my Ruger MKII Target and just love them for the type shootin' I do. Mainly paper punching and just plinking at the gun range....not so much huntin' anymore.BTW....nice lookin' piece I'm sure you are proud to own.


  3. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    Neat old rifle and looks to be in great shape. Nothing can match the nostalgia and memories associated with that first rifle and so nice you still have it. No high priced scopes on my .22's either and no complaints. They do a better job than I can manage so it is not the scope's fault when the group doesn't measure up. Sorry to say it is always me that is messing up.
  4. Road America

    Road America Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    Your rifle has really nice wood - that's so much nicer looking to me than any modern plastic or laminated stock. It's starting to get warm enough here in Wisconsin to think about going shooting at the range - I should take my Savage model 29 out and shoot it. It was my first gun and my Dad gave it to me also. It has open sights and my eyes don't work as good as they used to either. My groups won't be that good, I'm afraid.
  5. wpage

    wpage Active Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    Nice old gun and excellent group. Congrats!
    Thanks for the pics
  6. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007

    My first rifle was also a Remington 512. My grandfather was the original owner, and it came to me when he passed away. I've thought about adding a scope many times, but I've never done it. It still shoots very well as it is, and my eyesight is still pretty good (at a ripe young 24).
    It sure does look good though.:)
  7. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver Active Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    SW. Florida
    Thanks for all the nice responses, I'm glad to see there are people who appreciate the old classics.

    While they work ok, I'm not sure I like the height of the scope rings. Just for giggles, I think I'm going to remount the scope with a pair of medium rings. They wont have the see-thru feature, but I'm not sure that will matter. :)
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    you just cant beat a good ol beater .22. Its often you find an unexpected tack driver in an old stevens or in your case remington bolt gun that will outshoot modern tack drivers and they can be found at pawn shops for 50 bucks sometimes;)
  9. 300 H&H

    300 H&H Active Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    I am betting the old Remington just might shoot a better group than the 10/22. Am I right?

    Regards, Kirk
  10. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver Active Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    SW. Florida
    Well, almost. Here are a couple of groups using my only slightly played with 10/22. Same ammo, same day and again at 50 yards. The 10/22's barrel is still the factory tapered barrel and the stock hammer & trigger are still installed.

    The 10/22 is using a bi-pod for support and the Remington is using bags. :cool:

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  11. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    It's good to see another long time 512 owner and fan. I've been enjoying my 512 for four decades and it's still a good shooter. Also the owner of two 10/22s, the 512 will out shoot the stock Ruger but not the other which is far from stock.

    (BTW, all three rifles wear scopes but are mounted as low as possible. Just the way I like 'em.)
  12. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver Active Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    SW. Florida
    My other 10/22 is a pretty much stock 1969 carbine that doesn't shoot as good as the 512 or my slightly customized 10/22. That's ok, it's a classic in its own right. My wife likes it just as it is. My guess is that better glass would make it shoot much more accurately. If I ever find a good deal on a era correct Weaver or something similar I'll make a switch.

    I'll post new pictures of the 512 when I get the scope remounted on lower rings and get to the range to get it zeroed. :)
  13. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Amarillo, TX
    Nice to see more 512's around. I got mine in 1946, it has been a fun gun ever since. I taught grandsons to shoot with it, and now they all have 10/22's. They can't have my 512 though. I won't add a scope to mine, just keep it simple, like my Dad gave it to me.
  14. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mine aren't quite that old but I'm not too far off. Of the two 10/22s I still have, one was purchased new in the early 70s and the other new in the mid 70s (the one that's no longer stock). I did have another that I bought used in the early 80s (in very poor shape) that I refurbished, used for a couple of years and then sold to buddy who wanted it badly. All three trouble free for tens of thousands of rounds and good shooters.

    My guess is that if someone is having problems with a 10/22, it's either due to it being a newer incarnation of the rifle (of which I've no experience) or what's most likely, due to the ammo being used.
  15. LCConrad

    LCConrad New Member

    Oct 13, 2011
    Seattle, wa
    Great looking gun. I got mine for my 12th birthday in 1961, it has shot well for many years, I lent it to guy in college and he bent the front site so I scoped it then. It is still a great shooter, took it to the range a few months back and out shot a local college rifle team with it.
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