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Old 02-04-2020, 12:57 PM
Rob S Rob S is offline
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Some help with a Remington 510 Targetmaster

My dad bought a new Remington 510 Targetmaster back in 1947 and I shot it some as a kid. I've kept it pretty much unused in my gun safe for the past 20+ years, and it's in great shape. Since my eyes aren't what they used to be, I want to scope this with a Leupold Rimfire VX-Freedom 2-7. It will have to be drilled and tapped.

Who has put a scope on a 510? Which mounts did you use: Weaver 43 for rear and 42 for front?? Or something else? What scope rings did you use?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Rob

Last edited by Rob S; 02-04-2020 at 05:24 PM. Reason: changed the front sight mount
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Old 02-04-2020, 03:54 PM
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Please take it to a gun smith that you trust.

This is not a home do it yourself project.

They will have the charts to get the correct scope mounts since some rifles can have a different front and rear elevation requirement. Some receivers are hardened and require special care when tapping. The taps are also specialized in some cases.

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Old 02-04-2020, 05:16 PM
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Thanks for the concern. Do you have this rifle and have you put a scope on it?

It will go to a gunsmith who knows what to do. I'm just asking for anyone's thoughts who has actually done this. It took a couple of calls to Weaver to get help for the bases and rings. But now at least I know what is needed.
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Old 02-04-2020, 08:48 PM
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I have just about every one of the old Remington 51X series. They're fantastic shooters and overlooked by many.

The thing about this series is the top of the receivers are really thin and it takes a super fine thread pitch in order to get more than a couple of threads to hold a mount.

I've seen them done with a side mount and an old 3/4" diameter scope but not with a top mount and a full size scope.

Head over to Rimfire Central.com. I'd about guarantee that someone over there has done one.
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:35 PM
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Some folks are found to be gluing the scope bases to these vintage .22 rifles in order to not spoil their originality and obtaining satisfactory results. I've not tried this, but the idea has merit.

The rifles aren't expensive and many were made, but seems a shame to alter them.

I like the Remington 5-teens. So far Models 510, 511, and 512 roost here.
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Old 02-05-2020, 06:11 AM
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513-T here. As posted above, Go to Rimfire central web site. Their is a whole remington section. I am keeping mine with Irons. Bought an Anschutz MPR for my scope gun.

David
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Old 02-05-2020, 09:47 AM
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Thank you all for the information. As TRSOtto mentioned, the metal is thin and that has me concerned. My dad actually made a side mount device that was placed between the wooden frame and the receiver. It's kind of a Rube Goldberg device and I was hoping to improve upon it. As I mentioned previously, I can't do much with the iron sights because I'll be 68 in a couple of weeks and my eyesight just ain't what it used to be. I've got a new lens in my right eye plus some other problems there, so a scope is really helpful. I've already got scopes on my other rifles, including the rimfires.

I'll head over to rimfire central and see what they can add.
Thanks to all.
Rob
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Old 02-05-2020, 11:48 AM
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An alternate option is the find an aperture rear sight using your existing rear sight base.

I can get by in most cases using aperture sights if the lighting is good.

I just won a match series shooting my 540X and aperture sights. It sure pissed off a lot of much younger shooters using optics!

I'm 73 with an educated trigger finger!

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Old 02-16-2020, 10:12 PM
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Later guns were grooved for tip-off mounts. A smith with a mill can groove the receiver quicker than he could drill and tap.
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Old 02-18-2020, 12:10 PM
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A solution to scoping a Remington 510

Here's how I solved the problem. I used the mount that Dad devised. Its horizontal plane is almost perfectly parallel with bore of the barrel. I got lucky and drilled 2 holes for the for the Weaver 430M Top Mount Base almost perfectly parallel to the long axis of the barrel. Using Burris rings I mounted the Leupold 3X9 rimfire scope to the base. Once at the range, it took just a few clicks of elevation and a couple of leftward clicks to have the rifle hitting a 1 inch ring at 35 yards. Sometime Iíll get to the 100 yard range and see what it does.

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Old 02-18-2020, 02:32 PM
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That's pretty slick. Did you have to relieve the stock in the area of your homemade mount?
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Old 02-18-2020, 06:18 PM
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TRSOtto,
Yes. There are very slight indentations cut into the wood. Kind of like putting an ambi safety cut into the right grip for a 1911.
Rob
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:13 AM
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Cool. Thanks.
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