Originally Posted by Muab Dib
..but the auction sites have pushed up the prices
Collectors have pushed the prices of the 541S up everywhere.
I bought five 541Ss' over the years, one for myself, my son and one each for my grandsons.
The first I bought in '78 cost me $275 including a Weaver K8. In '04 I bought the last one (#5), another NIB privately for $685. Three years ago at an auction I dropped out on another NIB when the bid hit $725, the out the door price would have included the 10% buyer's premium and sales tax! They ain't cheap today!
As far as accuracy is concerned take you pick between the 541S/581. They use the same identical receiver and barrel. The "S" is the "purdied" up version with a fully adjustable trigger.
I have the drawing somewhere to modify the 58x/788 triggers to fully adjustable if anyone wants or needs it.
BTW...If anyone decides to remove one of those triggers MAKE DANG SURE you support the mounting lug when tapping out the retaining pin. They're soldered to the receiver. Re-Attaching one isn't a DYI home project.
If you want a shooter only buy a 58x. If your a collector or just must have a 541S ....get out your checkbook!