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remington 541 or 581?

Does anyone have one of these chambered in .22? How do they shoot?
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Re: remington 541 or 581?

Six 581's in my extended family. A 581 was my first rifle, as well as my boy's. I used to say that they were a "best" buy in a used 22 LR but the auction sites have pushed up the prices and I can no longer say that. Still, they are a great rifle and I've never seen one that wouldn't shoot with ammo it liked. I would imagine the 541 is even better.

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Re: remington 541 or 581?

I have a 582 (tubefeed) and It shoots very well..basicly a 788 Large rifle design
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Re: remington 541 or 581?

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Good observation, since their is more than a bit of similarity between both rifles.

Got my son a new 581 youth model, when he was about 9 or 10. He's now 36. The rifle still shoots very well. Friend of mine has two 541s: One sporter barrel, one target barrel.

Both are accurate and a bit nicer than the 581, although it annoys him, when I note that they all use the same cheesy plastic magazines.


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Re: remington 541 or 581?

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..but the auction sites have pushed up the prices
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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!

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Re: remington 541 or 581?

i have had all 3 a 541 s 541 t and a 581...all 3 shot great.the 581 used to be considered the poor mans 22...i do however prefer the 541S or T over the 581 because of the adjustable trigger...

i also didnt notice a difference in the sporter barrel 541 T over the bull barrel 541T as far as accuracy goes....
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Re: remington 541 or 581?

I had a 541 sporter with Leupold 6.5-20X and shot it in rimfire silhouette for several years until it was stolen from my truck. It was extremely accurate with CCI Green Tag ammo. My son has one in a heavy barrel, and it is a shooter also. If you can find one, your bank account will suffer.

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Re: remington 541 or 581?

Go with a 581 over a 541 and save some money would be one recommendation if you're looking for a plinking/hunting rifle ...unless of course you fall in love with a particular 541 and you've got deep pockets.

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Re: remington 541 or 581?

I see 541s every now and then, 581s hardly ever.
I saw a couple of 521Ts recently.
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Re: remington 541 or 581?

I have owned the 541's and the 581...Still have the 581. I like it for casual plinking and all around use. None of them were ever what I would consider to be tackdrivers, but good enough for around the farm.
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