View Full Version : Gunshow Remington 511 find

August 12, 2012, 04:18 PM

I was at a gun show today and found a Remington 511 from the 1950s in mint condition. I do not believe it has ever been fired. There was no mark or discoloration of any kind on the bolt-face. Even the cliip has only the barest visible wear. Alas, the curmudgeonly dealer would not part with it for less than $240 (I begged, I pled, all to no avail).

This is the same model of rifle my father taught me to shoot with back in the day. The 511 is a remarkably accurate gun - I once shot a woodchuck in my grandfather's garden from 50 yards, through the slats in the garden gate - the gap couldn't have been much more than the .224 of the bullet. On a purely nostalgic note, this is the gun I used to play White Hunter with when I was young and scrawny (I read way too much Hemingway when I was a kid).

It is amazing to see the care and quality-control that went into making a cheap .22 bolt-action in the 1950s. The bluing is deep and evely applied, the wood is an attractive piece of nicely-grained walnut and the finish was well and evenly applied. I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but if it is anything like the 511 of my greener years, it will shoot rings around any out of the box 10-22.

Truly, there was a time when "made in America" meant "made right." I would hope it still does, for those few things we still make here.

August 12, 2012, 09:34 PM
Didja haul it home? There have been a few firearms that I would pay a little extra for- just for nostalgic reasons. I won't even think about tellin' ya'll how much I paid for a S&W Model 19-4 2-1/2" roundbutt that was just a couple hundred off in the serial number from my mother's old duty gun!

August 12, 2012, 10:17 PM
yep - I bought it - and no regrets

August 13, 2012, 12:51 AM
I have my moms 511 and it has slayed many a woodchuck as well. Enjoy it as i would buy another if i had the chance. Especially in the condition you described.