SOLD FOR: $2500
Model: 40-XR Custom Sporter
Serial Number: 054708R
Year of Manufacture: 1970s-1980s
Caliber: .22 LR
Action Type: Bolt Action Single Shot Rifle
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “22 LONG RIFLE / 054708R” and “Remington / MODEL 40-X”. The left side of the chamber is marked with one inspection mark and the right side is marked with test marks. The bolt is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 24″ Custom Barrel installed by Remington.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramped base screwed to the barrel. The front sight has a protective hood. The rear sight is a “U” notched sight on a slider on an elevation ramp fixed to the rear of the barrel and is adjustable for windage and elevation. The top of the receiver has two pairs of drilled, tapped, and filled holes. The left side of the receiver has a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The sporter stock is a checkered wood stock with a pistol grip, straight comb, and textured rubber buttpad. The action and first 2″ of the barrel have been bedded in the stock by Fajen. There are some rubs and faint scuffs. There are some compressions, the most noticeable are on the belly and on hte bottom of the forend towards the front. There are some scattered light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad has some light wear. The stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original to parts, the barrel is not original to the receiver.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered little tiny marks through the finish, the most noticeable are on the footplate. There are some scattered light handling marks. The bolt handle has some light wear. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box, work invoices, leather sling, and a manual.
Our Assessment: Introduced in 1962, the Remington 40-X series has been a staple of bench-rest shooting for more than half a century. The Remington Custom Shop produces all of the rifles in this series to ensure superior performance. The rifle is another creation of Mike Walker, one of Remington’s finest engineers who also designed such rifles as the 721, 722, and ever-popular 700. Walker was a 20th Century legend in the shooting industry and a well-respected cartridge and gun designer. He was also Director of Research and head of Remington’s Custom Shop in New York and he created Remington’s 40-X series of rifles in the 1960s to compete with all target rifles on the market at the time, as well as the legendary Winchester M70/Target-Match. Over time, the 40-X models evolved into providing long-range, Varmint, and benchrest shooting and military sniping. The 40-X collection branched into two series for Match/Varmint rifles, and the Benchrest rifles. Each 40-X series is distinctly different with a test target for two groups, which are proof groups where certain criteria must be met, namely .75 inches for 30 caliber rifles and .45 inches for the smaller calibers. These tests are telling as to the performance of these rifles, no special load is required because Remington uses generic loads for testing…imagine what a skilled handloader could do! This one is the brainchild of a previous owner and a seriously hot piece. The previous owner decided to transform it from a target rilfe with a heavy barrel and bulky stock into a sporter and had Remington give it a new barrel and stock and then had Fajen bed the action. This is a truly one off creation but looks so good it could be mistaken for factory. The Model 40-X series is well known for its accuracy and build quality, this will be no different. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!