Remington 510 Targetmaster .22 Rifle


August 11, 2005, 12:54 AM
Anyone know much about these rifles? I just acquired one through my fiance', who got it from her late grandfather. Seems to be in decent shape internally, though in need of cleaning. Outside of metal has some rust and minor pitting, but bore looks ok. Oddly, I can't find a s/n, unless this is older than we realized -- see below:

All markings on barrel.

Top, forward:

Top, just in front of rear sight:

Top, behind rear sight:

On right rear, but read from top (i.e, upside down if you look directly at right side of rifle):

No other markings except "REMINGTON" on stamped plastic buttcap.

Any idea of age or value of this example? (I suppose the plastic buttcap would be a clue -- probably post-war, then, right?) The Remington site says they were made from 1939-1962, but even if I could find the s/n they're not listed by year anyway.


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August 11, 2005, 07:03 PM
It may not have a serial number, they weren't required until 1968.

The 510, 511, 514 etc series are wonderful little rifles. I have a bunch of them. Years ago, I would see them at gunshows for 30-40 bucks, and I just couldn't pass them up. In my opinion they're a steal, even at 4 or 5 times that. Imagine what they would cost to make today. Walnut and steel.

August 21, 2005, 10:12 PM
I have one in my cabinet right now. Single-shot fun--a real tack driver. Mine has a rear aperture sight and a front post sight, which I assume to be typical for the model. The finish on mine is pretty well gone (sounds about like yours), but it'll still shoot far better than I can. I'd put it up against my match Kimber any day. No idea what it's worth, but they're great guns. I'll take and post some pics if you want, just send a PM.

September 28, 2005, 10:21 PM
i have a 510 and a 41p target master. i love em both. my 510 i had drilled and tapped for a scope. im using a old bushnell custom-m 4 power and i have a versapod on it. its my favorite varmint hunting gun. light weight and accurate. only complaint at all is the safety that automatically snaps on everytime you work the bolt. i disagree with safetys in general because it breeds carelesness. on the 41p it has the cool peep sights. unfortunately those are hard for me to aquire targets with so that one gets little use exept for target shooting. id scope that one as well exept it would ruin the astetics of the gun and that would be a shame. neither of mine have any serial numbers. pre 1968 serial numbers were not required, or so i hear.

September 29, 2005, 10:43 AM
Good rifles. I have an old (no SN) Model 512 (tubular mag.). It's no tack driver, but good enough for shooting woodchucks.

April 4, 2006, 12:05 PM
I got my old 510 when i was 12 years old back in 1964 and it was in pretty great (new) shape back brother dropped it off a mountain and broke the stock at one time or another in his unauthroized use of it....I reworked the stock the best i could at school shop and continued to plink with it until my brother once again sneaked it out and (yup) he broke all my work apart as well as adding some more damage. Not having the time to repair the thing again I relied on black tape to hold it together. When i went into the army in 1970 I gave the rifle over to my little sis (she could out shoot me) for her safe keeping of the old thing. The rifle stayed with ehr and her family until about 1992 when I slipped it away from sis. The rifle was placed into a cloth case and put away in my closet until one day i took it out and shot it. Dispite the damage to the stock the little rifle still shoots quite well, great in fact.....OK what I'm looking for after all this long winded there any plce i can find a stock for this rifle? Or, is there some place I can contact that can make a new one for it?


April 4, 2006, 01:47 PM
I learned to shoot with my grandpa's 510, and now I have it. Great rifle.

Are you sure there aren't any markings on the left side of the barrel near the receiver? My 510 is old enough to not have a serial number, but it does have a date code stamped on it (as does every other Remington long gun I've seen). Take a look here for more info on the date codes:

April 5, 2006, 09:23 AM
Numrich has stocks.

Working on a 512(same gun but tube fed) for a friend of mine now.

One on Ebay.

April 6, 2006, 10:33 PM
Hey Meadhall
Thanks much for the stock info.........i will send for one immediately.......

May 10, 2007, 03:09 AM
I am shooting a spruced up 512 with scope. It is showing promise of tack driving with the right ammo (7 mm groups at 25 m). I have won a few competitions with it in the distant past. I do find that some shots hit the target with a bit of yaw but not nearly as much as some of the more expensive rifles I shoot against. (The shots with yaw seem to fall mostly outside the main group).


September 6, 2007, 10:22 AM
Hey guys, I just got my hands on a few of these from an estate sale. They're both in pretty good shape, but not quite in working order. I think most of the parts are there, just not together. I'm wondering if somebody can give me an idea what they're worth. It's not really something I have time to mess with restoring, so I just need to sell them.

Here's a link to a thread on another forum with pics.

Let me know what you guys think! Thanks.

John Barrett
July 24, 2008, 09:29 AM
In 1946 my Dad was a Railroad Special Agent, who recovered 2 Targetmasters that were stolen off the railroad. He offered the RR $10.00 for both of them, gave me my choice and then sold the other one to the Mayor of our little Iowa town for $10.00. I still have my free 510 and still use it and keep it clean. I would like to find the other one. I will sign off as the Whizzer guy, but that is another story

November 20, 2008, 03:09 PM
my father has this short long rifle that needs the bolt if anyone is interested in making a deal for the bolt it would mean a great deal to me and my father ill even buy the gun for parts if it has to be that way ....please let me know thank you

November 20, 2008, 03:10 PM
need parts for remington target master modle number 41.

February 24, 2009, 12:41 PM
I also have owned a Rem 510 TargeMaster since my youth and have not shot it in well ver 20 years. I just recently had the occasion to get it out to start my grandson on shooting.

We recently fully disassembled the 510 to restore it - a teaching moment for grandpa. This is what I have found about this 22LR model:

I have found a serial number on the bottom of the barrel slightly in front of the stock. Not a usual place and I was surprised that it had one.

You can get parts for this at the following link:
The good news is that they a vast supply of parts for alot of other models than just the 510, including stocks.

All is well with the rebuild. All parts have been ultrasonically degreased and "reblued". The stock has been refinished and awaiting custome varnish to match that used by remington during its creation.

Best part is that my granson's bithhday is coming up and this will be his present. His first 22LR and first gun. He is only 12 years old and is excited about shooting as we go out offen with his dad on weekends. Working and teaching him has been my pleasure - he earned the right to ownership.

June 15, 2009, 01:39 PM
I have a 510 Target Master also. I found that they were manufactured typically before s/n's were required. They do have a date stamp on them just ahead of the chamber on the left side. It is right as the steel and the forearm meet.

The datecode can be found here

Hope this helps.

Jim K
June 15, 2009, 09:15 PM
That whole 500 series has gained a lot of respect. As Elmer noted, at one time they were $25 or so used, but a nice one will bring $200-250 today. They are walnut and steel guns, and are near ideal as a youth gun. Plus, barring bubba work, they are virtually indestructable.


Sauer Grapes
June 15, 2009, 09:56 PM
I have a 511 Scoremaster. Damn fine shooting 22 rifle.

June 17, 2009, 11:12 AM
I have one. The trigger is crisp yet heavy. The sights can be difficult to aquire, if you have poor vision this might not be the gun for you. If you are short this also isn't a good gun because fo the stock

July 6, 2010, 12:25 PM
How do you put a scope on the 510?

Steven Mace
July 7, 2010, 01:26 AM

g-doggie, if your Model 510 looks like the picture above you'll have to have it drilled & tapped to accept mounts.

Steve Mace

July 7, 2010, 07:58 PM
I cut one down for my son several years back. I didn't have access to a lathe so I had a local machine shop redo the crown for me.

The machinist told me it had been years since he had worked with such good steel.

Aren't we all
July 8, 2010, 04:50 PM
I have a 512 that one of my friends gave me. It is amazingly accurate, it is brand spanking new, never been fired before i got it:). That changed quickly. The bolt comes out uncocked quite often thought if you aren't familliar with it.

March 27, 2011, 02:31 PM
I was just checking dates codes on my 510x and found one I don't understand. The code is L M which is Feb 1921. I know they didn't make this one in 1921. Following the L M is 58. I first thought the L was an I, but magnified it as a poorly stamped L
Any clue? Seems inconsistant. I have anther 510 and a 511 which both seem to be coded correctly.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
March 27, 2011, 02:49 PM
Actually, that was one of my first guns when I was shooting NRA indoor 50' smallbore range. I made it all the way up to Sharpshooter. I could have kept going through bars 1-9 (or 1-10) then on to Xpert, however the matches were taking a toll on my body, being in these contorted positions. I remember getting really tired of shooting the thing, even though it was all properly adjusted for me and I had a shooting jacket with the elbow pads, shoulder pad, etc. So, what I started around 1968 at 12 I kind of got out of, but kept the gun for several more decades then traded it for my first high powered rifle.

Now, I kick myself for trading that gun, it was literally MINT, the stock and the rest of the gun were all like brand new. It had the Lyman peep site on the rear and a peep sight on the front with different drop-in aperatures after a cap was removed on the front site. I just saw that now I could have a rear aperature that is totally adjustible, just like a camera aperature! If I ever got myself another one, that is what I would put on it!

March 27, 2011, 03:29 PM
The 510 is what we used at Scout camp, where I got my first formal marksmanship training when I was about 12. I've still got my NRA Sharpshooter medal for 50-foot smallbore around somewhere. I had several targets toward Expert, but camp ended before I could complete the qualification. Very accurate little guns. :)

March 31, 2011, 02:03 PM
Same here, shot the 510 with the scouts. Grampa had one, handed it down to my dad and he gave it to me. It is my most favorite 22. I since have gotten the bug and found a 511,512,514,552,and a 550-1. All fun shooters.

April 5, 2011, 11:29 AM
And here I thought I was the only fan of the Remington 510! Mine is in excellent condition, but it isn't the model with peep sights, and my aging eyes are calling for either peep sights or a scope.

Does it take a better-than-average gunsmith to drill and tap it for a scope, or is this something that is routine? The only smiths in my area are itinerant gunsmiths working part-time out of Ginder Mountain. They seem to enjoy bolting stuff on to black rifles, but I'm skeptical as to their machining skills.
I do, however, know a very experienced machinist/tool&diemaker. What would be your choice?

April 10, 2011, 10:18 PM
Azlandman, yours is a Feb 1965 rifle per this chart:

They repeated the single letter year codes, after the double codes.

April 20, 2011, 08:17 PM
At least that was my father's thought pattern. The 510 is the REAL rifle my father allowed us to gaduate into, once we passed his responsibility & safety checklist. Two older brothers had them as primary plinkers by age 12. We would visit our granparent's and Uncle's dairy & wheat farms in North Central North Dakota during summer vacation. Mid-sixties timeframe. We would each get a couple of bricks of .22LR and head for the patureland in early AM, slaughtering hundreds of flickertrails (pocket gophers) and prarie dogs all day long. You could whistle them into exposing more of their head from a LONG distance when they were looking out from their burrows. Had the rifles scoped (4x, fixed), so you really learned ballistics & windage compensation. One word description? "FUN"....

August 12, 2012, 09:23 PM
I had one when I was in high school, and loved it. Found one in a garage sale a while back and bought it. Don't think I will ever part with this one. There just aren't too many guns around better than this one.

murdoc rose
August 12, 2012, 11:29 PM
some of the best mass produced 22's ever made

August 13, 2012, 09:17 AM
I have a few the last one I picked up two weeks ago at an estate sale for $30. Once cut down and made "pretty" it will be my daughters first rifle.

OK, maybe not her first but the first one she'll shoot.

August 14, 2012, 01:30 PM
Hello everyone as i am new here and i readed alot of your posts on the 510 Targetmaster and i wanted to share what little i know about them, my father was born around 1932-33 i think and he got his around 12 or 13 years old for i think $12 brand new. he told me once when i was a kid that it was very hard to buy a gun while WWII we going on as all steel and lead was use for the war and his is dated coded RRR which is Nov 1946 and the gun is still like it was new but aged and never touched as for finsh and maybe shot 75 times since new and i do agree these guns are tack drivers.

August 14, 2012, 01:55 PM
I own a 510. I learned to shoot with it, as did my mothers entire side of the family (all deceased now, born 1916). My sisters and I learned to shoot with the rifle, (1960-70's) and my kids have (or are doing) the same. Probably my grandkids will continue the tradition. In our family it is simply "the .22". the gun has fired...I'll guess...50K rounds, all single shot. It was the main pest gun on the farm for decades, if we notched the stock for every vermin it has killed it would be a pile of wood shavings.

It teaches a shooter to use aimed shots, and you'll never forget to turn off a safety when shooting at game. The long barrel is quiet, and it's a heavy, steady gun with a heavy but crisp trigger. It is unfailingly reliable.

I have a number of .22's to my name (win 61, 62A, 90, SW MP15-22) but if i want to hit something for sure, the 510 is the gun I use.

August 22, 2012, 02:49 PM
Remington 510P was my very first rifle given to me around 1958 by a friend of my uncle during an upstate NY hunting trip. I was 8 years old. After the adults hunted during late afternoon I was allowed to shoot the rifle. About maybe 12 years ago my uncle turned 75 and there was a party. After all the years I saw Charlie who gave me that rifle. He mentioned my first time shooting and I told him I still have that rifle. He was amazed that after all the years I still had the little Remington.

I saw one at a gun show in NC a few months ago. The guy was walking the show and asking $250 for a very nice one. He came down to $225 when I spoke with him. I should have bought it! I also have a 511 I like. Yeah, they were $30 rifles years ago, today they sell for $200 and up at most shows. :)


January 26, 2013, 04:25 PM
I have never seen or heard if these guns came with a box or not, most may not think alot about them for a gun that sold new for $10-12buxs in 1946 but what is the % of value now ? 100% would be $120 so i would think 200% + and climbing.

Also the bolts have a built in decocker so one doesn't have to dry fire it, with the bolt back you pull the trigger and hold it while closing the bolt shut and the firing pin will decock.:D

January 27, 2013, 11:05 PM
I finally had time to take afew pictures of my father 510 as it's doesn't need to be restored and he told me maybe shot 100 times since 1946..

January 27, 2013, 11:11 PM
Restored? :)

Clean it, Shoot it and Enjoy it! They are great and very accurate little .22 rifles. I love mine to no end.


January 27, 2013, 11:15 PM
I got a 512 back in 1987 That was NIB condition for $125.00 and has been the best long range shooting 22 I ever owned . I have killed squirrels off the top of fence post at 120 yards. 75_100 yard shots are no problem. The 500 series is the best shooting 22 made.

January 27, 2013, 11:19 PM
I just got it from my sister afew months ago as we had to put father in a home, she told me that some guy has been trying very hard to buy the gun from her and offered her $300 for it.. thank god she didn't sell it!

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