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Several years ago, I bought a very clean Model 81 chambered for 300 Savage. I enjoy shooting it. I purchased a set of RCBS dies for it, but haven't loaded for it yet. Factory Federal 150s function fine and accuracy is very good.


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Here are my three. The 81s are in 300 Savage and the 8 is in 35 Rem. The eight was the first commercially successful semi-auto offered to the civilian population. Winchester had their WSL (Winchester Self Loader) but the cartridges offered were no match for the Remington rounds. They were underpowered for the most part. The 351 SL and 401 SL were ok within modest distances but nothing like the Remingtons.

I used to have a full set of the Winchester self-loaders including the 22 auto which is not the same as the 22 LRs, but I had to downsize during a divorce and sold them all. Recently, I picked up a very nice 351 WSL which is probably the best of the WSLs. I found dies, brass and bullets so I will be playing with the otherwise obsolete 351 WSL.

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Have owned several 8s and 81s. There is a Model 8 and 81 Forum on the net that has a member who sells the takedown tool.

Always looking for an 81 in 25 Rem as rare as as an EG Highpower.

FYI easy to mount a scout scope using the rear sight holes


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It's Alive... This Thread. Missed it first time around. I have one late Model 81 rifle, c. 1949, in 300 Savage. Never on my 'acquisition radar', but spotted of a walk around at gun show decades ago. Super overall condition and excellent price; not to resist.

A decades long love affair with the Rem Model 14 & mid-thirties successor Model 141, high power pump actions. Never offered in 300 Savage chambering. Partial to the 35 Rem chambering. Wish my Model 81 also 35 Rem. That said, the 300 Savage a great round without apologies or qualifications.

The historic high power pump design, quality achieved as complexity reigned! Much factory hand fitting/adjustment of these rifles during production. Amazingly so, until 'postwar years', as quality reputedly took a nosedive. Maybe my 81 of that era also. it a safe queen, never fired under my watch!

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I have one in 300 savage. Interesting rifle. A bit heavy but cool.

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