View Full Version : Finally got my Holy Grail: Remington 40XB KS

05-09-2015, 08:18 AM
I'm 62 and have been shooting precision rifles since I was 20-something, but I've never owned a Rem 40XB...until now. Recently bought a used 40XB KS for $1500. It was made in 1991 and looks nearly new. The scope is a Weaver T-24 with fine crosshairs, an 1/8 MOA dot and 1/8 MOA clicks. The bases and rings are Leupold Dual Dovetail that I had left over from an old Remington PSS I sold years ago.

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The original owner did a good job of keeping track of his shooting activity, logging all shots fired (604) and the loads he used. He mostly used the same load as Remington did when testing the rifle at the factory: 168 SMK and IMR 3031 powder, achieving a test group of .331".

However, I don't plan to reload for it until I've shot up enough ammo to have a good supply of brass. The ammo I'm using is the Federal XM118LR round that hit the market a couple of years ago at really low prices and can sometimes still be found for sale. At the time I bought 5 cans, 950 rounds, and I just purchased another can of 240 rounds. When testing this ammo in other 308s I have, I was not impressed with its performance, but in the 40XB it did very well. Below are the last three groups I've shot. Please keep in mind that I am just learning how to shoot from a bench and have found there are MANY ways to mess up. I know these groups will shrink as I come to grips with the finer details of bench rest shooting.

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You notice the bottom groups are wider than they are tall. Most of that dispersion is me and not the gun.

05-09-2015, 04:43 PM

That's a nice looking rifle. Be very careful shooting groups from a bench, it can be very addicting!


05-09-2015, 07:02 PM
A few years ago, I had the exact same rifle in a 220 swift and I used to shoot it in some local club shoots. It did shoot a grand agg for me, one time, that was .289 -- that's the average of 5, 5 shot groups at 100 yards -- it was, and still is, a fine shooting rifle.
I gave it to a friend some years ago and he is still shooting it --
Those are great rifles !!!
I take it that your rifle is a 308 win.??
Like bart says -- be careful!! this accuracy thing can be addicting!!

Gene Bukys

05-09-2015, 07:17 PM
The barrel is marked 7.62 NATO. I measured a fired case and the chamber is cut very close to the unfired cartridge specifications. Dale Woolum, the gentleman who mounted the scope and gave it a close inspection before I fired it said the Redding 77155 full length sizing die is the correct one to use.


05-11-2015, 03:32 PM
I've owned a few 40XBs, both single shot and repeaters. Mine were all stocked in wood. The last one was a 220 Swift repeater. It liked my "standard" Swift load of 40 grains of WW 760 powder in Norma brass with 53 grain bullets. Prairie dogs out to 400 yards were not safe. Among factory made rifles, the 40XBs are a fine choice for precision shooting.