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 Remington model 121 pump .22
pepperbelly  [Team Member]
2/20/2012 11:49:06 PM

I have a Remington model 121 Fieldmaster .22 pump action rifle made in 1951. I inherited it and it is in very good condition.
Is there any reason to not shoot it?
It is marked 22 Short, 22 Long and 22 Long Rifle. Is it safe to shoot modern ammo through it? I don't plan on using mini-mags, but would like to use Federal bulk which is high velocity.

Jim
HairyClipper  [Member]
2/21/2012 12:30:13 PM
Assuming it is in operable condition, I would shoot it ... been shooting mine for years without a problem.
SubSonicSnipe  [Member]
2/21/2012 7:20:42 PM
I have an older 1930s bolt gun and it can shoot HV, but it loves standard velocity/subsonic rounds. I have tried HV with OK results, but considering I'm not paying much more for much cleaner burning cci standard velocity, I just keep it at that. Not to mention higher velocity causes more wear and tear and parts can be hard to find on these old guns... just MHO obviously.
brianf31  [Member]
2/22/2012 9:49:13 PM
I shoot Federal bulk and other high velocity rounds through my Model 121 with no problems. I haven't tried hot loads like Stingers.
shack357  [Team Member]
2/27/2012 11:00:13 PM
Originally Posted By brianf31:
I shoot Federal bulk and other high velocity rounds through my Model 121 with no problems. I haven't tried hot loads like Stingers.


I've had Stingers in mine with no problems but I also only ran a mag tube or so through it. My 121 is a family heirloon range toy(and scary accurate with a light trigger), and stingers are a little expensive to just put holes in paper with. OP, mine is also a 1951, maybe by some stroke of luck we have consecutive serial numbers. Without getting mine out, I think it's in the 318,700 block.
ETA-Federal bulk is almost all I shoot in mine,but I do have a brick of Remington Thunderbolts I need to shoot up(my sister in law gave them to me).
pepperbelly  [Team Member]
2/27/2012 11:17:47 PM
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By brianf31:
I shoot Federal bulk and other high velocity rounds through my Model 121 with no problems. I haven't tried hot loads like Stingers.


I've had Stingers in mine with no problems but I also only ran a mag tube or so through it. My 121 is a family heirloon range toy(and scary accurate with a light trigger), and stingers are a little expensive to just put holes in paper with. OP, mine is also a 1951, maybe by some stroke of luck we have consecutive serial numbers. Without getting mine out, I think it's in the 318,700 block.
ETA-Federal bulk is almost all I shoot in mine,but I do have a brick of Remington Thunderbolts I need to shoot up(my sister in law gave them to me).


Mine was drilled and tapped to mount a scope. One of the mount holes is on the serial number. Either that or I have a 4 digit serial number.
shack357  [Team Member]
2/28/2012 7:33:22 AM
Originally Posted By pepperbelly:
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By brianf31:
I shoot Federal bulk and other high velocity rounds through my Model 121 with no problems. I haven't tried hot loads like Stingers.


I've had Stingers in mine with no problems but I also only ran a mag tube or so through it. My 121 is a family heirloon range toy(and scary accurate with a light trigger), and stingers are a little expensive to just put holes in paper with. OP, mine is also a 1951, maybe by some stroke of luck we have consecutive serial numbers. Without getting mine out, I think it's in the 318,700 block.
ETA-Federal bulk is almost all I shoot in mine,but I do have a brick of Remington Thunderbolts I need to shoot up(my sister in law gave them to me).


Mine was drilled and tapped to mount a scope. One of the mount holes is on the serial number. Either that or I have a 4 digit serial number.


1. I was wrong, mine is in the 152,800 block. The 318,000 was an old Winchester 22 I had. 2. I have seen 121s with 4 digit SN's before. Try taking the receiver halves apart. The lower half is numbered to the upper half. Assuming it hasn't been changed for some reason you'll know the full serial number. Sadly, if you are missing a digit ATF has a ruling that the rifle is illegal. There is a procedure to get a new serial number assigned, but I think you have to be the original owner and have the original serial number. Could be wrong.
pepperbelly  [Team Member]
2/28/2012 8:36:30 AM
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By pepperbelly:
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By brianf31:
I shoot Federal bulk and other high velocity rounds through my Model 121 with no problems. I haven't tried hot loads like Stingers.


I've had Stingers in mine with no problems but I also only ran a mag tube or so through it. My 121 is a family heirloon range toy(and scary accurate with a light trigger), and stingers are a little expensive to just put holes in paper with. OP, mine is also a 1951, maybe by some stroke of luck we have consecutive serial numbers. Without getting mine out, I think it's in the 318,700 block.
ETA-Federal bulk is almost all I shoot in mine,but I do have a brick of Remington Thunderbolts I need to shoot up(my sister in law gave them to me).


Mine was drilled and tapped to mount a scope. One of the mount holes is on the serial number. Either that or I have a 4 digit serial number.


1. I was wrong, mine is in the 152,800 block. The 318,000 was an old Winchester 22 I had. 2. I have seen 121s with 4 digit SN's before. Try taking the receiver halves apart. The lower half is numbered to the upper half. Assuming it hasn't been changed for some reason you'll know the full serial number. Sadly, if you are missing a digit ATF has a ruling that the rifle is illegal. There is a procedure to get a new serial number assigned, but I think you have to be the original owner and have the original serial number. Could be wrong.


In that case it is a 4 digit serial number.

shack357  [Team Member]
2/28/2012 9:14:16 PM
Originally Posted By pepperbelly:
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By pepperbelly:
Originally Posted By shack357:
Originally Posted By brianf31:
I shoot Federal bulk and other high velocity rounds through my Model 121 with no problems. I haven't tried hot loads like Stingers.


I've had Stingers in mine with no problems but I also only ran a mag tube or so through it. My 121 is a family heirloon range toy(and scary accurate with a light trigger), and stingers are a little expensive to just put holes in paper with. OP, mine is also a 1951, maybe by some stroke of luck we have consecutive serial numbers. Without getting mine out, I think it's in the 318,700 block.
ETA-Federal bulk is almost all I shoot in mine,but I do have a brick of Remington Thunderbolts I need to shoot up(my sister in law gave them to me).


Mine was drilled and tapped to mount a scope. One of the mount holes is on the serial number. Either that or I have a 4 digit serial number.


1. I was wrong, mine is in the 152,800 block. The 318,000 was an old Winchester 22 I had. 2. I have seen 121s with 4 digit SN's before. Try taking the receiver halves apart. The lower half is numbered to the upper half. Assuming it hasn't been changed for some reason you'll know the full serial number. Sadly, if you are missing a digit ATF has a ruling that the rifle is illegal. There is a procedure to get a new serial number assigned, but I think you have to be the original owner and have the original serial number. Could be wrong.


In that case it is a 4 digit serial number.


Cool. I've seen lots of 121's, and only one 4 digit serial number. That one had an asking price of $850 and was not the rare smoothbore version. Mine has a lot of the value shot down the toilet, as I had it reblued. Family heirloom, purchased by my mother's then-12 year old uncle when guns weren't evil. Given to my dad as a wedding gift to pass to his sons, sold to my uncle by Dad, uncle died, his son got it, sold it to my dad and eventually to me. Not for sale now, so value doesn't matter. Made it look good and replaced broken parts. I like to describe it as looking like a baby 870.

pepperbelly  [Team Member]
2/28/2012 10:11:10 PM

It surprises me how heavy the barrel feels. It isn't what I would call a heavy barrel,, and it might just be because it is 24" long.
Dad bought this to replace the one he hunted with. back in the 1930s my grandpa had a dairy farm. A lot of their meat was what they shot- rabbits, etc. Grandpa used to shoot the heads off quail while they were walking with a rifle just like this.
This doesn't have a lot of material value, but it meant something to dad so it means something to me. I really miss him.
shack357  [Team Member]
2/28/2012 10:35:33 PM
Here's mine
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Sometimes I wish it was tapped and scoped, but then I remind myself that when I want a scope I have my bolt action. Need to take it along next time I go shoot.