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Old 11-09-2019, 06:15 AM
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Letís talk about the Remington 552 speed master



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The reason I made this post is because well I want one. I like all 22s marlin being my favorite. I’ve been looking at 552 from GB, Guns international. The prices aren’t that bad. I especially like the bdl model with the nice wood. This will be a woods carrying rifle. Now here comes the questions lol. Should I look for an older one or are the newer models Just as good. Are there any known problems with these rifles that I should know about. Is there a special mount that I should use. I have a Leopold scope that I will put on it.
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Old 11-09-2019, 07:57 AM
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I only have a standard model from the late 60s and it's a nice gun. IIRC there was a problem with either the 552 or 572 the first couple years of production. Something with the receiver. Otherwise I think the models after that were ok. Definitely a classic. Good luck.
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:28 AM
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Appreciate it sir. Keep em coming.
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:35 AM
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I haven't heard anything about a problem with the receivers on the earlier 552s.
I'd imagine that older Speedmasters would be built with more quality than new ones.
Mine is a 1957 model, other than the trigger being a bit heavy, I like it a lot.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:36 AM
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Sandog thatís a nice looking rifle. Iíll look around for an older one in good shape.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:52 AM
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I have a '57 as well. I wasn't really looking for one when I found it but it was priced such that I couldn't resist. Glad I got it. I did have to replace the extractor and have since refinished it. I have had no probs at all and it gets shot a lot. I like the fact that it cycles the 22 Quiets flawlessly. It has became one of my favorite shooters. Good luck in your search!!
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Old 11-09-2019, 01:23 PM
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I have one from late 50's. I refinished it and it seems to function fine. I also recall reading of some problem with the earliest model but can't remember what it was?
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Old 11-09-2019, 01:24 PM
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There is a sticky for 552.
https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=296877
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Old 11-09-2019, 04:23 PM
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Just bought one today. It is in fine condition, shows virtually no signs of use, though it has been fired. There is a Weaver El Paso B4 scope mounted, that also has no marks on it. The barrel code is EE, given the scope I surmise the date made is September 1957, though I am open to correction. I'd been looking at it for a few weeks, today I was talking to a guy about .22 ammo and recommending CCI Quiets to him, showed him the 552 and told him that they shoot virtually anything, selling the rifle actually, then decided to just go ahead and get it.

It doesn't cycle CCI CB Long ammo, though fired them when manually cycled. Does fine with CCI SV Long ammo, also .22 Quiet LR. It didn't cycle CCI Target Short 830 fps ammo, but when manually cycled reliably fired them. It cycled CCI .22 Short HP 1105 fps just fine.

Overall, a nice rifle, still has the brass deflector.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:25 PM
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You all have some really nice rifles. It will be a few month's before I purchase one. I’m trying to get all the info on them. I’ve bought several other different rifles from gun brokers. I figure I would ask actual owners who have experience owning them. I appreciate all the fees back.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:13 AM
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IMHO, the Rem. M 552 is a very underrated .22 LR autoloader. I have owned three over the years and appreciated every one of them. Those three have been given to grandchildren and are still doing well.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:36 PM
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Hey guys, just a follow up. I think it was the 572 pump that had the problem with the receiver. It was where the bolt locked up. The aluminum would wear and eventually wouldn't stay closed. 552 is a blow back and doesn't lock. Sorry for any confusion.
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Old 11-11-2019, 01:15 AM
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Hey guys, just a follow up. I think it was the 572 pump that had the problem with the receiver. It was where the bolt locked up. The aluminum would wear and eventually wouldn't stay closed. 552 is a blow back and doesn't lock. Sorry for any confusion.
Good info Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:37 PM
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I have a 552 standard that I purchased from a close friend about a year ago. The story is his father won it at a Ducks Unlimited dinner and just put it away and never used it. I brought it to Laib's Gunsmithing in Spicer, MN. and he said it may have been fired but not more than a few rounds. I am a Winchester guy and although this is a very nice piece I am putting it in the classifieds. MG
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:12 PM
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Hope to get the bugs worked out of my 1971 era 552.
Wont strike hard enough to reliably fire all the cartridges.
Not brand specific.
Tried federal, CCI, Remington and Winchester and Ficcohi.
Fireing pin protrusion measures 0.456"
Lightly strikes the cartridge case.
Out of 30 rounds 8-12 fail to fire.
Replaced
#1 mag spring (weak)
#2 bolt return spring (over length)
#3 firing pin (bent)
#4 extractor claw and spring (worn/weak)
#5 disconnector (broken)
#6 cartridge lifter (cracked)
#7 hammer (battered)
#8 hammer spring (weak)
#9 ejector (beat up)
#10 ironed chamber burr
#11 replaced beat up buffer iron
#12 replaced rubber buffer (age hardened)
Still scratching my head on this.
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