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I came across 552 stuck in the corner of a pawn shop because it wasn't functioning. It is missing the spring and plunger for the tube magazine (still has the brass tube and the knurled knob) and the shell deflector. Also the bead is broken off the the front sight.

I looked down the barrel but couldn't see very well because it was filthy and cobwebby and I didn't have a decent bore light.

Owner said $70--I said, 'what the heck.'

I was delighted to find that my 550-1's tube fits the 552 so I might be able to test it before I commit to a Numrich order.

Does anyone know for sure if the 550 bullet pusher is compatible with a 552?

I have to look up the date on this rifle when I get a little time. No checkering but the wood ain't too bad. Suprisingly for the parts missing it isn't too beat up. a couple spots the finish is knocked off the reciever, and around the ejection port.

I'm still afraid to take a good look down the barrel. :)
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Update...got a problem

When I tried to test fire it with the identical looking 550 tube in it, it jammed often.
after cleaning it seems to only jam on the last round in the tube. the bolt flips the last round over Lead pointed downward and hangs up on it.

When I hand operate it, the shells feed into the chamber and eject without a problem. Even the last one.

Any suggestions as to what is wrong?

Date code is "DO", which i take to mean 9/1977. But the barrel also has 76 stamped on it, so maybe it's a 76 barrel in a rifle assembled in 1977.

Also I found some more of the rifle. The spring and a broken metal plunger weren't missing, they were jammed way up in the inner magazine tube.
 

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Shudda looked down the bore.

Got the 552 shooting except for the last-round jam.

Even though I was just checking for function, I noticed it was grouping about 8-12" at 25 yards. You got that right--a pie plate would not cover the group! To call it a shotgun pattern would be an insult to shotguns.

I dug out small flashlight and looked down. I put my "readers on so I could see the last few inches.
i karumba! Three rough rings in the last eight inches of barrel--looks like they were ground into the barrel with a dremel. No bulges on the outside. I can't figure them out--doesn't look like the faint rings I've seen in semi's before.

I'm pretty much stuck with the gun. Maybe I'll hack the bad section off, if I can do it without going illegal. Or look for a cheap barrel.
 

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www.e-gunparts.com probably have barrels for the 552. I got one for my nylon 11 (a much rarer gun) for $47 a few months ago. The other possibility is to get a 30-35 dollar liner and reline to a brand new bore. Hope you get it shooting. They are fine rifles.
 

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The brass tubes of the 550 and the 552 are the same but the plungers are different, as you probably know by now after freeing the existing plunger in the 552, it should be longer than the 550.

That gouging of the inside of the barrel is strange, maybe a dud got stuck in the barrel and someone tried to drill it out. Check the crown to see if it's damaged, a few of my Remingtons have bulged barrels and shoot just fine but a damaged crown will affect accuracy.

Sounds like the ADL model 550, same as the BDL but without checkering and upgraded sights. I think your assumption on the manufactures date is corrrect, the barrel was made in 76, assembled in 77. My 552 is barrel stamped also. Good luck = Bob
 

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Agoetz2005 said:
you and that 11 :-D. shoots great though :-D

Andrew.

p.s. be grateful your 552 jams on the last round. my 550 won't load the first one, and they get stuck in the reciever insert and the lifter doesn't lift the bullet nose up. oh well time to disassemble again
More like I'm learning how to shoot it Andy!! If we go this week bud we are gonna get cooked....steamed that is. I'll give you a call.

Edit: Andy as I closed that I saw your avatar.....it fits you SO well!! Take care, /Vince
 

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Stand-up pawn broker...

Depsite a no-return policy, Murray, from whom I bought the 552, gave me my money back. Now he has a cleaned, lubed 552 with a &%#ed up barrel.

Here's the pitiful part, it was hard to let go of that rifle! Other than the barrel it was in very good condition with a nice grained hardwood stock.

Now, I want to find another 552.

Just shoot me. :D
 
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