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Old 02-25-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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Remington 552 Speedmaster Firing Issues

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My 552 has not been working for many years, so it has been in storage.
Recently I purchased a new firing pin and now the first shell fires and the second shell chambers okay, but wont fire. If manually eject the second shell, the third shell will fire. I am guessing the trigger is not cocking during the loading of the second shell?

Any ideas as to what to check or replace would be appreciated.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:24 AM   #2
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hammer following the bolt on the second shot-=sear not engaging- look in your trigger mechanism- when you eject shell no 2, you're pushing it back far enough or hard enough for the sear to catch-it's probably not a matter of replacing parts so much as "fine tuning" or there might be gunk in the sear notch in the bolt- the first thing i'd rule out is BAD AMMO- it could be that the bolt isn't being thrown far enough to the rear for the sear to engage - there's an old saying : WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH 22S, CHECK THE AMMO FIRST- most 22s are finiky about their diets- that's why they're not used when there's a possiblity of life being threatened
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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Thanks t-star

I should have noted that I purchased new CCI 22LR 40 grain just for this test, instead of trying the 15 year old Remingtons I used the last time.
I cleaned and oiled the trigger assembly when I replaced the firing pin, but did not spend much time looking the operation of the trigger assembly. I will spend some more time looking into this.
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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I know this is an old thread but I found it while trying to diagnose the exact same problem with my friend's gun. I had a gunsmith look at it and told me it needed a new trigger mechanism. Bought one, put it in and still had the problem. Took it apart again and discovered what was going on. If you look in the first picture you will see that the disconnector is above the small lever that allows hammer to cock before the trigger resets. It must be below it as I've shown in the second picture. Works like a charm now. Hope this helps someone.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:41 PM   #5
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saved remington 552

Your post of the pics saved this 552 from the junk pile,I got it from someone calling it the (jam master)now it works as Remington intended ,thanks
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:58 AM   #6
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Thank you for posting these pics. up?I had the same problem and now my Son can shoot his gun again.Hes only 10 but hes gonna squirrel hunt this yr.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:41 AM   #7
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Excellent information. Thanks for posting easy to understand info with pictures. It certainly helped.
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:42 AM   #8
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NCTORBERSON!!!!!!! Just wanted to let you know you saved another 552. I just picked up a Remington pump and went ahead and got the 552 just because yesterday at a gun show. I brought it home and it didn't shoot the second round, man was I bummed out. I look at videos and other post out there nothing worked. I saw your post tried it this morning and bang bang bang it even shit the cci quiets at 710 fps. Anyway thanks a lot this post is still saving lives
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:15 PM   #9
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Nctoberson has done it again. Thanks for the post
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:32 PM   #10
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I just bought a 552 in what looked like great shape from a friend who has owned it since new, about 40 years. In 3 attempts with cleaning in between, it seldom fired twice in a row without the bolt crushing the next round. I loaded only a small number of rounds at a time, thought I was going nuts because when I emptied unused rounds, I was short. Turns out it was double-firing, which I did not detect with good earmuffs on. This caused me to examine the trigger assembly, and it appeared someone had filed the hammer. I found a "good" hammer pic on the net and saw the angle of the catch on the hammer looked opened up, plus the depth of the catch looked minimal. So I used a Dremel to deepen the catch and make the angle more acute, also improved the curviness of the back. I test-fired today, 23 rounds with no malfunctions. I have a spare hammer on the way also.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:22 PM   #11
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My 552 has been firing the first shot only for years, I looked and it was set up wrong as you show in the pic, I switched around and am excited to see if this fixed it...thank you
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:46 PM   #12
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To All,

Had you purchased a Remington Model 572, you would have had NO problems to fix. = Them old 572 pump-gun shoots EVERY time & will digest any .22RF round that I've tried.

The 552 isn't often called "the jam-o-matic" without good cause.

yours, sw

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Old 08-04-2017, 07:13 AM   #13
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for that matter, so does the nylon 66- JUST DON'T TAKE IT TO PIECES-I\ve had one since 69 and it's a 100% gopher getter
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:20 AM   #14
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t-star,

The "cheap" Nylon 66 is the Energizer Bunny of rim-fire rifles.

Btw, a TSA officer made me take mine apart at Baltimore International Airport some 15 years ago, as he was NOT satisfied that it was "safe to transport in its gun-case" & said that if I didn't disassemble the rifle that he would confiscate it.
(Liked to have never reassembled it. = [email protected]#$%!)

yours, sw
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:00 AM   #15
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Glad I found this!

Had the same problem with firing. Hadn't been fired or cleaned for decades. Belonged to my wife's grandfather. Was totally gummed up but after cleaning still had the same problem. Found this discussion, looked at the provided right and wrong pics and a minute later was firing like a champ! Thanks!
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