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Old 03-16-2018, 08:13 AM   #1
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Help!! Remington 552 Speedmaster

Hi Guys,
New member here looking for some Help with my Rem 552 rimfire,
Been a great little gun for a while but past few times its now started jamming every 4th or 5th shot,
When it does jam it picks up the round only part way and the action comes forward on the side of the brass instead of the end and it bends the round jamming it at a 45 degree angle,
This is a PITA as I have to strip the rifle every time to clear it.
A local smith had a look at it and reckoned it was because the action was worn,said he couldn,t fix it.
So I was wondering if anyone has had this problem and could suggest a fix.
Looking online I did find a comment regards to fitting a new action spring as the old one may be weak??.
Alternatively can anyone suggest a Mod to make it a straight pull single shot instead of semi-auto.
Thanks in advance for any assistance
Jay.[/SIZE]
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:46 AM   #2
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Shadowryd3r,

IF it was me who had that problem, I would be on the phone to Remington. = Remington is very good at dealing with such problems.

I once sent a Nylon 66 back to Remington, that a drunk had kicked into a campfire, with a note explaining what had happened , asking that the rifle be repaired if possible & to send me a repair bill. = Being in a campfire is NOT "fair wear & tear".

A few days later, I got the unrepaired rifle back with a NEW rifle in the same box & a repair order marked: UNREPAIRABLE & NO CHARGE.

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Old 03-16-2018, 11:57 AM   #3
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Hi Yeah thanks for the suggestion,,
If I lived in the US that would be a great option,but as I live in the UK not possible I,m afraid.
Even finding spare parts is pretty tricky and a whole lot more expensive but I would love to be able to make it usable again even as a straight pull,rather than scrap it..
I can get parts for it off Brownells but do not want to spend a fortune on a $50 dollar rifle,
Thanks for your input though it is good to know Remington have good customer service,
Cheers
Jay.
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Old 03-16-2018, 03:46 PM   #4
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It can be hard to trouble shoot firearms, especially when we can't seer them.

Things to try are #1, give the action a good deep cleaning and fresh lubricant.
Often this is all that's needed to restore function.

#2. Try different ammo. Different brand and different type.

Use a brush to thoroughly scrub the chamber.
Sometimes the problem with miss-feeds is actually the previous cartridge case not extracting easily and slowing the action.
I recommend using an AR-15 bore brush as a chamber brush for the .22LR.
The .233-5.56 brush is larger and much stiffer then a .22LR bore brush.
Just push the brush in until it's fully in the chamber then rotate the brush a few times, pull out and repeat a couple of times.
This should remove all leading and carbon fouling.

You might try a new recoil spring, but that's rather a long shot.

Here's a schematic for the Remington 552.

http://stevespages.com/ipb-remington-552.html

Here's the owner's manual showing disassembly:

http://stevespages.com/pdf/remington_552.pdf

You might also get better help by posting on "Rimfire Central". That's where the real .22LR experts hang out. Possibly they will know what to do to correct the problem.

RimfireCentral.com - Rimfire Community!

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Old 03-17-2018, 04:08 AM   #5
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Although it sounds trite and you've probably already tried it, I'd like to second the suggestion of a thorough field strip and cleaning. I had a Marlin Model 60 that was exhibiting the same behavior (OK, behaviour) and once I got it disassembled I couldn't believe how much shaved lead had worked it's way into nooks and crevices that were barely visible. I ended up using dental picks to get some of it out. But once the old girl was reassembled she danced like a teenager again.

As stated above, pay special attention to the chamber. Fouling there can grip the spent case so that the extractor has to pull extra hard to break it free. That resistance has the effect of retarding the bolt travel and can result in exactly the misfeeds you're experiencing.

Let us know how it goes.

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Old 03-18-2018, 12:04 PM   #6
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Hi Guys, Thanks for the advice, much of it I have already tried without success unfortunately,
I have tried many different ammo brands/velocities with no luck,
I have stripped and cleaned many times again without luck,Infact the smith that looked at it reckoned I had "overcleaned" it causing wear on the action,
Havent scrubbed out the chamber yet which I will try tomorrow,
I will take a look over on Rimfire central too,
Thanks again for the tips,will let you know how I get on.
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Old 02-07-2019, 08:37 AM   #7
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Thumbs up sorry its been so long.

Well guys after many cleanings polishings and various springs replaced I finally got the old girl working again.
She is shooting good giving me cloverleaf groups at 50 yds and using CCI MiniMags I can run 150 to 200 rounds thru her before she starts getting sticky and tempremental.
For general cleaning I pull the tigger action drop in a sonic cleaner for 10 minutes then dry off with hot air gun and then oil,clean rest as normal and everything is going well,
Many thanks again.
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GOOD DEAL.

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Thanks for getting back to us. Glad you solved it.
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:30 PM   #10
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Remington 552 speedmaster

Nice to see another person with an old 552 mine has been great since I got it around 1966 the only problem I have is if it gets too fouled it wants to go full auto which can be fun but tends to alarm other nearby shooters
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