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Old 03-26-2014, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default Restoring a Rusty Remington Speedmaster

This gun is a Remington Speedmaster .22 cal . This one was made in 1963. It is in far worse shape than the old Mossberg I recently restored. It has a lot more rust and the stock is broken. It is also a semi-auto so there are far more pieces to deal with. Like the last gun, this one is also in throw-away condition except that the bore is clean and without rust. the receiver is aluminum and a lot of the finish is gone and there are deep scratches and some deep dents in the metal. This gun is a real disaster. The action does not cycle but I suspect that is just due to crud and dirt. Its been in my shop for a while while I worked on other gun allowing me to order a replacement stock

Here is the announcement (in 1961) for the release of the model 552 in a carbine.



I thought this ad funny and still true today.



Here are some pics of the gun in the condition it arrived at my door.





It has a tubular magazine that is also pretty rusty and the brass rod is gunked up with patina..





Lots of deep scratches and deep dents in the aluminum receiver. Some of the dents are over a 1/16 of an inch deep. This gun was abused.



The stock is broken where it meets the receiver.





As well as having a broken butt plate and missing pieces of wood.



I wonder if this is how Remington built the gun 56 years ago?



This one is going to be a real challenge but it can be saved. Once again the work begins with the wood.

As soon as I took possession of this gun, I did a search for replacement parts for the wooden stock because I knew I couldn't fix what I had. I went online to Remington's website and they had both pieces of wood (without the butt plate) for $180. (3 times as much as this gun cost new) and since I can buy a new .22 for that much, I looked elsewhere. Boyds wanted almost $100 with shipping. The gun sat in my shop until I could find a stock at a better price.

As luck would have it, I found not only both pieces of wood but also the butt plate being sold on EBay with only one day left in the auction. It was listed as a buy it now for $25 so I did. The wood was in good shape except for some scratches and finish missing so I stripped and sanded and found that it was made from hard rock Maple.



The wood will be stained with a dark American walnut stain and be given several coats of spar urethane (semi gloss). I always start with the wood because of the days of dry time.

Thi gun requires detailed inspection to see if any replacement parts need to be ordered because the action does not cycle.

To be continued……

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"This gun was abused."

Gun abuse - bad, bad, bad! Glad to see you have taken this under your wing and will give it pleanty of love and feed it (with ammo) back to health.

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Its currently on an IV bag filled with ATF and acetone and its vital signs are improving.

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This is going to be awesome! I've got a Speedmaster that was my Grandpa's that was in pretty good shape when I got it. I'm not sure of the date on it and I've never had it apart so in really interested in how she comes apart.

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There are plenty of parts in a semi-auto but only two pins hold the trigger assem to the receiver. Here is an exploded view.

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/Manufacturers/Remington-33454/Rifles-37895/552-39536.htm

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Holy Cow . Looks like someone took a wire disk to that reciever?

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With the first coats of spar on the stock its time to move onto metal parts. I started with the low hanging fruit. In this case the brass magazine tube.

To say it was tarnished is an understatement.



Brasso to the rescue. as well as rebluing the knurled tube end.









Then the outer tube was stripped, buffed and reblued.



I don't think this gun has ever been disassembled or cleaned and I found a lot of grit and grime impacted in all the crevices. Areas that I thought were solid metal were just hardened gunk and once I used solvents and a pick was able to get the parts clean. Only two pins hold the entire trigger mechanism in place.

The reason the action would not cycle was as I suspected. It was so impacted with crud that all the moving parts would not move.



the whole gun can be disassembled with a screwdriver and a pin punch.



There seems no end to the level of parts that this gun can be broken down into. The large round piece at the bottom is the safety. There was no bluing on it at all and the red (Fire) paint was gone
as well.



With a little TLC, it looks like new.



To remove the black anodizing from the aluminum, I used fine grit sandpaper and steel wool. I won't be able to remove a lot of the deep dings and scratches and I'm ok with that. It only has to be a functional working gun and not a show piece.



Here it is after the spray on gun coat was applied and baked.





And the re-assembled trigger mechanism is clean and lubed and all the parts move in proper order.





The rest of the steel parts will need the bluing removed and then I will re-blue and hit them with Barricade.

To be continued.......

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Nice work DIY!

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Refinishing the barrel of this old gun was a chore. The rust had pitted the metal pretty deep. There's nothing really that I can do about it so I just have to deal with it. Here is the barrel after all the rust and blue was removed with navel jelly.



Then I went after it with 220,320,400 and finally 600 grit and then steel wool.



Then blued several times and buffed with steel wool.





With all parts refinished, it's time to reassemble this mess of parts. I hope I don't have left over items when finished.



The last thing I added to this gun was a new set of scope mounts and an old fixed 4 power scope. This will make it a good squirrel gun. I also added a white spacer between the butt plate and stock. I like how it dresses up the look of a gun.



Here it is all finished and ready for plinking and samll game.















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You sir, are a magician with these old guns. Beautiful!

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