552 Remington speedmaster rear sight.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Rex in OTZ, May 26, 2016.

  1. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Well-Known Member

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    I just got this older remington 552 speedmaster earlier today and its missing the rear sight, barrel stamped W 7
    Quick check of Remington mfg letter stamps puts this mfg July 1971?
    The Numrich parts schematic only shows two types, neither of which look like what may have been on this particular rifle.
    The gun was given to a fellow because it wont feed, and he robbed the sight off it and gave me the rifle, from the looks of it, was someones old camp gun that got a face lift, stock looks like itd been sanded and finished and metal all looks like was spray painted (esp where the sight used to be) there is powder residue (soot) inside the spent case deflector so it must have developed feeding issue not long after its face lift.
    So have to figure out why it wont feed and locate a replacement sight. It looks allot like a sight off a Model 550-1,512 511 510 Remington, if I were to locate a sight for one of those it should fit?
     

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  2. Txhillbilly

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    It probably just needs a good cleaning.

    I can't help you with the sight,but you might try Remington.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Can't help on the sight- rifle has been in production for several years and several changes- check w/ Remington.

    Re: Feeding- your rifle has a "floating chamber". When it gets gunked up, does not float. Wearing safety glasses, use Gunscrubber spray or the like with the spray extension tube. Or just take action out of stock, remove bolt, dunk in a tall can of solvent and let soak a few hours, muzzle up.
     
  4. hiwall

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    You seem to have a picture of the correct rear sight in your post. They used two different rear sights a steel one and an aluminum one. But those two sights are interchangeable. Yes the screw on rear sight for the 500 series 22 rifles will work. $20 to $30 seems to be the going price.
     
  5. Rex in OTZ

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    Thank you for the replies, I thought when Remington started using a certain style of rear sight they pretty much used it on all their models of rimfire rifles.
    My main concern was buying a $30 rear sight, and eventually the 1.5 weeks it takes to get it to OTZ that the holes would be off.
     
  6. Rex in OTZ

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    I just finished cleaning her out, the lube itd been lubed with mixed with spent powder residue and little glittering metallic crumbs that look allot like Remington Golden bullet plating.
    Lots of crud on bolt and the ejector.
    It function tested ok, rounds cycled through the action flawlessly.
     
  7. Rex in OTZ

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    Id been gone a week for work and finnaly had a chance to try out the old 552 Saturday afternoon.
    That morning all the sight parts were in.
    Who woudda thought a single sight screw was $6.90?? :eek:
    And Id had to buy two.

    Well got it out to try it and found it had issues.
    Chambering the first round went without a hitch.
    Pulled the trigger and click, cleared the round and checked it (had a good firing pin dent) chambered the second round and it shot as it should, the third round was a dud (striker dented as well) funny how the particular federal rounds I had were not firing.
    The 2 rounds out of 7 went off.
    the rest was clearing duds from the action.
    The last round wouldnt eject after it wouldnt go off.
    I brought it home and managed to eject the dud without resorting to a cleaning rod.
    All the while we were there, the mosquitos came out and chewed on us pretty good.
    Next time I will bring a couple different brands of New ammo instead of a partial box of mixed rounds.
     
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  8. Rex in OTZ

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    Resurrection or more like continuation of 552 issue

    Well Its now fall time here in Arctic coast Alaska, grass is turning its vivid fall colors, our coastal willows are turning gold, our summer only had one day it was in the 90's and for the rest of July and August it hardly went above 60°F, most of it cloudy and wet, various projects have kept me busy this summer, still many to finish before snow sets in (north slope had snow two weeks ago).
    The Free Remington 552 is sitting there in the corner gathering dust and I know to fix its ailemnts its going to involve using my brain, I could learn the hard way and just buy parts till it works but my father always stressed trouble shooting before foolishy throwing money away.
    So I did some googling of Remington 552 jam's and other cycling issues.
    60% discussed bad ammunition.
    In my case I had a mixture different ages of Federal bulk, CCI blazer and Remington Golden.
    So was it ammunition? I have my doubts.
    For it to choke on almost all of them I suspect its something with the rifle the ex-camp gun most likely had seen harsh environment but Im skeptical that its worn out, Id be surprised if it'd seen as much rounds through it as a run the mill 552 plinker that chewed thrugh several bricks would have , but what could its ailment be?
    Burrs?
    Quite a few posts on different forums about nicked up bolt guides , boogered firing pin's with burrs even on the on the hammer, some posts about wobbly hammer causing side binding, still others on dirty and worn sear notch fit, and then there was this odd post that seemed to jump out at me reguarding a misassembly that can cause all sorts of mayham.

    Gun Hub forum post by nctorberson Feb 02, 2014*· reply #4

    Quote: 'disconnector is above the small lever that allows hammer to cock before the trigger resets. It must be below it'

    http://gunhub.com/rimfire/58339-remington-552-speedmaster-firing-issues.html

    That got my attention and now Im all fired up to tear that thing back open to check it again, according to gun hub there was a posted photo but that is only viewable to Gun Hub members.
    It'd cool to see that photo, but I think I will just forge ahead with that scant advice and check it out for myself.

    Rex just may have to take another look at that disconnector. :D
     

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  9. Txhillbilly

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    Good luck,Rex. My old 76 model 552 runs like a machine with anything I feed it,I just keep it clean.
     
  10. Rex in OTZ

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    Well I opened it back up and did find some minor burrs on the bolt guide thatd been there a long time, I lightly touched them up using some swiss files I have, there is a faint firing pin booger on the chamber rim as well (the cause of sticking cartridges) of which I will eventually have to burnish out☆. and the disconnector arm was above the lever like posted in the Gun Hub posting, So far I hadnt had a chance to take it outta town to try it yet.

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...r-tools/22-chamber-ironing-tool-prod8869.aspx
     
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  11. Rex in OTZ

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    Well I had it appart again, all the nifty stuff didnt really help.
    Looking at the trigger group Id noticed it was really clean for such a old rifle, before Id gotten it, someone must have gave it a detailed cleaning.
    I had the trigger assy in my hand and Im studying it and It finally dawned on me.
    The end of the disconnector was missing! :confused:
    It was broke off clean as a whistle right where its stamped, running my hand over it I never knew it till I looked closer at some on-line images. :rolleyes:
    :oops: Man that was a downer Id missed something soo obvious.
     

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  12. Rex in OTZ

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    Well last night I dropped out the trigger group and using some tools was able to drive out the stepped diameter pin that secures the disconnector in place, funny thing is that pin is staked in place and I used a punch to drive the staked part past the steel washer used as an anvil to stake the pin end against as the trigger housing is aluminum.
    Since the old disconnector was also below the sear, I made sure to also place the new one below the sear as well.

    'Quote: 'disconnector is above the small lever that allows hammer to cock before the trigger resets. It must be below it'
    http://gunhub.com/rimfire/58339-remington-552-speedmaster-firing-issues.html'

    Since today is pretty stormy so will put off shooting till the weather clears up.
     

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