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Old 03-24-2020, 06:30 AM
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My longtime 77year old friend brought up his original Speedmaster rifle with a trigger reset problem. After safety checking, I operated the action without malfunction. Told him it's probably just dirty....NO, he insisted the trigger wasn't operational. With the help of youtube, a thorough cleaning revealed a squib in the barrel. Loaded, the round would contact the squib keeping it slightly out of battery.
Looks like a double squib??

He was proud to have his longtime rifle whistle clean and working again.
Man what a nice rifle.....now I've got to have one!

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My Dad had one when I was a yute but he sold it off. I’ve been wanting one but never found one at the right price when I had the money. Being able to fire S, L, Lr, in a semi makes it very versatile. Someday my stars will align. I hope yours do also.
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I do not buy anything new from Remington for over 30 years. Just a personal issue. However, the older Speedmasters are great guns, and I occasionally look for one
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I had one.
Good Auto for us Lefties.
Passed it down to my SIL.
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I do not buy anything new from Remington for over 30 years. Just a personal issue. However, the older Speedmasters are great guns, and I occasionally look for one
Yeah, I'm not interested in new either. Saw an old one on the counter being purchased as I walked in the store about a month ago. The ejection shroud caught my eye. I had seen it sitting in the rack for a quite while but didn't have a clue.
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I had one back in the early 70s. It was a BDL model, which I believe the one in the OP is as well. Fancier wood, pressed checkering. I suppose they had an ADL model as well but I never saw one. I don't remember it having a brass deflector but it may have. Good, reliable .22. I traded for a Rem .22 bolt rifle to shoot CB caps, which I still have.
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For a long time back in the 70s, I kept one of them in my car trunk. Bought it at a gun show for around $20, in deplorable condition with a cracked buttstock. It had led a hard life. But I fixed it up OK. Very dependable. I finally sold it to a neighbor for $50.
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that was the first rifle that I bought with my own money way back when. I still have it. Put a lot of rounds through that gun.
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I have one, a 1959 production model. Got it from a friend who was selling down her late husbands collection. It is a great shooting little rifle, came with a contemporary Sears J. C. Higgins brand scope which is surprisingly clear considering it's age and small tube. I have kept it just the way I got it, has run every type of ammo I've tried in it. Great little 22!
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I bought a Speedmaster a few years ago because of the Excellent machine work, wood and finish.. its from the early 1980's. 200.00 with Box. Another Outstanding .22 rifle is the Marlin 39 series.
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Longtime friend/neighbor brought that speedmaster up for a shooting contest at my request......I'm thinking bout letting him win
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The other outstanding Remington Walnut and Steel .22 semiauto was the Model 550-1. I got my first one as a teen, sold it about 30 years ago. Missed it so much I had to go out and find another one about three years ago. They are not all that commonly seen today.
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552 & 572 will have trigger trouble after 50yrs and lots of WD-40. Nothing that a good flushing out won’t cure.
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I have one I bought new in the early 80s. It's a BDL and has very nice quality center fire rifle type style iron sights on it. I like it but find I actually shoot my Rem 512-X more often.
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I bought a Speedmaster a few years ago because of the Excellent machine work, wood and finish.. its from the early 1980's. 200.00 with Box. Another Outstanding .22 rifle is the Marlin 39 series.
Excellent machine work? You sure you got a Speedmaster. All the ones I ever owned were stamped parts guns.
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My Speedmaster from the mid 1970s was also machined. I don't think there was a stamped part on it, unless it was the brass deflector, which I don't remember. The design doesn't seem to lend itself to stamping. As I said mine was a BDL, nice slightly figured walnut stock and good bluing. Bowling-ball finish.
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Have an old M550 that evidently the recoil spring has weakened to the point it'll run .22 CB ammo as fast as you can pull the trigger.
In a safe area, that can be a lot of fun strafing at bird-feeder raiding squirrels.....
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Have an old M550 that evidently the recoil spring has weakened to the point it'll run .22 CB ammo as fast as you can pull the trigger.
In a safe area, that can be a lot of fun strafing at bird-feeder raiding squirrels.....
I don't think the spring is weakened. I can fire .22 Short Standard Velocity in mine, and it functions just fine. Makes about as much noise as shooting a BB gun. Never tried using CB in it. Surprisingly, my 550 groups as well at 25 yards with .22 Short as it does with .22 LR. Back in my Teens, all I ever used in the 550 was .22 Short - that was when a box of .22 Shorts cost a Quarter. I couldn't afford .22 LR, they were 40 cents a box.

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My Speedmaster from the mid 1970s was also machined. I don't think there was a stamped part on it, unless it was the brass deflector, which I don't remember. The design doesn't seem to lend itself to stamping. As I said mine was a BDL, nice slightly figured walnut stock and good bluing. Bowling-ball finish.
Receiver is machined from aluminum and black anodized. Trigger group housing is die cast and machined aluminum, also black anodized. Trigger group parts, like all Remington pumps and autos from 1950 on, are stamped. I've had two 552's. Like 'em both, but they have a quirk that should keep them out of the hands of the novice. There is no bolt hold open feature, and it is too easy to mistake an empty 552 for one that is loaded. You can't really see what's going on between the magazine and the chamber. As a silly youth I unloaded my 552 by repeatedly cycling the charging handle, then thinking it was empty pointed it skyward and pulled the trigger. Crack! Always did a super thorough unloading and checking after that.
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The current Speedmasters and all Remington shotguns and rifles, and most pistols, are an absolute JOKE. The drop in quality over the last 30 years is staggering and upsetting.

Your friends old Speedmaster is great! Congrats on fixing it for him!!
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Not sure I agree, ggibson. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding you. Of the few .22 autos I've had, not that many, the only one I can remember with holdback is the 10-22. And that only works when the mag is empty. Don't see how hold back would work on a pump .22. If you treat them like any other .22 repeater you'll always assume they're loaded anyway.
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GeneL, you are correct. Only .22 semi-auto I can think of with bolt hold open feature is the old Stevens Model 87 and its many private label variants. The Stevens 87 bolt hold open is a manual affair, not automatic on the last shot. The Rem 552 Speedmaster's brass deflector makes it awkward to simultaneously pull the charging handle and peer at the chamber. That was my point about the 552 not having a bolt hold open fixture. As a teenager, I progressively learned to be very careful unloading my 552. Dumping a magazine tube often left one of two waxy, dirty cartridges stuck in the bottom ready to be fed into the chamber when the tube was replaced. Like all .22 semi-autos, it's not the best rifle for the careless, as if any are.
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The Remington Model 241 was marked 'Speedmaster'.
That may be what some recall as being the finely made, all steel, milled and machined parts Remington made 22 rifle by that name .
241 in production to the early 50's. Then the 552 came out in the mid 50's.
552 has been around a long time in one form or another.
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I can’t imagine a tube fed 22 autoloader exactly flying off the shelves nowadays.

The Ruger 10/22 and various AR-22 platforms are what I see at the range and people buying from the shops. The detachable box magazine is a huge selling feature for modern tactical oriented buyers.
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The Marlin Model 60 is one tube-fed auto, very popular still and said to be the most popular .22 in America. Got one in my safe and it's accurate, and fairly cheap. I think I've owned only 3-4 .22 autos in my life and the 10-22s are the only ones I've had other than had a Thompson Center Classic a detach Mag .22 auto a few years ago. They're not made any longer, They were almost match-grade accurate.


Started off when I started shooting was a Winchester 63, tube fed through the butt. Borrowed, not mine but I kept it for a couple of years. A good rifle and I have one today, patinaed, but still reliable and accurate.

I've got one bolt .22 detachable mag, a Remington 55-something. Accurate.
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I canít imagine a tube fed 22 autoloader exactly flying off the shelves nowadays.

The Ruger 10/22 and various AR-22 platforms are what I see at the range and people buying from the shops. The detachable box magazine is a huge selling feature for modern tactical oriented buyers.
I don't consider that magazine type or capacity should a major influence on the choice of a .22 rifle as it is not normally considered as being a defensive weapon which requires high capacity and rapid reloading. But the .22 Remington 550-1 that I mentioned earlier has a tubular magazine that holds 15 .22 LRs or 22 .22 Shorts. Realistically, that should be more than adequate for anyone's needs.
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The first gun I could call my own was a Remington 552 Speedmaster that my dad gave me when I was 11 or 12. Still have it today. That gun has taken more squirrels and rabbits than I can count.

It has never given me any kind of mechanical problem over many years of use. I broke it down completely and gave it a thorough cleaning a couple of years ago. I guess it's good for a few more decades of shooting now.


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I have a 552 BDL without a scratch on it. Dad gave it to me new when I was a child.

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I used to shoot at a range pretty far out in the country. There was a small gas station/grocery store I would pass on my way to the range. It also had an FFL and a very small gun display. I always stopped on my way home and got a drink and looked at his guns. Never saw anything interesting. Several years ago he had two long guns, one of which was a Rem. 552. I had always thought they were neat with the cocking handle on the left side. Kind of like a BAR. I don't remember the price, but I thought it was pretty good. So I bought it. When I got home, I checked a large firearms auction site on the internet. I had paid about half of what they were going for. I always stop at gun shops and pawnshops. It really paid off that time.
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I don't consider that magazine type or capacity should a major influence on the choice of a .22 rifle as it is not normally considered as being a defensive weapon which requires high capacity and rapid reloading. But the .22 Remington 550-1 that I mentioned earlier has a tubular magazine that holds 15 .22 LRs or 22 .22 Shorts. Realistically, that should be more than adequate for anyone's needs.
Every gun shop in America is PACKED with millennials raised on video games and action movies. Many have no concept of anything OTHER than magazine fed semi autos. It isnít the 1950s anymore. If it isnít black plastic with rails and ďtacticalĒ stuff, most of todayís youthes are largely uninterested.
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