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Old 09-16-2019, 06:19   #1
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A Nice Old 552 Speedmaster

I was at a gun show last week, and was just about to leave, and spotted a very clean Remington 552 Speedmaster.
I knew it was an older model as it had the short sights and plain Walnut stock, as opposed to the newer ones that have the tall "shark fin" front sight, and big game rear sight like the M700 and 870 slug guns have.
No serial number, so I thought it was a pre 1968 gun.

When I got it home, I looked up the date code, and it was made in August of 1957. Same age as me, and I just turned 62.
These guns are known for great reliability and accuracy, one of the only, if not the only, semi auto that will feed shorts, longs and long rifle flawlessly.
They are still in Remington's production.
Some of the Deluxe versions have some very nice wood on them.

This one looks like it was fired very little if at all. There was a couple scratches around the bolt from someone that must have had some sharp nails, but I touched those areas up.

I slapped a cheap scope on it to try it out. Golden Bullets shot pretty good, and Mini-Mags shot really good.

I ordered a Weaver classic rimfire RV-7 to go on it, and I have several bricks of RWS coming, both Subsonic HP and High Velocity HP.
I'm looking forward to seeing what it will do with the better scope and ammo.
I'll post some pics of targets at 25, 50 and 100 yards then.
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I am envious, still hoping to find one at a yard sale or such.
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Nice! Impressive groups too!
That is one that I don't have represented in my herd of plinkers, one day.
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That’s a fine gun. I have my Dad’s old Speedmaster, been in the family since early 80’s, not sure what year but has the short sights. Runs every kind of ammo, and even cycles shorts. Very accurate. Like it so much when I found a used 512 Sportmaster on a yard sale for cheap I grabbed it, another great shooter.
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I used to work with and plink with a guy who had a Speedmaster, I had a Fieldmaster. Both were very good shooters but his was faster. Unfortunately his .22 got stolen but I still have mine. Nice score.
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Looks great, thanks for sharing
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Can’t believe I missed this thread. I bought my dad a Speedmaster 552 in the early 1980s as a Christmas present and it went everywhere with him in his truck gun rack. When he passed in 1993 I got it back complete with all the wear marks from bouncing around in his truck. I dare not fix those wear marks. Never did understand why they called it a Speedmaster because there’s certainly no “Speed” in loading it. Mine now wears a cheap Simmons scope and when I zeroed it in at 50 yards it was a tack driver.
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I was surprised to see this design made way back in ‘57 is (or was) still in production, although I think last I looked it was twice the cost of a 10/22. Still worth it when you look at what a Marlin 39A fetches, which is another fine rimfire rifle.
I really hope whoever owns Remington today still cranks these out. I know Ruger bought the rights to Marlin but I think some investment company bought Remington.
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I went to the dealer last week to pick up my CZ457 Royal when I spotted a couple speedmasters. They looked ok. A Mossberg 46M followed me home along with the CZ.
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