I recently purchased a used 552 BDL that I am very happy with.
I would like to know when it was manufactured.
I did a web search and found http://remingtonsociety.com/rsa/questions/barrelcodes
But the serial number on my 552 is not on the barrel it is on the receiver.
And my serial number does not have (2) or (3) letters before the numbers.
I tried to apply the secret code and I can not determine my rifles build date.
The serial number is A1974106.
Is it as simple as year/month/day - which would mean 1974 October 6th?
I hope someone can help.
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November 25, 2008, 09:15 PM
The barrel code is stamped on the left side of the barrel just forward
of the receiver. It will be 2 or 3 letters. You can use this chart to
find the date code/year of manufacture.Remington Dates of Manufacture
This page is maintained because of it's popularity and search engine indexes
There is a new page which includes a diagram for location the barrel codes Manufacture Dates
The following serial number information is for
Remingtion firearms manufactured between 1921 and 1972.
Remingtons manufactured between 1921 and 1972 have a code located on the left side of the barrel near the frame that identifies the year and month of manufacture. The following letters correspond to the months of the year, for example B=January, L= February and so on:
B - L - A - C - K - P - O - W - D - E - R - X
The following letters correspond to the year of manufacture starting in 1921 and ending in 1972:
M - N - P - R - S - T - U - W - X - Y - Z - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - J - K - L - MM - NN - PP - RR - SS - TT - UU - WW - XX - YY - ZZ - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - J - K - L - M - N - P - R - S - T - U - W
B - Jan M - 1921 C - 1934 SS - 1947 G - 1960
L - Feb N - 1922 D - 1935 TT - 1948 H - 1961
A - Mar P - 1923 E - 1936 UU - 1949 J - 1962
C - Apr R - 1924 F - 1937 WW - 1950 K - 1963
K - May S - 1925 G - 1938 XX - 1951 L - 1964
P - Jun T - 1926 H - 1939 YY - 1952 M - 1965
O - Jul U - 1927 J - 1940 ZZ - 1953 N - 1966
W - Aug W - 1928 K - 1941 A - 1954 P - 1967
D - Sep X - 1929 L - 1942 B - 1955 R - 1968
E - Oct Y - 1930 MM - 1943 C - 1956 S - 1969
R - Nov Z - 1931 NN - 1944 D - 1957 T - 1970
X - Dec A - 1932 PP - 1945 E - 1958 U - 1971
B - 1933 RR - 1946 F - 1959 W - 1972
Using barrel codes (such as those listed above) to date the manufacture are reliable on Remington rifles, as the company rarely changed barrels on a customer's rifle.
Using these barrel codes to date a shotgun is somewhat unreliable, as shotgun barrels are often interchanged at random. One needs to be sure that the barrel is original to the gun before trusting the Barrel Code listing, above.