What are your experiences with the Remington 552 Speedmaster?


Big Bill
March 7, 2009, 09:31 PM
What are your experiences with the Remington 552 Speedmaster?


Right after I got married in 1971, I bought one and loved it. But, sold or traded it years ago. I had mounted a 4X Weaver scope on it and loved it. I was a Jack Rabbit shooting son-of-a-gun with it.

I'm thinking of getting another one and thought I'd check here first.

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March 7, 2009, 10:00 PM
I love mine... Never failed in 40 years of use. Get another one.

March 7, 2009, 10:05 PM
how much for a new one?

Big Bill
March 7, 2009, 11:49 PM
I think they are around $600 MSRP.

March 8, 2009, 03:12 AM
Inherited one from my grandpa. Works well, needs an occasional deep cleaning, which means removing pins. Not too hard once you get the hang of it. Keep some Rem-Oil on the action and Federal non-bulk ammo and it works every time.

March 8, 2009, 06:15 AM
Bought one in 98% condition a couple years back for $150. Not a Marlin 39, but definitely a good little rifle. AFAIK, it's been the only autoloading .22 rifle that'll do short, long and long rifle that's been made in a long time.

March 8, 2009, 08:51 AM
Nice shooting autoloader. Bought mine new many years ago. Only problem is that the black paint on the right side of the reciever came off in short order. Aside from that a pretty nice firearm.

March 8, 2009, 09:03 AM
LGS has two used ones for sale @ $175 each. One has a small scope the other iron sights. Been eyeing these two for several weeks and just haven't pulled the trigger on either, but getting close.

March 8, 2009, 12:58 PM
You can find them used for 150 bucks or so, proly closer to 200. they are all worth it, I would not hesitate to get one. I have one, and it is more reliable, even than a mod 60. it shoots everything well, even the monster aguila sss rounds. Most 22lrs, even if made to shoot semi auto, with shorts, after several years, can no longer shoot the shorts. These babies can with no probs.
Brand new, and adl will run you about 400 bucks, and man, they are beautiful;
a top grade will go about 600, I am sure. But If i were to have only one 22 in my possession, not including a pistol, then this would be it.

March 8, 2009, 02:04 PM
One of my favorite guns.

March 8, 2009, 02:27 PM
They are one of the old favorites. Great rifle. Plus it's nice to be able to shoot shorts and longs in it as well as long rifles.

March 8, 2009, 02:35 PM
I love mine, never had an issue

March 8, 2009, 02:51 PM
I bought one back in the 80s its been a reliable (with high velocity rounds) and decently accurate rifle. Unfortunately mine looks like crap these days. Got caught out in the woods in a big rain storm. Remington never sealed off the butt plate area on the stock. Wood got wet and now the rear stock has ugly wood issues. I just happen to noticed a new 552 the other day at SW, think they wanted about $450 for it. Seem high for what they are. Would have a hard time paying that much for a new one myself. Considering what you can get a Marlin 60 and 795 for. But if you could find a decent used one at a good price I would say go for it.

March 8, 2009, 03:51 PM
BILL thats a lot of money $600 for 22 that dosent look a lot different from the marlin 60. that being said iv never owned one either. so what do i no?

March 8, 2009, 03:56 PM
I have a 552 that is a late 60's model...I love it, it has been on countless coon hunts, taken its fair share of rabbits, groundhogs, and a few other things.

Mine will fire short, long, and long rifle ammo...but it has to be clean to fire the shorts without an occasional jam. The spring needs to be changed...I would hate to venture a guess to how many rounds it has fired.

My uncle bought it new (also a coon hunter)...he gave it to me about 10 years ago.

May 23, 2009, 11:53 PM
Nice! I just picked on up today & I'm trying to get some info on this rifle -- I do know they are good looking guns --

May 24, 2009, 04:11 AM
Just some more detailed though...
I consider the speedmaster, to be the best ever semi auto made; I know, big words. but I have probably had every 22 semiauto rifle made, for under 500 bucks, and this includes several oldies going back many years. But they are still hugely popular, and even used ones command a price of 150 or more, even if rode hard. why? Reliability. they fire everything , and do it well. Even the massive 60 grainer Aguila sss rounds, do not keyhole, fire and extract reliably, and give great accuracy. mine is an absolute 1 hole punch with this round. It can reliably fire short, long, and long rifle rounds , INTERCHANGEABLY, becuase of it's unique chamber design.
Now then, they are a bit of a Beeeoch to take down and put back together, but most people never do. Again, why? because even after many years, and completely full of crap, they just keep on working.
they are a very good looking rifle, the ones with quality wood are beautiful, they are very ergonomic, and nothing really sticks out on it anywhere, to get hung up on anything. they are comfortable in your hands, easy and fast to shoulder, totally balanced. It lacks nothing , and has no shortcomings.
I have one, I picked up used a couple of years ago, and I am pretty much a rimfire freak, for anything rifle or pistol, and have several models of various brands. And they all have my favorite things about them; i also have 17 mach 2's, which I love more than the 22 round. however, i have often debated to myself, if bugging out, and could only take one rifle with me, which would it be? It comes down to 2 and I haven't made my final choice yet, because I don't have to; a ruger 77/17m2, that is so accurate it is scary, or the speedmaster.
unlike the mod 60, 795, and the ruger 10.22, these have gone unchanged, for about 50 years now; not the wood, the sites, the bolt handle, or even little internal parts, have not been changed or cheapened. the mod 60 and 795 uses wood I cannot stand, and has changed the bolt handles, to a big knurled screw like thing. and the 10.22 uses as much plastic parts now, as they can possibly get away with, and the paint jobs on the bbls and receivers now, are spray painted Hershey bars, and are not anodized in anyway. It will all fall off, and soon.

May 24, 2009, 05:24 AM
I'm a admirer of the 552 Remington also, although I don't own one. Maybe someday. Man that is one pretty rifle.

That $600.00 MSRP is just that. An MSRP. My favorite dealer usually sells them new for about $325.00 or so.

May 24, 2009, 05:46 AM
I had one when I was a kid. Reliable, good shooter. One year I killed 15 squirrels with 17 rounds.

Don't get your thumb behind the operating handle. Ouch.

May 24, 2009, 06:01 AM
Local dealer has one marked at $699---I pointed out the error of their ways and they said they'd look into it. Haven't been in there to see if they changed it or not yet. No money and I'm lookin for another pistol--so no reason to be in there the last month or so.

Rollis R. Karvellis
May 24, 2009, 09:46 AM
If you are a lefty the hot brass on your arm is annoying, if you take the case deflector off the unburnt powder in the face is annoying. I guess i'll put up with the burnt arm.

May 24, 2009, 09:51 AM
I highly recommend the 552.

Others before me have posted reasons why.

May 24, 2009, 02:23 PM
I absolutely love mine. It would be one of the last guns I would ever get rid of if i were forced to. Accurate, reliable, and the wood on mine is gorgeous.

May 24, 2009, 03:28 PM
Nice rifle. Accurate and reliable. Only trouble with mine was that the paint on the right side of the reciever came off during the first year of use. It is now 25-30 years old and going strong.

May 25, 2009, 12:04 AM
I passed mine on to one of my brothers, so I still get to use it. Remington's other semiautos don't seem to have the charisma the 552 has. My first .22 rifle I purchased when I turned 16, I liked most of the features. Very reliable with chambering just about anything. I even used it plenty with CB short ammo, would typically not fully eject the spent case, but a pull on the charging handle fixed that. I found it was easier to remove the case deflector to clean fouling off, but as noted by Rollis, if you left it off, you got unburned powder and smoke in your face. It accounted for over 50 squirrels to eat when I was in college during my second year of school.
The stock finish started flaking off the butt after a couple years, so I stripped it and went with a oil finish.
I would grab up a nice condition used one if I stumbled across it.
+1 on avoiding the charging handle with your support hand. You don't make that mistake twice.

May 25, 2009, 01:33 AM
I have one. My dad bought it for me when I was a kid.

Here are the negatives.
It is not drilled and tapped for a scope. The mounts on top of the reciever are not robust enough to hang on.
There is no good way to attach a sling.
It is slow to reload if you are into speed drills.
It is not easy to clean.

Here is the good part.
It is very reliable.
Trigger isn't bad.

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