Pre 68 Nylon 66


January 1, 2010, 10:53 PM
So I have a buddy looking for a Nylon 66. We found one on a local gun site but it says a pre 68 model. Does this mean it doesn't have a serial number or what? Is this legal to own? Is there a way to verify that it's infact a pre 68 and legal to own before buying? Anythings for him to look for or should he try to find another one?

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January 2, 2010, 06:34 AM
The fact that it doesn't have a S/N doesn't mean it's illegal to own. Before the GCA of 1968, S/N's were not required. A lot of manufacturers did put them on, but not all, especially not 22's. I've got a Stevens 46, 22, for example that has no S/N.

I've been told that for several years, from the mid 50's or so, up until 1967 Remington didn't put S/N's on 22's. The early Nylon 66's fall into that group. If it has one, it would be stamped on the left side of the receiver cover.

I've got a no S/N Nylon 66 on layaway right now. Looks almost like brand new.

ole farmerbuck
January 2, 2010, 06:49 AM
I'd like to find one. Had one when i was a kid. Yup, they made em back then!:)

January 2, 2010, 07:12 AM
My father has a mint 77

January 2, 2010, 07:58 AM
I love mine found it in a shop in north Arkansas for $100 bucks very good condition. Little story for you I was just a small kid maybe 6 or 7 my uncle had a Black stock on his 66, which I hadn't seen anywhere else. He had it for a few years at that time, maybe early 80's me and my dad where there to go tree rat hunting, my uncle while trying to get his dog loaded up set the 22 down on the bumper of the truck and forgot it. As we backed up we heard a Crunch. Oh he was sick, my dad said ahh its just a cheap 22, but it still made my uncle mad, he crushed the stock where your sholder goes, he put it in his gun cabinet where it set for 15 years or so. After deer hunting one day and finding some split case remington ammo, he was on the phone with remington and the lady asked if there was anything else he saw his broken 66 in the bottom of the gun case and told her the story, she said send it in and what color stock did he want he stuck with the black, and told them to send him a bill. Not very long a box came with a new black stock and a cleaned nylon 66 with a note that said no charge sorry you waited so long lifetime means lifetime! He still gets chocked up when he tells the story.

January 2, 2010, 10:23 AM
My first gun was a Remington Model 581 purchased new in 1967. It had no serial. Makes it tough to recover after it was stolen in 1986.

It is illegal to remove or alter a serial but if a gun was made before 1968 and has no serial it is legal to own.

The 66 is a cool little rifle. I would advise against taking it apart as it is notoriously difficult to reassemble. Also, scope mounting isn't stable as the rings go on the cover rather than a solid receiver as most rifles have.

I wanted a 66 as a kid but didn't get one until about a year ago. Bagged this one at a local show for $110. Finish is about gone but functions perfectly. Will have to see how well the scope works on it.

January 2, 2010, 11:14 AM
I had one in the late 70s and wish I had kept it.

One major caveat with the Nylon 66 is don't try to detail strip it. Gunsmiths made a lot of money putting them back together after over eager owners tore tehm completely down and wound up carrying the pieces to a gunsmith. I know of one smith who used to just ship off the parts to Remington and add a few dollars to his costs. He said he could do it but his time was more valuable to him.

January 2, 2010, 11:39 AM
Anyway to verify that it is infact a pre 68? Any markings or anything to look for? What would one of these be worth? Worth anywhere close to 300?

January 24, 2010, 11:30 PM
Yes you can date all Nylons by the codes on the barrel. There will be 2 letter on the barrel by the rear site. The first letter is the month and the second is the year. Get on Remingtons site or and they have a chart to match the letters up to a date. If its really nice, yes they bring 300. The Seneca greens, and Apache blacks bring well over that. Some of the rare, bolt action, and levers bring into the thousands.

January 25, 2010, 10:53 AM
Will have to see how well the scope works on it.
The scope won't work well at all. The place where the scope mounts is not attached in any way shape or form to the barrel, so the zero is constantly changing.

I still have, and regularly shoot, the Nylon 77 I bought new in 1974. :-)

January 25, 2010, 11:30 AM
I remember the Nylons from my childhood. I always though the were goofy cheap guns, but I guess they are pretty good afterall.

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