Remington 552 Jammaster


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MilliradianDOT
May 9, 2013, 12:03 AM
So a couple years ago, a family heirloom and my first and favorite .22, a Remington 512 Sportsmaster, was stolen from my home and never recovered. Our insurance company volunteered to replace it which wasn't the same but I was still happy. After a few months they called us up and said "your replacement rifle is at your FFL to get picked up." We went to pick it up and find a brand new Remington box. Do what? I called up the agent right quick and said "hey this is not a 512 sportsmaster" to which he replied "oh we couldn't find a decent replacement so we upgraded you to this better semi auto model and it's brand new!"

Jesus Christ why didn't I trade it in that very day as a brand new in box gun? This gun and I have the worst love hate relationship of any of my firearms. I love the big game sights, the trigger, the beautiful wood, the great balance and the versatility of being able to cycle shorts, longs, and long rifles.

Now for the hate. Though it says it cycles everything on the barrel, I have never ever had it make it through a loaded tube without at least two jams. I mean this rifle does everything. If you feather the charging handle forward, it won't strike hard enough to fire a round. If you pull it back to fast on a loaded round, the extractor slips off the rim. Half way through a loaded tube it will feed two rounds at once. This is the most common jam and it happens with everything. Golden bullet, federal bulk, mini mags, stinger, subsonic, anything. Sometimes it just doesn't eject a spent casing or it stove pipes.

I would really like to make this rifle work but nothing helps. I have cleaned it in and out and that didn't help. I let it get dirty and that didn't help. I tried it with lots of oil, a little oil, no oil. I just cannot get this rifle to cooperate! :cuss:

So should I sell the damn thing and try to get a 512 like I had or should I try to make this guy work? Thoughts?

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DM~
May 9, 2013, 10:54 AM
If it's brannew, why isn't it going back to a Rem. repair center???

My 552 works perfectly, it's NEVER jammed or failed to fire in any way, and i've had it a LONG time...

DM

breakingcontact
May 9, 2013, 11:51 AM
What ammo are you using?

dsb1829
May 9, 2013, 02:50 PM
My 552 was a pain in the but. Nothing like a tube fed 22 that jams up. After 6mo at a authorized service center waiting for replacement parts, that never came, I sold it for peanuts. Not impressed with current mega-corporate owned Remington.

Life is too short to spend fixing mfg defects on new firearms.

skoro
May 9, 2013, 09:50 PM
So should I sell the damn thing and try to get a 512 like I had or should I try to make this guy work? Thoughts?


By any chance are you feeding it primarily Remington ammo?

That chokes my 552 every time. Especially those so-called "golden bullets" that gave me every kind of ammo-related failure there is.


It runs real well on Mini-Mags or Winchester Super-X.

Fremmer
May 9, 2013, 10:04 PM
Why didn't the insurance company send you a check for the fmv of your stolen rifle? Since when are insurance companies ordering replacement guns for people to satisfy a claim?

788Ham
May 9, 2013, 11:16 PM
^^^^ Amen to that brother! ^^ I don't use oil in my semi's anyway, I use "Gun Butter" with the needle applicator, use just a smidgen on working parts, no gum up, not sticky. Never fails!
And, its probably the ammo you're using too.

MilliradianDOT
May 10, 2013, 03:03 AM
Breakingcontact and others - I've tried all kinds of ammo. Everything you guys have mentioned above has gone through this gun and the difference is miniscule. Hotter stuff is a little better but still probably only get 60% functionality out of a loaded tube.

DM - It's not brand new anymore. Maybe a year old. It was kinda a deal where I didn't shoot it much. Take it out with one kind of ammo, no luck. "huh better clean it and get different ammo" a month later take it out again with different ammo and have same experience. Rinse and repeat, let a year pass, want to throw gun into scrap pile.

Fremmer and 788Ham - Our insurance agent is a friend of the family. He's been doing our family's insurance since before I was born. He got the quote on "fair market value" of being like under $200 due to age etc. and he knew that wouldn't buy a new rifle so he opted to replace it instead. Now I'm starting to think I'd rather have the $200

DM~
May 10, 2013, 09:54 AM
Instead of endless whineing, give a Rem. a try, is it THEIR fault YOU let it go this long??? You never know, you may like the outcome...

Everyone turns out a problem firearm from time to time... I've got a NEW Browning back to Browning right now to be repaired, my whineing won't start until AFTER i give them a chance to fix it. (if it still has the problems)

I've seen waaaaaay too many 552's work perfectly to say your's is "normal" for 552's...

DM

aka108
May 10, 2013, 11:03 AM
I have owned a 552 for 25+ years. Never hiccupped. Only trouble with is that when it was about a year old all the paint on the starboard side of the aluminum recievier came off. It is a enjoyabe little rifle to shoot.

returningfire
May 10, 2013, 11:25 AM
Send it back to Remy and tell them what the problem is. If they "fix" it and it still has problems, change ammo, then if it still sux sell it and buy something else, maybe a 512.

MilliradianDOT
May 10, 2013, 05:26 PM
DM - Did i blame Remington at any point in my post so far? Did I say it was their fault I let it go this long? Did I complain about their quality of product or their customer service? Did I say this was normal of 552s? Did I whine about getting a lemon? No I don't think I did. So you can take that condescending attitude somewhere else because you aren't contributing anything to this thread.

Fremmer
May 10, 2013, 07:54 PM
I know you're disappointed with the rifle, and that sucks. Sorry my friend.

Perhaps send the gun to Remington to have it fixed. That's about the best I can think of. Good luck with it!

Dr T
May 10, 2013, 09:33 PM
My older brother got a Speedmaster back in the 1960's. After a while, it decided that it had machine gun envy and turned itself into a full auto. It would empty the tube on three quick pulls of the trigger.

Being unsure what the ATF would think of it, he traded to a dealer for a good 22...

DM~
May 10, 2013, 09:51 PM
DM - Did i blame Remington at any point in my post so far? Did I say it was their fault I let it go this long? Did I complain about their quality of product or their customer service? Did I say this was normal of 552s? Did I whine about getting a lemon? No I don't think I did. So you can take that condescending attitude somewhere else because you aren't contributing anything to this thread.
yes, no, yes, no, no, yes...

Sorry, sometimes the truth hurts...

DM

ColtPythonElite
May 10, 2013, 09:55 PM
I would give 200 bucks for that gun, jammer or not.

MilliradianDOT
May 10, 2013, 10:31 PM
Where did I do any of that? Quote it please because I did not do anything that I mentioned above. I have other Remington products that are fine and I do not consider this their fault per se. Others on this thread have commented on Remington's QC but not me. Read MY posts again before you continue to comment.

Ed Ames
May 10, 2013, 10:39 PM
I guess the mystery is why you would - as the owner of something which is from a reputable maker, under warranty, and not functioning normally for the model - limit yourself to complaints instead of reaching out to the maker's support/warranty department for more concrete assistance.

foghornl
May 11, 2013, 04:20 PM
looks like you tried just about all the ammo available....can be frustration OR a lot of fun the find the right stuff.

The Nylon 66 I had as a teen would shoot everthing well, except for the 36-Gr hollow-point "Golden Bullet"....
Go figure...a Rem Rifle that choked on Rem ammo.....Sheeeeeesshhhhhh.

Deltaboy
May 11, 2013, 09:47 PM
Call Remington send it back and give it a try.

joed
May 11, 2013, 11:31 PM
DM, I know exactly where he's coming from, traveled the same road more than once. When you get a gun you shouldn't have to send it back to the factory and wait for repair. If I buy a car that has something wrong do I have to send it to Detroit (or Mexico) and wait 6 weeks for repair?

But I had a similar thing happen with a S&W model 19 I bought new. That gun was so horrible I refused to own another S&W for 20 years.

I learned from the S&W incident. When I bought a Charter Arms Bulldog that refused to shoot straight on the first outing I put it up for sale. I refuse to do QC for gun companies.

But, to your problem. It may just need to be fired for a good number of rounds. I also don't like to oil rimfires as it seems to attract dirt.

What I would do, take it to a competent gunsmith in your area and let him look at it and see what he tells you. Might be a simple fix that is cheap. If that doesn't work send it back, let Remington repair it on their dime. When it comes back if it still does it get rid of it.

DM~
May 12, 2013, 10:56 AM
DM, I know exactly where he's coming from, traveled the same road more than once. When you get a gun you shouldn't have to send it back to the factory and wait for repair. If I buy a car that has something wrong do I have to send it to Detroit (or Mexico) and wait 6 weeks for repair?


NO, you take the car to an "your brand of auto" REPAIR CENTER (AKA dealer) to have it worked on, how long it takes will be up to THEM! The OP could of taken his Remington, to a Remington REPAIR CENTER if he had wanted to...

I have a Browning 22 back to Browning right now, for warr. work...

I'll save all the whineing and bad mouthing until AFTER i give Browning a chance to get it right! Perhaps they will get it right, and i'll be posting that instead??

DM

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