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Nylon 66/F.I.E copy.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mljdeckard, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    Here's one I hadn't planned on worrying about for a while.

    I just got my old .22 back from my dad, it's (I could be wrong about these specifics,) a F.I.E knockoff of a Remington nylon 66. I never liked it when I was a kid, because it didn't cycle ammo very well. My little brother dusted it off a few years ago, and he said that as long as he uses hot ammo, it works fine. He had so much fun with it that summer it is now covered with red Utah dust.

    What I'm not sure about, is how far can I safely strip this thing down? If I start unscrewing things, will it go back together?
  2. telomerase

    telomerase Well-Known Member

    There is an article about Nylon 66s in Gun Digest that covers the FIE copy too... unfortunately I forgot what year. Someone else will know.
  3. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    "After Remington discontinued the Model 66, a Brazilian firm called C.B.C. bought the rights to the design and Remington's production machinery and revived the Nylon 66 for almost six years. The Brazilian copy was first imported by Kassnar and called the Kassnar Nylon 66 from 1988 to 1990. Magtech then took over C.B.C.'s Nylon 66 clone importation from 1991 to 1994 as the MT-66. The gun is now out of production." - some article I googled up with "nylon 66 cbc"

    There are directions available for taking it apart and you'll need them. The easiest way to get them is probably by going to thefiringline.com and asking Harley Nolden. His forum is down the list near the bottom and has had a request thread running on nylon 66 instructions for years.

  4. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    American Gunsmithing Association has an article about working on the Remington Nylon 66 rifles in print that can be purchased in a back issue copy.
    I think they also have a video available that details taking these rifles apart and putting them back together again.

    If I am not mistaken the Brazilian guns are just slightly different from the Remingtons in assembly though.
  5. roo_ster

    roo_ster Well-Known Member

    I own a Rem Nylon 66. It was a bugger to put together. My first/only "gun in a box" moment at a gunsmith.
  6. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    +1 to what jfruser said. You do NOT want to take apart a Nylon 66 unless you are very sure of what you are doing.
  7. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    I don't have a copy at hand of the Field Service Manual for the Model 66, but the one for the Model 76 is 43 pages long.

  8. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys,

    I looked over the instructions, I think this one is going to be a "Do the best you can with an aerosol cleaner and hope for the best" job.
  9. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    Clear the gun of ammo: make sure it is empty.

    Cock the gun by pulling the bolt back and releasing it.

    Set the safety "ON" and leave it there.

    Grasp the bolt handle and pull it straight out.

    Unloosen the two screws that hold the receiver cover to the stock.

    Raise it straight up off the stock.

    Notice the position of the cartridge guide that is attached to the
    front of the bolt (it must be in this position when reassembled).

    The ejector will usually fall out at this time, It will only go back in
    one way but do remember to reinstall it during reassembly.

    Leave the safety on and the striker in the cocked position.

    You could actually do routine cleaning at this time with no further

    The bolt rides in the nylon stock and actually needs only the
    minimum oil necessary to prevent rusting.

    You could go further.

    There is a coin slotted screw underneath that lossens the yoke that
    holds the barrel in the stock. Unscrewing it allows you to slide the
    the barrel forward out of the stock. The bolt can now be removed
    with the recoil spring.

    Go no further lest you enjoy going to a gunsmith with a box'o'gun
    and a sheepish expression. Ignore the pins that hold the internals
    in the stock: leave them there. This is a gun that is assembled at
    the factory with fixtures and tools that you do not have.

    At this point, if you take the safety OFF and allow the striker to go
    forward, reassembly will require three hands. Leave the safety ON
    and the striker cocked. Clean around it.

    You can clean the bolt, the barrel, and the raceways for the bolt in the
    nylon stock. Q-tips and pipecleaners work wonders.

    Reassemble in reverse order.
    - Be sure the cartridge guide is laying on top of the barrel and
    - be sure the ejector is back in place in the left side of the
    stock, before replacing the receiver cover.
    Do not lose the bolt handle.
  10. bernie

    bernie Well-Known Member

    Disassembly reassembly is not that bad if you have some time to mess with it. When I was a newlywed and had little money and few guns, I bought a Nylon 66 with a busted stock. I bought it for $15 because I knew the stock had a lifetime warranty from Remington. They sent me a new stock and told me to simply send the busted one back. I spent the better part of a Saturday afternoon switching them out, but for the time and money, I was more than satisfied with the results.

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