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Old 11-03-2019, 06:18 PM
Mtnfarm Mtnfarm is offline
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Seen a really nice Remington 550-1 in a local store this past week. First one I have ever seen. It is a consignment rifle, and believe it was priced in the mid three hundreds. If I had extra cash, this was very tempting to make an offer on. I had a 1974 552 speedmaster, and was SUPER reliable. As we all do sometimes, it was traded away. Still thinking about this, and make go back later. Any thoughts or opinions on the 550?
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:34 PM
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The 550-1 is a pretty interesting rifle. The floating chamber design is said to be able to feed shorts, longs and long rifle ammo interchangeably. The rifle is definitely “adult-sized” and not a diminutive or slimmed down, youth model like some .22’s.

I’ve had one that was handed down to me from family, for about 20 years now. It’s a good, solid rifle. I’ve read up on them some, and there is a very finely threaded screw in the action that is easy to cross-thread upon reassembly, and this often renders the rifle to where it won’t fire consistently. I’ve read this issue can do great harm to these guns, so extreme care should be taken when doing a detail strip.

My example runs well and is plenty accurate for plinking or hunting duties. If you appreciate older, well-crafted rifles made of walnut and steel, I think you will like the Remington 550-1.
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Old 05-07-2020, 06:49 AM
crsides crsides is offline
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If in nice condition, it would be worth $350.
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:48 PM
sandog75 sandog75 is offline
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The 550-1 was the first rifle I owned, passed down from my Dad when I was 14. He had inherited it from his Dad.
Mine didn't have a deflector behind the bolt (blast shield). Being a lefty I was peppered in the face with powder particles, both burnt and unburnt, every time I shot it.

I gladly gave it to my brother when he was old enough. After a while, the threaded plug at the back of the receiver started stripping out from the spring being driven by the bolt coming back hitting it. When the plug wouldn't stay in anymore, my Dad took it to a gunsmith, who drilled and tapped holes for a screw on either side that went into the plug through the receiver.
That held for a while, then the screws were getting bent and tilted, that plug was wanting to back out again.

My Dad got rid of the 550. I got my first job and bought a Nylon 66 and a Winchester 9422.
Now I have a 552 Speedmaster ( and still have a Nylon 66), the 552 has a deflector, and doesn't have the stupid threaded plug at the back.
I would pay $350 (and nearly did) for a nice used 552, but that seems a bit much for a 550.
That 550 was very accurate though.

This 552 cost me $325, and is a first year production that looks like it had been fired very little:
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