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    This gun is a Remington Speedmaster .22 cal made in 1958 and is in far worse shape than the old Mossberg I recently restored. It has a lot more rust and the stock is broken. It is also a semi-auto so there are far more pieces to deal with. Like the last gun, this one is also in throw-away condition except that the bore is clean and without rust. the receiver is aluminum and a lot of the finish is gone and there are deep scratches in the metal. Here are some pics.





    It has a tubular magazine that is also pretty rusty.







    The stock is broken where it meets the receiver.





    As well as having a broken butt plate and missing pieces of wood.



    I wonder if this is how Remington built the gun 51 years ago?



    This one is going to be a real challenge.

    I don't think this gun has ever been disassembled or cleaned and I found a lot of grit and grime impacted in all the crevices. Areas that I thought were solid metal were just hardened gunk and once I used solvents and a pick was able to get the parts clean. Only two pins hold the entire trigger mechanism in place.



    the whole gun can be disassembled with a screwdriver and a pin punch.



    There seems no end to the level of parts that this gun can be broken down into. The large round piece at the bottom is the safety. There was no bluing on it at all and the red (Fire) paint was gone
    as well.



    With a little TLC, it looks like new.



    To remove the black anodizing from the aluminum, I used fine grit sandpaper and steel wool. I won't be able to remove a lot of the deep dings and scratches and I'm ok with that. It only has to be a functional working gun and not a show piece.



    Here it is after the spray on gun coat was applied and baked.





    And the re-assembled trigger mechanism.





    The rest of the parts are steel and will need the bluing removed and then I will re-blue and oil them. As soon as I took possession of this gun, I did a search for replacement parts for the wooden stock because I knew I couldn't fix what I had. I went online to Remington's website and they had both pieces of wood (without the butt plate) for $180. I'm sure that is 3 times as much as this gun cost new and since I can buy a new .22 for that much, I looked elsewhere.

    As luck would have it, I found not only both pieces of wood but also the butt plate being sold on EBay with only one day left in the auction. It was listed as a buy it now for $25 so I did. The wood was in good shape except for some scratches and the finish missing so I stripped and sanded and found that it was made from hard rock Maple.



    I stained the wood with a dark American walnut stain and gave it 6 coats of spar urathane varnish (semi gloss) and then steel
    wooled it and applied and oil polish. It turned out nice and dark.



    Refinishing the barrel of this old gun was a chore. The rust had pitted the metal pretty deep. There's nothing really that I can do about it so I just have to deal with it. Here is the barrel after all the rust and blue was removed.



    A close up shows the pitting.



    Here it is after being twice blued.



    With all parts refinished, it's time to reassemble this mess of parts. I hope I don't have left over items when finished.



    The last thing I added to this gun was a new set of scope mounts and an old fixed 4 power scope. This will make it a good squirrel gun.



    Here it is all finished and with a good rub down with orange oil















    All that's left to do is sew a case out of that denim fabric the gun was sitting on. One more old gun brought back to life.

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    Nice work! Looks like it was a fun project!
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    One of those was my first gun 45 to 50 years ago and I still have it today. The one in your post looks like the one my father used to have. Him and some more people took it coon hunting one night and stopped to rest for a while. One of them leaned it against a tree and left it there when they got up. It stayed in the woods for a few years before some loggers found it. I do not know what happened to it after that. The stock and butt plate on it was broke much like the one you have. He shot a squirrel out of a tree and went to pick it up and it was not completely dead. He attempted to hit it on the head with the butt of the gun and it rolled off and hit a rock and broke the stock and butt plate. This was in North Carolina so I don't guess that it would of traveled that far but it sure looks right. You done a fine job bringing that one back to life.
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    You have some good skills with guns and sewing for a young man. No matter what happens you will always have useable value to keep things going.
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    Another great post Rancid.

    I was wondering if you have experienced any issues with your rifle?

    I too revived an old 552 a few years ago. When I found mine it was in about 50% better condition that yours was when you started. I was able to save the stocks, but there were spots on the barrel and receiver that still have noticeable scars. It was a great little project.

    The only issue I have with the rifle is it requires intensive cleaning after relatively few rounds. Otherwise it starts hanging the spent cases or even ripping the bottoms off them during extraction. The first time that happened it stopped the days fun early. I had to disassemble the rifle again back at home in order to pull the sidewalls of the old case out of the chamber with a cleaning pick. That has happened with two brands of ammo so far, CCI mini-mags and Winchester.

    I am curious as to whether this was an issue with this model or possibly just something about mine specifically. I am thinking maybe the chamber might be a little out of round from wear and tear and the more potent 22 LR ammo maybe over expanding in the chamber, I am not sure. Any thoughts?

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    No you are right, that model fouls quickly and the aluminum action/receiver galls badly and causes cartridges to hang up. It seems .22x cals dont do a good job of burning the power and plenty of it ends up in the action so this gun needs to be clean aften. I think tht the nature of a .22 cal semi auto. We have a few other semi autos that also have problems. None of my bolt action .22's give me any grief.

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    What a fantastic job! I have an old Savage 24 over/under that you've inspired me to refinish, well as soon as I'm done remodeling my house... Don't hold your breathe for pictures...

    What did you use to re-blue that gun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by limon32 View Post
    What did you use to re-blue that gun?
    Brownells Dicropan T4

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...-prod1085.aspx

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