Remington 522 viper

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by sniper man, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. sniper man

    sniper man Guest

    There is a 522 viper in a gun store near me but it looks like it is missing a piece on the top at the very back of the receiver there is a 1/2"x1/2" dip there is a brass anchor and red something does anyone have a 522 viper PLZ HELP there is only one pic I could find

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  2. Zigzag2

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    I'm not familure with the rifle, however I did find a couple of pics that may help in determining if something is missing.

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  3. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

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    it wouldnt matter if all the
    pieces were there
    this is simply the worst
    rifle remington has produced in some
    time
    the 597 was a upgrade to the 522
    and its no better
    save your money
    no matter how cheap you can buy one
    IT ISNT WORTH IT
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  4. Zigzag2

    Zigzag2 Guest

    Thanks for your help B ass9N.
  5. 4 eyed six shooter

    4 eyed six shooter New Member

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    I have to second the last post. I have one in the shop now with a broken ejector. The ejector is just a piece of thin metal waiting to break off at the first chance it gets. To replace the ejector you have to replace the trigger housing at a cost of over $100.00 just for the part. The ejector is molded into the trigger housing. They can be repaired without replacing the trigger housing but what a POS. They are a throw away gun. Run don't walk away from it.

    John K
  6. claybuster

    claybuster New Member

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    I'll definitely second what the other two shooters said. No matter how cheap it is - save your money!. The Viper was Remington's Edsel. Probably the absolute worst .22 auto ever designed. If you want a cheap, reliable .22 auto, go to Wally World & pick up a Ruger 10-22................
  7. DWARREN123

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    No longer made, guess why.
  8. Jambo

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    I strongly disagree. The 522 Viper is a very good gun. It's accurate as all get out. However, this is gun for those of you that don't mind having a plastic receiver and want an accurate, rugged, lightweight rifle. Like it's plasic clad predecessor, the Nylon 66, it fires everytime, even if dirty. But unlike the Nylon 66, which has the receiver and stock all-in-one, the 522 has a two-piece receiver with the stock separate. Regardless of what you anti-plastic guys say or think, it's a good gun and we've never and jam or other problem in the 9 years that we've owned it. And needless to say it has kill a lot of squirrels, sparrows, and cottontails. Just my 2 cents.
  9. armedandsafe

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    I had one of the very early Nylon 22s up in Alaska in the mid-60s. Worked at -60F, which is more than I could say for some of my guns. Gave it to my father-in-law. Worst mistake I made. :D I now have another, but it doesn't seem as good nor as solid as the early one.

    Pops
  10. Jambo

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    Mine has about 100% blueing and the stock isn't dinged up or faded or anything. The serial number is on the barrel. I really don't know if it's a late model or a babied early model. It cost me $180. The first thing I did after I bought was completely disassemble it and clean all the parts and the stock. After I was done with that, it looked like a brand new gun, inside and out.
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  11. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

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    You must be the exception to the Viper, as we sold 27 and all came back, failure to feed-extract/eject/(fire-this was the main complaint) and flimsy magazines, of which the bottoms always fell off, nice cleaning feature?? Metal magazines were better-early models.
    The carbon fiber receiver---not plastic was nice, unless you mounted a scope.

    Walmart here shipped back 400 of them also, too many returns.
    Remington failed on that design and the 597 is the very same rifle (new cover) with more problems.

    and what is lightweight......anyway
    my like new Remington 550 (1958 model) only weights 6lbs and it`s wood and steel.

    and shoots 17 long rifles-19 Longs- 22 Shorts, everytime!

    I have nothing against plastic, but DEMAND a reliable .22 and the Viper or 597 are anything but that.

    Glad you got the only one that works, it may be a collector.
  12. Jambo

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    My dad bought our 522 Viper around when then first came out. It came with the bulletproof STEEL magazine. And it honestly functions flawlessly. My dad gave the gun to my brother after he put a scope on it. Scope mounting isn't a problem. Right now, we have an old STEEL Weaver scope on it. Once the scope stopped holding a zero while on our .280, we put it on the Viper.

    Even though I haven't had the same luck with this gun as the rest of you guys, I know exactly how you feel. From my experience, the Marlin Model 60 is the second worst .22 ever made; the worst being the Savage/Stevens Model 187. I've never had good luck with the Model 60, which I'm sure most you probably love. I, on the other hand, hate it.

    And about the 597: If Remington hadn't half-assed the the triggerguard assembly, it would've been a hell of a gun. And that's the expert opinion of my gunsmithing instructor.
  13. weav74

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    I would have to disagree with ya, I love my viper it has never gave me an ounce of trouble and it shoots very well. There are always lemons in any batch, maybe you just got ahold of one.
  14. claybuster

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    More likely you just got the only cherry off the lemon tree! Congrats!!
  15. Jambo

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    JHC, dude. Talk about the Necro-Post of the Year Award.

    For future reference, when you go diving through the archives, be mindful of the last post date.

    At any rate, I'm gonna have to agree with the last gent you replied to you. As you may or may not have read in this thread, many people more have reported problems with Remington 522 Viper. So, it is far more likely that you're one of the lucky few who got one that functions as intended.
  16. kidwolf71

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    I can't honestly agree with the previous posters comment. though i do agree with weav74 I bought a 522 off of my stepson three years ago to start teaching my nine year old to to shoot and have only had one problem with the clip. Being his only previous experience with guns had been a pump air rifle the 522 has proven to be very reliable (other than needing a slight addition of a tab on the left side of the clip) my son within a matter of hours was hitting a photo copied nickle dead on and consecutivly at thirty yards. Now I am No Pro but that seems pretty good. It has been been a good gun as long as it is properly maintained and cleaned occasionaly. I use it all the time for hunting rabbits and squirrels and occassionaly to scare off a few coyottes here on our little spread. i have had little to no trouble with ejection fire or feed mechinizms, if you do chances are you need to clean it or change your amo i prefer the Winchester hollow point rounds no jamming compared to others ive used i also use rat shot shells in it. as far as on a scale of 1 to10 for accuracy and reliability I would give it a solid 9.5/10
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  17. bdub

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    I'm looking for the bolt return spring for this rifle. Any ideas as to where I might find one? Numrich does not have any in stock nor do they have a source for one. Thanks for any assistance in finding this spring.
  18. mmccarron

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    If you haven't found your spring try MidwayUsa.com
    I love my viper
  19. Zane71464

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    Agreed, 100%! I bought one and had it about 1 week before I traded the "mess" off.
  20. mikld

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    My Viper is accurate and reliable with the proper ammo. I skipped a lot of the posts 'cause I didn't want to read how "bad" my gun is especially from someone that's never seen it! But then again, I only use it for shooting, not playing army. I got 3/4" groups off hand (leaning against a wall) @ 50' in an indoor range with poor lighting, standard velocity lead .22s. It took a while to find the right ammo, but that was part of the fun. If you buy one make sure it comes with extra magazines, the last I saw they were going for around $40, if you can find them.

    I just looked at mine and find the "dip" with the brass nut inside, no probs, nothing missing. The brass nut is for the rear action screw.

    Edit 7/29. Sometimes I wonder what prople do with their guns. Magazine bottom falling off? Just standing there shooting and the bottom falls off sounds suspecious. No bumping, no resting on the mag? No holding the mag like a handle? Every magazine has "jams"? When I'm shooting and a failure to feed occurs, I look at the darn thing to see why! Failure to eject?, I gotta see why. Just clearing the gun and keep pulling the trigger isn't common sense. Nobody can make a gun that is truely idiot proof...
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