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DuPont's control of Remington (since 1933) provided a resource for the new synthetic rifle stock, which was a radical concept of a combination receiver/stock as one unit made entirely of injection-molded plastic. In less than four months, DuPont's engineers came back to Remington with Nylon Zytel-101. The Nylon story began when DuPont operated an R&D Laboratory called Purity Hall. The lab's name was to emphasize the separation of the R&D work from production at DuPont. The efforts of Gerald Berchet and Wallace Carothers resulted in 81 new polyamides in 1935. From those new polymers, Polyamide 6-6 was chosen for further testing. It was soon after referred to as Fiber 66. The name Nylon was adopted by DuPont soon after. The first practical use of the new material was for ladies stockings, which were (and still are) called nylons. The actual DuPont material was structural Zytel Nylon 101, a member of the Nylon 66 family of plastics.
The magazine was in the butt, loaded through the buttplate and held 14 standard or high-velocity .22 LR rimfire cartridges. The striker was either an investment steel casting or a forging, which required no machining except for the hole down its center. The bolt was a steel machined forging. The striker and bolt ran in grooves in the self-lubricating nylon receiver. The other parts were either stainless steel or mild steel stampings, or, like the trigger guard and the trigger itself, were plastic. The forward face of the bolt had no spot-facing cut as originally fabricated; soon a semi-circular end mill cut was added.
In order to avoid shooter rejection of this plastic gun, the designers covered the nylon receiver with a blued steel stamping. They must have decided that as long as they were going to disguise the receiver with a steel shell, they would make the shell serve some useful purpose so the rear sight assembly was riveted to it. The cover was grooved so a scope could be mounted. It has been found that when a scope was mounted and the gun was gripped too rigidly the point of impact could change. The steel cover also held the ejector into the receiver. Finally, the flat spring that tensioned the cartridge feed guide was mounted by a rivet to the underside of the cover. The receiver covers and barrels were changed from blued to a matte black finish near the end of production. The receiver cover had no serial number stamped on it until October 1967, just prior to the enactment of the 1968 Gun Control Act, which required that all guns have serial numbers. Serial numbering of the Nylon 66 and its spin-offs started at serial number 400000 and went to 419011, but at that time the number was stamped on the underside of the barrel just aft of the front sight. Three months later in 1968 the serial number started with 419012 and went to serial number 473710. In December 1968, the serial number range was changed to 2100000. When this series of serial numbers reached 2599999 in February 1977, the letter \"A\" was added in front of the numbers.
After some research, DuPont came back to Remington with a compound they called Zytel 101. Zytel is DuPont's brand name for nylon resins. This compound was ultimately used to produce the stock and receiver. After the Nylon 66 proved to be successful, Remington also marketed a series of bolt action and lever action rifles using Nylon stocks.
Looks are classy, with contrasting black buttplate, grip cap, and forearm tip, each set off by a white spacer that coordinates with white diamond inlays along the forearm. The trigger guard is also plastic, and even the bolt mechanism slides along grooves in the nylon receiver.
Back in the 1950s, Remington was owned by DuPont, and Remington needed a mid-priced .22 rifle. Thinking the parent company could provide some type of plastic stock for a rifle, Remington management put the challenge before DuPont for what it initially thought would be a plastic stock. DuPont engineers went well beyond the imagination of Remington management and came up with a gun that had a metal barrel, but all the other parts, including the action, were formed from a new nylon material DuPont had developed.
Well not a nylon 66 but a nylon 76 lever action, I picked it up in Colorado when I was in the Army in 1966 the gun was almost new when I bought it. I will echo the remarks about disassembling them it took way too much time to reassemble it that was before the interweb now I know how far to go. It is easy to remove the barrel for cleaning and a drop of Hoppes to lube the operating mechanism keeps everything operating smoothly
Remington's nylon 66 .22 LR rifle was the result of a serious effort to reduce manufacturing costs. Shooters either loved it or despised it. To the surprise of many, it eventually became Remington's top-selling rimfire ever, selling over a million units between 1959 and 1989, when it was discontinued.
The rifle consists of two hollow injection molded nylon halves fused together. It could be assembled with very little hand-fitting, another major manufacturing cost-saver in a pre-automation plastics processing world. The center section is covered with formed steel, which Wicklund points out offers the appearance of a more conventional gun with a steel receiver but doesn't actually serve any real firing function. Details that appear grooved into the barrel and etched into the grip and sides were actually in-mold designs.
The Nylon 66 was available as a semi-automatic model as well as the less popular bolt-and-lever actions. The striker and bolt are steel, running in grooves in the self-lubricating nylon receiver, but even the trigger guard and the trigger itself are plastic.
The owners' manual specifically said not to clean it, he said, because the nylon receiver, the rails inside of it and also the other components were self-lubricating. It was a material that had some unique characteristics.
selling 2 nylon 66's mohawk brown, new, never shot with original boxes one has paperwork, the other doesn't. the boxes say scope included but there is no scopes not sure what my dad did with them. not sure of the year they were made i'm guessing early '80's still has the smitty's price tags on boxes. can give serial #'s if needed. asking $300 each obo 59ce067264