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Old 02-05-2013, 7:21 PM
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Default Rem Mod 66 Nylon .22

I have always been intrigued by these. I remember Daisy (I think) made a BB gun in the same style, only plastic instead of nylon. I'd like to find a mod-22 Nylon .22, but before I commit can anyone offer some advice on what to look for? Looking specifically for first hand knowledge from current/former owners. Also, what's a decent price range? I see them on GB from $200+- to nearly a grand(!). This would be a "trainer" and plinking gun for the Grandkids.
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Old 02-05-2013, 8:34 PM
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I can't give you an honest answer on the price range, but my dad gave me one when I was about 10 years old and it's a great gun! I still have it and shoot it anytime I get the chance. It's a fun gun to shoot because it's very lightweight and fairly accurate, so it would be a great gun to let your grandkids shoot.
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Old 02-05-2013, 8:39 PM
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I have mine and love it. i like 22's for all day shooting at a low price. Look for one in either black or green if you want a collectible one. Otherwise the brown ones used to be plentiful and cheap. They also made a lever action and a 22 magnum model. Both have eluded me so far.
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Hi Joe....I sold a black Nylon 66 back in Nov. 2011 for $300. It was not perfect but real clean and had a low round count. Had it for decades.

Here is the thread:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=497836

I have a brown one, that's a fixer; all rusted and needs a plastic magazine (clip...hahahaha)

Can't find that magazine.
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I have the Black FIE knock-off that came out in the '80's. It was the first gun my dad got me from K-mart. I haven't shot the Remington, but I would assume the FIE is fairly close. You feel it a bit more than other .22 rifles, I've shot; they are lighter and not made out of a whole lot of steel/metal. But they run all day on just about anything you feed it. I don't think I've had a single jam in 20 years with the thing.

They're a little bit of a PITA to take apart and clean and if I remember right you're not supposed to lube or oil the internals.

There's one for sale, locally (Simi Valley), on Gunauction, here:
http://www.gunauction.com/buy/117288...e2.-c-and-r-ok
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I have mine and love it. i like 22's for all day shooting at a low price. Look for one in either black or green if you want a collectible one. Otherwise the brown ones used to be plentiful and cheap. They also made a lever action and a 22 magnum model. Both have eluded me so far.
I agree with Ivanimal. These are extremely fun .22's and very reliable with ammo they like. Tom Frye of Remington hit 100,004 out of 100,010 wood blocks thrown in the air using this model. It took thirteen 9 hour days of shooting to do it and he used several rifles to keep up the firing rate. I would imagine he appreciated the rifles light 4lb weight during all that shooting!

I have the Apache Black with the chrome receiver cover/barrel I got new back around 1980. Love the bling, when I pull it out of the rifle case people are like...whazzat? I'd love to find a Seneca Green one to compliment it but they're hard to find unless I get one off gunbroker.


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I too have one (exactly like Redcliffs Alache black/Chrome) Was the familys 22 when I was a kid. Dad bought 2,brand new in 1964. These both had matching gun cases that said "Apache" embroidered on them (I've never seen another). The gun had untold bricks of ammo put thru it and was never cleaned untill the bolt started sticking in the late 90s. I remember my late uncle had one of the wood blocks that Tom Frye had shot, autographed by him. Unfortunatly it was lost in his estate stuff.
Anyways, these are the best 22 a kid could want..no,mine is not for sale
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I have always been intrigued by these. I remember Daisy (I think) made a BB gun in the same style, only plastic instead of nylon. I'd like to find a mod-22 Nylon .22, but before I commit can anyone offer some advice on what to look for? Looking specifically for first hand knowledge from current/former owners. Also, what's a decent price range? I see them on GB from $200+- to nearly a grand(!). This would be a "trainer" and plinking gun for the Grandkids.
TIA!
JoeFaz,

As you already know the Remington "Nylons" are out of production and the only copies were coming into the US from Brazil many years ago under another brand name but still were consider nothing different than the old Nylon 66's.

If I ever see a nice in good condition Nylon 66 anywhere for sale I would pick one up just for collector reasons only. Your best bet is just to get your son a nice bolt action or semi from BIG 5 or other place.

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I managed to replace the Nylon 66 I sold to my shooting buddy when he and his wife moved to Texas many years ago. He insisted I sell him the rifle as it was the only gun his wife would shoot---you do that sort of thing for your real friends. Anyway, finally found another "Mohawk Brown" (the most common Nylon 66) in mint condition a few years back, and no, I will not be selling this one---shoots like it thinks it's a target rifle and much nicer trigger than the last one. The extreme lightweight makes it the perfect 22 rifle to teach newbies (particularly women and kids) to shoot.
Personally, I think the old Nylon 66 is a better rifle than the 22s Remington has released over the decades since they stopped production. Oh, and the Brazil made copies are much rougher and don't really compare with the originals. If you find a nice Nylon 66, keep it!
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http://www.chuckhawks.com/rem_nylon_rifles.htm

I knew chuck Hawks would have a review.

I dont always agree with him but appreciate his thoroughness and love of guns.
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I managed to replace the Nylon 66 I sold to my shooting buddy when he and his wife moved to Texas many years ago. He insisted I sell him the rifle as it was the only gun his wife would shoot---you do that sort of thing for your real friends. Anyway, finally found another "Mohawk Brown" (the most common Nylon 66) in mint condition a few years back, and no, I will not be selling this one---shoots like it thinks it's a target rifle and much nicer trigger than the last one. The extreme lightweight makes it the perfect 22 rifle to teach newbies (particularly women and kids) to shoot.
Personally, I think the old Nylon 66 is a better rifle than the 22s Remington has released over the decades since they stopped production. Oh, and the Brazil made copies are much rougher and don't really compare with the originals. If you find a nice Nylon 66, keep it!
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I couldn't agree with you more on the subject. I must admit I never owned any of the copies so I can't compare the two.

Remington did a big no no when there management decided to end production. OH well they all make the wrong decisions. Personally if they wanted to take back some of the market share from Ruger then they could bring it back into production in no time at all. During these times of casual shooting on a budget it would be most effective.

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I had one in my youth and like many of you my grandfather gave it to me and I shot the hell out of it, never cleaned it and it never failed me. I am quite sure I traded it for something I positively could not live without in my 20's and am a little sad I let it go.
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I had several of the Nylon series in the 70s and early 80s. Man they were nice shooting little rifles. I swear I could not miss with those rifles.

I myself sure would like to pick up another for old times sake. But they have gotten a little pricey..
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I got one when I was 16, and it is still a great little gun.
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My dad gave me a Mohawk brown Nylon 66 rifle for my 13th birthday. That would be 1961 or so. I have many .22 rimfire rifles now so it is partially retired. It has never missed a beat despite thousands of rounds fired. I totally field stripped it a few years ago, and polished the stock. It shows as if it were new, and still shoots like it was also. I'll be the caretaker of it until my last day on earth! The first all synthetic stocked rifle to be sold to the general public as I recall.
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i like the marlin 60 for semi tube fun but the nylon 66 is cool you just take a handfull of 22s and they drop down the butt drain somehow always going in head first

i had one that would double feed the first one so in order to shoot it i loaded one in the chamber then loaded the tube

its the only gun i've ever seen that can operate without its receiver
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i have a brown one and love it - its deadly accurate with cci mini mags price i paid was 130 but that was three years ago (also had some scratches on stock but bore was good). as others said black & green are more collectible, browns more available. use a bore light and see how it is before you buy. no one wants rust do they?!?!
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I have to agree. Great little rifles that are extremely reliable. I have had a Apache Black for years and have never had any issues with the gun. My best friend had a Nylon lever gun, I believe it was a Model 76. We use to shoot bricks of .22 out of these guns after school in an old orchard near our houses.

I just bought a Mohawk Brown in November in great condition for my daughter. I paid $200 for it and it's in 98% condition.
She loves shooting it as does my youngest daughter and wife.

If you can find one at a reasonable price I would buy it.
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First rifle I ever shot, 1966, I think one of my brothers own it, he got it from Dad. Had to shoot it left handed because I have 20-100 in my right eye. Didn't like the powder residue getting ejected into my face and eyes. No shooting glasses back then.
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i just inhereited a nylon 66 in brown. At first i thought it was a bb gun lol. i was thinking of painting the stock cuz it just eseemed like a cheap little 22 rifle... but is this not a good idea?
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i just inhereited a nylon 66 in brown. At first i thought it was a bb gun lol. i was thinking of painting the stock cuz it just eseemed like a cheap little 22 rifle... but is this not a good idea?
Not a good idea.

Embrace the Nylon-ness These are collectible rifles as you've seen from the posts above.
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They are actually worth a little bit of money. Leave it be
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Yes i agree with you guys i will clean it up and leave it be. wow out of all the guns i inherited this one being a collectible is a complete suprise. lol
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I feel the same way. Really surprised how collectible they've become. Bought my 66 back in 1977 thought it was BB gun that Remington just upgraded to .22. I've always enjoyed shooting it.
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They are excellent shooting guns we have one for the kids who are now 35 yrs old. What I liked was the mag was in the butt no waveing their hands in front of the bore. A good gun for any collection .
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I still have 2 from 1962, a mdl 66, and a mdl 76, both Mojave brn. They only made the 76 lever 62-64. Both are sweethearts. Neither came with serial number. (too old) Fun guns for $49.95!
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Yeah, it seems no matter which guns I take to the range, the little 66 gets shot the most! I know there is a shortage of 22 ammo out there, but I bought a bunch spead over the years and now have no issues with ammo supply...
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OK, so Remington made a lever and an auto. Did they make a nylon pump or bolt action in the same sort of style back then?
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