There has been discussion earlier in this article about touches of flair on the Nylon 66's stock, and another bit of that can be seen in the white diamond insert in the checkered portion of the forearm. Even at that, the diamond also serves a practical purpose; it conceals a reinforcing nut & bolt in the stock.
They've Got it Covered
The steel portion that covers the action of these rifles is called the receiver cover for a reason - it doesn't really act as a receiver per se. The cover surely needs to be in place, but the bolt and other internal parts operate on and against nylon rails molded into the stock. The cover serves to contain parts and add strength to the gun more than anything else.
The top of the receiver cover is grooved for scope mounting, and will accept scope mounts meant for a 3/8" dovetail. The "flexosis" of the Nylon stock - and the fact that the scope is mounted to a part that doesn't attach to the barrel - can easily add up to make precision shooting difficult, and in my opinion these guns are better used with open sights.
No Oil, Please
One thing to note about this rifle is that you should use very little oil on it. As Remington put it, "Nylon is self-lubricating and provides slip-smooth bearing surfaces for the free movement of the autoloading action. Therefore, cleaning and oiling is unnecessary for thousands of rounds of firing" (emphasis in original).
Other Nylon Poppers
The success of the Nylon 66 led Remington to experiment with Nylon in a number of other models, but their production numbers were pretty pathetic in comparison. Other Nylon models included the 10 (bolt action single shot), 10-C (bolt action with 10-shot magazine), 11 (bolt action with 6- or 10-shot magazine), 12 (bolt action with tubular magazine), 76 (lever action, possibly the most intriguing), and the 77 (semi-automatic but with a 5-shot magazine).
The Remington Nylon 66 is a testament to the quality of Remington's designers in the late 1950s, and the staying power and durability of the guns - including my old Mohawk Brown model that's more than a half-century old and going strong - is evidence that DuPont's Zytel Nylon is very good stuff.
Early in this article, I used the word "magnificent" to describe the Nylon 66, and I don't believe I misspoke. This gun broke new ground, is often available at affordable cost, has provided shooters with millions of hours of fun and accurate shooting (and will continue to do so), and has shown itself to be durable as well as handy, reliable, and accurate. Add that nothing else quite like it has succeeded comparably in the marketplace, and it's hard to deny that this old gun deserves a prominent place in the history of firearm design.
- Russ Chastain
More of This Article
- 1: Introduction; History; Specifications; A Pair of Nylons
- 2: Nylon 66 Front Sights and Stock Forends
- 3: Rear Sights, Sight Adjustment, Nylon Seams
- 4: Barrel Markings, Date Codes
- 5: Butt Stocks, Spacers, and Nylon 66 Colors
- 6: Apache Black Butt Stock Sticker Residue
- 7: Butt Plate and Magazine
- 8: White Diamond; No Oil; Other Models; Conclusion