Remington 572 Pump 22 Review

May 27, 2023
David Sunnyside

In the world of rimfire rifles, few are as well loved or versatile as the old remington 572 pump 22. Introduced in 1954, the Model 572 replaced the earlier top-ejection Model 121. The 572’s solid-top design makes it easier to mount a scope, and the side ejection ensures that scorching empties won’t slam into the shooter’s face. Like Remington’s flagship pump-action shotguns, the 572 is a solid, robust gun with a good feel.

Today’s Model 572 BDL Fieldmaster is one of the most popular pump-action 22 rimfires made in America, and it can handle short, long, and long rifle cartridges interchangeably. It also features big-game sights, a positive cross-bolt safety, and a grooved receiver for scope mounts. The BDL’s barrel comes in various lengths, from 21 inches to 40 inches.

The rifle’s tubular magazine holds 15 to 22 rounds, depending on the caliber you choose. You load them by twisting the end cap of the magazine to release bayonet fitment and pulling it out to expose the loading port, then fill it up with cartridges and reinsert it. Once the tube is full, you twist it again to close the bayonet fitment, apply pressure, and lower the bolt to fire a round. The magazine is also tapped for fitting a sound moderator.

The Model 572’s steel action is extremely reliable, especially with properly blended combinations of short and long-rifle ammunition. However, the action can sometimes develop a carbon buildup in the carrier, which causes the gun to fail to feed properly and might even jam. This problem can be solved by adjusting the interaction between the disconnector and sear, but this is a job best left to an expert gunsmith.

David Sunnyside
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