Winchester 52B


November 27, 2005, 07:24 PM
Have done a little search on this rifle and wanted some opinions on $ value and accuracy. 1940 target model Winchester 52B.
Low round count, been in safe for years. owner recently passed away and this was from his collection. Low round count, all original, stock has some small scuffs and scratches from matches that he shot & won many years ago.

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November 28, 2005, 02:14 AM
Used to own a 52-B made in 1952 but passed it on to my son recently. Just saw an ad for a 52-B with iron sights for $975, but a few years ago a book of values listed it for about $600. Yours may be worth more since it is older. It's also in excellent shape.

The 52- that I had was fitted with a 20 power Tasco target scope, with Federal Lightning ammo it would shoot about 1-2 inch groups at 100 yards. The most accurate ammo that I found for it was Federal Gold Dot...a little pricy, but is sure shoots good. I THINK it would shoot groups of about 1 inch at 100 yards, but it needs to be a calm day because the wind will play havoc with that little slow bullet.

November 29, 2005, 05:01 PM
My test fire targets at 100ft were dime size groups, with me:what: shooting it. Hard to believe something made before WWII is so accurate.

My first winchester rifle of any caliber!

November 29, 2005, 05:48 PM
Nice rifle. The Winny 52s were the king of early American 22 bolt guns. I hope to have one someday.

Hell, lots of rifles in my collection that were made well before WWII are extremely accurate. From my 3 Swedish Mausers to a Finnish M-27 to a nice 1936 German made Gustav Genschow 22lr target rifle. I wish some of my newer rifles shot as well as some of my pre-WWII stuff!

- Brickboy240

November 29, 2005, 07:22 PM
Your 52 looks to be in very good shape, could bring $900-$1300 in the right market. 52's were the cream of .22's....originality means a great deal to collectors. Having the original sights, stock, finish, adds to the value. Considered by many to be the finest .22 Bolt Action ever made.

Many variations of the Target models, thumbhole ISU models will command hefty prices.

The pot of gold remains the 52 Sporters, mint units will go for $4000-$6000+....even rough Sporters will bring $2000-$3000.

November 29, 2005, 11:39 PM
Boy that is a beautiful Sporter Rembrandt! It's only the second one I've seen. The other one was about 20 years ago and a friend rescued it from a corn crib in Indiana.

latisimud...looks like you have that Winchester walkin the walk! I took mine out squirrel hunting one time with a 20 power target scope.....great for head shots but lugging that 13 pound rifle around wasn't worth the effort.

Good shooting!

November 30, 2005, 01:22 PM
a 52 (not 52A, no such thing--first models were simply 52) made in 1929 and a 1948 52B.

I say buy it.

My 52 has aperture sights and is set up for target work. My 52B is scoped 4X for squirrels. From a bench, at 50 yards, using plain old Winchester Power Point hi-speed hollow points, the 52B makes 0.2 inch five shot groups.

$600 to $900, but closer to $600, is about right. Buy it. You'll never regret it. Ther has never been a better American .22 rifle (or from any other nation, if you ask me).

BTW, in winter I shoot mine a lot with CB longs indoors. Sounds like a staple gun.

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