Winchester Mod 52 target rifle, cal. 22


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gp42305
May 4, 2014, 07:08 PM
I have a Winchester mod 52. the serial number indicates it was made in 1935. I am trying to determine what series it is, B, C, or D. it has the original folding ladder style rear sight and a hooded post front sight. the stock is the beavertail style with no finger groove, the barrel has a slight taper but still heavy and scope mount blocks are attached. I don't believe this to be a sporter, as I would not want to lug it afield. the stock is in good shape and all metal retains 90% blueing. sling swivels and original leather sling are in good shape.

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Jim Watson
May 4, 2014, 08:51 PM
A 1935 Model 52 is probably a 52A. Blue Book says the 52B came out in 1940
Does it have a prominent checkered cocking knob sort of like a 1903 Springfield?
If so, it is a basic M52. If it has a streamlined bolt shroud with only a large screw head, it is a 52A "Speedlock."

natman
May 5, 2014, 11:52 AM
It sounds like an "A", but pictures would help. If you want a detailed rundown, post pictures on the Winchester 52 forum on www.rimfirecentral.com.

Those guys will look at your serial number and tell you what the shift foreman had for lunch on the day your rifle was made. Be aware that if there is anything altered, broken or unoriginal on your gun, it will be pointed out in great detail. ;)

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