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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:42 pm 
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I have a Winchester model 52 match rifle in .22 caliber. Its a 60's model, great condition but I have not seen any of these around?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:41 pm 
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There are over 20 of them on gunbroker right now:
http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx?Ke ... r+model+52
If you watch the auctions for a few weeks you will get a good ideal of what yours might be worth depending on general condition, bluing, quality of wood and type sights. I recently paid $1600 for a 52B built in early 60's that's in remarkable condition with beautiful Marble/Goss target sights. I passed up many others in $700-$1200 range but wanted pristine condition, so paid a premium.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:04 am 
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I thought production of B's ended in '51 and C's ended in '61, is it a D?

Price range looks correct. Original sights add to the price.

Mark


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:07 am 
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I wouldn't base value on asking prices, but instead bids. I agree with Mark that the gentleman's 52 is not a "B" model, a late model "C" likely. I will add that Karl Kenyon felt the C models with serial numbers above 90,000 had some of the best barrels Winchester made. I do have a "D" that is absolutely pristine, with sights, that I would love to sell for $1600


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:02 am 
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Well I can't swear its a 60's era model. I mentioned 60's era because thats when my dad bought it for us. He bought it used in the mid to early 60's. As kids we shot small bore competition throughout California. There is no letter visible beside the model number. My brother mentioned a 52D but there is no letter. Winchester model 52 is what it says. Its a heavy barreled rifle for sure, dark wood stock, match sights, bolt action with a removable magazine.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:21 am 
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magazine and no letter would indicate an "A" model


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:30 am 
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rbs wrote:
magazine and no letter would indicate an "A" model


Not a pre-A, Speedlock, or Slowlock surely?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:29 pm 
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Doesn't no letter designation mean pre-A, which would put it in the 1920's? If so to a collector it might have some value, to a competitor it is basically worth $zero.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:03 pm 
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rbs wrote:
I will add that Karl Kenyon felt the C models with serial numbers above 90,000 had some of the best barrels Winchester made.


Interesting. I purchased a late 52C target with a low bid through one of the auction houses. I was happily surprised when it arrived; like new with all the original accessories. I benched it at 50 with irons and it shot very tight groups. The local Winchester fanatic after one look at the rifle and targets started talking deals; no sale. Now that I'm retired we have a date at 100 with a Supertarget scope to see just what it will shoot.

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In my post above I incorrectly stated that the 52B I recently purchased was built in the 60's. That's what the FFL seller told me and I hadn't yet run down the SN which is 47502B. Winchester database online indicates a 1939-1940 build, but today I reached the 70 year son of the original owner who said that his dad bought the gun new in 1937 "to use for small bore training at Camp Perry." The gun is remarkably well preserved and the bore looks like new. I assume it's a target model but don't know difference between Target and Sporter models. I suspect that the Marbles Goss rear and Redfield front sights indicate Target Model but would like to know for sure and would appreciate guidance from knowledgeable members. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:09 am 
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whatever year that thing may be, surely a thing of beauty it is!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:03 pm 
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Beautiful rifle! Here is a 52B Sporter

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:43 am 
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I will post up the sn and see what someone can come up with. I got yelled at the other day as I lifted the rifle up to inspect the bolt and bore area and the barrel tip struck one of our overhead hanging lamps and broke the glass out of it, lol.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:42 am 
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Okay, mystery is solved simply by putting my glasses on. What I thought was a 0 at the end of the serial number is actually a C

So the serial # is 1039##C.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:12 am 
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I sent you a pm


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:05 am 
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I got your message, I'm in Lake Havasu, about 3 hours from Phoenix. Let me know what you'd like to do!

Doug


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:12 am 
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In viewing the sights and accessories and overall gun condition there are no marks or scratches on the stock, blueing appears to be original in excellent condition, sights are Redfield Olympic, front and rear, the barrel is a bull barrel, muzzle is not blued which is correct for a later C model I'm told. The butt plate is adjustable and also has a shoulder hook attachment, 2 magazines and an off hand grip. There are a total of 3 dovetail sight mounts including the front sight mount so it appears its ready for a scope installation if desired. According to my scale without any attachments or sights installed that this rifle weighs 11.8 lbs.

Any comments or questions or value estimates are appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:20 pm 
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wahoowilie, you have a standard barrel target model and a very nice one.


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