Winchester Model 52

Probably the most popular caliber firearm in most of the world. Many of us have more than one. They also are very collectible and still cheap to shoot.
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Winchester Model 52

Postby oldironsights » Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:16 am

I had been looking at Winchester model 52 rifles at gun shows & online for a couple of years now, just hoping to snag one great rifle for a great price, yet the owners/sellers of the rifles always wanted a fat wad of cash in order to part with their rifle.
Most of what I veiwed did not come as a package; just the rifle, sometimes a period scope such as a Fecker or Unertl that could be purchased seperately.
Then candyman told me of a 52 for sale for a fair price that came as a kit with a history.
This 52 was used by a ranked shooter in the 1960's & beyond.
His name was Ernie Gregg of Durango, Colorado. The rifle was sold from his estate to a Mr. Malone of Arizona just a few years ago, then traded to a Mr. Smith, also of Arizona, who then relocated to Louisiana with the rifle, & continued to use it in competition.
He then sold this rifle to me, as he desired to pursue high scores in a centerfire class of shooting.
I drove 740 miles to acquire this rifle.
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Included was a Fecker 16X scope from the late 40's. It was one of the last scopes made by Fecker.
A fellow named Unertl went to work for Fecker in the 1920's & Feckers' scopes started to look just like this one. Member candyman surmised it must have been Unertl's design, as when Unertl left Fecker in the 30's, the Unertl scope looked identical to the Fecker.Image

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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:28 pm

What a stunning bit of kit, who's a lucky bugger then :loco: :loco:
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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby dhtaxi » Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:12 pm

Very nice I want one.
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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby Aughnanure » Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:21 pm

I wan't one too :loco: :salute:

I'd like a score book like that also, then I'd be :D

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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby Niner » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:06 pm

Now that is something. I'm jealous.
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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby Candyman » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:28 pm

I got to shoot this rifle the day after Clay picked it up. My son and I drove over to Mississippi and met Clay at the range. This is one sweet rifle to shoot. :D
Clay had told me that he was thinking about buying a 52 a day or two before I saw this one come up for sale on a local forum. I gave Clay a call and he hit the road running.
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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby Jerrypow » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:16 am

WOW!! What a setup! I purchased a very nice model 52 about 8 years ago and I just love it!! No scope on it, would have been nice to get a setup like yours! But, my honest opinion, best .22 I have ever owned and I have owned a lot of them. I love target shooting .22's and this is my favorite one! I wish I could find some of the accessories that fit the gun, Palm rest, Scope, etc, just to have the whole thing together but they are hard to come by. Especially the palm grip. Thanks for sharing. Good buy!!
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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby Dave 101 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:25 am

Hope it shoots as good as it looks .

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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby blackisler » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:34 pm

Stunning piece of kit , I am well jealous . I would love to get my hands on one .
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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby joseyclosey » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:40 pm

BI, there is one near you up for auction at http://www.precisionrifles.com/582/ it is part of the late Chris Whites collection.

I was there last week viewing some of the stuff still left.

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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby PeterN2 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:18 pm

Did you pick up any of the 8x56R ammunitionon the list? I wish I had seen the full list of what he had. I have seen Chris White shooting at the Trafalgar Meetings over the years. It is sad that he went so early. RIP.
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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby joseyclosey » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:10 pm

Yes i got the 8X56 plus some FNM 8mm Mauser along with other bits and pieces Peter.

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I have a similar 52 and Fecker

Postby NuJudge » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:21 pm

The Civilian Marksmanship Program sold of the US Military's .22 target rifles in recent years, and I bought several, amongst them a Winchester 52D Heavy Barrel. It was one of the last ones at the CMP North Store, and looked rather bedraggled when I picked it out of the rack, but the others looked worse. I took it home and picked off the pieces of old, iron hard masking tape all over the stock with my fingernails, and put some Boiled Linseed on the stock, and mild figure emerged over the entire butt of the stock. It actually looks quite nice, now. :shock:

My father used a Fecker scope all through his childhood on various .22 target rifles, and it eventually ended up on a .22 Swift woodchucking rifle. My uncle traded my Dad out of it, then took the scope off and rebarreled the rifle in another caliber. When I was young, my Dad traded my uncle out of the barrel and scope, built another woodchucking rifle with them, and gave it to me.

Some day I will have to try the Fecker on the 52D.

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Re: Winchester Model 52

Postby A square 10 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:41 pm

i would have driven that distance and more as well , what a fine rifle and kit , congrats - now enjoy it

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