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MarcM 03-27-2012 8:42 PM

Any Winchester Model 52 Experts Near Los Angeles?
I have a Mod 52A, ser# 23***, which would put it at manufactured in 1932. It also has a heavy barrel. I am in need of a magazine or two, the magazine release button and associated parts, and sights. I would like to get this rifle up and shooting some time in the near future, but would like to have it checked out, too. I am in the Santa Clarita area. Here a re a few shots of the rifle. It has been in a garage wrapped up in a sheet for over 30 years. I know it needs to be cleaned up!

G-forceJunkie 03-27-2012 10:31 PM

Try Numrich for the parts.

MarcM 03-28-2012 8:49 AM

Looks like all parts, except for maybe a magazine, are sold out. Any good gunsmiths in our neck of the woods (SCV)?

G-forceJunkie 03-28-2012 11:41 AM

Only know of Daniels gunsmithing, but I have no experience with them.

shooter65 03-30-2012 7:57 PM

Bill Calfee

MarcM 03-30-2012 8:52 PM

Thank you, but I would rather not have to ship my rifle to Indiana.

Tankhatch 03-31-2012 3:51 PM

Lurk on Ebay or Gunbroker.

If the magizine holding assembly is still there, you may only need the "button" to make it work

crowbar 04-01-2012 2:12 PM

FWIW, a friend has the same rifle, pretty close in serial number, and the magazine release button appears the same as in your photo. His rifle has both 5 and 10 round mags, and both lock in and can be dropped by pushing a against the release with a thin punch. The magazine release hole looks pretty close to .25 inch diameter, and a .22 LR may work to release the magazine, but I did not test it. An early "bullet button" perhaps? My friend also has a Model 52B which sports a protruding mag release button.

6079Winston 04-01-2012 4:29 PM

If it's like my "B" it looks like it is only missing the button thing which fits into the bushing in the stock, it looks like the lever and spring are still there. It also looks like the scope mounts are still on the barrel which might make it easier to get a period externally adjustable scope or replica rather than finding the original sights. There are at least two types of dovetails for these mounts but I haven't a clue as to how to tell them apart. The weird thing dovetailed into the front sight base is an adapter for an aperture sight and the two threaded holes in the left of the receiver just in front of the safety are for an adapter for a micrometer sight. All these parts are pretty easy to find, just use google to find a vendor and send them the pics.

MarcM 04-03-2012 10:10 AM

Thank you, all. I am thinking iron sights are the way I want to go for my needs. I will have to take another look at that magazine release. That would be nice if I only needed a button.

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