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Old 04-24-2021, 07:05 PM
Calfed Calfed is offline
 
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Default Winchester 52 pre-A

I've got a Winchester 52 pre-A. It has been sporterized, with the barrel cut to 24".

I do not think it has the "crack of doom", but I'm reluctant to shoot the rifle lest I crack it.

I've posted a few pictures. Can anyone confirm that I do not have the "crack of doom"? If I do not, anything I can do to prevent it (except not shoot it)?

A few pictures and thanks...









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Old 04-24-2021, 07:43 PM
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Nice old rifle. I have two early 1930s-vintage 52s. One is a custom sporter too. I shoot them both with some regularity. Since the rifles are older than I am, I don’t stress ‘em. Slow fire, standard velocity or subsonic ammunition...

As for the “crack of doom (or death)” the following link is the best description I’ve seen

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=326703

Setting the safety seems to be the principal cause. So, don’t use the safety too often.

My sporter is serial 17508, not far from yours. The other is older, serial 12592.

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Old 04-25-2021, 11:43 AM
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Thanks, BRM!


Mine does not seem to have the "cod", so I will refrain from using the safety.


What kind of accuracy do you get from your sporter?
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Old 04-25-2021, 02:00 PM
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Here is a picture of my 52s.

They shoot better than I can (with age 75 eyes). The sporter really likes Winchester Wildcat, and does nearly as well with Winchester T22. That said, these days I shoot mostly CCIs. I'm beginning to really like the CCI Quiet 22, almost as quiet as an air gun... With any of those there is no problem staying in the ten ring from 50 feet to 50 yards. (I shoot mostly at 25 yards on my home range.)

I did replace the sporter front sight. I think it was a 100 yard gun, couldn't adjust the rear sight low enough for 50 feet. A higher front sight fixed that.



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Old 04-25-2021, 02:03 PM
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Interesting we both have "sporters" in the 17,000 serial range. Winchester supposedly didn't make official Sporters until the 32,000s
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Old 04-25-2021, 03:29 PM
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Damn, BRM, those are beautiful rifles.


I've got a B and a D model in addition to my pre-A.





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Old 04-26-2021, 07:49 AM
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Oh how I really wanted a Winchester Model 52D when target shooting as a Boy Scout and high school ROTC cadet in the early 1960s. Way beyond my reach. Had to “settle” for a used Remington 513T (cost $50). Finally got a 52 in 2000, and the sporter a few years later.
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