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Old 07-20-2013, 12:07 AM
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To the point - an impossible question. I want to buy a (single - just one) bolt action Winchester rimfire rifle. I don't want a 52 but I do want something that really has potential to be an excellent shooter. Is there any of the Winchester rimfire line that really is set apart with known accuracy potential and overall "rimfire coolness and sex appeal....."?

Not to offend anyone but Not looking for a collector but a shooter that I won't feel bad about modifying and/or replacing the stock/barrel/trigger on...if the mood strikes me.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:53 AM
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A 75 Sporter with a nice scope or something like this, it's a 69A/75 hybrid although there's probably not much in the way of mods that you could do.


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Old 07-20-2013, 08:29 AM
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By your description I'd say that a 52 reissue is exactly what you want ! Or you can pick up a 69A pretty cheap, it will probably satisfy your needs.

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Old 07-20-2013, 09:19 AM
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Don't want another 52..... Are any of the other bolt guns built off of the same action as the 52 like the Remington 541-581...?
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No, the Remington 541/581 is somewhat unique as far as the action with its rear locking bolt, but they are very accurate, of course. Love my 582.

If I decided to stay strictly Winchester and stop just short of the 52, I would look for a Model 75 Sporter or Target. I've seen a couple and they set me to drooling, right away! Let me warn you, though: prime specimens of the 75 don't come cheap. Be prepared to pay.

69s and 69As are much more available and affordable. I did have a 69 and it was a fine shooter, not competition class, maybe, but for such a light gun, very good. The most accurate bolt 22 that I had from that era in a sporter configuration was actually a Mossberg - don't recall the model, but it was not the 144, of course - but it was a legit half inch shooter at 50 yards with just about any ammo. Would give any sporter made, today, a run for the money.

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By your description I'd say that a 52 reissue is exactly what you want ! .


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Yeah, you want a 52, it is THE Winchester to buy for accuracy and coolness. Possibly the finest rimfire rifle ever made.
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I already have one.. A 1937 Sporter with a very nice wood stock... But it has a 13" LoP and is set up for a very small or youth shooter. I really want something to redo and play with... (spend a boat load of money on).
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I know you said no 52's but I really like this. Something like this would be a fun project.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=354672287
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Why a winchester? They're such junk ..most are JMB designs anyway. Just shop in Belgium.

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You could advertise here, WTB, for a known highly accurate [state your requirement] Winchester 69, 69A, 75 or?, according to your preferences - and see if anyone is downsizing accumulation/collection. Might work, esp if you offered a premium...

I realize it sounds naive on surface; and the previous shooting of rifle could have lessened through use. Or you could find it better than asserted if you have high skills, better ammo in inventory.

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Why a winchester? They're such junk ..most are JMB designs anyway. Just shop in Belgium.

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Oh my a Belgium Browning. Nice, light 22 auto. Nice rifle, but not better than a M63 or a M74. May look better but will not shoot any better. I have owned a few. Big Larry
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I already have one.. A 1937 Sporter with a very nice wood stock... But it has a 13" LoP and is set up for a very small or youth shooter. I really want something to redo and play with... (spend a boat load of money on).
Your 1937 with a lopped off stock sounds like a prime piece to play with. It's already out of the collectors realm. Have a look at what Teddy Bear Rat has done with his 52. You can take that one as far as your wallet will let you and still have a real winner. Best .22 ever to make a custom rifle out of. I need to be careful here, I'm talking myself into another expensive venture.
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I know you said no 52's but I really like this. Something like this would be a fun project.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=354672287
I am not a collector..I am a shooter. With that said anyone who would take that gun out and shoot it...Well..... let me say I could never shoot that gun. It deserves better than me as an owner.

Hope that makes sense.......

I think I am now on the hunt for a later 52 repeater action with a trigger on it. I will build it into hat I want - if I can decide (exactly) what that is......
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A barrel and a custom stock will probably make me feel I have a "custom" made for me....

Actively looking for a donor gun right now....
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