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Old 10-19-2020, 11:08 AM
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I need some concise and to the point help. I want to mount a scope on my Zanders 52 but am faced with the famous 52 bolt handle/scope mounting delimna. What is the best scope/ring/base combo that will get the scope as low as possible and allow the bolt to work? I want to mount a scope with an AO. Help please. I have a buddy that has one and had the bolt handle turned down. I am horrified at the thought of that.
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The Leupold or Burris bases with extra high rings should get you there with most scopes, unless you have a scope with especially large ocular adjustment knobs or bells.... My win 52B has a Weaver V16 on it with AO and it seems to work fine set up like this...

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The Zanders' 52R can use Weaver bases and high rings should be fine on them. That's what I have on mine.

Whatever you do, DO NOT alter the bolt. The Zanders' 52R was made in a very limited edition - 500 I believe - and are bringing serious money when one comes up for sale. Altering the bolt will lower the value considerably IMO.
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The Zanders' 52R can use Weaver bases and high rings should be fine on them. That's what I have on mine.

Whatever you do, DO NOT alter the bolt. The Zanders' 52R was made in a very limited edition - 500 I believe - and are bringing serious money when one comes up for sale. Altering the bolt will lower the value considerably IMO.
I found some mounts and a Nikon rimfire without AO that I think is going to work ok. I wish Miroku had redesigned the bolt handle when they tooled up and made the 52Rs.
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I've gone round and round with my 52R over the years, and recently settled on weaver bases and low rings with . . . . . . . prepare yourself . . . . . .





an old Weaver K1060B.



I love these scopes, and one that is still in good condition is hard to beat for any rimfire (or smaller centerfire), but works especially well for the 52 reproductions due to their sanely sized objective and ocular lenses, AO from less than 50 ft. to infinity and finger adjustable windage and elevation.
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Is the barrel contour on the Zanders 52R that much different than the other 52 repros?

On my Browning 52R I'm using a Weaver V24 with Weaver bases and medium Burris Signature Zee rings. No issue with the bolt handle clearing the ocular lens. I don't recall that it's particularly close either. I'll have to look at it later
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Is the barrel contour on the Zanders 52R that much different than the other 52 repros?

On my Browning 52R I'm using a Weaver V24 with Weaver bases and medium Burris Signature Zee rings. No issue with the bolt handle clearing the ocular lens. I don't recall that it's particularly close either. I'll have to look at it later
Yeah the Zanders has a heavier barrel.
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I've gone round and round with my 52R over the years, and recently settled on weaver bases and low rings with . . . . . . . prepare yourself . . . . . .





an old Weaver K1060B.



I love these scopes, and one that is still in good condition is hard to beat for any rimfire (or smaller centerfire), but works especially well for the 52 reproductions due to their sanely sized objective and ocular lenses, AO from less than 50 ft. to infinity and finger adjustable windage and elevation.
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I like the old weavers too
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I should have mentioned that I use the steel Grand Slam bases by Weaver. A rifle of this quality deserves steel. You could also use Burris gloss Zee rings if you really wanted to gild the lily.
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I found some mounts and a Nikon rimfire without AO that I think is going to work ok. I wish Miroku had redesigned the bolt handle when they tooled up and made the 52Rs.
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The Zanders' 52R can use Weaver bases and high rings should be fine on them. That's what I have on mine.

Whatever you do, DO NOT alter the bolt. The Zanders' 52R was made in a very limited edition - 500 I believe - and are bringing serious money when one comes up for sale. Altering the bolt will lower the value considerably IMO.

Go for it. Buy a spare and grind away:
https://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi/prod/B2563006

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Go for it. Buy a spare and grind away:
https://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi/prod/B2563006

I might just buy one myself and customize it for my field gun. Thanks 3Dub, that would get me to my 33rd unfinished gun project!!! Grrrrr.
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Is the barrel contour on the Zanders 52R that much different than the other 52 repros?
Zanders 52 on the left.



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Scope for Zanders 52B

I have Leupolds VX2 3-9 x 33EFR AO Rimfire on mine with detacheable top mount (high) Weaver steel bases and it clears the bolt just fine and the scope is perfect in balance and performance for this rifle. Also same rig on the Rem 541S.
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