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Old 06-01-2020, 03:59 PM
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LOL, easy one..........the Model 52......Oh!, I already do, lucky me!
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Springfield Armory M2, 22 Cal - 1933 to 1942

Springfield Armory M2 in NRA sporter configuration - 1938

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Here's my suggestion to the OP's inquiry:

A pair of Winchester Light Sporter .22RF rifles. Specifically, a Winchester Mdl 52B Sporter, and a Winchester Mdl 75 Sporter.





They're both from the period specified by the OP, and yes, they both were drilled and taped for a one piece Redfield Jr. Scope mount by their previous owners.
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and then there's also the Remington Mdl 513S Sporting rifle that meets the OP's criteria as well and is shown below:



and here it is with the Stilth "no drill" scope mount installed:


These all fill the bill quite nicely!!!


I would only add the Rem. 40X Sporter as another option.
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I don't have one, but would LOVE to own a Stevens 416 with the barrel band and peep sights. The Winchester 52's and Springfield 1922's are fine rifles no doubt, I just like to be a little outside of the norm when it comes to guns.
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:34 AM
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Never gone to a range much just never lived where it was necessary.
Since my first 22 most of my 22 shooting has been hunting or plinking so my choice would probably be a Remington 512 or a Marlin 39.
Handy, slim enough easy to carry, will shoot S-L--LR are walnut and blue steel and accurate enough for what they would be used for.
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Old 06-02-2020, 09:24 AM
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I'm going to buck the trend here. If I could only have one, it would be a Weatherby Mark XXII Deluxe. Marketed by Weatherby, an American company, but actually made in Italy by Beretta. If it has to be American made, then I fall back into the pack with a 40X sporter.
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I suspect I've thought about this more than anyone alive, or at least as much as anyone .

There is always something or things that make an otherwise ideal rifle just less than perfect: Walther KKJ: the aluminum TG and protruding magazine, the Mauser 410B: the sheet metal TG, the 40x: the less than debugged magazine system, or its just a single shot (I also don't like the run-of-the-mill, common as dirt Rem 700 styling), Brno 1: un-refined trigger, sheet metal TG, and counter intuitive safety, the 1922: massive centerfire rifle action gerrymandered into rimfire service, the 54 Anschutz sporter: cold, soul-less, overly efficient design, action lines, and Teutonic styling, the KoO M82: ill-conceived, threaded cocking stud, the 52 Sporting: stamped TG. Still, having owned and shot them all, my opinion is the 52A is the finest factory .22 sporter ever made. If one looks at every aspect of the rifle, including built quality, meticulousness of manufacture of every part (except the TG), the polishing, bluing, fit, finish and feel, and the complete lack of price point compromise (i.e. integrally forged front sight ramp), it wins, in my view.

The BIG problem is no way to mount a scope without value-diminishing modifications, and so its utility is greatly reduced for those with old eyes. The 52C solves that, and that's likely why it seems to be the most desirable, but, believe me, when handling both, the 52A exudes more pure quality. I guess it's also a little too heavy for my tastes, but, if I could figure a way to mount a lightweight, modern scope on the receiver, it would be the bees knees for me.

Among more recent offerings, the Dakota 22 would be very close to perfect in styling and built quality...except the larger-than-needed floor plate and strange bolt release...there is always some dang thing!

Anyway, that's my vote.

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Springfield M2 or Remington 40X.
You always have had good taste.

I agree and would add the Dakota Arms and Coopers.

The 40X may not be refined, but it is heavy duty. If it just had the Mauser full length extractor so you could have Controlled Round Feed in a 22 LR rifle.
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Win 61, 22 mag. Shot one as a kid. Loved it.
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Has anyone even read the original post? American made from the 40's to 60's.
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Criterion requested in O.P.

and "Other than the heavy target rifles like Model 52's and 40x's what are considered the best .22 shooters from that era in a sporter configuration?"
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Old 06-02-2020, 08:30 PM
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I prefer a Winchester 52B Sporter.
If I were wealthy, I'd look for an unfired one.
Yes, hard to find but they're out there.
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odd one for you.

Remington 511x.
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Just one...............

I'm partial to my Ruger 1022 Target with a Tactical Solutions alloy 16" barrel and open sights. However, if I had the need to shoot at 100 yds or better then I would need a scope thrown into the mix. Second in line would be a Winchester Model 69 with target sights and third, my Remington Nylon 66, again with open sights. If I decided on a single shot, it would be my Winchester Low Wall in .22 magnum. Sigh, soooooooo hard to choose!
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I would go for a Winchester 52 with Lyman peep sights since that was what I learned on in the 70s, unless someone made a lefthanded rifle in that time frame.
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I’m quite happy with my CZ 452 American but wouldn’t turn down a Winchester-52 Sporter.

A detached retina a few years ago in my shooting eye will not allow me to reach the potential of some of the very expensive guns that might deliver a 1/4” better group.
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