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Old 02-09-2019, 04:08 PM
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Picked up a consignment rifle at the LGS today, box, manual etc. box is fair, rifle is in excellent condition, photos show a good bit of lint from me putting a coat of Renaissance Wax on it. No dents, dings etc., it appears unfired, trigger WAS untampered with and will see more tampering (lawyer pin you say).

First order of business is base/rings and a scope, poking around on the internet mostly left me confused, enlightenment is desired. Nice strong straight grained stock that is attractive if not stunning.


















I've looked at dozens of them, especially when they came out and just couldn't justify one, I made an offer I didn't think the seller would take and surprise its mine.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:25 PM
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Nice looking rifle, check out the Winchester 52 section of the forum, you should be able to find more info about scope rings and bases. Let us know how it shoots.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:42 PM
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That is nice, Gerald! I love mine. As far as rings, I got the Browning rings that originally came with the gun. Anything others, I couldn't help you with...sorry.

I had my favorite gunsmith fix the trigger, after I found out the factory pull weight exceeded the weight of the gun and scope! Hard to do any ammo tests like that. After his modifications, he set it at 8 ounces, and told me if I wanted to do some serious benchrest work, how to adjust it done to 2 ounces. I've left it at 8 ounces since then...it's very nice.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:04 PM
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Nice looking rifle, check out the Winchester 52 section of the forum, you should be able to find more info about scope rings and bases. Let us know how it shoots.
I'll be looking around thanks, wasn't sure where this belonged so went with the name on the side of the rifle.

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That is nice, Gerald! I love mine. As far as rings, I got the Browning rings that originally came with the gun. Anything others, I couldn't help you with...sorry.

I had my favorite gunsmith fix the trigger, after I found out the factory pull weight exceeded the weight of the gun and scope! Hard to do any ammo tests like that. After his modifications, he set it at 8 ounces, and told me if I wanted to do some serious benchrest work, how to adjust it done to 2 ounces. I've left it at 8 ounces since then...it's very nice.
As near as I can tell the Browning mounts and rings are very hard to find, I'll likely try removing the "lawyer pin" myself first and see what that does for me.
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Yep, lose the pin and change the spring. Just the pin doesn't do much.
My experience with a Winchester version indicated that fairly high rings were needed, so that the bolt handle would avoid the scope.
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Nice find!

My Browning 52 is probably my favorite rifle!


Depending how far forward you want/need your scope. Talley makes some nice ring/base for the 52
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Nice catch, Gerald.
I keep thinking I want to have the bolt bent on mine so I can get the scope a bit closer to the bore. Not the highest priority on my current list though.
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I'm pretty much used to dealing with high bolt lift from my CZ 452's so I'm thinking it won't be a big problem, at least I hope not.
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A member has offered me a set of mounts and rings so it looks like that is solved in a most gracious manner.
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Nice catch, Gerald.
I keep thinking I want to have the bolt bent on mine so I can get the scope a bit closer to the bore. Not the highest priority on my current list though.
Having the bolt handle altered, was one of the first thing I did when I got mine... I guess I wasn't too concerned about "collector" value back in '92


Another nice thing about the 52, extra magazines are cheap and plentiful
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Nice rifle Gerald! Beautiful stock.
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Nice catch Gerald.....hope it shoots well for you. It's good that your were able to get some rings from a fellow member. I've owned two of the Brownings and two of the Winchsters, but currently only have one Browning left. Mine has the original, Burris I think, rings/bases. Yes, these guns do have a fairly high bolt lift reminiscent of the CZ. Some of these shoot very well. Nice classy guns....
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This gentleman has a set of Burris bases and rings.
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Very nice gun. What a pleasure that gun will bring ! Are you gonna hunt it some ?
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It will certainly be shot but I'm doubtful I'll hunt with it, just too many other rimfires of pretty much all flavors to choose from.
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