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Old 03-02-2020, 11:19 AM
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A decent Redfield Olympic rear sight will bring $200 or more.
Darn,that's pretty much double what I've been seeing them going for.
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:53 AM
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A decent Redfield Olympic rear sight will bring $200 or more.
Darn,that's pretty much double what I've been seeing them going for.
Me too. $200 could get an International rear and an Olympic front, if you're patient and squint just right.
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A decent Redfield Olympic rear sight will bring $200 or more.
I'm rich!!
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Couple years ago, maybe longer, I had about 6 sets of these sights. They came off M52's that were housed at a military base. My friend, a Sgt. Major in charge of the armory, got orders to send in for destruction all the M52's, so he removed all the sights and sent me some. All gone now. I gave them all away. Big Larry
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One of the nicest, clearest vintage scopes I ever owned was a Fecker. Just sayin...
the example I own is excellent also, a 12x iirc
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Old 03-04-2020, 12:47 AM
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Looks like I'm out of touch with the market price for Olympic rear sights. I honestly thought they would bring $200.
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Looks like I'm out of touch with the market price for Olympic rear sights. I honestly thought they would bring $200.
I only gave $225 for a set of MK8 Internationals last fall.
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Old 03-04-2020, 10:48 AM
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All this talk about the Olympics started me on a search in my gun closet. I found the rear and front Olympics that I had stashed away a while back. They are going on my M52-C BULLGUN. I also located the special base and screws in my parts box. Big Larry
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Old 03-04-2020, 10:56 AM
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Iíve got Olympics and Internationals front and backs just sitting in the box in the gun safe. You guys got me thinking Iím gonna have to do something with them now. . .
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If you want the rifle I'd try to get it cheaper than a grand. But that's the thing, a "value question" depends on a lot. What the buyer hopes for? What the seller hopes for? What parting it out would do? How much is your time worth doing that? Local sale vs national internet auction site? What about fees, shipping, and return hassles? Etc....

I'd ask the guy what he wants. If he says "they go for $2699 on Gunbroker!" skip it. if he says "uh, don't know...$500?" buy it.
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:52 PM
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The bedding devices from that time period that I am aware of are:

- Al Freeland
- Swem
- Brown - This is what Art Cook used on his Remington 37 in the 1948 Olympics

Triggers that would have gone on a 52B action from that period were:

- Canjar - Widely available
- Thomas - Widely available
- Wright Allen - Not widely available
- There are other custom triggers however they made in very small quantities

Later Kenyon triggers were available for the 52B however Karl would have wanted the owner to ship the barreled action to him so that he could test the hardness of the receiver as well as installing the trigger (Kenyon B requires a flat spot for the spring which rides in the front of the trigger body).

Hip's comments regarding the Johnson barrel are spot on and while they must have made it easier for Eric to produce, they wore out rather quickly. I was told years ago by my Grandfather who knew Eric that they were good for about 10K rounds before you needed to have them re-chambered or replaced. I own one 52 with a Johnson barrel and it has been rechambered at least once.

Regarding the Redfield Olympic sights I will say that beyond someone using a club rifle the rear sights just aren't seen being used at prone or position matches. Once in a while you will see someone using an Olympic front sight, however they are rather crude when compared to what is available for prone and position shooters to use in today's world. The same holds true for the International sights and the paperweight which is also known as the Redfield Palma sight.

It sounds like an interesting rifle, however the market for these rifles gets smaller and smaller as there are fewer people who use them in active competition and /or have an interest in an American made target rifle. I continue to use Winchester 52 rifles, however the only original parts are the action and bolt.

Bill
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Old 03-04-2020, 07:47 PM
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The nice thing about Olympic and Internationals is no need to look, threads are correct for windage/elevation. After twenty plus years of hard competitive shooting my International remains as tight as new. Any of the euro sights I’ve used were backwards threaded for movement.
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