Today I saw what I thought was a 52B but now I'm not sure.
Left side of the barrel had " u.s.repeating arms, New Haven, Conn. Right below that it had "Made in Japan".
On the same left side it had the Winchester logo and below that it had "Lincensee".
It also had a 10 digit serial # without the B.
Barrel was not the real glossy finish like I have seen on the B models but other than that they looked indentical.
It also did not have the "imported to New Haven stamped on the right side.
Price was $475 with a like new Leupold 4x12 matte on it.
Wood was about 80%. Somebody beat the heck out of it on 2-3 spots but the scrathes were not real deep. Is this an original model 52? If so I didn't know they were made in Japan.
Let me know soon what I've found. I may go get it tomorrow.
Don't really think the dealer knows whats he's got. As soon as it got it out he made the comment that the scope was worth more than the gun. Of course I Agreed with him.