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Hello,

Starting to get back into rimfire shooting and i'm looking for a nice bolt gun. I found one of these used, but have been unable to find much information on them. Are they a good gun for the money? should I look for something else? I'm also looking into winchester 52's, sako finnfire, the h&r target .22 and even the cz 452- any opinions? Can anyone tell me about the 36 BR? What would be a good price to pay for one?

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If your talking about the Model 36 BR-50 or IR-50/50 [5 shot] repeaters, I would think they would sell around $1000 (IR maybe a little higher) in good shape. The older single shot Model 36 TRP-1 & TRP-1S (MS-36) would maybe go $600 or so for a good one.

I am no expert on the 36 but if I remember right the repeaters had some feed/extract issues on occasion. The Model 57 was designed to remedy this and possibly other shortcomings.

Like I said, I'm no expert and hopefully others will chime in as well. You can check the Cooper site for a brief history on the 36 as well as searching this forum. If it were me, I would opt for the newer 57-M action and look for a used one of those. If the price was right on the 36 though, I'm sure they were/are very nice rifles.

Of the others you mentioned, the 52 is a classic (wish I had a 52B), both the finnfire and 452 are very nice rifles with the 452 being a better bang for the buck I think. Do some searches on this site in each of the respective forums and you will get a better feel for each.

Hope this helps,
RG
 

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The IR50 model 36's were great guns.Mine never failed to feed, had to use the clip because of the small port. Used Lilja tight bore bbl and Jewell triggers. I won 3 state champs with it, it should bring considerably more than $1000. $1500-$1600 if it is pristine.
 
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