Winchester Model 52D 52-D Target .22 LR Single Shot Bolt Rifle, 1962 C&R

SOLD FOR: $3751.99

LSB#: 211030NO18

Make: Winchester

Model: 52 Type D Target

Serial Number: 107817D

Year of Manufacture: 1962

Caliber: .22 Long Rifle

Action Type: Single Shot, Bolt Action, Rimfire Target Rifle

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK- / -MADE IN U.S.A.-“, “-MODEL 52-22 L. RIFLE- / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-” and with an ovalled “WP” proof. The proof is also marked on the left of the chamber ring next to the serial number “107817D”. The right of the chamber is marked “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”. The bottom of the bolt has “107817” hand-scribed.

Barrel Length: 28″, Tapers from approximately 1.06″ at the receiver to approximately 0.875″ at the muzzle. This is a Heavy Target barrel for the 52D.

Sights / Optics: The top of the barrel is installed with three male dovetail bases. There left rear of the receiver is drilled and tapped. The barrel is installed with a ring and the rear of the receiver is installed with a Redfield International base, together they hold what appears to be a Redfield X-Tube.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece smooth walnut with beavertail forend, pistol grip, straight comb, and serrated black rubber Mershon Sure-Grip buttpad. The forend has an inlet 13 1/2″ factory accessory rail with a handstop/sling mount installed. There are some scattered light nicks, compressions, dings, scuffs, and a couple of faint hairline scratches. There are no chips or cracks. The accessory rail has light wear from installing and removing accessories. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, 12 1/8″ to the back of the wood. The pad has light wear, most at the heel and toe. The stock is in Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a couple little nicks on the barrel. There is some thinning on the bolt handle from use. There is standard operational wear and light handling wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger breaks crisply with no over-travel. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with the X-Tube.

Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 52 was a bolt-action .22-caliber target rifle introduced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1920. For many years, it was the premier small-bore match rifle in the United States, if not the world. Known as the “King of the .22’s,” the Model 52 has been called by Winchester historian Herbert Houze “a perfection in design”. The Model 52 was finally discontinued in the 1980s because it was costly to manufacture, and its popularity had lost way to expensive European rifles. The Model 52 underwent several changes over its life, and although different model names were not advertised, and the barrel markings remained the same, letter suffixes were added to the serial number to designate significant design changes. This is a model 52D which appears to have seen responsible use and has the heavy target profile barrel. The rifle is in Excellent condition with 97% of its metal finish, some light wear in the stock, a bright bore, strong mechanics and a great trigger. This rifle will make a nice benchrest rifle for the lucky winner or addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Winchester Model 52D 52-D Target .22 LR Single Shot Bolt Rifle, 1962 C&R
Winchester Model 52D 52-D Target .22 LR Single Shot Bolt Rifle, 1962 C&R