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Winchester Model 52 --Gumwood stock
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20220913_18022217298.jpgImage Enlarger20220913_18023317300.jpgImage Enlarger20220913_18025817299.jpgImage Enlarger20220913_18212217297.jpgImage Enlarger   This  is a recent  acqusition  a nice clean  1932 barrel dated .22 Model 52. Second model with  a Gumwood  stock.  It looked  like crp when  purchased,  no scope   dark color wood,   and mottled brown reciever. – a few hours  stripping  sscraping  sanding  to remove  the  shellad ans stain . numerous coats of a water based  walnut hull stain i make .Winchester  used Walnt hulls  but boiled them in oil  . water base is handy  makes new walnut look  like older growth walnut..but  i’m satisfied  the gumwood  resembles walnut as best as it can here.. Mossberg Anachromatic scope i had, sighted in at  30  feet, while  i   look for a Fecker i think.

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It’s a post  reticule   scope  my favorite. The  eye relief   makes the foucs picture is more like a peep apeture , than a wide  field  picture   Make  walnut stain by  taking  big  plastic bag of green hulls ,    putting  them in a  5 gallon spackle bucket,  add  3 gallons og boiling water   and let stew for  6 to  10 months .the longer  the  it sits  the darker  the color,   take it ou  poke holes in the bottom  and strain into  the bucket  yeild  gallon and a half or more. 

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Ralph Fitzwater said
   This  is a recent  acqusition  a nice clean  1932 barrel dated .22 Model 52. Second model with  a Gumwood  stock. 

  

Ralph,  Gumwood was never used on 52s.  Might have been a lower grade walnut, but it wasn’t gumwood.  Glad to see you didn’t apply any kind of gloss finish, & the color looks about right.

I found out all I wanted to know about walnut hull stain when my father set me the task of de-hulling a bushel basket of fresh black walnuts from a tree on our property.

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you’re wrong  ,i’ve been a woodworker  for 60 years and walnut has always been a favorite  i can tell by  the smell whn cutting.Winchester  state  it was available on special order  as well as any other grade wood. there are no “cut and dried rules ” with  somethings , it  depends on  the day or time  the blanks  were turned.,if  the  woo  shop  had   no choice   one week  until  the next batch of walnut blanks was ready  they would  substitute  Gumwood. 

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gumwood  is  a green-yellow  tone  not brown– color in nature   my walnut stain  give it  the  decent walnut look.it’s gumwood  believe me.

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there is  no such  thing  as “never” in volume production. many .22 were stocked in gumwood  ans a 52  is a .22

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I have to agree with Clarence on this one. I  have owned and examined lots and lots of 52’s over the years. Never have I seen a gumwood stock on a 52. This was Winchester’s “flagship” rimfire target rifle and I cannot ever imagine them substituting a gumwood stock on these rifles. I have never seen a gumwood stock on any Winchester 22 except for the early low cost boy’s rifles.  Not that it proves anything, but I happen to have the original Winchester blueprint for the rough cut blank of the stock used on your 52 rifle. As for material, it states “Selected American Black Walnut”. 

    I’m sure if someone wanted gumwood bad enough, Winchester would have made you one on a special order basis, but I have to ask “why”? If one was installed on a production, non special order rifle, I feel it was a mistake and not due to a lack of walnut.

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20220914_14245217309.jpgImage Enlarger20220914_14250017308.jpgImage Enlarger   These are for comparison Clarence,  on the left are  the scrapings   using a glass microscope slide20220816_20413617111.jpgImage Enlarger  from the day before, taking from under  the dark stain  from Winchester   off the stick..  on  the right  is actual walnut  from a different  stock .above   That being  a Brown-Van Choate   1871 Military trials  carbine- decent  example of wblack walnut. that too has  the water based walnut stain   under linseed oil.  Clarence  you’re “shooting  the breeze” in remarks  claiming  i don’t know  what  walnut looks like, i’ve carved it  made furniture from it  ,burned it , refinished  dozens  of walnut gunstocks    over  the years  to know  . 

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Well, Ralph, you probably have a one-of-a-kind Model 52. 

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