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Early 52 stock
May 31, 2016
6:23 am
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I just recently bought a 1924 vintage 52.  The stock does not look like any other of the time, was there such a thing as a "Deluxe" that may have used a different stock? I have not pulled the stock because the screws are undamaged and I'd like to keep it that way.  The feature that intrigues me most is the Neider? style steel butt plate.  I've a custom Mauser from the late 50's with the same style butt plate.[Image Can Not Be Found]

May 31, 2016
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I just recently bought a 1924 vintage 52.  The stock does not look like any other of the time, was there such a thing as a "Deluxe" that may have used a different stock? I have not pulled the stock because the screws are undamaged and I'd like to keep it that way.  The feature that intrigues me most is the Neider? style steel butt plate.  I've a custom Mauser from the late 50's with the same style butt plate.[Image Can Not Be Found]  

Really doubt it, and you may never know for sure. The older stocks had the rounded knob and it was changed sometime around 1924. Without docs. it is just another question mark in the history of the M52, and there are many of those. There are many special order M52's to be had, but it is very hard to prove they are original without factory papers. Good luck with this one.  Big Larry

May 31, 2016
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Winchester would checker a 52 target stock on special order. However, the Niedner style buttplate leads me to believe it is most likely a custom/aftermarket stock. There were a multitude of "off the shelf" custom stocks offered for the 52, due to its popularity. In all my years of collecting 52's I have seen less than 4 or 5 stocks that I was relatively certain were special ordered from factory, and these only consisted of checkering and grip caps on factory target stocks. Winchester did offer in 1930's an "unformed stock" that was fully inletted, but only rough contoured. This allowed the customer to tailor it to his individual needs or wants. Perhaps it is one of those? That said, I still tend to agree with B/L, it is most likely aftermarket. If you could post pictures or email them direct to me(seewinr@aol.com), I would be happy to take a look.

Steve

June 1, 2016
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Thanks to Steve and Big Larry for their valuable info.  It seems it isn't near original but lots of things happen in 95Yrs.  Kurt.

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