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Very interesting customized early 52.
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March 2, 2023 - 5:46 pm
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Sports the very rare Lyman 103 adapted to this model.  I like the way the PG was reshaped, but why, oh why, did the owner have to chop off the fore-end?  Eliminating the feature I like best, the barrel-band, & spoiling the lines of the stock.  Appears gun was owned by a serious shooter, so I’m thinking this wasn’t mindless vandalism, but rather a rational idea for improving brl bedding, maybe even free-floating.  The wooden plug inserted crosswise above the front guard screw (which secures the rcvr to the stock) must also be an idea for improving the bedding; what else could it be?

If I found this in a gun store, I very well might buy it at the right price, mainly because of the sight, but I won’t deal on GB.

https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/973710535

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clarence,

I’m wondering if it’s a re-contoured factory stock or a totally new stock? I’m guessing re-contoured based on the way the buttplate fits and the overall fitment of the stock. Whoever did the stock work was good. It’s very professionally shaped, and the finger-grooves are straight and even. It,s a speed-lock action. I would love to know the barrel date. I wonder if it was originally a slow-lock and was returned to Winchester for an update, or was it built as a speed-lock? The serial number is not always an indicator. It’s an interesting rifle.

From what I’ve seen Winchester did not practice a FIFO system when it came to using parts. I have two model 52’s in my collection whose receivers were numbered on the same day or at most a day apart, serial #’s 12221 & 12242. 12242 is a standard weight barrel, finger-groove stock, slow-lock, 82A rear sight, shark fin front, 27 barrel date. 12221 is a standard weight barrel, Laudensack stock, speed-lock, 48j rear sight, Lyman 17 front, 30 barrel date. I’m not sure if 12221 was updated or built as a speed-lock rifle. I suspect it was built that way.

I have Savage model 19 NRA with a 103 tang sight on it, and they are neat.

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tom in michigan said
clarence,

I’m wondering if it’s a re-contoured factory stock or a totally new stock? I’m guessing re-contoured based on the way the buttplate fits and the overall fitment of the stock. Whoever did the stock work was good.

  

Merely re-shaped; carving a more distinct PG was a common alteration.   Can’t make out clearly rear end of the bolt to see if it has the Slow Lock cocking-knob, which I like because it resembles the ’03 Springfield; but not enough to compensate for the Slow Lock action itself.  I wish that knob & the finger-grooves had been carried over on the Speed Lock models.

So many Slow Locks show up for sale on-line that I get the impression not too very many were returned for the Speed Lock upgrade.  But I’d have sent mine, if I had one at that time.

I just bought a Flaig’s 52 trigger-shoe on ebay; that alone cost almost $50!

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That 103 Lyman sight has to be worth $700. They are scarce and were not available till 1916. I have a beautiful 1916 Winchester M1894 Oct. bbl. rifle in

38-55, that has one. Not original. I put it there. The M52 #103 had to be D&T’d into the wood. Big Larry

 

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