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what's it worth....Winchester 52C Sporter
January 15, 2016
3:03 pm
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I have a Winchester 52C sporter in near new condition. I’ve owned for near 20 years and only shot it once. It has been in a silicone gun sock for all these years. Removed to fondle and show a few times a year. I was told when I bought it that I’m the second owner. Bought from a small gun shop who bought it from a widow.

It has the Lyman “Running Rabbit” sight, Hooded front sight, Drilled and taped at factory for scope mount, beautiful checkering, check piece, .

I want to know the value as it is time for someone else to take care of it. I’ve enjoyed it for many years and its someone elses turn.

I have no idea what it is worth. I’ve heard $3500-$6500 and everything in between………

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The only mark it has is a little rub on the barrel where it was leaned against something before I owned it. You need to look hard to see it. And a slight lightening of the wood in the heal of the stock. Have no idea what caused this.

Lots of pictures here:

http://public.fotki.com/Rbertalotto/things-that-go-bang/winchester-model-52/

You can contact me directly at rvb100@comcast.net

As a member of the WCA, I’d like to keep it within the “family” if I decide to part with it.

January 15, 2016
3:27 pm
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In the condition you describe, $5,500 – $6,300 in a well advertised/attended auction.

Bert

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January 15, 2016
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That stock sure look’s dull for a factory 52C. Pictures really are not clear enough to make a determination. Also, bolt handle show’s a bit of wear. Does rifle have the full length gold bead Redfied front sight? If stock has indeed been refinished it will have a pretty severe effect on value. Probably sell for $,4000 to $4,500 tops. The Sporter market has been a bit down over the past few months. However the B models were probably hurt the worst. I keep a pretty close watch on them. For comparison, here are a couple of  pictures of the stock on 2 of mine. Notice the difference in the gloss between the 2 pictured and the one in question.

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January 15, 2016
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Not intended to high jack the thread, but I’ve noticed this before and sure would like an answer. The 52 Sporter in question that Rbertalotto is showing that has minimal use shows the bolt knob to be thinning of the bluing. I have seen this on a few other 52 Sporters and can’t figure out what would cause this if the rifle has been mostly stored away. Looks like it was rubbed off from use, but in almost all cases the rifle was shot very little. Any ideas anyone?      RRM

January 15, 2016
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The stock has an oiled finish. Not high gloss but it has not been refinished as I can tell. Checkering is sharp…If it was refinished it was a hell of a job! I bid on two Sporters before I bought this one. Both had the exact same finish on the stock. Other than those two and this one, I’ve never seen another sporter in person. 

The bolt might look like the knob has wear. It is just the picture. These is no wear on the blueing. The blueing is beautiful. High quality like a Colt Python…..

January 16, 2016
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The 52C sporter should have a semi gloss spray lacquered finish on stock. Barrels on most C’s will have a satin rust blued, while the receiver should have a high polished blue.

Steve

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