I am looking at possibly purchasing a 52 B sporter made in 1940, it has had a rubber recoil pad installed and a scope mounted on it, other than that it appears in good condition, it has reciever dovetail and peep sight with it. I am not familiar enough with the 52 to determine what the value might be after these modifications any information would be greatly appreciated.
March 12, 2008
It sound’s like you are looking at a converted sporter and not an original example. The B sporters did not utilize the dovetailed receiver. These receivers were used only on the target rifles and dovetailed to mount the 82A Winchester flip up target sight. Unless done by a well known gunsmith, and modified very professionally, it has little if any collector value and is strictly in the ”shooter” class.
If in fact it was an original B sporter, which had been fitted with a recoil pad and receiver drilled/tapped, it is still in the shooter class, and will attract little to no attention from collectors, with an approximate value of $1000 to $1500 depending on overall condition.
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