Can anyone help identify this rifle??

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  1. Matt82

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    This is a photo of my grandfather in the late 1930s. He was part of a marksman club for the steel mill he worked for. I never met him, but I’d like to find one of these rifles if I could only figure out what it is. I know it’s probably not possible, but hoping some one can possibly identify it. I was told once that he was a fan of Marlin rifles, but that’s all I know. He is on the bottom right. Thanks to anyone who might help! 573C38EF-9B72-4D31-930E-6D1404C5F856.jpeg FFD9C1F1-7EBA-4009-A4CE-78499B16E605.jpeg
     
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    Winchester Model 52
     
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    Trapp nailed it
    Winchester 52
     
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    Yep it's a Win, 52. And i think 2 of the other guys in the front row have 52s too. As far as finding one to buy, They are out there on the net. Depending on condition you should find one in decent condition from anywhere $800.00 to 1K. Of course some go way more than that.They made different models; pre A, A, B, C, D, and E. Usually the Bs are the most common and affordable.
     
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    Wow thanks! That was fast. I’d have never thought it was a .22, but I’m no expert. Any way to tell which sub model it is?
     
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    Hard to tell cause i can't see the end of his bolt clearly enough. But if i had to guess i'd say it's 52B or 52A. The B models came out in i think 1936 to 54. The pre A models usually had finger slots in the forearm. Some As did too, but some didn't. but the Bs didn't have those grooves. Your Grandfather's doesn't have any grooves. Looks like my B model stock. but if you could see the bolt it would narrow it down better.
     
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    It's either a Pre-A, 1919-1935, or a 52A, 1935-1938, hard to tell from a pic. The letter suffix started when changes were made, like the speedlock trigger, Sporter models, etc. JMO, the Model C has the best trigger. Miroku in Japan has been making quality Winchester reproductions, and the 52 is one of them.
     
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    How good were the rifles at marksmanship?
     
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    I was going to call it a 52
     
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    Very good for the era. I have a 52c that is very accurate.
     
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    Col. Whelen took one look at the 1919 prototype, and had 6 rushed to be there in time for a match, where the 52's cleaned house. Winchester had the 1885 Winder Musket until WWII when they discontinued. The first 52's were barreled with modified Winder target barrels. The whole rifle was built for nothing but accuracy, but they were expensive even back then to produce. They were "the" accuracy .22 into the '70's when cheaper target rifles came of age.
     
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    Ok after further review it's not a B model. Cause the safety on the b models were on right side next to the bolt handle. And from your pic i don't see it. So i'd say it's a A model.

    They were and are still very good rifles. Winchester used the marketing term for them "The winchester model 52 is the King of the .22s". probably a little over the top cause Remington was making some pretty good ones too, ie the model 37 and 40x.
     
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    I've got a 40x too. I bought a 37 but sent it back to the seller because the safety was defective.
     
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    That magazine button is a dead giveaway for a Winchester. My 75T target rifle has the same. It's a bit cheaper than the 52, but still a fine shooter.
     
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    I didn't know you sent it back. So there was no fix for it?