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Thinking about picking up a .22LR rifle. What do you guys and gals think is the most accurate? Also, what are your thoughts on the Winchester Model 52?
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Anschutz.

A real Winchester 52 is very accurate, you can pick up a "retired" target rifle with a lot of good rounds left. Real 52 sporters are very expensive. I don't know anyone who shoots one of the Japanese repros.
 

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Hi Jim....
Found a Model 52 Winchester. Nicely checkered Monte Carlo walnut stock. Has the speed lock set-up, blade front sight.Button release 5 round curved magazine. Very, very light trigger ( you don't pull, you barely touch). Didn't get serial number or other specifics. Priced at $995. Any ideas what model this is?
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I've got a Remington 541 Heavy Barrel I'm very happy with. They don't make them any more, but they're around used.

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I'll second Anshutz. I had a 54 for a while in Europe - wish I'd brought it back with me. It also had the best trigger on a rifle I have ever had (or tried). It was so light (a couple of ounces) I had several a couple of premature let-offs before I got the hang of it. The 54 and 64 target rifles have very heavy competition stocks/heavy barrels; but boy - do they shoot!

Cape Outfitters has a few for sale by the way.
http://www.capeoutfitters.com/
 

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I have one of the Browning 52B's that are the same as the current Winchesters. It is very well made and accurate. Figure around $750 for gun, good scope & mounts.

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I recently picked up a CZ 452 .22lr. The first time out it pulled in 1/2" 5 shot groups at 50yds with PMC Scoremaster, Ely Subsonic and Federal Classic 38gr JHP. Best group was 4/16" with Federal. Not that expensive and has a great reputation for being a shooter.....
 

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Originally posted by JohnnyO:
I recently picked up a CZ 452 .22lr. The first time out it pulled in 1/2" 5 shot groups at 50yds with PMC Scoremaster, Ely Subsonic and Federal Classic 38gr JHP. Best group was 4/16" with Federal. Not that expensive and has a great reputation for being a shooter.....
I've heard about the CZ 452s, haven't seen one locally. Looked at a CZ in .223 yesterday that had a set trigger. Does the CZ 452 come with the same type of trigger set-up?
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I have a CZ452, and it is very accurate. I love its "real gun" weight, lenght, blue steel and euro walnut stock. Its trigger can be regulated, but it is not a "set" type.
They are very famous and a true classic outside the USA.
 

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Well, I'm hearing some good things about the CZs. For the price they sound like a pretty good deal. I got more info on the Winchester 52. Serial No. 8481xC. My book shows 1956 production. Rifle has been re-stocked (nicely done) and refinished in matte blue. It seems $995 is too much. Your thoughts? BTW, thanks for all the input so far.
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you should be able to pick up a clean 52 with good sights and origional stock between 5 and 600.00, have seen 3 at the last 2 shows in that range. Unless you really like the stock on the one your looking at?
and it does not help the value. the mags if win. brand have value.
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The trigger on my 452 is not that great. A little heavy, with a lot of creep. However, even with that disadvantage it shoots great. A trigger job is all I plan to do to it. Even the scope I have on it (Tasco Mildot) is not so great. A good trigger and better scope and this gun will be a real winner.
 

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I have an old Anshutz (no model# or import mark so I'm not sure what it is exactly) that is a joy, very accurate and pretty too. My CZ-527-FS .223 is the most accurate rifle I have ever shot, if the rimfires are as good you can have a great rifle for a lot less money that way.
 

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I've been hearing good things about the new Kimber .22's, and there was an article on them in a recent gun rag that sure sounded good. I don't know if they shoot as good as an Anshutz, but I'll bet they're less money.
 

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