MODEL 52B .22 CALIBER BOLT ACTION RIFLE IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR

MODEL 52B .22 CALIBER BOLT ACTION RIFLE IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS
FOR
MODEL 52B
.22 CALIBER BOLT ACTION RIFLE
This is one of the famous line of Winchester
World Standard arms. As one of the Classic
Traditions models you can expect the same
quality and satisfaction as with the original
historic Model 52B introduced in 1919. And,
as with the original, you'll appreciate its
economy of design, quick handling properties
and smooth functioning.
U.S. REPEATING ARMS COMPANY, INC.
275 Winchester Avenue
New Haven, CT, U.S.A. 06511-1970
Administrative Offices:
275 Winchester Avenue,
Morgan, UT, U. S. A. 84050-9333
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New gun owner’s record.
Contents
Use the space below to record information about your new
Winchester Model 52B rifle.
General features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Serial Number ____________________________________
Caliber __________________________________________
Page
Gun safety warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
General description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Terminology and descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Ammunition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
General operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Grade ___________________________________________
Purchase Price ____________________________________
Purchased From ___________________________________
Initial cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Oiling the action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Operation of the safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Cocking indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Inserting and removing the bolt . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Date of Purchase __________________________________
Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Unloading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Trigger System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Forearm adjustment screw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Scope mount and sights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Cleaning and maintenance suggestions . . . . . . . . .21
Ordering parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Service or repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Questions & Winchester.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Winchester trademarks licensed from Olin Corporation
Made in USA. Printed in Japan.
©1997 • KP982/97360
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MODEL 52B B OLT ACTION 22 RIMFIRE
GUN SAFETY WARNINGS
The Model 52 is what legends are made of. Your
Model 52B offers the accuracy you want in a rimfire
bolt action. It has the renowned Micro Motion trigger system. Producing a trigger system like this is
labor intensive and requires extraordinary precision.
Watch-like part fits like you see in a 52B are rare in
these modern days. The match chamber adds further
to the 52’s exceptional accuracy. You may have
already noticed how smooth and effortless it is to
work the bolt. The magazine system, with its five shot
capacity, is easy to operate and very reliable . . . just
like on the originals.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THESE OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS BE THOROUGHLY STUDIED BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM TO
ASSURE PROPER AND SAFE GUN HANDLING. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE
INSTRUCTIONS OR FAILURE TO OBEY
ANY SAFETY WARNING MAY RESULT IN
INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS, OR
CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR GUN.
The history behind the Model 52 is equally extraordinary. It first appeared in 1919 and was shot at the
National Rifle Matches that very year. It was a
favorite of returning veterans after World War I
because of its bolt action design that utilized a removable magazine. Many consider it one of the most significant factors in the growth of small-bore target
shooting in the United States.
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding
responsibilities. How seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of
any firearm. At all times handle your rifle and any
other firearm with intense respect for its power and
potential danger.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF
THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED
IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING YOUR
NEW FIREARM.
1. Do not carry a loaded gun with a live round in the
chamber while walking, running, climbing a tree,
crossing a fence or anywhere you might slip or fall,
drop the gun or otherwise bump or jar the gun. A gun
that is dropped, bumped, or jarred with a chambered
round might accidentally discharge even with the
safety on, causing serious injury to you or someone
else. When a round is chambered keep the safety on
until you are ready to shoot.
2. Do not rely on the safety to prevent accidental discharge. Many safeties merely block the trigger and
prevent firing by pulling the trigger. The safety may
not prevent an accidental discharge due to dropping,
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jarring, or bumping a gun.
3. Use only ammunition for which the gun is chambered as indicated on the barrel, to prevent excessive
pressure and possible serious personal injury.
4. Incorrectly reloaded ammunition can cause serious
personal injury and damage to the firearm due to
excessive pressure. Reload only after proper instruction and in strict compliance with instruction and
data contained in current reloading manuals.
5. Never point a gun at anything you do not intend
to shoot. Always keep it pointed in a safe direction in
case of accidental discharge.
6. Always check to ensure that the barrel is free of
obstructions before loading and using the gun. If you
experience light recoil or off sound, check the barrel
for an obstruction.
7. Before firing, clean any grease or oil out of barrel
with cleaning rod and patch. Grease or heavy accumulation of oil can cause excessive pressure and result
in serious personal injury.
8. Keep barrel, chamber and action free of rust. Rust
in the barrel and chamber can cause excessive pressures resulting in serious injury. A rusted, pitted or
eroded barrel should be replaced.
9. Use hearing protection to prevent ear damage from
repeated exposure to gunfire.
ous injury in case of an accidental discharge. Never
load in the house or in your vehicle.
12. Never shoot at a hard, flat surface or at the surface of water to avoid a ricochet and possible serious
personal injury to yourself or a bystander.
13. Store your gun in a clean, dry place out of the
reach of children and separated from stored ammunition.
14. Never alter any parts of your gun. Any alterations
or adjustments that may become necessary to the
operating mechanism should be performed by a qualified gunsmith.
15. Hunting from elevated surfaces such as tree stands
is dangerous. Doing so may increase the risk of handling any firearm. Always make certain that the stand
being used is safe, sturdy and stable. Always make
certain your firearm is unloaded when it is being
taken up and down from the stand. Always make certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand
or dropped while it is being taken up or down from
the stand.
16. Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may result
in exposure to lead and other substances known to
cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other
serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at
all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.
10. Always use proper shooting glasses to prevent eye
injury from flying particles.
11. Never carry a loaded gun in a motor vehicle or
carry one into a dwelling. Always carefully unload
the gun before entering a motor vehicle, a dwelling or
an area such as a camp. Always point a gun in a safe
direction while loading or unloading to prevent seri-
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FIGURE 1
FIGURE 1
MODEL 52B FEATURES
The receiver top is drilled and
tapped for scope mounts. This
is a rifle with accuracy truly
worthy of the finest scopes.
The rear of the receiver is drilled and
tapped for mounting a peep sight. The
plain barrel can be fitted with a front
sight by a gunsmith, if you so desire.
Low profile swivel attachments just like early versions
of half a century ago.
A cocking indicator on the rear end
of the bolt makes it easy to determine your rifles cocking status.
The forearm adjustment screw lets you
apply pressure or force against the underside
of the barrel in order to maximize accuracy.
The thumb-operated safety is conveniently located on the right side
of the receiver, just forward of the
bolt handle.
The magazine release button is conveniently
placed on the side of the stock, just below the
ejection port.
The in-line, curved magazine offers reliable
feeds. The button on the right side releases
the magazine for re-filling.
The Model 52B’s Micro Motion
trigger system is famous for its
smooth, crisp let-off.
The heart of the Model 52B is its incredible
trigger system. Over the years the name
“Micro Motion Trigger” has become synonymous with accuracy.
The stock is of beautifully finished selected walnut, carefully cut checkered.
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FIGURE 2A
FIGURE 2A
Bolt
Ejection Port
Receiver
Barrel
Buttstock
Fore-end tip
Muzzle
Trigger
Magazine
Fore-end
Buttplate
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Your new Winchester Model 52B is a reproduction of
the original Model 52B “Sporting” bolt action. It features the highly regarded trigger system. Other features of the Model 52B include the side safety, the
black forearm tip, the special quick-release swivel
mounts on the forearm and stock, and the convenient five-shot removable magazine (additional spare
magazines can be purchased from your Winchester
firearms dealer).
F I G U R E 2B
Bolt
Cocking indicator
Extractor
Safety
Bolt handle
Magazine release button
The Model 52B comes with the receiver drilled and
tapped to accept commercially available rear peep
sights and scope mounts. A two-piece scope mount
base and high scope mount rings are available as accessories. (Front sights must be installed by a qualified gunsmith.)
TERMINOLOGY AND DESCRIPTIONS
Descriptions in this booklet generally refer to the gun
in the horizontal position. That is, in the normal firing position. For example, the muzzle is forward or
front; the butt stock is rearward or rear; the trigger is
downward or underneath; the sights are upward or on
top. Figure 1 covers the general features and benefits
of the Model 52B design.
For general parts terminology, refer to Figure 2A and
2B. With the exception of magazine disassembly, figure 2A also shows the Model 52B disassembled to the
extent necessary in order to follow instructions contained in this book.
Throughout this manual the “action” refers to the
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mechanism of this rifle which loads and secures the
cartridges in the chamber.
SERIAL NUMBER
The serial number can be found on the right hand
side of the receiver. Record the serial number at the
front of this book for future reference.
AMMUNITION
The caliber of your Model 52B is inscribed on left
side of the barrel, toward the receiver.
The Model 52B must be used only with .22 Long
Rifle cartridges. It is unsafe to attempt loading magnum cartridges in a rifle designed for Long Rifle cartridges.
U.S. Repeating Arms Co. can assume no responsibility for incidents which occur through use of cartridges
of nonstandard dimension or those developing pressures in excess of SAAMI (Sporting Arms and
Ammunition Manufacturer’s Institute) established
standards.
GENERAL OPERATION
The Model 52B is a bolt action rifle that operates by
lifting the bolt handle, drawing the bolt rearward and
then sliding the bolt forward and rotating the bolt
downward until it locks into battery position. This
process takes a cartridge from the magazine and loads
it into the chamber for firing.
CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO
SHOOT YOUR MODEL 52B RIFLE.
INITIAL CLEANING
BEFORE THE FIRST FIRING, CLEAN THE
BORE WITH A CLEANING ROD & PATCH.
ALSO, CLEAN THE ANTI-RUST COMPOUND FROM THE INSIDE OF THE RECEIVER WITH A CLEAN RAG AND LIGHT
GUN OIL. SEE “CARE AND CLEANING”
LATER IN THIS MANUAL.
OILING THE ACTION
Winchester ammunition is always an excellent
choice for your new Winchester rifle, delivering the
unmatched performance and dependability you want.
Before the first firing you should wipe the mechanism
completely clean, clean the bore and apply a few
drops of oil on the following surfaces:
DISCHARGING FIREARMS IN POORLY
VENTILATED AREAS, CLEANING
FIREARMS, OR HANDLING AMMUNITION
MAY RESULT IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND
OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO CAUSE
BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM
AND OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY.
HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION AT ALL
TIMES. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY
AFTER EXPOSURE.
• Along the breech bolt surface and where the sleeve
contacts the breech bolt.
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• Along the breech bolt surfaces on the receiver
where the bolt contacts the receiver as it is worked.
Avoid applying too much oil. Only a light film is
necessary. Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions
should be followed before each oiling.
FIGURE 4
FIGURE 3
Pull fully rearward to place in “on safe” position
Cocking indicator
Safety
Push forward for off safe
Extends rearward when the
bolt is cocked
OPERATION OF THE SAFETY
INSERTING AND REMOVING THE BOLT
The safety is located on the right side of the receiver
(Figure 3). When the safety is clicked (or is detented)
into position toward the rear, the gun is in the “on
safe’’ position as shown. In this position the trigger is
blocked. “Safe” is stamped on the receiver to mark
this “on safe” position .
INSERTING THE BOLT—
WHENEVER A CARTRIDGE IS CHAMBERED, THE SAFETY SHOULD BE MOVED
TO THE “ON SAFE’’ POSITION UNTIL YOU
ARE READY TO FIRE IT.
When the safety is pushed forward, the rifle is in the
“off safe’’ position and ready to fire.
COCKING INDICATOR
The rear end (or shroud) of the bolt serves as a cocking indicator. When the bolt is in the rifle and is
cocked the indicator will appear (see Figure 4) — extending rearward forming a gap between the pointed
surface on the indicator and the pointed recess on the
bolt (Note: there is a pointed surface on top and bottom of the shroud). When the rifle is fired, the cocking indicator (entire shroud) moves forward, closing
the gap.
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The Model 52 rifle comes packaged with the bolt removed from the rifle. It is necessary to insert the bolt
into the receiver.
WARNING: REMOVE THE MAGAZINE AND
MAKE SURE THE RIFLE IS FULLY UNLOADED BEFORE PROCEEDING.
To insert the bolt the safety must be placed in the
“off safe’’position.
1. The front and rear portions of the bolt must be
aligned properly before it can be inserted. The bolt
handle (and connected locking surface) can rotate
with respect to the bolt body itself. If not already in
alignment the parts must be realigned. To do this:
a)Take the end of the bolt body in one hand and
the bolt handle in the other.
b)Twist the handle to align the top and bottom
pointers on the shroud with the grooves cut in
the bolt. The top groove is on the polished por-
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FIGURE 7
FIGURE 5
Aligning the bolt
Inserting the bolt, option 1.
Pull the trigger and then push the bolt
into place. It may take a little force.
Front and rear parts of the bolt must be in alignment before
inserting into receiver. The small points must align with the
small grooves on the shroud and lug.
FIGURE 6
FIGURE 8
Inserting the bolt, option 2.
Orient the bolt flat side down
before inserting.
tion of the top lug (see Figure 5). The bottom
groove is on the rear of the bottom lug.
2. Align the end of the bolt in the rear opening of the
receiver as shown (see Figure 6).
3. While pulling the trigger, push the bolt forward
and shove it in the receiver, past the point where it is
stopped by the sear (see Figure 7). This may take a
little force, but not too much. Optional: The sear can
be depressed with a screwdriver for easier insertion
(see Figure 8). This makes it much easier to insert the
bolt.
4. Release the trigger and rotate the bolt handle
down to lock it.
CAUTION: The chamber should be empty — if
there is a round in the chamber, the rifle can be fired
if the trigger is pulled.
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Pull the trigger, push the bolt and
depress the sear.
5. Return the safety to the “On Safe” position. The
rifle is now assembled and may be operated normally.
REMOVING THE BOLT—
BEFORE REMOVING THE BOLT FULLY
UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE: REMOVE THE
MAGAZINE FROM THE RIFLE AND OPEN
THE BOLT. VISUALLY ASSURE THAT THE
CHAMBER IS EMPTY.
1. The firing mechanism must be uncocked before
the bolt can be removed. With the rifle fully unloaded and pointed in a safe direction, close the bolt,
then uncock the bolt by dry firing the rifle.
2. With the bolt now uncocked, insert your finger
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FIGURE 9
F I G U R E 10
Removing the bolt
Loading the magazine.
One cartridge at a time.
After releasing the bolt by dry firing, immediately push forward on the back of the trigger and pull the bolt rearward.
behind the trigger and push it forward as shown (Figure 9). You must push the trigger before you open the
bolt or the bolt will not release.
3. While still pushing forward on the trigger, open
the bolt, and pull the bolt rearward out of the
receiver.
F I G U R E 11
Make sure the magazine snaps
into place.
4. To re-insert, refer back to “Inserting the Bolt”
section.
LOADING
The Winchester Model 52 is furnished with a fiveshot removable magazine. Follow the instructions below for loading:
CAUTION: WHILE LOADING AND UNLOADING, MAKE SURE THE SAFETY IS IN THE
“ON SAFE’’ POSITION WHEN THE BOLT IS
CLOSED. ALWAYS POINT YOUR RIFLE IN
A SAFE DIRECTION.
LOADING THE MAGAZINE —
Load one cartridge at a time (see Figure 10). Repeat
until the magazine is filled to capacity (five rounds).
INSERTING THE MAGAZINE INTO THE RIFLE —
Before inserting the magazine into the rifle, close and
lock the bolt. Carefully push in the magazine until it
locks (detents) into place with an audible snap (Figure 11).
LOADING A CARTRIDGE INTO THE CHAMBER FROM
THE MAGAZINE —
To load the magazine, always remove it from the rifle
(see Unloading Your Model 52 later in this manual).
With the magazine in place, close the bolt (if it is
open), and a round will be fed into the chamber. If
the bolt is closed, completely cycle the bolt to place a
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round from the magazine into the chamber.
F I G U R E 12
CAUTION: THE RIFLE IS NOW READY TO
FIRE BY PULLING THE TRIGGER. IMMEDIATELY PLACE THE SAFETY IN THE “ON
SAFE’’ POSITION UNLESS FIRING IS IMMINENT.
LOADING TO FULL CAPACITY —
If you manually load a round in the chamber, the capacity of the Model 52 can be increased to six rounds.
Depress the magazine release button and pull
on the magazine to remove.
After the round is in the chamber, close the bolt.
Then, insert the magazine.
horizontal, depress the magazine release button. Pull
the magazine out (see Figure 12).
CAUTION: MOVE THE SAFETY TO THE “ON
SAFE” POSITION. DO NOT CARRY A
ROUND IN THE CHAMBER UNLESS
SHOOTING IS IMMINENT.
2. Remove the cartridge from the chamber. Cycle
the bolt open and the cartridge will eject. Leave the
bolt open.
Also, you can load the rifle to full capacity by, first,
cycling in a round from the magazine into the chamber. Leave the bolt closed. Remove the magazine.
Refill it to capacity, then, reinsert it.
CAUTION: KEEP THE SAFETY IN THE “ON
SAFE’’ POSITION.
UNLOADING
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PLACE THE
SAFETY IN THE “ON SAFE’’ POSITION
WHEN THE BOLT IS CLOSED. POINT THE
MUZZLE IN A SAFE DIRECTION WHEN UNLOADING.
3. To fully unload the magazine, strip each cartridge
from the magazine until it is empty.
CHECK THE CHAMBER TO BE
ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN IT IS UNLOADED.
TRIGGER SYSTEM
The Model 52 trigger system is famous for its clean,
crisp pull. Trigger pull on the Model 52B is pre-set at
the factory at approximately 6 1/2 pounds.
ANY ADJUSTMENT, DISASSEMBLY OR
SERVICE OF ANY PART OF THE TRIGGER
SYSTEM MUST BE PERFORMED BY A
QUALIFIED GUNSMITH ONLY.
1. Take the magazine out of the rifle. With the rifle
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FOREARM ADJUSTMENT SCREW
F I G U R E 13
Some original Model 52B rifles were supplied with a
forearm adjustment screw. Your new Winchester
Model 52B is also supplied with this feature. The
adjustment screw is located on the underside of the
fore-end, in the center of the middle checkering diamond.
This feature was very popular with some avid target
shooters a number of years ago. It allows you to apply
pressure or force against the bottom of the barrel
itself — a feature used to aid in tuning a barrel to different ammunition.
You may wish to experiment with this feature, applying a slight bit of pressure by turning the screw clockwise with a small screwdriver until the end of the
screw contacts a special surface on the underside of
the barrel.
In our testing, with MODERN AMMUNITION, the
new Model 52B has shown to shoot its best with the
screw not touching the barrel and the barrel free
floating. Consequently the screw comes from the factory in the fully out position, not touching the barrel.
SCOPE MOUNT & SIGHTS
The receiver is drilled and tapped to accept scope
mount bases on the receiver (see Figure 13). A twopiece scope mount base and high scope mount rings
are available as accessories. See your Winchester
firearms dealer for details.
The Model 52 also comes drilled and tapped for a
precision target-type peep sight (refer again to Figure
13). There are several types to choose from. Your
dealer can help you with this as well.
Always fully unload your rifle before making any ad-
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The receiver is drilled and tapped
for scope mounts on top and for a
peep sight on the left side.
For peep sight
justment to your scope or sights. Adjust the scope and
sights you choose according to manufacturer’s instructions.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
SUGGESTIONS
Your rifle will function better and more reliably over
a longer period of time if it is properly maintained
and kept clean.
BEFORE PERFORMING ANY CLEANING
PROCEDURES, ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN
THERE ARE NO CARTRIDGES IN THE
CHAMBER, MAGAZINE OR ACTION/FEED
AREAS.
You should clean your rifle after every day of shooting
and more often if it becomes excessively dirty. If
shooting for extreme accuracy your rifle should be
cleaned after every 50 shots or even as few as every
25 shots under competitive conditions.
A minimum cleaning includes wiping down the
action and oiling key parts. Most regular maintenance will also include cleaning the barrel. If you
encounter a function problem (tight action when
working the bolt), be sure to give your gun a thorough cleaning to see if it solves the problem before
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seeking the services of our service facility or a competent gunsmith.
To clean your firearm, follow the general outline
below:
CLEANING PROCEDURES —
BE CERTAIN YOUR GUN’S CHAMBER AND
MAGAZINE ARE UNLOADED. ALWAYS
WEAR PROTECTIVE SAFETY GLASSES
DURING ALL CLEANING PROCEDURES.
KEEP AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE
CLEANING AREA. DO NOT TEST THE
FUNCTION OF YOUR FIREARM WITH LIVE
AMMUNITION.
The correct procedure for cleaning your rifle is as
follows:
BE CERTAIN THE RIFLE IS UNLOADED
AND THE BOLT HAS BEEN REMOVED.
ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN
CLEANING YOUR RIFLE.
ALWAYS PLACE THE SAFETY IN THE
“ON” (SAFE) POSITION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY CLEANING PROCEDURE.
REMOVE THE BOLT FROM YOUR RIFLE
AS EXPLAINED PREVIOUSLY.
1. Use a cleaning rod with a tip and patch suitable
for the caliber of your rifle’s bore. Make sure the
patch is large enough for a snug fit in the bore. Insert
the rod and patch into the barrel at the receiver end
and run it back and forth several times. Use a crown
protector if you are cleaning from the muzzle end of
the barrel. Damage to the crown of a barrel can
affect the accuracy of your rifle.
2. Inspect the chamber and bore for brass, copper
and powder fouling. A normal amount of powder
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residue can be expected and is not serious. It can usually be removed by repeating step one, using a patch
saturated with solvent. If or when fouling should
become heavy, it can be removed with a brass bore
brush. Dip or spray the brush with solvent and scrub
the chamber and bore until the fouling is removed.
To prevent brass bristles from breaking off, the brush
should be pushed completely through the bore before
being withdrawn.
3. After fouling has been removed the bore should be
wiped dry. Then pass a slightly oiled patch through
the bore, for preservation. A fine, light gun oil
is recommended.
4. Wipe all exposed metal surfaces of the receiver,
forearm and barrel with a clean rag. Finger marks
should be removed because they provide a place
where moisture can accumulate. Any dried oil in the
receiver area should also be removed.
5. Lightly oil your gun at the points described under
“Oiling the Action” explained earlier in this manual.
Ordinary good judgment will, of course, indicate that
the metal of the gun should receive a light film of oil
any time the rifle has been exposed to weather or
handling. This is very important and must be done
with every rifle — even stainless steel models.
Remember, the polished, finely fitted surfaces of the
receiver and action mechanisms must always have a
thin film of oil. Make sure that the surfaces of the
breech bolt are especially clean and lightly oiled with
a high quality gun oil. Do not use pure silicone
or lanolin.
6. INSPECT THE BARREL AND CHAMBER.
TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT NO PATCHES
HAVE BEEN INADVERTENTLY LEFT IN
THEM. Remove any that remain.
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7. Wipe all wood surfaces.
8. When transporting only, store your rifle in a quality protective case to prevent scratches and dents.
Store in a dry place to prevent corrosion. Store away
from children.
F I G U R E 14
Magazine fully disassembled for cleaning
Body
Follower
Base
Spring
MAKE SURE YOUR RIFLE IS UNLOADED
AND ALWAYS STORE AMMUNITION
SEPARATELY.
Detent
Front
CLEANING THE MAGAZINE —
Disassembly: Depending on how often you shoot, it
is helpful to disassemble the magazine for cleaning.
First, with one finger depress the retainer catch spring
button on the bottom of the magazine, and slide the
plate off, away from the rounded end of the magazine.
Remove the spring and follower and wipe clean. The
magazine is now fully disassembled (see Figure 14).
Lightly oil the internal parts.
Reassembly: Reinsert the spring, follower and base
retainer, then slide the plate back onto the magazine.
Be sure the magazine base retainer is correctly aligned
with the magazine and the spring’s loop is anchored
to the plate divot (refer again to Figure 14).
DO NOT TAKE YOUR GUN’S ACTION
APART BEYOND THE EXTENT EXPLAINED
IN THIS MANUAL.
special Arnold, Missouri Service Facility.
OTHER CLEANING SUGGESTIONS —
• Never pour large quantities of oil into the receiver
or other parts. It can drain down to the wood and
soften it — and cause permanent damage and loosening of the stock.
• After extended periods of heavy use, your gun
should be taken to a qualified gunsmith to have the
action disassembled for professional cleaning and
lubrication.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR MODEL
52B APART FURTHER THAN EXPLAINED
IN THIS MANUAL.
This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism, and you
may mar it for life by an attempt to disassemble the
inner mechanism assemblies. If further disassembly is
required, contact the U.S. Repeating Arms Company
This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism. You
may permanently mar it by attempting to disassemble
the inner mechanism assemblies. If further disassembly for service or cleaning is required, take your gun
to a U. S. Repeating Arms Company recommended
Service Center or a competent gunsmith as explained
under “Service or Repair.”
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QUESTIONS
To order parts, please write our parts department and
furnish the following: your name, address, and telephone number. Also specify the model and serial
number of your gun. When we receive your request,
we will send an order form and a parts breakdown
with prices.
If you have other questions about Winchester rifles
and shotguns, call or write our Customer Service
Department:
Write to:
Parts Department
U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc.
275 Winchester Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-1970
CAUTION: PARTS ARE MADE FOR
WINCHESTER BRAND FIREARMS MANUFACTURED BY OR FOR U.S. REPEATING
ARMS COMPANY, INC., AND SHOULD NOT
BE USED IN OTHER GUNS EVEN THOUGH
MODELS MAY BE SIMILAR. IMPROPERLY
FITTED PARTS MAY BE DANGEROUS.
Customer Service
U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc.
275 Winchester Avenue
Morgan, Utah 84050-9333
Phone: 1-800-945-5237
WINCHESTER -GUNS.COM
U.S. Repeating Arms Company offers an information
resource for you on the world wide web.
• List of authorized repair centers.
• Customer service information.
• Answers to many technical and historical questions.
• Links to helpful sites.
Go to: www.winchester-guns.com
SERVICE OR REPAIR
If your Winchester firearm should ever need repair or
service, please utilize one of the world-wide network
of U.S. Repeating Arms Company Authorized Repair
Centers for Winchester firearms. If you have any
questions about how to obtain service for your
Winchester firearm, call or write the Authorized
Repair Center (ARC) nearest you. A list of ARCs is
packaged with your new gun. If you need to obtain a
new list of ARCs call us at:
1-203-789-5000
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You Are Responsible For Firearms Safety
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How seriously you take these
responsibilities can mean the difference between life and death. Failure to follow any of these
instructions can cause extensive damage to your gun and/or possible serious injury or death to
yourself and others. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all
times handle any firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES
AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED IN THE OWNER’S MANUAL BEFORE USING YOUR NEW
FIREARM.
1. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR RIFLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION, even
though you are certain that the rifle is unloaded. Never point any firearm at anything you
do not intend to shoot. Be extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within
the range of your ammunition.
2. NEVER RELY TOTALLY ON YOUR RIFLE'S MECHANICAL "SAFETY" DEVICE. The word
"safety" describes a gun's trigger block mechanism, sear block mechanism, hammer
block mechanism or firing pin block mechanism. These mechanical devices are designed
to place your gun in a SAFER status. No guarantee can be made that the gun will not fire
even if the "safety" is in the "on safe" position. See "Operations of the Safety" for
instructions on operation of YOUR gun's "safety."
LIKE ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE, A "SAFETY" CAN SOMETIMES FAIL; IT CAN BE
JARRED OR INADVERTENTLY MANIPULATED INTO AN UNSAFE CONDITION.
Mechanical "safeties" merely aid safe gun handling and are no excuse for pointing your
rifle's muzzle in an unsafe direction.
While it is a good idea to "test" your rifle's mechanical "safeties" periodically for proper
function, NEVER TEST IT WHILE YOUR RIFLE IS LOADED OR POINTED IN AN UNSAFE
DIRECTION
Safe gun handling does not stop with your gun's mechanical "safety devices -- it starts
there. Always treat your rifle with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm.
3. WHENEVER YOU HANDLE A FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE, ALWAYS OPEN THE
ACTION IMMEDIATELY, VISUALLY CHECK YOUR RIFLE'S CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM
AND MAGAZINE.
Make certain they do not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always keep the
chamber empty and "safety" in the "on safe" position unless shooting is imminent.
4. DO NOT TRANSPORT YOUR RIFLE LOADED, WHETHER IN A SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR
OTHER CONTAINER.
5. HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREE STANDS IS DANGEROUS, and
may increase the risk of handling a firearm. The following rules should always be
observed by you and those you hunt with: Always make certain that the stand being used
is safe and stable. Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded when it is being
taken up to and down from the stand. Always make certain that your firearm is not
dropped from the stand, or dropped while it is being taken up to or down from the stand.
Remember, a loaded firearm may discharge when dropped, even with the safety in the
"on safe" position.
6. BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS, for the safety of both your gun and yourself.
Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of other obstructions may inadvertently lodge in a
barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures
that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest rifle barrels.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN NO LIVE ROUND IS IN
THE CHAMBER AND THAT THE MAGAZINE IS REMOVED AND FEED MECHANISMS ARE
COMPLETELY EMPTY. PLACE THE "SAFETY" IN THE "ON SAFE" POSITION.
Look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an obstruction is seen,
no matter how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as described
in "Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions." Before the first firing, clean the bore
with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compound in the
action/chamber areas.
7. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE WHEN NOT IN USE. REFER TO "UNLOADING THE RIFLE"
FOR AN EXPLANATION OF HOW TO UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE PROPERLY.
As a safety precaution, it is preferable to disassemble your gun for storage. Store your
gun and ammunition separately -- well beyond the reach of children. Take all safeguards
to ensure your rifle does not become available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome
hands.
8. USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION.
The barrel and action of this rifle have been made with substantial safety margins over
the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless,
Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of
nonstandard dimensions which develop pressures in excess of commercially available
ammunition with standards established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunitions
Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI).
BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION.
If you detect an off sound or light recoil when a cartridge s fired, DO NOT LOAD
ANOTHER CARTRIDGE INTO THE CHAMBER. Open the action and remove all cartridges
from the magazine, chamber and action areas. With the action open, glance down the
barrel to make sure that an obstruction does not remain in the barrel. If there is an
obstruction, completely clear the barrel before loading and firing again. Failure to follow
these instructions can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to
yourself and others.
MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU DISCHARGE A
FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE TO AMMUNITION OR
CLEANING A FIREARM.
Lead exposure can be obtained from discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms or handling ammunition. Lead is a substance that has been known to
cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other serious injury.
9. DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER -- THE CHAMBER MAY NOT BE
EMPTY!
Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even though you are certain the gun is
unloaded.
10. KEEP FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE UNLOADING, LOADING, UNTIL YOU
ARE READY TO SHOOT.
11. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP.
Particularly during low light periods. Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot
at water or hard object.
12. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE'S CHAMBER BEFORE CROSSING A FENCE, CLIMBING A
TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING OTHER OBSTACLES.
Refer to "Unloading The Rifle" for instructions on the unloading of your rifle. Never
place your loaded rifle on or against a fence, tree, car or other similar object.
13. WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING.
Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear ear protectors
(shooting ear plugs or muffs) to guard against such damage. Wear shooting glasses to
protect your eyes from flying particles. Allow proper distance (eye relief) between the
scope and your eye when firing a scoped rifle or shotgun. Always keep a safe distance
between the muzzle of your firearm and any persons nearby, as muzzle blast, debris and
ejecting shells could inflict serious injury. Also, wear eye protection when disassembling
and cleaning your shotgun to prevent the possibility of springs, spring-tensioned parts,
solvent or other agents from contacting your eyes.
14. DROPPING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE even with the
"safety" in the "on safe" position. Be extremely careful while hunting or during any
shooting activity, to avoid dropping any firearm.
15. IF YOUR RIFLE FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Carefully open the action and remove
the cartridge. If the primer is indented, the cartridge should be disposed of in a way that
cannot cause harm. If the primer is not indented, your firearm should be examined by a
qualified gunsmith and the cause of the malfunction should be corrected before further
use.
16. BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING AROUND YOU AND
OTHERS.
Don't be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of
these safety precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices.
17. BE CERTAIN YOUR RIFLE IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING. Because so many gun
accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special and extreme care should be
taken to be sure your gun is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. Keep
ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the mechanical function of any
firearm with live ammunition.
18. TEACH AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY -ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NONSHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage enrolling in
hunting/shooting safety courses.
19. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS BEFORE OR
DURING SHOOTING.
Your vision and judgment could be dangerously impaired, making your gun handling
unsafe to you and to others.
20. READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS in this instruction book, on ammunition boxes and
with all accessories that you install on your firearm. It is your responsibility to secure the
most up-to-date information on the safe handling procedures of your Browning gun.
Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe or improper gun
accessories or ammunition combinations are used.
21. PERIODIC MAINTENANCE -- AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING.
Your rifle is a mechanical device which will not last forever, and as such, is subject to
wear and requires periodic inspection, adjustment and service. Browning firearms should
be serviced by a Browning Recommended Service Center or by Browning's service
facility in Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for injuries
suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifications of Browning
firearms.
22. BROWNING RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS THAT HAVE
BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.
Removal of metal from barrel(s), or modification of the firing mechanism and/or
operating parts may lead to Browning's refusal of service on such firearms. Browning
will charge the owner parts and labor to return the firearm to original Browning
specifications.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER, SAFETY OR PARTS OF
THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER FIREARM. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS
WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
BE CAREFUL!
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