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I need some valuable input from the fellow shooters on this forum. A couple of years ago I purchased a Winchester Model 52D target rifle. I hardly ever use it. ( I know nothing about rifle target shooting). I just felt like I wanted one. It is in nice shape; except for the absence of whatever is supposed to fill this "void" in the stock; i.e. it has an area in the bottom of the stock that is mortised for what seems to be for a sling swivel or?? It is approximately 1 7/16" long by 9/16" wide. Does anyone know what this might have been for and/or what one might do to fill in this mortised area? Thanks a lot. Ed
 

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It sounds like what your trying to say it has a groove on the bottom forearm. That is for a sling and or palm rest. You can move either one to the most comfortable point to shoot. Its not an add on but a factory made item for the stock.
 

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That sounds like it might be possible. I just would like to find a way to cover/fill this mortised area. If it means buying an accessory to fill this; I would do that just to fill this void in the stock. I just don't know where to look. It is not in the forearm It is on the bottom of the stock; where one would normally place a sling swivel. The forearm has the "rail" in it for placement of a tripod or whatever, for target shooting. Thanks. Ed
 

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There is suppose to be a rail in the bottom of the stock, which a hand stop would slide on. The hand stop could be moved to any position on the rail to fit most shooters.

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GN7777777 has it right. The handstop is the point the sling attaches to the rifle (and your hand stops against) in prone and kneeling (sitting too if you were to shoot 4p) and there is a Palm Platform (even wooden balls or handles) that attach in the same area for offhand.

I can't think of a way to get rid of it without filling it in with wood. You can easily get a new stock on a style more suited to what you want to do with it without messing with the original stock too. I have a 52C that I have a MacMillan Fiberglass prone stock on which I like. There are a few options out there for you.

PM me if you have questions.

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Do not fill it in. You will take alot of the value of the gun away. Keep it just the way it is for re-sale. You alter the gun stock and you will wish you had not done so.
 

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email sent. I'm gonna have to practice this. I submitted a few pictures on here a long while ago. But can't quite remember how I did it. Alzheimers I guess. Ed
 

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This hole that your talking about is for the factory sling swivel if it is in the toe of the stock. Google winchester model 52 parts. Bill
 

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This "rail" was a slotted metal piece which fit precisely into the inletted secion in the forend. On the side of this rail against the stock, there was a recessed slot, slightly wider than the through slot, in which a nut slid. A fore-end stop, such as a Freeland hand stop could be screwed into that nut. The position of the hand stop could be adjusted by loosening the bolt slightly, sliding the hand stop to the desired position and re-tightening it. If you van't find an original rail, it ought to be easy and inexpensive to have one made.
 

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Thanks Rick. The help is appreciated. It still looks to me like there was a sling swivel there. But again, I know nothing about these type of guns. I just want to "fill the hole". Ha.. Ed
 

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Just use wood filler- sand even and apply a finish-- I would make it black- you will never make it match perfectly so make it contrast

true oil it after you have it sanded and even- if you mess up- add more wood filler and try again

regards from Iowa

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esoxhunter, Thats an early 52 that you have (1920's 1930's) rifle. That is a sling swivel slot in your stock. I myself would not fill it in, I would find the swivel on Ebay, or Gunbroker. Why start altering a 75+ year old classic.
 

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If your so set on filling the slot, consider a piece of black plastic cut and filed to fit and secire it in place with some silicone. will fill the void and will not detract from the value of the original and removable when desired.

Big Jack
 
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