Thoughts on RWS Diana 52?

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    dcaven
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    I have had this rifle for quite some time but am just now getting interested in exploring it’s potential for both hunting and target shooting.  I would like to make a few modifications to improve its performance.  First, the scope is a cheap RWS scope.  I am thinking of upgrading to a Hawke.  I will probably make this change last.  I am interested in improving the trigger.  It seems tight to me and does not break cleanly.  Can the stock trigger be improved or do I need to upgrade to something better?  I am certain improving the trigger will help quite a bit with accuracy.  Finally, are there any standard modifications shooters make to improve the accuracy of this rifle?  I don’t want to spend a ton of money as the Hawke will be expensive.  I would like to get better accuracy if there is something relatively easy I can do.  Feel free to go overboard with suggestions.  I want to learn as much as possible.  Thanks.

    David

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    spysir
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    T-01, T-05  ( did they make a T-06 with the “52” designation?).  I have used a T-01 and a T-05 trigger tuned by David Slade and they were outstanding, so it certainly can be done, you will need a new return spring and ?????? to make the trigger great.
     Basic rebuild info ( applies to 48/52/54 ) :
     http://www.eddiecolwell.tzo.com/rws-54.htm


     Pretty much every part in a 48/52 there, you WILL need a spring compressor and DO use “drift pins” ( found some at Ace Hardware for .36 ) to remove the trigger unit. Don’t let the trigger group scare you it is pretty easy once you get down to it but for just a rebuild ( spring change or ) you needn’t take the trigger group apart.

    John

     

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    dcaven
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    Thank you.  I will study what you sent.  

    Do you think Hawke is the right way to go?  They seem to be high quality.  Is that the brand a lot of people use or is there something else I should look at as well?  Thanks.

    David

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    dcaven
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    Spysir,

    Looking at the information you sent me has been helpful.  Thank you.  Because my model 52 is about 15 years old I think it uses the T 05 trigger and not the T 06.  I read they introduced the T 06 in 2011.  Is the procedure for adjusting the trigger pull the same or are the two trigger assemblies substantively different?  I am going to do this myself and am trying to gather the best information possible.  Thanks.

    David

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    Korak
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    Instructions for adjusting the trigger can be found online.  If it has a T05 trigger, it should be etched on the tube.

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    spysir
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    T-01 has two adjustment screws, the T-05 only has one. 

    On mine I ( a T-01) I filed down the plastic allowing more adjustment  – DO use CAUTION eh?- on the forward (?) screw, a longer screw would have done the same thing. On the T-05 a spring replacement would be nice I believe but I’ve not worked on one of those only fired a few that were pro tuned.  Either trigger can be worked up well enough to use for Field Target or such. Do be careful if adjusting or modifying at home.

     A “soft tune” kit from JM helped the shootability a great deal and it was just barley less powerful.  

    John

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    mark404
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    I have two .22 cal 52’s 
    in my opinion, the best thing you can do is a Vortek tune kit.
    mine are shooting at 23 and 22 FPE and dime size groups at 30 yards for both.
    one has a T-01 trigger the other has a T-05, I have not messed with the triggers other that the adjustment screws.
    by far these are my favorit springers.
    though I would love to get a Model 56

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    CalStanley
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    Be careful with your scope selection.  I had the RWS variable scope mounted on mine for about a year.  The scope is fairly heavy and my scope mount dovetail loosened.  The rail is riveted to the receiver and can’t be tightened easily.  A wicking grade adhesive held it tight for a few hundred shots after that, but now it’s time to tear it down and come up with a more permanent solution.  My gun is very old (pre T-01) but I’ve heard of the same issues with newer models also.  It’s not at all common, but still a good reason not to choose a heavy scope.

    My Model 52 is a .177.  As far as shot cycle and trigger – John in PA installed a Vortec PG-2 kit and tweaked the trigger.  The trigger is quite good now and the gun shoots MUCH smoother than stock.  It’s running at about 17 FPE.

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    Mrshosted
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    Have a RWS 300r, I know It’s not a 52.  But I too have had my problems.  My 300r being a lighter hitting RWS then your 52, I have a hell of a time keeping a scope zeroed and stopping it from moving on the dove tail groves.  I Hope you can use some of my tryles to help your self, I ended up using a Vortex Dimondback 4×12-40ao.  It’s holding up to the pounding of the spring with no zeroing wonder.  For the mount I end with the Sportsmatch aop55, It worked out the barrel drupe of the RWS, it’s a one piece with a lock pin and tall enuff for the larger scopes. I hope this saves you time and money. The springer are ther own animals, Good luck, Monte

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