Re: H & R Arms Topper M48 16 Gauge
Welcome to the forum. Your H&R Model 48 was the standard single barrel H&R shotgun from circa 1943 (it is H&Rs first single with a self-adjusting barrel lock) up to 1957. Your piece was made in 1948 (the 'I' letter prefix dates it). This model was the basis for all the H&R made single shot guns made after it. It MAY have the chamber length stamped into the barrel - most likely it is 2 3/4" as the H&R literature doesn't show a 3" chambering in 12 ga during it's life span. It was made to take standard factory loaded cartridges with LEAD pellets or slugs. The only way to determine if it is safe to shoot - is to have it examined by a competent gun smith. There is no practical way for anyone to tell how safe your gun is without examining it.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie
Last edited by Jim Hauff; 04-11-2011 at 09:37 AM..