410-44 shotgun

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  1. Rustcollector

    Rustcollector New Member

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    I recently got a H&R single shot shotgun on top of the barrel is stamped 410-44 behind the trigger gaurd and on the left side of the flat with barrel open is stamped 13504 which I am guessing is the serial no. I have never seen a 410 stamped 410-44 What can you tell me about this gun and what it might be worth and when it was made it is in real nice condition Thanks
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  2. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    It is a 2-1/2" .410 that will alsdo shoot the older .44 XL shot cartridges.
    Do not shoot modern .44 (or .45) pistol ammunition in it-ever!
  3. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    Rustcollector,
    Welcome to the forum. I'm going to guess that your gun is a small/light frame single barrel. Looking at Bill Goforth's research notes, the only listing with that chamber designation is a MODEL 1915. If so, your gun will have a non-removable hinge pin and a "snap-off" fore end for disassembly. The 410-44 is only listed for the 1st Variation, made between 1916 and 1921 (from H&R catalogues.) It will have either a 26" or 28" barrel and be full choked. It was chambered (as Bill DeShivs mentioned above) for 2 1/2" .410 bore shells OR .44 W.C.F. (.44-40) and .44 XL SHOT shell ONLY. It may be an auto ejector or an extractor version (both were offered). I don't have enough info on serial number ranges for this model, but I'd guess yours was made later in the range - so probably 1918-'19 time frame.
    Value depends entirely upon condition - there is some collector interest in the older s.b. shotguns in obsolete chamberings - and will probably top-out around $175 - $200 in excellent condition. Lesser condition pieces will fall below that mark, all the way down to 50 bucks or less for parts guns.
    As Bill also posted - shooting modern .44 or .45 handgun ammo in that gun will probably/eventually result in a catastrophic failure.
    Check the pics attached:

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  4. TerranoII

    TerranoII New Member

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    Just picked up a double barrel H&H .410 .44 in South Africa, pics below:

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