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H&R .22 Special 7 Shot

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by rhmc24, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Member

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    I have this H&R with fine bore and good lock-up. S/N is 5179xx. Most of metal finish looks original but grips reworked due badly damaged. Would like to know approx value and when it was made. Thanks
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  2. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    rhmc24,
    With the early "saw handle' grip, 7 shot rim fire and that serial number, it would be a 1st Variation (c. 1926-1928). There is, still, a bit of confusion with regard to serial number ranges of the earliest pieces - e.g. 2nd Variation was introduced sometime in 1928 in 9 shot rimfire (marked .22lr) and 7 shot .22WRF, but starting serial number is not well defined and there may be some overlap. Seven shot .22 rimfire will definitely be a 1st variation, however.
    In the condition seen in that picture - I'm estimating your piece to be between 85 - 90%, with original but altered grip panels - RETAIL value runs, currently, in the $200 +/- $25 range.
    If is were a .22 WRF chambering, you could add 50% of graded value. "Common knowledge" is that around 200 pieces were made in that WRF chambering.

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