H & R Arms Topper M48 16 Gauge

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Jerry Jones, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Jerry Jones

    Jerry Jones New Member

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    Curious as to age of this shotgun and if it is safe to fire. Hasn't been fired in about 35 years. Serial # is: I 3697
  2. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    Jerry,
    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.
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  3. polishshooter

    polishshooter Active Member

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    The 16 ga SHOULD take 2 3/4" shells as well, but there ARE old 16s out there with slightly shorter chambers, I think 2 1/2", so check that out as well...

    But I'm pretty sure the H&R 16s should be 2 3/4"
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    Jim Hauff New Member

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    DANG IT. I missed the 16ga listed in the title - looking at the H&R stuff - all 16 ga. listings show a chamber length of 2 3/4" from '43 to 57. .410 bores are first listed in 1948 and all are listed as 3" chambers, 20 ga 2 3/4", 28 ga (into. in 55) also 2 3/4".
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