H&R plainsman 865 Age

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  1. duck32man

    duck32man Member

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    Looking to find the age of a 865 plainsman with serial number A248xxxx. Thanks
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    H&R used the prefix A in 1940.
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    Thanks RJay - is this info on the net somewhere?
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    Well, actually H&R didn't make bolt action rifles until after WW2 ended in 1945. The Plainsman Model 865 was produced from circa 1949 to 1983. The serial number should read 'AZ', which would make it a late version made in 1983.
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    Jim - upon closer examine your are exactly right. The 2 is a Z. Thanks

    Duck
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    In that case with the correct serial number, H&R used Az in 1983.:) Correct information is always helpful to those from whom information is requested.
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    Duck,
    You're welcome - thanks for thanking.

    RJay,
    Thanks for the back-up.
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    I have a 865 and it's has no serial number on it I was wondering how to tell how old the gun is the only marking on it is an "s" behind the rear sight
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    Hate to jump a thread, but does anyone know if these 865 models were ever made without any letter before the SN? I have my Dad's rifle i am in the process of getting back to usability, and there are no letters before the 5 digit SN is the reason I ask.
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    mcgyverit -
    Welcome to the forum.
    H&R was pretty good about marking their guns with some sort of s/n (lot's of .22s were NOT serialed for a while before 1968) but almost all of the later long guns will have letter codes someplace on the left side of receiver. In the case of the 865 - the letter could be anywhere withing the side roll stamp or outside of it - look for two letters setting by themselves somewhere. It is possible to have missed some lettering at the factory - but the serial number will always be there, unless someone illegally removed it.
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    thanks for the quick response. I went and looked with a second pair of eyes and we cannot find the letter code anywhere on the receiver, but it still has the 5 digit SN, I figure it was a 50's vintage just based on his tales of when he got it.
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    mcgyverit,
    Can't do more than look twice - not there, then .........there's always exceptions. Gotta go with your instincts on this one.
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