H&R Topper Model 58

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  1. yoda2nd

    yoda2nd New Member

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    I recently picked up a H&R Topper Model 58 and was curious as to exactly how old it might be. Serial Number is AS258372.
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    H&R used the AS letter codes in 1978

    MODEL 058 TOPPER-------------------------------------------1974-1981
    Single Barrel, Side Lever Break Open Action (Patent No. 2,876,576), Self-Adjusting Barrel Latch, Auto-Ejector, Three Piece Take Down (Screw Retained Forearm), 12, 20 Gauges & 410 Bore (3 inch Chambers), 16 Gauge (2¾ inch Chambers), Barrel Lengths 26 to 36 inches Choked Full or Modified, Finish Case Hardened Frame & Blue Barrel, Pistol Griped Walnut Stained Hardwood Butt-Stock & Semi Beaver-Tail Forearm, Hard Rubber Butt Plate, Butt-Stock Length of Pull 13¾ inches, Drop: at Comb 1½ inches, at Heel 2½ inches, Overall Lengths 41 to 51 inches.
    1974-1976-Production-Rebounding Hammer
    1977-1981-Production- Transfer Bar Ignition System (Patent No. 3,988,848 dated November 2, 1976)
    VALUE: 100%=$165 60%=$65
  3. yoda2nd

    yoda2nd New Member

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    Thanks for the response! That was very helpful. I do have one last question. Given its age and the gun being a full choke, should I be able to use standard steel shot with no problem? Probably nothing bigger than BB. I know that some manufacturers do not recommend steel shot with certain chokes as they can put too much stress on the barrel.
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    Hello I also have a H&R Topper model 58, serial AM385935
    any idea when the gun was made?
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    Butch,
    AM prefix = 1974 manufacture for your topper
    Jim
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    to the best of my knowledge none of the original H&R single barrel shotguns (up to 1986) were built with steel shot in mind. i personally would not use steel shot in any H&R shotgun manufactured before 1986.
    bill
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    my 20 guage topper has a AP prefix can you tell me when it was made when i got it the factory finish on the wood was pretty much worn so i refinished it heres how she came out

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    Chris,
    AP prefix = 1976 manufacture of your topper.
    Jim
  9. largebelly

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    Hey,
    I have a H&R Topper Model 58 with the serial code AN260735. Can anyone tell me when it was made? I cant find the year for the prefix AN anywhere.
    Thanx ~Mike :)
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    H&R used the letter codes AN in 1975.

    bill
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    I have a AR in my serial number. Would you have any idea when it was made?
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    AR = 1977
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    Thank you! Would you know how much it might be worth? I want to have it insured!
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    G = 1946 Total production, at least for now, is not available.
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    H&R used the G letter code in 1946. total production for that year is unknown. in 1946 the model 48 was in production.

    MODEL 48 TOPPER (FIRST USE OF TOPPER NAME)---1943-1956
    Single Barrel, Top Lever Break Open Action, Rebounding Hammer, Self-Adjusting Barrel Latch, Auto-Ejector, Three Piece Take Down (Snap On Forearm), 12, 16, 20 Gauges (2¾ inch Chambers) & 410 Bore (3 inch chamber), Barrel Lengths 26 to 32 inches Choked Full Or Modified, Finish; Case Hardened Frame & Blue Barrel, Pistol Griped Walnut Butt-Stock & Semi Beaver-Tail Forearm (oil Finished), Hard Rubber Butt-Plate, Butt-Stock Length of Pull 13 ½ inches, Drop: at Comb 1¾ inches at Heel 2½ inches, Overall Lengths 41 to 47 inches.
    VALUE: 100%=$150 60%=$65

    the JR model have the butt stock shortened to a length of pull of 12 1/2 inches otherwise they are the same as the regular model.

    bill
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    I have a distant family member trying to sell me a .30 .30 version of the Model 158.
    The barrel has some surface rust and light pitting within it. What would be a fair value on this gun? From what I see it is in firing shape and the bore is bright, the blueing is faint, and thin, and there appear to be patches of varnish/shellack on the stock.

    Here are a few pictures of it, including its stampings.

    Thanks in advance for any help, I have hunted the internet and found a good bit on the shotgun variety, and almost nothing on the 3030 version.

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    Jim Hauff New Member

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    Z32C,
    In that condition, even though .30-30 is a desireable chambering, the piece pictured is in "FAIR" condition and worth $75 +/- $20. If you feel generous, offer him a hundred.
    Can't make out the serial number, if you supply that, including letters in prefix, we can date the piece. I'm sure Bill G. will be along to provide all the background info on the M158.
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    Thanks for the reply! I looked for a serial number, and the closest thing to a changeable stamping(what I thought might be the serial number) I found was the 1118 stamped into the barrel. I don't see any evidence of a serial number or any tampering-though I only looked for the obvious.

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    I see a "Z" letter just in front of the PATENT #. This should indicate year of manufacture: 1963.
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    an H&R Model 158 made in 1963 will not have a serial number on the reciever. this is the first year production of this model before it was turned into a combo model. jim is correct top dollar in this condition would be about $100. if in better shape it would be more desireable because of the year it was manufactured.

    MODEL 158 COMBO SINGLE SHOT-------------------1963-1984
    1963-Only Production-Topper-30 & Topper Jet, Side Lever Break Action, Calibers 30-30 Winchester or 22 S&W Jet, 22 inch Barrel, Drilled & Tapped for Scope Mount, Pistol Griped Walnut Stained Hardwood stock & Fore-arm, Blade Front Sight, Adjustable Folding Rear Sight, Blue Barrel & Frame Color Case Hardened, Weight 6½ Pounds, Overall Length 37 inches
    1964-1967 Production- Topper 4 in 1, Standard with 4 Barrels 1 30-30, 1 22 Jet, 1 410 bore Full Choke and 1 20 gauge Modified Choke
    1968-1974 Production- Topper Combo Standard with 2 barrels I 30-30 or 22 jet and 1 20 gauge, Stock is now Straight Griped
    1975-Only Production- Topper Combo as above except 22 Jet caliber dropped and 22 Hornet Caliber added
    1976-1984 Production- Model 158 Rifle Only, the 20 gauge shotgun barrel dropped only available in 30-30 or 22 Hornet
    VALUE: Original Production of a complete set of barrels for the 4 in 1 complete set worth a 100% premium and any 22 Jet Barrel worth a 25% Premium
    100%=$225 60%=$125
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