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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    b.goforth New Member

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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?
  5. jamesjo

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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
  7. chris_smith

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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
  13. gsbrowneleader

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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
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
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