Harrington and Richardson 16ga.

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by danspan101, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. danspan101

    danspan101 New Member

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    Aug 22, 2006
    Hi, I've come across my late Granfather's shotgun and am looking for some info on it. It is a 16 ga. single with a hammer. On top it reads 'MADE IN USA 16 GA. CHOKE' (what type of choke?). On the side, 'TOPPER M48 Harrington and Richardson Arms Co.' The serial number appears to be I 42 66, or possibly
    I 42166. Really, I'd just like to know how old it is, what type of choke it has, and it would be interesting to know it's value.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Welcome Danspan
    The H&R Model 48 was made in between 1946 and 1957. They have either a M or F choke
    Exc. shape $150
    Good shape $110
     

  3. Almost certainly a full, Dan. Nearly all those old singles, like the Winchester Mod 37, for example, came with full choke barrels.
     
  4. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    the actually manufacture era of the H&R model 48 was 1943 thru 1956. H&R used the "I" letter code in 1948. according to the 1948 catalog gauges available were 12, 16, 20 & 410. barrel bengths available were 26, 28 &30 inches with the 28 & 30 inch being full choked and the 26 inch being modified choked. dealer price in 1948 was $21.50.

    this is a kind of unique shotgun, a model 48 manufactured in 1948.
    bill
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2006
  5. bsmarinez

    bsmarinez New Member

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    Nov 11, 2007
    I have just "home restored" my inherited (was my Dad's) "H" (1947) M48 16g...if you haven't fired your's yet LOL hold it tight...little bit of a kick to it. Mine says full choke on it and has the 30" barrel. From what I have read across other sights...street value is around 100.00.
     
  6. confederedneck

    confederedneck New Member

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    Jan 25, 2009
    Fla
    This is great info! I've also got my grandfathers old H&R Topper M48 16 ga. and have often wondered about the choke and year made! The serial# is G16***. With the #'s already listed it would seem safe to assume that mine was manufactured in 1946. It also has a 30" barrel, would this mean it is full choke? It's in very good shape and I would like to get it cleaned up and shoot worthy.
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2009
  7. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    yes, G letter code was used in 1946.

    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

    bill
     
  8. confederedneck

    confederedneck New Member

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    Jan 25, 2009
    Fla
    Thank you for the info, it's much appreciated
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2009
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