Harrington and Richardson 16ga.

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  1. danspan101

    danspan101 New Member

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    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. southernshooter

    southernshooter New Member

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    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

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    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
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  5. bsmarinez

    bsmarinez New Member

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    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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    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.
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  7. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    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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    Thank you for the info, it's much appreciated
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