Model 48 Topper

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Alpo, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Mine is marked

    Topper Model 48
    Worcester MASS Made in USA
    H xxxxx (5 digit SN)

    Now, if I'm reading Bill's post http://www.thefirearmsforum.com/showthread.php?t=81847&highlight=Topper serial number (post #2), correctly, it was made in 1947?

    I've had a couple of people show interest in it, and I was thinking that a used single-barrel is worth 75 or 80 bucks, and that ain't worth selling for. But it's a 16. They don't seem to be being made any more. So maybe it's more valuable?

    I'll put up a pic, after I clean it some. It's been sitting in the corner collecting dust bunnies, for a couple of years.
  2. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    Alpo,
    'H' = 1947, as you suspected.
    As to the 16 ga - from my experience in researching and watching H&R pricing, over the past decade and more, that bore is quite a bit less desireable due, primarily, to the paucity of supply. My opinion, based up the above qualifications, is that 16 ga is a liability with regard to price/value when selling common, lower price range shotguns. Some highly collectible pieces may benefit from less common chamberings, but not the H&R Mod. 48, which morphed into the 58, 158, etc. and later models.
    I'm inclined to agree on the 75 to 80 bucks you are thinking of.
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    Hi Guys, first time posting hope I'm doing it right..... I just picked up a 12 gauge...Model 48 TOPPER.... H&R ArmsCo. Ltd. ...... Canada . In a 5/8" X 7/16" oval just to the right of the writing is the Number 8709821 ..... NO letters.
    On the top of the barrel near the breech end of the barrel is printed......... proof tested 12 Ga. choked....... it had a dried up and cracked,... brick colored .... recoil pad with the H&R Logo on it.... any idea as to date of maufacture ? and is this a full or modfied choke..... can I shoot Black powder and steel shot from this gun ? Safley ? thanks TF
  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Steel? No. The 48 became the 58 in what - 57? Guns made that long ago do not have barrels that will stand up to steel shot.
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