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H&R .22 Special 7 Shot

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by rhmc24, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. rhmc24

    rhmc24 Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    Ardmore, OK
    I have this H&R with fine bore and good lock-up. S/N is 5179xx. Most of metal finish looks original but grips reworked due badly damaged. Would like to know approx value and when it was made. Thanks
  2. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    With the early "saw handle' grip, 7 shot rim fire and that serial number, it would be a 1st Variation (c. 1926-1928). There is, still, a bit of confusion with regard to serial number ranges of the earliest pieces - e.g. 2nd Variation was introduced sometime in 1928 in 9 shot rimfire (marked .22lr) and 7 shot .22WRF, but starting serial number is not well defined and there may be some overlap. Seven shot .22 rimfire will definitely be a 1st variation, however.
    In the condition seen in that picture - I'm estimating your piece to be between 85 - 90%, with original but altered grip panels - RETAIL value runs, currently, in the $200 +/- $25 range.
    If is were a .22 WRF chambering, you could add 50% of graded value. "Common knowledge" is that around 200 pieces were made in that WRF chambering.

    Last edited: Jul 1, 2011

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