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H+R Topper M48. Age +Worth

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Frmndan9, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. Frmndan9

    Frmndan9 New Member

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    I have a Harrington and Richardson Arms Co, Topper M48 from Worchester Mass. with Model #H57288. I would like to know how old it is and what it would be worth.
     
  2. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    1947 production year ('H' prefix). Depending upon condition and gauge - RETAIL value will run between $50 for a poor example in 12 ga. up to as high as $175 in excellent/As new condition in 28 ga.
     

  3. Frmndan9

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    Its a 12 guage in pretty decent shape. Thank you for your reply.
     
  4. Jim Hauff

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    Frmndan9,
    You're welcome and thanks for thanking.
     
  5. fuzzy0947@yahoo.com

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    i have a 20 guage h&r my father gave it to me when i was young he said it was my grandfathers its still in good shape wounder what it might be worth, & how old could it be.it has a j7060 on the barrel.
     
  6. Jim Hauff

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    fuzzy,
    'J' indicates manufacture in 1949. If it is the standard "Topper" single barrel, or equivalent - values will be pretty much the same as quoted above in post #2 - in 20 ga Mod choke (add about 10 bucks for full choke) poor to fair - $55 - $65 up to EXCELLENT $115 to $135 - higher if As NEW IN BOX w/ box and papers - add $25. Most sell for less than 90 bucks.
     
  7. diablomortis

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    i am lookin at gettin a H&Rtopper model 12 ga serial number BB494544 not wantin to pay to much needs a firing pin and not sure what else
     
  8. Jim Hauff

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    BB = 1984. These will "top out" around $130 in EXCELLENT condition - if it needs a firing pin and "some" other parts - I'd offer $60 and buy for $75 - but only IF, the wood and metal are in decent condition and not too badly worn or chipped, cracked etc. You can find NIB Topper SB-1 12 ga, on sale in the big box stores for $150 to $170.
     
  9. diablomortis

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    where can i find a firing pin for it and is it a quality gun
     
  10. Jim Hauff

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    Parts are available at www.e-gunparts.com - this is the Numrich/GPC site. Click on H then Harrington & Richardson then scroll down to shotguns and click on Topper or model 158. I'd go there and get the exact page for you - but I'm having a real slow down on my DSL tonight due to something and can't connect with that site.

    The Topper models were/are utility grade shotguns. They are strongly made, have self-adjusting lock-up and fairly simple but robust actions. I'd say they are a good "quality" for the price - nothing fancy, but usable with hundreds of thousands sold and still being sold under the Remington / Marlin ownership.
     
  11. diablomortis

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  12. Jim Hauff

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    You're welcome - thanks for thanking.
     
  13. boskind

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    hi there!!

    can someone maybe please tell me the age of an Topper M48 - I23379?
     
  14. Sprint

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    boskind,

    Your shotgun serial number indiates 1948 manufacture.

    Sprint
     
  15. ricknew

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    Yes I'd like to see how old my H&R topper m48 16 ga #j3936 is ,thanks
     
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