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Springfield 1878 & Harrington & Richardson 20 Gage

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by bob2golf, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. bob2golf

    bob2golf New Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Eastern, NC
    I have two old guns that were given to me some time ago and would like to understand what they are worth. I am not interested in selling, will probably leave to my grand children.

    1. On right side of barrel "US Springfield 1878", on the side of the stock at the butt is the number "418" embossed into the wood, on the back of the breach the numbers "327275", and on the trigger plate the number and letter " 2 M 16". I have been told this is a 45-70. The breach, hammer, trigger and firing mechanism are all tight with no rust or worn areas. Same with the wood stock. The weapon has been used, but is in very good shape for its age. The wood is not discolored, broken away or showing wear. The bluing is heavier to lighter in some spots, but no rust or corrosion. Sites, windage and elevation are all in good working order. Inside the barrel is clean and free from rust or corrosion.

    2. On the barrel "Harrington & Richardson Arms Co., Worchester, Mass. U.S.A., Pat. Feb 20 & 27 1900" also "Pat. Feb 20 & 27, 1900, Pat May 14, 1901". "20 Ga Choke" "2336610". It is a single barrel 20 Gage. The stock is showing signs of distress, but nothing is broke or missing. Barrel is showing variations in the bluing. Firing mechanism, barrel hinge and hammer seem to be in good wrking order.

    Thanks for your help.