View Full Version : Dating a h&r topper jr.

May 27, 2012, 04:23 PM
I have a H&R Topper Jr. Model 480 that belonged to my now deceased father.
I would like to date this gun if at all possible it has no serial number anywhere that I can find. The stock appears to be real walnut or a very good stain job followed by years of dirt and oil. Tomorrow I will be 58 yrs.old and I remember this gun being around when I was a small lad. I believe the trigger guard and forend filler to be plastic and not bakalite as it has a high polish finish. I'm not trying to put a value on this just want an idea as to how old it is. I could post a few pictures if needed.

May 27, 2012, 06:26 PM
Pictures would help. I would think there are some numbers somewhere if you break it down to to where you can remove the barrel from the action.

May 27, 2012, 09:08 PM
I have taken it down that far and there is nothing. I think you must have to remove the stock for the serial number. On another forum someone found a listing that showed dates that different were made and the 480's were made between 1958 and 1961 but said nothing about any with barrels as short as this one.



May 29, 2012, 12:46 AM
You might try over here:


Someone there might have some info for you.