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Help Identifing H&R .38 S&W Cal. Top Break

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Gun Master, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. Gun Master

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    I have a .38 H&R Old Model Hammerless, 5" bl., serial #260xx. On top of the barrel, "Harrington & Richardson Arms Company Worcester(no "h" after the "c") Mass. U.S.A. Pat. Oct.4 '87,May14 & Aug.6 '89,April2 '95,April7 1896". When made and type of powder? Thanks
     
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    IJ hammerless top break .38 S&W

    Well, I've found that it probably (most likely 100%), is black powder. Guess I could use it as a conversation piece, paper weight, or a small hammer.:( Any other nice/clean suggestions?:eek: I really wanted to shoot it, but not invest time or money in hand loading.:scrutiny::)
     
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  3. AethelstanAegen

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    You can get black powder loaded .38 S&W from Buffalo Arms. They do sell out of it every now and then.
     
  4. David E

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    What makes you think it's black powder?

    Oh, and a picture always helps.
     
  5. Two Old Dogs

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    You have an H & R Hammerless, First Model, Large Frame, Top Break revolver and by your serial number it is a black Powder number. Serial numbers range for this model is estimated to be 01 to 45000.
     
  6. Gun Master

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    Much Thanks!
     
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    Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I think AethelstanAegen also gave me an option on BP shooting.
     
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