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Value of a Hercules Montgomery Ward 12 gauge single shot s

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Value of a Hercules Montgomery Ward 12 gauge single shot shotgun?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 5 years ago.
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The Montgomery Ward Hercules single-shot shotgun is actually a Harrington & Richardson Model 48 Topper. The Topper is chambered in 12, 16, 20, or .410, has a 26 to 32 inch barrel, a case-hardened frame, a top lever break-open action, a rebounding hammer, auto-ejector, three-piece takedown (with a snap on forearm), a pistol-grip walnut stock, and a hard rubber buttplate. They were made from 1943 to 1956. They are not considered to be very collectible.

Blue Book values (what a dealer would offer, a collector might offer more):

Excellent: $115-$150
Very Good: $85-$100
Good: $60-$75

I hope this helps.

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