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Old March 18, 2013, 04:37 PM   #21
Jim Watson
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Join Date: October 25, 2001
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Black powder pressure decays pretty fast and the barrels can be well tapered. One reason rusty Damascus shotgun barrels tend to blow out into your support hand; the breech is amply thick but the taper is faster than for smokeless and with a weaker material.

This is a good quality "overcoat" pistol, rifled for ball, and I don't know where the guys are getting the shotgun stuff.
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