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Old March 24, 2013, 01:15 PM   #9
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A test for damascus can be done @ home (outside), after cleaning (degreasing & sanding a small spot on the barrel(s), hidden under the forearm wood.

A swipe with copper sulfate (on a Q-tip) will show any damascus figure very quickly.

There are three main sources of copper sulfate:

One is from commercial products sold in local fish stores specifically to treat snail infestations.

The others are from hardware stores (gardening section- a treatment for pests and fungal infections in plants)
from pharmacies (as a disinfectant).

IIRC, original-type repro buttplates are available from Connecticut Shotgun's catalog. (Google)

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