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Old August 14, 2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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baker bativa special

I have a baker bativia special 12 ga serial # 3018F is this gun safe to shoot, I was using it for deer hunting buck shot, did not realize it was close to 100 years old,
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Old August 14, 2011, 09:16 PM   #2
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IIRC, the F suffix means it was made after Folsom bought out Baker.

Don't ask us, ask a qualified smith after he/she checks it out.

Chances are, this has chambers shorter than suited for modern ammo. Shooting a heavy buck load can kick pressures up into grenade range.

And it may have Damascus barrels. When new, they were strong enough but a century of use and abuse may have left them corroded past safe.

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