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Old May 27, 2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Damaxcus SxS

A somewhat insufferable guy was showing off his newest acquisition; a 1890'sh SxS with damascus steel barrels and exterior hammers. He bragged about how he got for $500 and wanted my shooting partner to pull skeet for him. He got ****** when I asked if he had it checked by a smith for safety and of course he hadn't and shot it anyway even after I explained how there can be rust between the layers of steel.
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Old May 27, 2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Yep - Put them in your rear view miror, both from him & that gun.

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Old May 27, 2012, 08:22 PM   #3
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It isn't that those guns can't be safely shot - but as you mentioned, they need to be checked by someone who KNOWS those guns and not just your shade-tree parts replacer
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Old May 27, 2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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Yeah, they can be fired but do need to be checked. I have one made in the 1850's I shoot and one made in the 1890's or thereabouts I shoot hand loaded bp shells in. I will say this, I grew up shooting damascus barrels with 2 3/4 smokeless loads because I didn't know any better and never had a problem. I even accidentally fired a 3 inch magnum out of an original 1887 Winchester fairly recently and all it did was separate the case head. I do not do it now or recommend or condone the practice tho.
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Old May 27, 2012, 11:13 PM   #5
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Dumascus barrels were made for black powder only, not modern smokeless high pressure loads.
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Old May 28, 2012, 09:10 AM   #6
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But there are modern smokeless low-pressure ammo designed for them from the likes of Polywad and RST
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Old May 28, 2012, 10:11 AM   #7
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Trust in Allah but tie your camel !!!

As in most things, it comes down to a matter of "TRUST" ....
Do you trust Damascus barrels?
Do you trust the Smith that inspected it?
Do you trust the shells you shoot?
Do you trust that left-over chicken in the refrigerator?

All in all, is it worth taking a chance and shooting it on a regular basis, if at all. Would you tell the next guy that shooer, that it can be trusted. Even though I have done so, my measure says NO ! ...

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Old May 28, 2012, 12:30 PM   #8
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Tie your camel, indeed.

Shooting stupid: sometimes natural selection needs to be nudged. We always need candidates for next year's Darwin Awards.
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Old May 28, 2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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I barely spoke with the guy, but my older shooting partner gets along with him pretty well. I will ask him to find out what kind of shells the guy is shooting. I should of thought of it then but I think they looked like modern shells.

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Old May 28, 2012, 02:41 PM   #10
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Quote:
Do you trust Damascus barrels?
Do you trust the Smith that inspected it?
Do you trust the shells you shoot?
Do you trust that left-over chicken in the refrigerator?
Yes with the correct loads
Yes
yes
Depends on how long it's been in the fridge.
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Old May 28, 2012, 05:40 PM   #11
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Apparently he is shooting modern ammunition. Whether it is designed for his old gun I don't know. I was thinking leave it alone, but sincde it is possible that the guy standing next to the Darwin Award candidate is the one injured, I will find a way to see what he is using.
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Old May 28, 2012, 05:56 PM   #12
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Klaw - RST and Polywad sell modern loads developed for older guns
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Old May 28, 2012, 06:33 PM   #13
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I saw where you noted that above, oneounce, and he may have the right stuff but it won't hurt to get a look at it.
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