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Old October 1, 2013, 06:29 PM   #26
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Here is a thread with 10 pages taking a differing view from that stated above:
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Old October 2, 2013, 09:55 AM   #27
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Opinions are like arseholes.

Everyone has one, and most of them stink.

I've seen far too many ruptured twist and Damascus barreled shotguns over the years to ever be interested in shooting one.

One beautiful old Smith came with the story that the owner supposedly fired billuns and billuns of trap loads with it and poo poo'ed all claims that it might one day open up.

Then, one day, it opened up in the middle of a trap string, and he was left with a piece of scrap iron with some pretty wood attached to it.

There are lots and lots of stories about how low-powered loads have caused Hiroshima-type detonations with great mayhem and loss of life.

THAT is what is bogus.

Every damascus/twist gun I've ever seen that has suffered a barrel failure has done so WELL above the forearm, where the barrels are thin, and the failure has been a pretty low key event.

I personally don't really care what someone does with his property. But to deny the possibility, when more than enough evidence exists, is pretty stupid.
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Old October 12, 2013, 01:19 AM   #28
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Baker guns can be very good guns. It depends upon their condition, of course. But for an American made gun of the late 19th Century a Baker is top of the line.
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