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Unread 09-03-2020, 04:28 PM   #1
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Would a 1913 GHE 32” barrel Damascus gun be late for Damascus production?
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The U.S. double gun makers began introducing fluid steel barrels in the mid-1890s. Parker Titanic steel barrels were offered for Grades 3 - 6 in 1897. It is my opinion that by 1900 most new doubles were supplied with fluid steel.
Some however were not enamored of that new fangled stuff

The latest Parker hammerless damascus barrels recorded are SN 221,278 12g GH D3 1927, SN 222,845 12g DHE D4 1927, and SN 227,020 12g VHE D3 1928.
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Parker Bros. built Damascus barreled guns well up into the 1920s; I believe the last documented Meriden-built Damascus gun is c. 1926-28 era. Several members own very late serial numbered Damascus guns.
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Would it be relatively safe to assume that most Post 1900 damascus/twist Parkers have likely never had a black powder shell through them? Kind of disproving the later false claims that composite barrels are not safe with smokeless shells...

I am looking at a later twist barreled Parker and that is what I was thinking.
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Parker Brothers 1893 Catalog
“Our guns are bored on the latest improved system for shooting Nitros, or Smokeless Powder, and all our guns are tested with some one of the most approved makes, and a tag accompanies each gun, giving the results of such a (pattern) test.”

1902 Sears catalog No. 112
“THE PARKER GUNS: ALL ARE BORED FOR NITRO OR BLACK POWDER”

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Yes, Jay, that would be a safe and correct assumption.
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I have a like new 1927 damascus G grade that carries the parker bros overload proved stamp.
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Bill: I would very much like to add an image of your "Overload Proved" damascus barrels to my "Damascus Mythology" document
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...hIiY62Hx4/edit

Could you please send me a full size close up of the barrel flats as a jpg attachment to revdoc2@cox.net?
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This was pulled from Drew's wonderful web site. Scroll down to page 33. Not only were they shooting nitro powders, but also 2 3/4 shells in 2 5/8 chambers.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...UOZEFU/preview
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In the final 30 years of production of Parkers and during the total production of black powder era Parker shotguns, there were probably millions of smokeless shells shot in these guns without any damage to the guns related to the ammunition. In the last ninety or more years, Super-X and similar shells were probably the preferred and most used ammunition in any of these guns. Where are the blown up guns? OK, let's use some more intelligent loads, but we shouldn't get too worried about our guns.
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