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Unread 07-20-2022, 07:18 PM   #11
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Yes, that’s a goodprice but you may have to pay more to get it. Keeping in mind it’s at auction and there WILL be other bidders.




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Unread 07-20-2022, 08:06 PM   #12
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Got er for 1200!
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Good for you Jacob but just one word of advice. After your gunsmith confirms the guns shootability use only light loads. The early parkers had non-radiused breech faces and have been known to crack occasionally. Don't be to concerned though...I've had three of them over the years and put several hundred rounds through each of them without any issues.
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Sounds good that’s good info to have. Do you buy loads for them or load your own?
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Unread 07-21-2022, 02:05 AM   #15
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You likely have done this, but I checked the serial number and factory record check. Your gun was made, it looks like, in early 1878 and there are existing factory records for it. You can apply for a Research Letter and find the relevent data available. This often allows you to see if it matches the way it left the factory and helps with its valuation.

If you go on and actually join, you will save more than the membership cost on the first letter, and get access to the member section with buy and sell ads for guns, parts and memorabilia, along with a lot of other interesting forums with a bunch of info.
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Unread 07-21-2022, 10:14 AM   #16
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I was using RST's early on but started loading my own to save a few bucks. Components are getting hard to find now and RST is also having problems finding components. Hopefully this situation will eventually pass.
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So what is the best way to clean these old Damascus guns like this to keep them in great condition?
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some good gun oil and wipe it down regularly and clean the bores....some wood polish on the stock and forearm and do this on a schedule not hard keeping a gun clean....charlie
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So just dropped it off at the gunsmith and he was very suprised at the condition of the bores! Said it probably looked the same when it was brand new. Said it’s it really good shape. Just gonna give the once over then gotta get some shells and give it a try at the range.
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Congratulations Jacob on a good buy. I also have a grade 2 lifter made in 1878. Yours has some some extra engraving on the breech balls. Let us know what the gun smith says.
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