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Old January 17th, 2021, 09:20 AM #1
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Double Barrel Gunsmith

Hi all. Iíve searched the forum for an answer with no luck, but if I missed the relevant post, please point me to the right spot.

I recently came in to an old Parker Bros. side by side 12. gauge. Itís twist steel, so I feel rather confident shooting it, but its old enough that Iíd still like another opinion to make sure its safe to fire.

My question is this: Is there a smith with some expertise with C&Rs around?
Iím near College Park, so anyone within Frederick, Bmore, or Annapolis would be best.

Cheers and thank you.
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Old January 17th, 2021, 09:25 AM #2
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Iíve taken a few old guns in obsolete calibers to Walt Frear and was very happy when i left. He is in Frederick.

https://triggerdoctor.com/
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the short answer is no there is not a good double gun smith in the DC area, Gunter Pfrommer in southern Virginia or Dewey Vicknair in PA are the closest that I know of. I would ask your question here https://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthreads.php for more answers.
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Twist steel is not fluid steel but closer to damascus which is still fine. If the gun is tight and on face, and the barrels are not pitted or messed with (not honed to get rid of pits and now thinner than they were when new), the gun is probably fine for light low pressure loads. The weak point is probably the old dry wood which wont like recoil and could split or crack.
Do not shoot target loads in the gun but rather buy some RST vintager loads which are loaded to the specs the gun was meant for.
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Thanks for the quick replies.

Apart from a few scuffs, the stock is in great condition. Maybe its been replaced at some point.

I was looking at RST, prices arenít bad for a specialty load. But before I invest in a case of low pressure, I want to make sure I donít have a wall-hanger.

Thanks again for the recommendations.

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If it is twist steel and exposed triggers it is 1883 or newer. If it is hammerless it is probably newer. if there is a metallic inlay in the stock it is silver and probably original. In any event use only low pressure loads!!
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