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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by RichnSteph, Oct 2, 2017.
Clean it, patch it, and hang it.
Not really worth putting much work into.
welcome to TGT. You'll do well here.
If it was used in a crime, it could be most helpful to the police in solving a crime and “righting” a wrong that happened to someone. I suggest calling them.
Thank you again for all the advice (and the welcome there BRD@66). It looked as if that gun was going to need a lot more time and money than I have available to get it back to shooting order. I gave it to a friend to hang on the wall at his hunting cabin.
Even if you got it all polished up and the stock refinished, it would probably be very unsafe to shoot. The steel used back when that firearm was made was not as good as steel today. I am sure a pressure test of the barrel would result in major problems.
Use it as conversation piece.
If you watch Pawn Stars you may have seen the episode when a guy brings in a very early Colt SSA that had been abandoned at some time. Apparently a tree grew up adjacent to it and the gun became encased in the tree trunk. I think the guy found it when he was splitting his firewood. Anyway, the gun was toast, but the story was interesting.
Old shotguns are usually Damascus steel barreled. The dissimilar metals are hammer welded together and prone to rusting internally where the two metals are joined. Even shiny barrels can be rusted internally to the point of failing catastrophically! Any significant surface rust is an indicator of "wall hanger ONLY".
If the barrel is not Damascus, it will probably have a "bored for nitro powder" stamp. Even those should never fire 'high brass' or 'max dram' loads.