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Beautiful gun. I, too, love crisp autumn days smoking clays with a vintage gun. Thanks for sharing 👍
Fortunately a few years ago prior to Covid I stocked up on quite a few flats and boxes of many different flavors of RST shells and always save the spent shells and have lots of appropriate components and powder for when I run out. I have all my Damascus SxS's (6 currently) checked out by an older gunsmith who specializes in this down in Southport CT who shop is literally part of the old Ruger Production plant. It originally was choked both barrels as Light full/IM and I had right barrel opened to M. I like to alternate back and forth between the two barrels when shooting to replicate filed use.Damascus... wow, don't know that I would have done that with today's factory ammo... always great to see an old gun in action...
I have 2 Elsie Damascus of the same 1890's era and a Rem 1894. All have checked out as well and you make a great point about the wood. Hadn't thought about it but will look into doing what you describe. Thanks for the insight!If Damascus barrels check out you can put all the low pressure loads you want through them and never have an issue. You’re more likely to have an issue with 1090+ yo wood. I shoot vintage clays with an LC Smith and some with a Parker Trojan. I had the Elsie stock gone through and glassed. I have several thousand rounds through that gun. It is steel barrels however. I’ve owned a few Damascus guns (my favorite was a Lefever) and never had an issue.
Elsie’s tend to crack at the back of the lock plates. Some say it’s a design flaw but it’s actually due to wood shrinkage, loose screws, and hot loads being used over the years. If the screws are kept tight you likely won’t have any cracks but still a god idea to have the head glassed. Other than the wood, Elsie’s are pretty much bomb roof. I’ve handled many, maybe hundreds of Elsie’s and can’t really remember ever seeing one that was shot apart.I have 2 Elsie Damascus of the same 1890's era and a Rem 1894. All have checked out as well and you make a great point about the wood. Hadn't thought about it but will look into doing what you describe. Thanks for the insight!
Damascus... wow, don't know that I would have done that with today's factory ammo... always great to see an old gun in action...
I am in CT and do have access to an old time smith down in Southport whose shop is literally part of the Old Ruger Plant. I will check with him. He's the one who I have do all my shotgun related work and older vintage rifle and handgun work. I will call Buck about my Baker. A Citori CX that was delivered to me yesterday came from an FFL in Pevely Mo, Dunn's Sporting Goods, it's a small world. I am originally from Washington Mo.Glasbedding? If a Smith, you'll want someone with experience with Smiths.
Unfortunately the head of the stock of many vintage doubles is oil soaked, so done properly, the oil must be removed, cracks repaired, and stock refinished.
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Buck Hamlin in Pevely, MO is a Smith, Baker and Lefever specialist
There are others who do great work. Where are you?
I’m glad you got a reasonable reception, some of the guys at my local gun club are true snobs and literally won’t even acknowledge me when I’m out there with one of my old guns. Not all but definitely more than enough. The baker works the best for me out of all the ones that I have. The best I’ve shot is either a 19 or 20, I don’t remember exactly, but it was around there. As suggested I’m going to look into getting the stock glassed.At this time I have a dozen old SxSs and all but three of them are Damascus barrel guns. Sherman Bell put a stop to the rumors that Damascus barrels are unsafe. In two different test he shot 40 Damascus wall hangers and was told to try and blow them up. He couldn't using Remington proof loads that are around 18,000psi. Anyways, I use my old SxSs for all the shotgun games every week [ one or the other ] . I will say trap seems to give me more difficulty than the other games so there I use my Parker SBT gun. I also reload 3/4oz and my magnum 7/8oz for trap [ because all the birds are on edge ]. Everybody in the shotgun room made fun of me when I bought the Parker because all I ever shoot are SxSs. I just like shooting old guns.
I own half a dozen Damascus 12 gauges and would love to own an old classic doubles Damascus 16 gauge but haven’t been able to find one affordable enough at least for me. The RST vintage loads that I have are relegated to my 16 gauge fox sterlingworth. Would love to see Pics of your 16 gauge Elsie.That Baker is sure a beauty. The wood on that thing is certainly spectacular. Makes me want to dig out some of my side by sides and take them out shooting. I do shoot my model 21s on a regular basis. Maybe it's time to pull the out the 16 gauge Elsie out and give that one a roll again