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About four months ago I bought an old single shot shotgun from a friend of a friend. It's been sitting in his closet for tha last 40 + years. It is a 40" barrel 12 ga "Long Tom". Seems tight as can be, no rust inside or out. dr fired it with a new snap cap hit the primer dead on. I'm going to the club this weekend do I shoot it or take it to a smith first?
 

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Does it have a Damascus barrel?

Do you have reason to suspect it has excessive headspace?

Do you have reason to suspect it has a shorter than normal chamber?

How old do you believe it is?

If in the slightest doubt, have it examined.
 

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I have seen the same thing and it was set up in a vise and fired with a string to the trigger---Stand back and let er go-Thats not my advice just what I saw---Make sure you are ouside---Mystic
 
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