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Old Parker double question

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by TedP, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. TedP

    TedP Well-Known Member

    I have an old Parker side by side that I inherited. Since this is an older gun, would this have the same potential "issue" as say the Win 1897 as far as chamber length?

    If I waned to shoot modern star-crimped 2 3/4" shells, would it probably need some work?

    I know that no one will be able to tell me without it being measured but... is this something that anyone has encountered?
  2. TedP

    TedP Well-Known Member

    Oh I am an idiot. I thought I was in the shotgun forum! Mods? If you please. :)
  3. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    There are guys on the shotgun board that can help ya. Me, I'm just a wing shooter. I ain't familiar with old Parkers. I would think, though, that if a gunsmith checks it out and it's in good shape, it would handle about any low brass stuff around so long as it's 2 3/4" chambers and not 2 1/2 or something.

    Post this over at the shotgun forum, though. That's where the shotgun gurus are.
  4. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Oops, I see you figured out the problem. LOL
  5. JImbothefiveth

    JImbothefiveth Well-Known Member

    If it's made from old steel I wouldn't shoot it.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Damascus twist or fluid steel barrels?

    If it's Damascus, it isn't safe with any smokeless load.

  7. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I meant to mention Damascus barrels. Have a gunsmith check it out, the safest way, before you fire it.
  8. TedP

    TedP Well-Known Member

    I think it says Vulcan steel on it. I'll have to take another look.
  9. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    You should be able to tell a Damascus barrel by looking at it, very pretty, not very durable.
  10. TedP

    TedP Well-Known Member

    I have an older external hammer double that is in much disrepair, but definitely Damascus. I believe the Parker in question is made from fluid steel.

    Now I just have to find a smith that I can trust. :)
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    If it says Vulcan Steel on the rib, it is fluid steel and should be safe unless very deeply pitted.

  12. moosehunt

    moosehunt Well-Known Member

    Mr. RC covered the steel, but you need to check the chamber length. It might be short, shooting 2 3/4" shells thus producing big preasure. It's easy to measure, or have a gunsmith do it for you. If indeed it is 2 9/16, it is easily reamed to 2 3/4, then you can shoot basically any modern 2 3/4 shells (not steel), but I would suggest staying away from real heavy/high velocity loads--that is on the basis that it IS fluid steel (Vulcan), not damascus.

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