I have two older percussion smoothbores. One was a 1841 brunswick pattern smoothbore the other is dated 1850s-1870s. I’m looking for leads to find a shop that can verify it is or is not safe to shoot. So far the shops I’ve talked to do not want to go near it.
Find someone with an x-ray machine.
Where are you located @phill92? That will aid us in seeing what we can find.
I’m located near York, PA.
Why is everyone afraid.
It’s easy enough to determine if there’s an old load in it.
Just use a ramrod, or substitute to see if there’s an old load still in place.
Without a percussion cap in place, there’s little risk.
A good bore light will tell if the bore is pitted or not.
Or just run a patch up and down the bore to measure the rust.
It’s not to verify if there’s a load in place, both are empty. This is to check if they are safe to operate or are designated wall hangers.
it’s not that they are scared - they do not want the liability should it grenade.
Or they do not want a pissed off customer when they proof it (which entails loading a very heavy charge) and trying to destroy it. That and some before and after measurement.
Sounds like this will be a do it yerself project.
So, don’t be a wimp.
Tie them guns down to a bench, and pull the triggers with a long string.
Er, make that a real, real long string.
Probably best to hide behind something substantial while you’re at it.
Best of luck.
Or maybe it would be better to hang them up for display.
I would just try a minimum load…while wearing this.
They are historical pieces I would also take a similar approach and have a professional look it over. Forget all this fucking macho man talk. Firearm preservation and personal safety are more important than being macho.
Asked a friend from PA and they didn’t know a shop who would touch it. Perhaps any of our members from PA could help? Can you change the topic title to include your location?