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#582943 10/28/20 07:29 PM
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July 1, 1883 Sporting Life
https://digital.la84.org/digital/collection/p17103coll17/id/20547/rec/13
The hammerless gun craze appears to have died out, and the low-hammered gun mania has taken its place.


Hopefully the craze for new fangled fluid steel barrels with follow the same path!!

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And smokeless powder as well. Out! Put! Out!


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Good post, Drew. I started to make a smartelliky post about real men using bows and errors and realized that it would make an unduly long past to work my way back to rocks vs bare hands. Considering that bears (the black ones) are becoming increasingly common in this local, I think I'll want to stick with guns.

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More on that new fangled steel stuff

K. Paul Trench, Practical Hints on Shooting, 1887
https://books.google.com/books?id=xrwUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA20&vq
There has been a deal of dissension of late as to the material best adapted for shot-gun barrels, some advocating steel, some Damascus, others contending that laminated steel is to be preferred to any other kind of metal; every one, in fact, extolling that which he considered the best. Steel is well known to be lighter than Damascus iron, but in our humble estimation nothing can surpass the genuine English stub Damascus, and for the following reasons: Steel has many drawbacks, not one of the least being the facility with which common iron or base metal may be palmed off as steel. It is not nearly so easy to tell whether barrels are made of genuine metal, as some people are inclined to suppose; and a great number of defects, such as “greys” and soft places, may be hidden under a treacherous coat of black or dark blue.
The greatest objection to steel barrels is, that they are subject to a kind of crystallisation which renders them very dangerous. Whether this fault arises from manufacture, defective metal, or spontaneously from constant use or cold weather is not a matter of great moment; it is sufficient to know that steel, even of the best quality, is prone to this crystallisation, and should consequently be avoided.
When steel barrels burst pieces of the metal are usually blown right away, thereby endangering both the shooter and anyone who may happen to be near him at the time. Such is not the case with Damascus. These generally bulge at the breech-end to a certain degree if over-strained, and are much less liable to fly.
Hence the advantages of Damascus iron over steel are very manifest as regards safety, but the shooting of both is about equal. Of course no conscientious gunmaker would supply a customer with iron barrels under pretense of steel if he knew them to be of iron; but there are, unfortunately, some unscrupulous dealers who have apparently no conscience whatsoever.
Steel at the best is poor material for shot-gun barrels when compared with Damascus Iron.

William Wellington Greener, Modern Shotguns, 1888
https://books.google.com/books?id=jMhMAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA31&vq
The best solid steel barrels are the “fluid compressed steel” tubes manufactured by Sir Joseph Whitworth's Company. They are very expensive, of uniform good quality, and although they are not, in the author's opinion, equal to best twist barrels, he is very pleased to use them at the request of any sports man requiring them.
Siemens' steel and several other varieties drilled from the solid drawn into tubes in the rolling mill, are offered at a less price than the Whitworth barrels, and are often inferior in quality.
The steel barrel of same weight and size as one of best Damascus or other hand-forged barrel of best material will burst with a less strain, but as to what pressure each will bear has not yet been accurately ascertained; but although a best steel barrel may be broken or burst with a charge of 21 1/4 drams, it will require 23 drams to burst a Twist barrel of the same weight and proportions.

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Letter to the editor 1817 regarding the infernal percussion cap!!


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I always enjoy reading that letter, Drew.

SRH


"With one foot in the grave ..........and one foot on the pedal, I was born a Rebel" T.P.
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Hear, hear! I totally agree with the above scholarly observations. Add to that some gentlemen claim the earth is round! Hogwash! Any thinking person can see with his own eyes that it is flat! I have personally journeyed to the far corners of God’s creation and can flatly state I have never found myself upside down! Beware of these gentlemen who claim to be enlightened! Dastardly demons such as these easily lead the poor and ignorant astray.


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And break actions are not waterproof!! Water gets in the hinge and wets the powder!!
https://books.google.com/books?id=vtk3AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA132&lpg

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Those paper shells with never replace brass!
Forest & Stream, January 14, 1875
https://books.google.com/books?id=EjUaF7Y1k90C&pg=RA2-PA362&lpg

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And steel is entirely unsuitable for gun barrels!

The Amateur Sportsman, “Gun Barrels Past and Present”, April, 1911
https://books.google.com/books?id=m5kXAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA5-PA12&lpg
James D. Dongall, 59 St. James St., London, wrote the following:
Shooting: Its Appliances; Practice; and Purpose, 1875
https://books.google.com/books?id=-ToCAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA15&lpg
“No barrel of steel, pure and simple, thin enough for a fowling piece could be made unless at such an expense as would be absurd, and then would be unsafe. Pure steel barrels, being chrystalline, once strained, lose all of their safety at that part. Their molecular structure has become quite changed and been irreparably injured, so that final bursting is only a question of time.”


“Metal for Gun Barrels”, D. Kirkwood, Boston
(In 1874 Henry & David Kirkwood started the Mortimer & Kirkwood shop in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1881 the partnership was dissolved, and the name of the business was changed to David Kirkwood, Gun and Rifle Maker.)
Forest & Stream, January 14, 1875
https://books.google.com/books?id=EjUaF7Y1k90C&pg=RA2-PA362&lpg
“In the question of steel vs. iron in gun barrels, I would contend that…steel is unsuitable, from its greater liability to friction, its inability to stand severe or sudden strain during a low temperature, and it would be nearly impossible to expect steel to be worked up into the highly figured barrel now used, as is the case with iron, without disintegrating or disturbing the molecular aggregation of its particles. The numerous operations which it has to undergo, and at a high heat rob it of the very carbonization which constitutes its main feature…”

Replies, February 4, 1875
https://books.google.com/books?id=EjUaF7Y1k90C&pg=RA2-PA411&lpg

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