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#72821 12/19/07 08:01 PM
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I found an interesting Parker at a local gun (junk) shop today. I dont know much about Parkers. This gun appears to be a Higher grade, nice wood, Silver initial plate in stock, mild engraving, no ejectors, 28" bbls, beautiful B&W finish on the barrels. If it was a Lefever, I'd say they were twist. Ah, yes therein lies the rub! The bbls inside look like one of our Kansas brick streets...At what point does it become too bad to work with? This gun appears to be one of the smaller frames, a delight to hold..Dint want to show too much interest as the price would surely be affected...He also has a lovely DuMoulin 12 bore....cut to 21 inches Aaaargh..Whatcha all think?

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It's probably a low end gun, if it has twist barrels.
And should be avoided if pitted badly.

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Get the serial number and you can learn more.

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If it has twist barrels and some sparse engraving, it likely is a P grade. G grade guns would have damascus barrels from my understanding. I have 2 G grades (grade 2). I believe the P grade is grade 1 and should be so marked on the frame watertable. The barrel lower lug surface should have a number marked in it. It could range from some multi "0" number to something like 3 or 4 or 5 at the heaviest/largest frames. If a 12g, most common seems to be a 2 frame size and #1 frames like my two are less common and I personally prefer them for their generally light overall weight.

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Yup, have to give up the markings, inside and out, serial number, you name it, we need it.

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I think....I know why you called it the local gun (junk) shop.

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Maybe I should re phrase the question. I am not so interested in the pedigree of the Parker, as I am in getting some guidelines about barrel condition. Given a twist barrel, when is bad too bad to fool with? Are there any general rules for same? Should I "ring" the barrels? These bbls interiors are pitted almost 100%...The exteriors are clean Black and White......

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Sometimes it just pays to walk away.

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If the condition of the barrels made me nervous I'd just walk. You can't regrow fingers and eyes.

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Without a thorough check by a competent gunsmith, you are at the mercy of the situation. 100% pitted is the red flag to me. I would, as HJ above says, walk away. If this was a Purdey or an exceptionally high grade gun there might be a different answer. On the other hand, if cheap enough use it as a wall hangar in the cabin!

Jim

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