Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Davidson 16 g.

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I've inherited a Davidson s/s 16 gauge shotgun LI30631.  There's a slight bulge in the right barrel however I've shot it several times with standard loads but I'm a little hesitant to pass it on to my son as a shooting firearm. 1. is there a test to determine if the bulge is too weak for firing; 2. is there a source for buying a Davidson barrel 3. should I just hang it on the wall? Thanks.

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Hello Larry.
  If your shotgun is a Davidson Firearms Co. Greensboro, NC. Model 63B, you have a very nice Spanish-made double gun. It was manufactured and imported starting in 1963. I am not a metallurgist, so I cannot give you expert advice on it's safe use. I am not aware of a replacement source for the barrel. I would have it inspected by a licensed and certified gunsmith. Personally, I would have it deactivated and framed.
  I hope this helps and thank you for asking for me. Charles Gage

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

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I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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