Re: Damascus Double Barrel
Damascus is a funny kind of medium; The very best damascus barrels were stronger than the early 'fluid steel' barrels, and with proper proving, are safe with light to moderate smokeless loads, I am told.
Ive shot several Damascus barrels with such loads, on marvelous guns!
But, do not assume ANYTHING, about chamber dimensions!
A 2 3/4 12 Ga shell will chamber, in a shotgun chambered for a 2 9/16 shell, but, if fired, may well split the barrel! Even a 'proved ' barrel, for the shorter round, because of the 'bore restriction, at the 'forcing cone'!
If you are content with a family heirloom, ignore this.
OTOH, if the idea of it being a 'shooting gun', albeit seldom, enters your mind, for your son, grandson... Do the checking, proving, and all the legwork, and, DOCUMENT IT! Leave nothing that might maim, or kill, your progeny, to question! The documentation, in this case, far exceeds the value of the gun!
I expect, in this case, that the Damascus steel in the barrels would not 'prove up', as it was not a really 'high grade' gun, in it's time, but I really do not know, for sure.
Were it a Purdy, or similar, the odds would be brighter, Mainer, but this post is for you and a lot of others, with the same kind of guns, questions, and decisions, so, somewhat general.
Hope, however, it helps.
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry