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how to identify a damascus barrel?

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Cynikal, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. I have acquired a Remington 1900.
    Blue book lists the gun as either k or kd grade, with out ejectors or,
    ke and ked grade with ejectors and damascus barrels.
    Some how I was under the understanding that damascus barrels had swirl marks in the finish and were more fragile the others.
    I can not find a grade, but I do have the ejectors, so I guess I have damascus barrels.(but don't have swirl marks)
    Is this good or bad?
  2. Mooseman684

    Mooseman684 G&G Newbie

    You may Have either Damascus Or Remington Steel Barrels..If the Barrels are smoothe with no Pattern or Twist look to it should Not Be Damascus steel which is Black Powder Only !

  3. Krag 30-40

    Krag 30-40 G&G Newbie

    If you remove your barrels the grade should be marked on the underside in front of the barrel flats.KE is steel barrels w/ejectors,KED is damascus w/ejectors.In depth information on Remington doubles can be found in Remington Double Shotguns by Charles G.Semmer.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 3, 2009
  4. I would have a bright light on both the interior and

    exterior barrel surfaces. You should be able to see some type pattern if it is damascus. That type pattern may appear as a swirl or perhaps as winding layers of metal. If you cannot determine this it might be advisable to use some bluing remover on a small part of the barrel normally hidden by the stock to check the metal surface.

    Realistically, I would not advise firing an older damascus barrel with any type ammunition. There is always the risk of deterioration in the strength of the barrel. Yes - I know some in this forum will disagree with this statement but it is my belief and I am sticking to it.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2009
  5. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    There are different types of Damascus. Some show the layers. Some do not

    Attached Files:

  6. chesterwin

    chesterwin Moderator Staff Member

    Here ya go!! Excellent reference for Remington Double guns. I didn't realize some of the Remingtons were embellished with such fine engraving until I read this book. Good call JimBob!!