Re: Weep hole
Posted by Tom Archer on June 8, 2020, 11:02 am, in reply to "Re: Weep hole"
My 1925 vintage Ideal barrels have a weep hole just in front of the hanger lug; I don't believe they've been re-blued, but like Dr. Drew I haven't paid much attention to Smith barrels with weep holes and can't say for sure. When I examine a set of Smith barrels (any double gun) I first check for loose ribs. Most times a loose rib can be detected by holding the breech end of the barrels and rapping the muzzles sharply against the heel of your hand; the ribs and tubes will rattle (but don't confuse that sound with a loose bit of solder inside the void between the ribs and tubes or the extractor stems, which are made loose). Another thing I look for is evidence of a white or yellowish powder at the rib and forend hanger joints; evidence of a hot blue job and those chemicals dissolving the solder holding barrels and ribs in place. I also give barrels a "smell test", as barrels that have been hot blued will often have a "coppery metallic" smell, whereas slow rust blued barrels have no odd odors. Maybe too much information but things I've learned from experience. |