Good morning all, looking for some advice. I shoot mostly 19thcentury SxS shotguns. I recently wrote a new short history of London gunmaker E.M. Reilly, published in Diggory Hadoke’s on-line magazine. https://www.vintageguns.co.uk/magazine/a-new-history-of-e-m-reilly The Reilly history led me to this gun; the owner contacted me and I wound up buying it for really a wall-hanger price. It is a 16 bore, J.C. Reilly SxS muzzle-loading shotgun. It has both the 316 High Holborn and the 502 New Oxford Street addresses on the rib making it certainly 1847 (He moved his shop from High Holborn to New Oxford St in late March 1847). The gun turned out to be very attractive. 28” Damascus barrels, double trigger. I was going to restore but the patina on it is so appropriate that I’ll likely leave it as it is. [/URL ] [/URL ] [/URL ] [/URL ] This ad is from 09 Nov 1847 "London Post," 8 months after Reilly moved (removed) to Oxford Street: [/URL ] Now here’s the question: Now I want to shoot the gun. I’m going to leave the stock pretty much as is…maybe clean out the checkering – I like the patina. However, there are a few condition problems of the barrels that need to be checked out: Small dent in the left barrel – possibly done in shipping: [/URL ] Small area of corrosion on the outside breech area of the left barrel – doesn’t look much deeper than the stamped serial number: [/URL ] Some deeper corrosion on the left barrel about 5”'s in front of the breech: [/URL ] Nipples are not blocked and appear in good condition. It looks like they haven’t ever been changed….but……you never know and I don't know whether I can find caps to fit them: [/URL ] I need a good barrel man familiar with old muzzle loaders to check out the barrel, wall thickness, nipples, corrosion, bore (I don’t have a bore scope) to see if it’s safe to shoot and perhaps to change the nipples if need be. The gunsmiths in Northern Virginia sort of said, “Well, don’t know much but I’ll figure it out.” No thanks. Recommendation anyone.