Originally Posted by akers06
I always heard you could shoot a damascus barrel but with low powered shells only
Anything with a damascus barrel would be bp only. Even if you had documentation of exactly what they used for a load back then (unlikely) there isn't really any way to gaurantee the integrity of the barrel. It's just not safe. Even if you set the gun up in a vise and remotely fire it a few times there is no telling when it will fail and how catastophically.
Besides if you have a nice old damascus barreled gun It's probably too valuable to risk.