I'd say the most objective result you could possibly hope for from any responsible gunsmith would be measuring he barrels for minimum wall thickness. No one is going to say "this gun is safe for you to shoot" because of liability concerns. Going through his mind would be things like "He says he shoots only 6500psi shells through this, but does he really? And will whomever he loans it to also shoot light shells?" and "Will this guy have an obstruction, blow up a barrel and then blame me for saying it was safe?" and "Just how many shells is he really running through this?"
Face to face if you ask "is it safe to shoot?" you might get a queasy or other unpleasant facial expression but surely no words saying "yes".
What it boils down to is: if you feel it's possibly unsafe to shoot or there's a question in your mind about its safety, then it's unsafe to shoot.
Besides, if you feel it might be unsafe to shoot you'll likely not shoot it well, if only because in your mind you won't be confident in it.
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Location: New Jersey
If it were my gun I only trust Dean Harris at Skeets Gun Shop in Ok. Heís a barrel magician and very pleasant to deal with. He can measure it, and hone/polish the bores (if possible, if thereís enough meat). Heís worked on several barrels for me including a Sauer 16 (dent removal). I donít like to leave pits in a barrel, I prefer to have them polished out. I feel they can cause unnecessary stresses.
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