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Unread 10-10-2004, 11:17 PM
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Re: Seeking Custom Rifle Makers

R.L.Matthews in Calhoun,Ga. is great gunsmith and master machinist,can do a lot of different configurations all very accurate.
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Unread 10-10-2004, 11:49 PM
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Re: Seeking Custom Rifle Makers

www.masterclassstocks.com www.warner-tool.com
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Unread 10-11-2004, 09:02 AM
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Re: Seeking Custom Rifle Makers

I'm just curious, how long was your rifle at Tooley's?

I share your opinion that he is good, that's why I sent him a project, but he has had it for a long time.
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Unread 10-11-2004, 12:57 PM
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You might want to try Shane Thompson of Soda Springs, Idaho. He just finished a 300RUM, that I had built for my son-in-law on a Nesika action, McMillan stock, Lilja barrel, Jewel trigger. The rifle is exceptionally done and is a tack driver. Shanes work was featured in Rifle magazine a year or so ago.
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Unread 10-11-2004, 05:46 PM
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Re: Seeking Custom Rifle Makers

I am getting ready to have Chris Matthews build a rifle for me, he coomes highly recommended
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Unread 10-12-2004, 06:55 AM
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Re: Seeking Custom Rifle Makers


you did not say where you are located in US.

Here on East coast there are several good smiths that specialize in LR guns.

John Myer at Custom Gunsmithing (listed as preferred gunsmith at 6mmbr.com). Prices and times are reasonable, and first quality rigs. He builds all mine.

Clay Spencer is top notch also (BR central advertiser)

Dave Tooley and Leonard Baity (Baity Custom Gunworks (336) 667-8785 ) are both in NC.

Bruce Baer in PA (717) 349-4077 is another.

My suggestion is to call and talk to each of them and get your own feel for prices and times etc.

Guarantee any of the above will build a top notch gun!!

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Unread 10-12-2004, 09:56 PM
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Re: Seeking Custom Rifle Makers

Get Leonard Baity to build you a 300 Ackley on a Remington 700 action.His turn-around times are 10 months or less and his winners list speaks for itself.The gun is easy to load for and dies are readily available.Accuracy wise of the top 10 finishers in 1000 yard shooting 7 used it including the top 3.
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